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Formula X The System

What it is: A four-piece customizable manicure kit that includes formulas to cleanse, prime, and shine. What it does:Take your nails to the next level of perfection with The System Kit. Start with Nail Cleanser, an essential step that leaves nails free of residue for smooth polish application. Next, apply Base Coat, an advanced adhesive primer that forms a sticky layer, helping lacquer take hold. Add your Formula X lacquer of choice for whatever effect you’re after. And finish with super glossy Top Coat to protect your manicure with dazzling high shine. 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:How It Works: 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!Sephora is the exclusive beauty retailer for this product.
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Questions & Answers for Formula X The System

Question
Can you use regular nail polish remover with this set?
asked 6 months ago
bjsaddler
on The System
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've used Deborah Lippman nail polish with this system and it works just fine.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks 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 3 months, 2 weeks ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 3
Yes, it removes easily with regular nail polish remover.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
AudrySnack
answer 4
Yep! I used Cutex and it came off just fine!
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Anonymous
(Oxford, MS)
answer 5
Totally!!
answered 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 3 weeks 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 5 months, 3 weeks 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 5 months, 4 weeks ago
MissSpenser
(Iowa)
answer 9
Yes, you can. I have and it works great.
answered 5 months, 4 weeks ago
sadierenee
(Kansas City)
answer 10
Yes you can!
answered 6 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
how long does it take to dry between the steps?
asked 5 months, 3 weeks ago
bklynema
(brooklyn, ny)
on The System
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
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 3 months, 2 weeks ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 2
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 3 months, 3 weeks ago
bEAutee17
answer 3
Dries quickly compared to average drying time in my opinion.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
Lindsi1
(Bowmanville, ON)
answer 4
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 5 months, 1 week ago
HeyItsAlexP
(New York, NY)
answer 5
Almost immediately. By the time I was ready to apply the next step to the first hand, the nails were already dry.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
fijimermaid
(North Ridgeville, OH)
answer 6
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 5 months, 2 weeks ago
CocoaChemist13
(Jackson, MS)
answer 7
not too long, especially the top coat.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
clairepoz
(Manasquan, NJ)
answer 8
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 5 months, 3 weeks 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 3 months, 2 weeks ago
AdelaT86
(South Texas)
on The System
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use the cleanser AFTER removing what was previously on my nails. I find it makes my nails ready for a base coat.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 2
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 2 months, 3 weeks ago
HayleyCR
(NoVA)
answer 3
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 3 months ago
suzannexxo
(San Francisco)
answer 4
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 3 months, 1 week ago
ntopley
(Dallas, TX)
answer 5
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 3 months, 2 weeks ago
tammyrp
(Starkville, MS)
answer 6
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 3 months, 2 weeks ago
prettygirl6
(sf, ca)
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 6 months 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 1 month ago
blondiegirl1970
answer 2
I've used Deborah Lippman nail polish with this system and it works just fine.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks 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 3 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 4 weeks 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 6 months 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 6 months ago
katcaffeine
(New York, New York)
Question
How long does it take o dry
asked 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Anonymous
on The System
6 answers
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answer 1
It dries very fast. I would say about each layer dries in approximately 90 seconds.
answered 4 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 4 months, 2 weeks 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 5 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 5 months, 3 weeks ago
XStacyDawn
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 5
My manicure was fully dry in about 20 mins
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
mandaroch
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 6
This dries super quick 5-10 minutes into a glossy almost gel like shine. Awesome
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
egosuperegoid
(Philadelphia)
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 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lucyjucy
(Takoma Park, MD)
on The System
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I'm not a swimmer, but I do a lot of dishes and this polish has lasted five days without a single chip.
answered 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Vegetarianme
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
You definitely gotta give this stuff a try!! I've put it through heck and not a chip in sight!
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
kristinpbdy
(Sparta, MI)
answer 3
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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 4
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 3 months, 3 weeks ago
amyweiland
(pittsburgh, pa)
answer 5
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 4 months ago
luvrox
(wichita, ks)
answer 6
Yes yes yes!
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
mel35
(Bernardsville NJ)
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 4 months, 1 week ago
lucyjucy
(Takoma Park, MD)
on The System
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 2
Yes it does. But I'm afraid if the other polishes may not last as long as Formula X.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
tammyrp
(Starkville, MS)
answer 3
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 3 months, 2 weeks ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 4
Absolutely! I have had excellent luck with other polish brands as well, even glitter colors.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
m3phist023
(Folsom, CA)
answer 5
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 4 months ago
mary123
(Encino, ca)
answer 6
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 4 months ago
camiah
(Gainesville, FL)
Question
The free polish isn't showing up as free, but as regular price. How do I fix that?
asked 4 months, 1 week ago
beliza
(Denver, CO)
on The System
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
The discount should apply when you checkout.
answered 3 weeks, 2 days ago
missesjai
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
when you "check out' it adjusts the price of the polish to "free"
answered 1 month ago
blondiegirl1970
answer 3
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 1 month, 1 week ago
Melahan
answer 4
It should take the price off on the bottom of the checkout page.
answered 2 months ago
RainyRumination
(Akron, OH)
answer 5
It shows free when you add to the cart, and check out, you can see it deducts from the total amount :)
answered 3 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 3 weeks ago
lillysgg
(dallas, tx)
on The System
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
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 2 months ago
RainyRumination
(Akron, OH)
answer 2
I didn't see formaldehyde on the ingredient list on my bottles.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
junkyfunky
(colorado)
answer 3
Not 100% sure, but when I was in the store, asking about - "3 free" products. They recommended these polishes...
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
lisalisanyc
(Santa Barbara, CA)
Question
Can you purchase more than one set at a time online?
It does not seem to be removing my second free nail polish for the second set I added to my cart.
asked 6 months ago
PhysicalChemist
(SCS, MI)
on The System
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
It does not work to buy the set online in canada, as it will not give you the colour polish for free. Bummer, I know!
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
Lindsi1
(Bowmanville, ON)
answer 2
Do not enter a promo code, as the 'free' polish part of this purchase will be used as a promo code. I wish I had known this before I purchased.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
swerds
(Grand Forks, ND)
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