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Formula X The System

What it is:A bestselling, four-piece customizable manicure kit designed to give you the ultimate, long-lasting salon-quality manicure at home. What it does:Stay polished longer with twice the shine and twice the wear of Formual X’s The System. Featuring four essential steps to a flawless, lasting mani—Cleanse, Prime, Color, and Shine—these patented formulas are designed to deliver a superior high-gloss finish and ultra long-wear, chip-resistant color. Start with CLEANSE Nail Clenaser—a salon essential—infused with witch hazel, vitamin E, and cucumber extract to help nails banish oil and residue, optimizing the base coat performance. Next, apply Prime, an advanced multitasking primer that helps prevent staining, aids in protecting the natural nail, and works as an adhesive layer, allowing color to stay put for longer-wear coverage. Apply a nail color of your choice, and then seal in your nail manicure with Shine, a super glossy, top coat that’s fast-drying and coats nails with gel-like shine and intense color. This set contains:- 0.4 oz Nail Cleanser- 0.4 oz Base Coat- 0.4 oz Top Coat- 0.4 oz Nail color (of your choice) What else you need to know:To get professional results now: STEP 1: Add The System to your basket. STEP 2: Add one Formula X polish to your basket—FREE (discount will be automatically applied at checkout note: discount not available online in Canada). STEP 3: Get ready for a flawless, long-lasting manicure!
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Questions & Answers for Formula X The System

Question
Can you use regular nail polish remover with this set?
asked 1 year ago
bjsaddler
on The System
10 answers
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answer 1
I've used Deborah Lippman nail polish with this system and it works just fine.
answered 8 months ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 2
I sure did... AND it came off quickly and cleanly! With other polishes, I've had negative experiences of color getting on to fingers and "staining" when I am removing and being difficult to remove if I got polish on my cuticle. The Formula X came off completely in one swipe of a cotton ball with inexpensive drugstore polish remover.
answered 9 months ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 3
Yes, it removes easily with regular nail polish remover.
answered 10 months ago
AudrySnack
answer 4
Yep! I used Cutex and it came off just fine!
answered 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Oxford, MS)
answer 5
Totally!!
answered 11 months ago
Lindsi1
(Bowmanville, ON)
answer 6
Yes, you can. Basically, this set is just giving you what you can buy anywhere, it gives you a base coat, top coat, a cleaning coat, and a choice of nail polish color, so any nail polish remover should be fine to use along with these products.
answered 11 months ago
lovelyringo
(New York, NY)
answer 7
I tried it and it works really well. Not quite as well as with formula x polish but still really good.
answered 11 months ago
mandaroch
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 8
YES! You can! Super slick and fast! I just removed mine with regular nail remover from the store and it came off like a piece of cake!
answered 11 months ago
MissSpenser
(Iowa)
answer 9
Yes, you can. I have and it works great.
answered 1 year ago
sadierenee
(Kansas City)
answer 10
Yes you can!
answered 1 year ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
how long does it take to dry between the steps?
asked 11 months ago
bklynema
(brooklyn, ny)
on The System
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
It dries quickly. I used a fan, but I would say I let the polish try for 2-3 minutes per steps to be safe. The polish itself was very thick and I didn't need a second coat, but I did just for good measure. All of the polishes were thick and very good quality, but not heavy and goopy. I'd try it out and see what you think. I think that you will like it.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lk5525
(Dallas, TX)
answer 2
When I paint my nails I usually always end up with finger prints in my polish "testing" to see if it is dry yet... Until I tried Formula X. I paint my left hand, then my right, and by the time I was done painting my right hand, my left hand was ready for the next step. Fasting drying polish I have ever used.
answered 9 months ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 3
Usually by the time I've finished painting the other hand, the first one is dry. So it is very quick! Maybe 5 minutes of total dry time at the very end, just to be on the safe side.
answered 9 months ago
bEAutee17
answer 4
Dries quickly compared to average drying time in my opinion.
answered 11 months ago
Lindsi1
(Bowmanville, ON)
answer 5
No wait between steps 1 and 2.
Usually do each hand with step 2, then wait about 30 seconds to apply polish. Then wait about a minute before applying the top coat. The manicure settles/dries faster than with other top coats I've used.
answered 11 months ago
HeyItsAlexP
(New York, NY)
answer 6
Almost immediately. By the time I was ready to apply the next step to the first hand, the nails were already dry.
answered 11 months ago
fijimermaid
(North Ridgeville, OH)
answer 7
I painted my right hand then my left, in that time my right hand dried. It is seriously fast, and doesn't take many coats. The final coat took maybe 3 minutes to dry fully.
answered 11 months ago
CocoaChemist13
(Jackson, MS)
answer 8
not too long, especially the top coat.
answered 11 months ago
clairepoz
(Manasquan, NJ)
answer 9
The clean step is quick, it is dry immediately. The base coat was dry within two minutes. The color coat I let sit for about 10 before I put the top coat on.
answered 11 months ago
cj270
(Seattle, WA)
Question
so what does the nail cleanser do?
I have never heard of nail cleanser so what does it do? And do you need a separate nail po;isn remover or will this do it?
asked 9 months ago
AdelaT86
(South Texas)
on The System
8 answers
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answer 1
I think it's just nail polish remover. I bought the entire system and the cleanser smelled like nail polish remover. I used it just to stick with what the entire package was recommending. I would definitely use the base coat, Sephora X nail polish, and top coat together. I've watched some videos on YouTube saying that the polish alone doesn't have the staying power as it does with the base and top coats. I'd say that you can skip the cleanser and use nail polish remover, but it might be cheaper for you to buy the entire system so that you can get the base and top coats with your nail polish. Hope this helps!
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lk5525
(Dallas, TX)
answer 2
The nail cleanser doesn't remove nail polish. Ex; The cleanser is like hand sanitizer for your hands, it just removes excess or particulates from your nails, so that nothing gets in the way when you apply the base coat.
I found it to be particularly useless! You apply this cleanser before you apply the base coat. To me it didn't really do anything to my nails.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
ceces
(san jose,ca)
answer 3
I use the cleanser AFTER removing what was previously on my nails. I find it makes my nails ready for a base coat.
answered 8 months ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 4
Just as the name suggests. Cleanses the nail bed from any impurities that could cause the polish not to apply properly. But yes, you will need a separate polish remover.
answered 8 months ago
HayleyCR
(NoVA)
answer 5
it suppose to make your nail cleaner, so when you apply the base coat is even smoother. But I don't see any difference, unless maybe you have so super dirty nails.
answered 9 months ago
suzannexxo
(San Francisco)
answer 6
The cleanser removes hand oils from your nail bed that would otherwise "repel" your polish, (the cause of most chipping and peeling). I seem to be able to use a regular polish remover, so nothing special is needed.
answered 9 months ago
ntopley
(Dallas, TX)
answer 7
It bascially cleans off your nails with remaining residue, leftover polishes or grime or grease etc. The base coat needs your nails to be total dry and clean to make your nail color stick good to the nails.Thats how it works
answered 9 months ago
tammyrp
(Starkville, MS)
answer 8
I'm pretty sure it's just nail polish remover in the cleanser. Regular nail polish remover works for this you don't need to buy their brand.
answered 9 months ago
prettygirl6
(sf, ca)
Question
Does it work with other polishes?
I am so excited to get this kit for Christmas! I was wondering if the kit works with other polishes aswell as the formula x ones. Thanks!
asked 10 months ago
lucyjucy
(Takoma Park, MD)
on The System
7 answers
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answer 1
According to the sales rep at my Sephora store, it can be used with other polishes.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
ceip
(san francisco, ca)
answer 2
I have used this kit with some of my Deborah Lippman nail polishes and I have found it works just as well as with my Formula X nail polishes.
answered 8 months ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 3
Yes it does. But I'm afraid if the other polishes may not last as long as Formula X.
answered 9 months ago
tammyrp
(Starkville, MS)
answer 4
I've tried this with other polishes and didnt have the same results as using a Formula X polish. With the Formula X polish though, my nails lasted a week without chips. Im hard on my hands, so this kind of longevity is unheard of for me! Totally worth buying more Formula X polishes to go with this system for those kind of results!
answered 9 months ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 5
Absolutely! I have had excellent luck with other polish brands as well, even glitter colors.
answered 9 months ago
m3phist023
(Folsom, CA)
answer 6
I used it with their polish and another brand and neither one stayed on my nails more than a day. I think it's a waste of money.
answered 10 months ago
mary123
(Encino, ca)
answer 7
I have used it with both OPI and Dolce and Gabbana. They both lasted a decent amount of time (the D&G lasted less long than it could have because I started picking at a cuticle and chipped the polish then it was a picking free-for-all).
answered 10 months ago
camiah
(Gainesville, FL)
Question
Does it last?
I am a swimmer and I love to do my nails, unfortunately every time I go to practice my polish chips immediately and my mani only lasts a day. I've been searching for the perfect base and top coat that won't chip in the pool. Is formula x the best for me?
asked 10 months ago
lucyjucy
(Takoma Park, MD)
on The System
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I would say, yes! This is the product for you. I am not a swimmer, but I wash my hands consistently throughout the day in addition to showering 1-2 times per day. I've had the polish on for going on a week and I've had no chips at all. It's really nice. It looks like a gel manicure too as it's shiny and coats the nails evenly. I would try it out, but purchase the entire system with the nail cleanser, base coat, formula X polish, and top coat and try it out. You can always return it if it doesn't work for you. I was told by an associate at Sephora that if I tried it and didn't like it, I could still return it if I kept my receipt. Good luck! I think that you will really like this.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lk5525
(Dallas, TX)
answer 2
I'm not a swimmer, but I do a lot of dishes and this polish has lasted five days without a single chip.
answered 6 months ago
Vegetarianme
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
You definitely gotta give this stuff a try!! I've put it through heck and not a chip in sight!
answered 7 months ago
kristinpbdy
(Sparta, MI)
answer 4
When my nails get longer, I like to make that noise by tapping them on tables and desks and what not. The base coat is one of the best I have ever used myself. My nails have rarely chipped in the slightest and the top coat makes my nails look even shinier than when I first put the nail polish on.
answered 8 months ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 5
i have the same issue - i work in an industry where i am constantly washing my hands and most polishes are lucky to last a day. so far, i've had great luck with this system, and even picked up a few extra colors because i like it so much. a normal one day polish has lasted 5+ days.
answered 9 months ago
amyweiland
(pittsburgh, pa)
answer 6
I didn't really have a problem with chipping. It seemed like the complete layer of polish would peel away from my nail. I have not been able to get a manicure using this system to last more than 2 days.
answered 10 months ago
luvrox
(wichita, ks)
answer 7
Yes yes yes!
answered 10 months ago
mel35
(Bernardsville NJ)
Question
Can you use other brands colors with this?
I have a ton of OPI and Essie polishes, will they work with this system?
asked 1 year ago
Anonymous
(Kansas City)
on The System
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I used the system with other polishes and got the same long wearing result. I even tried some special effects top coats from another line and it still stayed on and chip free for about 2 weeks.
answered 7 months ago
blondiegirl1970
answer 2
I've used Deborah Lippman nail polish with this system and it works just fine.
answered 8 months ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 3
Yes! They work wonderfully with other brands and give a nice top coat shine. I would suggest letting the nail polish color dry before applying the formula x top coat.
answered 9 months ago
ClassynSweet
answer 4
Hi I have not tried it, but the girl at Sephora said that I could use any brand of nail polish! :)
answered 11 months ago
MissSpenser
answer 5
Yes, you can definitely use other brands with this. I used Chanel le Vernis nail polish in Taboo and it worked without any problems.
answered 1 year ago
waterbaby1981
(Vancouver, WA)
answer 6
Yes, it will work fine. I have a ton of the OPIs that were on sale here and the base and top coat seem universal.
answered 1 year ago
katcaffeine
(New York, New York)
Question
How long does it take o dry
asked 11 months ago
Anonymous
on The System
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It dries very fast. I would say about each layer dries in approximately 90 seconds.
answered 10 months ago
luvrox
(wichita, ks)
answer 2
It dries sooo fast! By the time I'm done with my second hand the first hand is just about dry. I'd still be careful a few minutes longer than that, but it's the fastest drying polish I've ever used.
answered 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Oxford, MS)
answer 3
I haven't timed it exactly, but I really feel it dries quicker than regular polish. I am not sure if it makes a difference, but I have been using the entire system (cleanser, primer and top coat). So far, very pleased!
answered 11 months ago
JHMD
(Ohio)
answer 4
It dries in almost no time, but that's with using the entire set and having two coats of polish. It is also highly pigmented so you don't need to apply heavy coats to get good results. After a week of it on, it was still shiny and had no chips.
answered 11 months ago
XStacyDawn
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 5
My manicure was fully dry in about 20 mins
answered 11 months ago
mandaroch
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 6
This dries super quick 5-10 minutes into a glossy almost gel like shine. Awesome
answered 11 months ago
egosuperegoid
(Philadelphia)
Question
The free polish isn't showing up as free, but as regular price. How do I fix that?
asked 10 months ago
beliza
(Denver, CO)
on The System
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I had this same issue and found out that you have to add the set to your basket first and then add a nail polish immediately after and then it will reflect as free at checkout. If you add any products in between the set and polish or add the polish first, etc. the polish will not reflect as free. I had to call customer service to get a refund on the polish and they took care of it immediately.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
betenoire
(RSM, CA)
answer 2
The discount should apply when you checkout.
answered 6 months ago
missesjai
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
when you "check out' it adjusts the price of the polish to "free"
answered 7 months ago
blondiegirl1970
answer 4
Add the 4 step system. Then go to the individual colors and add one. At checkout it will take off the price of the individual color.
answered 7 months ago
Melahan
answer 5
It should take the price off on the bottom of the checkout page.
answered 8 months ago
RainyRumination
(Akron, OH)
answer 6
It shows free when you add to the cart, and check out, you can see it deducts from the total amount :)
answered 9 months ago
tammyrp
Question
FORMALDEHYDE
DOES THIS SYSTEM AS WELL AS THE POLISH CONTAIN FORMALDEHYLE. I NOTICED THAT THEY DO NOT DISCLOSE INGREDIENTS OR LIST AS FORMALDEHYDE FREE. I HAVE A SENSITIVITY TO FORMALDEHYDE SO I DEEPLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.
asked 11 months ago
lillysgg
(dallas, tx)
on The System
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
The base coat and top coat do not contain formaldehyde, but the colors I own do.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
VVH1
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Methylene glycol, formalin and toluene sulfonamide do not show in the list of ingredients on the package (I'm looking at it right now). If it is that worrisome maybe you should stop in the store and look at the packaging.
answered 8 months ago
RainyRumination
(Akron, OH)
answer 3
I didn't see formaldehyde on the ingredient list on my bottles.
answered 11 months ago
junkyfunky
(colorado)
answer 4
Not 100% sure, but when I was in the store, asking about - "3 free" products. They recommended these polishes...
answered 11 months ago
lisalisanyc
(Santa Barbara, CA)
Question
when im ordering the nail polish set how do i pick a free nail polish
asked 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Anonymous
(lake geneva, wi)
on The System
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Get a NARS lip pencil sharpener - it fits the exact size.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
corkdork
(Toronto, ON)
answer 2
Just pick your color and add it to the basket with this set in it. It should adjust but if not call customer service and they will fix it.
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
mel35
(Bernardsville NJ)
answer 3
Details on adding the system & free polish can be found here>http://www.sephora.com/formula-x?buttonMediaId=20200047&icid2=formulax_thesystem_100213_image. For additional assistance, please give us a call at 1-877-SEPHORA. Thanks!
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
miabt
(San Francisco)
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