Beauty #TBT – Sephora Formula X Naughty Newton Review

Whilst you may be thinking how is this a Beauty #TBT you bought this 3 weeks ago (haul here!), the reason I’m including it as a beauty throwback is because it’s been discontinued from Sephora and technically you can no longer get it, I scored this in a TK Maxx (yep, I know – how a pile of Sephora Formula X Polishes got there is totally baffling to me too), so it’s worth a gander in your local TJ Maxx/Winners/TK Maxx as who knows if you might find it there too!

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but you won’t often see me reviewing black coloured polishes on my blog very often. I bloody love a black nail varnish, but I don’t like them on me – every time I wear one I look at it like bleh, this does not suit me at all, but if I’m going to wear a black it needs to be like this – packed with holo micro glitter.


It seems like Sephora has discontinued their “effects” polishes which came with black caps – these were mostly glitter formulas and I’m kind of glad I managed to get my hands on this – I picked up Freaky Like Freud in New York and now I have another scientist to pair it with – Naughty Newton.


The formula of the two are very similar to one another, and the finish is very similar, I think that Naughty Newton is made up of slightly more base on the base to glitter ratio in comparison – but overall the effect and application of both is very similar. And actually, out of all the glitters I’ve tried – I don’t think I’ve ever had a glitter that goes on any better than these Sephora Formula X ones – so why they’ve been discontinued I’m not sure as I bet they were popular!



This is pictured here with two coats – and I think personally even if you were layering it over a plain black creme base you’d probably need two coats of this to get the same depth an intensity of sparkles – so on that front I’d say you wouldn’t need a base to get a great application. But on that note I do think you need to wear a good black cream base with it (which unfortunately I don’t have as I don’t bloody wear them

sephora-formula-x-naughty-newton-beauty-tbt-4!) and the reason for that is the name Naughty Newton feels quite apt as he does like to misbehave.

After weeks of serious nail CBA – I decided to sit down Saturday morning with my pain au chocolat, and a couple of episodes of Bob’s Burgers and my polish, the application was great, it all dried quickly and I did about 30 minutes of house tidying before going into the shower. Whilst in the shower I noticed that one had flaked completely off in one big peelie. By the time I was ready and I was leaving the house about an hour and a half later, I had just 3 nails left on ten fingers. I wasn’t sure whether to blame the new topcoat and basecoat I’d also been trying from Formula X, but on closer inspection I noticed that the base coat was still on my nails – and the polish had lifted away from it. I was curious as to WTF the problem was so I retried it again on Sunday with one hand with a different base and topcoat and the same thing happened again – peeling away and off within 2 hours of it being on. So obnoxious.


2 hours after painting

I’m absolutely gutted by this as it’s actually  a black polish I like – I haven’t tried this yet with a black cream underneath to see if I can get this to last longer – but regardless it’s still disappointing.  These black based polishes with heaps of holo are definiely not an original shade and I have had a couple in the past – but I’ve never come across ones which perform as well on the application front as what these do – they don’t need a million layers to get a dense glitter effect, but none of that matters if you can’t even get a manicure that would last you an evening.


Do you have any of the Formula X Polishes? How do they perform for you?

If you want to read more in my Beauty #TBT series you can see it here


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Helpless Whilst Drying




  1. December 1, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Looks really pretty! however I am really bothered by the brush of Formula X polishes. I own 2 of them and I find it quite difficult to get a even application. I love their colours though!

    • December 1, 2016 / 10:29 am

      I don’t mind the brush with the glitters, the combination seems to work quite well – but with the newer cream one I’ve got I don’t love the brush as much, it seems to depend on the formula of the polish as to how good a job the brush does!

      • December 1, 2016 / 11:08 am

        True its not as bad with glitters.

  2. December 1, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Looks really pretty. So sad it just peels off. I hate it when a polisg can’t last a day x

    • December 1, 2016 / 10:28 am

      I can cope with it if it would last an evening at least, if it’s a colour that’s perfect for a special occasion, but for it to be this bad in 2 hours just isn’t good enough!

  3. December 1, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    I do not own anything like this actually, however, I like the way it looks on you! Oh, and your ring is very pretty 🙂

  4. December 1, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Beauty colour but what atrocious formula! This reminds me of the Essie mattes I got! Hmm I should try those again with a different base coat, perhaps? I kind of doubt it’d make a difference in all honesty because I already use a sticky base coat (Orly Bonder). I guess this polish is only good for if you want a one day mani and easy peel off formula!

    • December 1, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      I know, kinda get why they might have been discontinued now. I can semi get behind a formula that gives you a day of wear (whilst it is annoying), but one that gives you an hour or 2, what the heck is the point, and how did it pass quality control?!

  5. December 1, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    I haven’t been hearing good things about Formula X in general. I always used Gel Polish up until recently. Now, I’m trying (note: TRYING) to do my own nails and figure out what polish is really good. Because everything is chipping off in a day or two.

  6. December 1, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    I have a few solid colors from Formula X and while they don’t last more than 3 days, I’ve never had one just peel off!! I just ordered a rose gold glitter polish and I really hope it doesn’t do the same. Its such a pretty shade and so disappointing! For as expensive as Formula X is they should really get a consistent formula down.

  7. December 2, 2016 / 1:25 am

    This is stunning!! 😍 Now you make me want to grow my nails longer lol xx

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