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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Perfect Color Cubist from Perfect Formula

perfect-color-cubist-nail-polish-perfect-formula-collection 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

One of the things I’m loving about this 365 series is that I’m getting to try new brands that I haven’t previously covered. Those of you who utilize the Labels tab (on the right) to access past posts, know that you can find every brand I’ve ever reviewed there. In the past 6+ weeks I’ve added quite a few new names to that list (Eyeko, Essence, Confetti, etc) and good, bad or indifferent it’s been fun exploring new-to-me nail territories.

Today I continue that exploration with The Perfect Color nail polish from Perfect Formula. I first heard about the niche brand, that retails online via their website and QVC, last fall when they launched a seasonal collection with some very “me” colors like taupe, grey and teal. I chose to rock the first of those shades, Cubist, for today’s post.

Formula & Application: The Perfect Color nail polishes are 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin). The bottles are topped with a square plastic cap that, while smooth to the touch, can make opening a tightly closed bottle uncomfortable due to the hard edges. The flat brush isn’t as thin as a typical round brush but it isn’t anywhere near the width of the OPI Pro-Wide. The bristles are firm but they have enough give to avoid streaking.

Now a name like “The Perfect Color” from a brand called “Perfect Formula” lends itself to high expectations. The packaging claims that the “Instant Strength Technology” will provide immediate strength and thickness to the nail. That’s a lot to try and deliver on. In terms of application the polish glides on the nail nice and smooth. I’d say it falls somewhere between the squishy, watery texture of Essie and the buttery smooth RBL cremes. My experience was that it’s not “perfectly pigmented” as promised. Instead I ended up needing three coats.

Perfect Color Cubist is one of those murky, grey, taupe, brown concoctions that have dominated the market. Though unlike a lot of the ones we’ve seen, this one is a lot darker. In fact, in looking for similar colors I came up short. A shade like OPI YDKJ looks full on grey next to Cubist and Models Own Purple Grey looks pale. In terms of depth of color, RBL Recherche is the only shade in this range that came close to being as dark though the RBL is much more plummy in its base whereas Cubist has a warm brown feel.


Bottom Line: The formula may not be “perfect’ but it’s pretty darn good. The pigmentation is it’s only drawback though three coats isn’t exactly unheard of these days. I really like how this shade keeps its funky taupe integrity while balancing the line between dark and blackened.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: I’m really feeling this one so I”m STASHing it.

Perfect Color Cubist can be purchased online at and Perfect Color nail polishes retail for $15/ea for a .57oz bottle.

Have you seen Perfect Color on QVC before? Have you taken the plunge and ordered it? Thoughts on Cubist?

I’ve decided to conduct a wear test on Cubist to see how this “perfect formula” holds up. I’ll be posting another Perfect Color shade in the next couple weeks and will include the results.

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by a representative for Perfect Formula. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Katarina says:

    Wow! This is the colour that I’m trying to find for so long. It looks like chocolate mixed with plums! :-) Unfortunatelly they don’t deliver in Europe. :-(
    Great blog! The spread of the addiciton! :-) I love it!

  2. Tisha_ says:

    Oh wow! I really love this color. I have never heard of this brand, but I think I might need to head over to the QVC site and check it out! Thanks!

  3. Chris says:

    Whoa, that color looks awesome! I don’t even like murky grey taupe browns but this one appeals to me.

  4. KayDiKat says:

    Cool bottle shape :) I’ll be staying tuned for results of that wear test… Better be great for $15 bucks a pop!

  5. Maribeth says:

    This looks really pretty! Plus, I am a sucker for anything sold on QVC…they have a great beauty section!

  6. lam says:

    That is a beautiful color. For $15 a bottle I will be interested to see how it holds up.

  7. meme says:

    Umm. I tend to have the news or QVC on in the background a lot and never have seen this on the air. Have to go to the web site and take a look. I am trying to recall what brown I got 2 months ago that is really super dark choc. brown (not black, but deep brown) that looks very much like this. It was why I got it because I had not found a true dark brown that did not have a more black than brown, or that purple undertone (which I like long as it’s not got a red/purple base to it which does icky things to my skin tone).

  8. meme says:

    Now that I hopped on the web site, it reminded me that I have seen the Pink Gel nail treatment from this line. That is what the Q airs the most. I popped for it one time and I found it pealed my nails really badly so it needs to find a new home as it will sit until I toss it. I know folks rave about the Pink Gel and hosts on TV wear it only for a tish of color which they have to wear (the gals at least). It has zero color in one coat and takes 3 coats to leave a pink less than sheer color. Still as said, did not work for me, super dried my nails to pealing and was not anything that conditioned at all. It did make them a tish stronger while I had it on – but I have really strong nails to begin with, long as I don’t have a lot of days of polish on the fingernails that is.

  9. Kathleen says:

    That is a funny brand name. They carry the Perfect Formula pink gel coat at Sephora now and when I saw it (for $30!) I thought “…really? Perfect?” Glad to hear it’s at least pretty darn good!

  10. MissDoll says:

    Lovely color, I would just make it a tad lighter, maybe some CND effect?