Formula X Neons with a Side of Cherry Blossoms: Summertime Fun

by Karen Falcon on 5 May 2014 · 4 comments

Formula X Neons 2014
Formula X Neons from Sephora are really, really good. How do I know? Uh, because I used ’em all, over the Formula X Neon base coat. I got smart this time and painted on the base with a teeny gap all the way around. I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me before…

formula x neons = happy goodness

We’re not here to talk about white base coats (and the Formula X one is good), we’re here to look at bright summer polish stuff – bright, easy to apply, solid shades of neon.

Formula X Oomph Neon 2014_1Formula X Oomph
Orange. It’s so big this season. I love a juicy orange neon SO much.

Formula X Oomph Swatch Neon 2014Formula X Oomph
You’re gonna want to let each coat dry before you go ahead with the next coat – don’t worry, it all dries to the touch wicked-fast.

Formula X Zip Neon w Cherr copyFormula X Zip with a side of Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom is one of those top coats that makes me smile. The only trouble for me and my very rounded nail beds is that the flowers don’t lie right against my nails and stick out a bit (if you have less rounded nail beds, this isn’t going to be a problem for you). After fishing for them and getting them on the nail, I realize I need copious amounts of top coat in order to fill the gaps underneath and make it so the flowers don’t pop off the first time I swipe my nails against something. They’re the cutest, aren’t they? J’adore.

Formula X Zip w Forumula X Cherry BlossomFormula X Zip with a side of Cherry Blossom

Formula X Phenomena w Formula X Cherry Blossom ZipFormula X Phenomena with a side of Formula X Cherry Blossom over Zip
I fell in love with my Cherry Blossoms. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I took off everything except my middle finger and played with Phenomena. It probably doesn’t really need the white basecoat but it’s under there anyhow.

Formula X Phenomena Neon w Cherry Blossom Top CoatFormula X Phenomena with Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat
Everything I’m showing you today is top coated with the Formula X Neon Top Coat. Does it do anything spectacular to the neons? Does it make them pop more? Nope – but it does make them shiny ’cause without it, you’re looking at a semi-matte finish with quick wear and tear.

Formula X Phenomena Neon w Cherry BlossomFormula X Phenomena with Formula X Cherry Blossom from Sephora

Given the simplicity of the shades, the easy-to-use nature of the white Neon Base Coat, the pretty Formula X Cherry Blossom and the shiny finish from the Neon Top Coat, I give all of this a big thumbs up. It’s better than some of the other neon collections I’ve hit so far this year. Yep, I said that.

ps. on the opening image swatch wheel, even numbers = shades painted over the white base. Odd numbers = shades, no white base.

Formula X neons and Cherry Blossom Top Coat are part of the summer line-up from If you’re big into neon, you can check out our swatches of  OPI Neons 2014, our Essie Neons 2014, and our Color Club Neons too. Thanks for stopping by and if you have comments or suggestions, you know I’d love to hear them!

Manicures/photos by Karen Falcon (she loves a good neon and will probably always love a good neon) ©2014 BEAUTYGEEKS/

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Andrea 5 May 2014 at 9:54 am

The cherry blossom top coat is really sweet and really tempting… Are the flowers themselves a pale pink or does the polish have a pink tint?

This should be part of a spring collection, though, not summer. Cherry blossoms are an icon of spring. BTW, I recently blogged some of the 2014 cherry blossom themed fast food offerings from Japan.


Karen Mani-Geek 5 May 2014 at 10:37 am

Hallo, Andrea!

The answer is “both”. The flowers are very pale pink and the polish coat is a pink-tinged clear that dries to clear.

As for Formula X Cherry Blossom being part of a spring collection, I think it probably launched a while ago but I only just got around to swatching it. It went so well with those neons that I couldn’t resist! It’s awesomely tempting isn’t it? I’m wearing it again right now… again.


Melody 6 May 2014 at 5:47 am

On the swath wheel I like the odd numbers better. They seem to be darker without the white undercoat. The colours are beautiful.


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