The Perfect New Nail Polish For Commitment-Phobes And Hoarders

Thank you, Sephora, for creating a genius solution for those of us who love to try new colors -- once.
Publish date:
May 12, 2014
nail polish, nails, manicures, sephora, at-home manicures

Opening up my nail polish tote to see multiple unused bottles sitting among my favorite, half-full bottle of Essie Ballet Slippers is a little upsetting. I am a sucker for pretty packaging and the idea of a bright manicure, so I’m constantly giving into impulse nail polish purchases. Unfortunately, a lot of my trendy polishes (including a really rad chartreuse) stay in my tote for what seems like ages and never see the light of day. It’s not that I don’t like them; I just forget what I have in my stash. Plus, it's really hard to get through a whole bottle unless you really love a certain shade.

Luckily I don't have to worry about that anymore -- Sephora just launched the perfect solution for those of us who like trying new colors but have a short attention span. Introducing Formula X Press Pods ($39), a set of single-use nail polishes, which each have a built-in brush and enough polish for two coats.

The idea of these little pods might sound a bit strange, but they're great for hardcore nail junkies or for doing quick manis when you're on vacation. All you do is snap off the cap located over the brush and then squeeze the top part to release the polish onto the brush. The small size of the pod (it's about as big as a quarter)is surprisingly easy to use and the consistency is no different than a full-sized bottle of lacquer.

The set from the Sephora-exclusive line, comes with 24 of the brand’s best selling shades, from the silvery metallic Need for Speed to Invincible, a lovely neutral. And at just under 40 bucks, it costs around the same as four to five regular polishes from the drugstore. In my opinion, Sephora is launching this value set at the right time -- it reminds me of those super-duper large holiday eye shadow palettes that they come out with every December (I always get one for my makeup obsessed aunt Patty). I'm planning to try a different colored manicure every few days, all summer long. I’m obviously going to do red and blue for 4th of July, and I've already decided to go with hot pink nails for the Beyoncé and Jay Z concert in Miami. So many options and zero waste!

Would you experiment with nail polish more if you had this set? Do you think this could be future of nail polish?