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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Perfect Color Calypso

perfect color calypso nail polish from perfect formula nail polish 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.

I’m starting to see a pattern here. I seem to be gravitating towards beiges, periwinkles and oranges lately. Any shade of blue or purple really isn’t a surprise but beige and orange? They aren’t exactly my siren call.

However I’ve been on such an orange kick and I can’t seem to get enough of them. Case in point is Perfect Color Calypso from Perfect Formula. I’ve been dying to wear Calypso but, as you may recall, when I shared Perfect Color Cubist with you I promised to do a wear test to see if it lived up to its Perfect Formula name.

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.

As I mentioned in my initial review, 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 this polish felt kind of thick and goopy but workable.  It has a semi-sheer, jelly texture and even after three coats there was a hint of VNL (visible nail line) but not nearly as bad as what the picture below would indicate.

Perfect Color Calypso is a fiery orange jelly with red undertones and gold metallic fleck glitter. It’s a little darker than the other oranges I’ve worn lately but it’s not so dark and ominous that it feels better suited to fall.  While my drawer of orange polishes doesn’t begin to compare with the rest of my collection, I consider it a sizable number. Even so I couldn’t find a dupe for Calypso. In my orange stash it falls somewhere between two of my favorite polishes from this color range, China Glaze Orange Marmalade and China Glaze Orange-Pacific.

perfect color calypso nail polish swatch from perfect formula nail polish

As I mentioned above, I put Perfect Formula’s Perfect Colors to the test. I originally intended to wear it for five days, which is a pretty typical length for the average nail fanatic, but it looked so good after day five I left it on for eight days. I used one of my fave base coats Nubar Foundation and my beloved Quick & Slick and ended up with shiny, barely worn nails after more than a week. The chip on my index finger didn’t appear until day six so I consider it a success.

perfect color cubist nail polish perfect formula wear test

Bottom Line: As its name suggests, Calypso is a big orange party on the nails. There’s something about it that draws me in even with the slight VNL issue. The formula may be slightly thick on this one but it doesn’t impede application and the wear is fantastic. All signs point to YES with this one.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: Even if my orange drawer wasn’t looking for additions this one would make it into my STASH.

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

What do we think of Calypso? Do you intend to give Perfect Color polishes a try? If you already own some PC colors, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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

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  1. Chris says:

    This is a gorgeous summer shade! Michelle, I am really loving the 365 of Untrieds series! :)

  2. Hanna says:

    Very nice… your 365 of Untrieds has already seen me add Nubar and Sparitual to my collection… it looks like I’ll be adding this brand also!

  3. meme says:

    Nice to know the durability on this brand. Thanks. I have looked at the shades on line at QVC and the color swatches are so horrible I would never know what to even take a stab at trying. There is a host that always wore a ‘mom mauve’ many QVC fans loved and comments on wanting to know what color it was. Because it was something she got that was not sold on QVC she never could say. But Prefect formula duped her mom mauve and it’s sold out already. Not sure I will move back to a mom mauve any time soon. This orange it too Halloween for me. I think I will need to leave it. I have 3 oranges and for me, that’s plenty. The one I like the best is Brazilliant by Essie for color. Fun toe shade!

  4. vettelicious says:

    Love it! It’s incredibly juicy and sparkly… I bet it would rock on op of a creme, too! Orange is THE colour for me right now :)

  5. Oh Calypso, where have you been all my life? Beautiful!