Mani Monday: Formula X Lightning

I’ve really been neglecting my blog lately. As much as I would like to blame the holidays, it is most definitely my fault. I love this blog and I need to get on my posting game! I just bought myself a new camera (thank you Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!) and I am ready to fill these webpages with pictures with lacquered goodness. No excuses now! Fingers crossed. I’ve never been much of a new year’s revolution type of person but I guess this is mine. My goal is to post up more manis. This is great because now I can go in more depth about some polishes rather than just posting a mere picture on Instagram. There have been some amazing polishes that I feel deserve a full post about, such as this one I’m going to share today!

Here’s to sharing more of these short single polish features! Here’s a sparkly number to dazzle you into oblivion. Seriously.

Formula X is a brand exclusive to Sephora. This polish is from Formula X’s Superwatts Collection. I purchased Lightning a very long time ago, towards the end of summer. I never got around to trying it. I picked it out of my stash and figured it was about time to put it on.


I first saw this polish last year and I just kept it on my Sephora wishlist. It just stayed there. I couldn’t bring myself to spend more than $10 on it! You know, it happens. I’m sure I’m not the only one. In hindsight, it worked out perfectly for me because one day as I was browsing the Sephora website, I saw that it was on sale! It dropped down to $5! I instantly snatched it up and added it to my cart!


This is 3 coats of Lightning. The tinted green base is a good consistency, not at all thick or too thin. This polish is extremely dense with glitter. Holographic gold hex glitter of various sizes all packed into this Formula X bottle. Oh goodness. You’ll faint after you take a look at this!


I know, I just made you fall in love with a polish that’s discontinued. I know. Please don’t hate me! I almost deleted this post all together. I shouldn’t bait you with this. However, I really wanted to show you this gorgeous polish that needs to be presented for all to see! Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you in the dark. There’s a fantastic alternative from Hard Candy named Emerald’s Eve that gives you the same effect. The base on Emerald’s Eve is clear and in addition to the holo hex glitter, there’s also smaller green hex glitter, which makes it different. That all changes if you use a jelly green to sandwich over the glitter, it gives the same look and it’ll look like you paid way more than you really did! Hard Candy polishes are only $4! The only drawback is that the brand is only available at Walmart. If you don’t have a Walmart near you, it’s worth the trip to pick one up for yourself!

Image captured from google.

Image captured from Google

Another pricer alternative is Deborah Lippmann. Emerald’s Eve from Hard Candy is actually a dupe of DL Shake Your Money Maker. Deborah Lippmann glitter polishes are famous for being the best! They are easily some of the best in the industry. Her’s are the OG dense glitter jellies. Seriously, check them out if you’re willing to dish the cash. They retail for $18 each, so wait for a sale to score. This morning they are on Hautelook for $7 each so hop on that!

Image captured from Google

Image captured from Google

If after all of this, you still want your hands on the true Lightning, stay on the lookout on sites like Amazon or eBay. This polish is absolutely stunning but I don’t think it’s something you need to go on a stakeout for. Dense glitter jellies are a dime a dozen in the indie community, do some digging and you won’t come up empty handed. I’m sure.

Now if this isn’t your cup of tea, I completely understand. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of my nails but I didn’t feel comfortable with my nails this blingy! This is something for those fun nights out when you want to shine. Or for me, it spiced things up from all the cremes I’ve been opting for. It’s also a perfect New Year’s Eve polish!

I hope you liked this post. If you didn’t, click that exit button. I don’t mind. I just really want to share what I’m loving. If you’re not loving it, I understand. You’re not always going to satisfy everyone. I only hope there is someone out there that is looking at this and thinking ‘Wow, I’m so happy you opened my eyes to this!’ That’s all I hope for.


  1. Ariadna says:

    I like how you’re open and honest and just post about what you like, because in the end, it’s your blog. 🙂 With that said, I’m not much for glitter but this is beautiful, it would make a cute accent nail on St. Patty’s Day too. I think it’s nice that you give us alternatives to polishes that aren’t available anymore, so thanks for that! Keep up the good job, I enjoy reading your blog. Have a great day!

    • chezadrienne says:

      Oh my gosh! You will not believe how happy this comment has made me. With 2016 coming at full speed, I’ve been looking over my year and I feel like I haven’t accomplished half as much as I wanted. With this blog, I feel like the vision I had for it from the very beginning has faded a bit and I need to work harder to make that dream a reality. You have no idea how encouraging all your comments have been! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!!
      In addition, when I showed my friend my nails, she instantaneously screamed out “St. Patrick’s Day nails!” Hahaha!

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