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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:Get twice the shine and twice the wear*: Stay polished longer and prolong perfection with Formula X’s The System. Featuring four essential steps to a flawless, lasting manicure—Cleanse, Prime, Color, and Shine—these patented formulas are designed to deliver a superior high-gloss finish and ultra long-wearing, chip-resistant color. Start with CLEANSE Nail Cleanser—an essential salon secret—infused with witch hazel, vitamin E, and cucumber extract to help rid nails of oil and residue and optimize base coat adherence. Next, apply PRIME, an advanced multitasking primer that works to prevent staining, aids in protecting the natural nail, and acts as an adhesive layer, allowing color to take hold for a long-lasting mani. Apply the nail color of your choice, and then seal in your manicure with SHINE, a super glossy, fast-drying top coat that delivers the ultimate gel-like shine and relentless stay-true color. *In an independent study, Formula X The System was tested versus a leading salon brand polish. Results were after eight days of wear. This set contains: - 0.4 oz Nail Cleanser - 0.4 oz Base Coat - 0.4 oz Top Coat - 0.4 oz Nail Color What else you need to know: Discount applies to the current price of the item. 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). 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, 5 months ago
bjsaddler
on The System
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lilybramble
(Martinsville, IN)
answer 2
I've used Deborah Lippman nail polish with this system and it works just fine.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 3
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 1 year, 2 months ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 4
Yes, it removes easily with regular nail polish remover.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
AudrySnack
answer 5
Yep! I used Cutex and it came off just fine!
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Oxford, MS)
answer 6
Totally!!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Lindsi1
(Bowmanville, ON)
answer 7
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 1 year, 5 months ago
lovelyringo
(New York, NY)
answer 8
I tried it and it works really well. Not quite as well as with formula x polish but still really good.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
mandaroch
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 9
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 1 year, 5 months ago
MissSpenser
(Iowa)
answer 10
Yes, you can. I have and it works great.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
sadierenee
(Kansas City)
answer 11
Yes you can!
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
how long does it take to dry between the steps?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
bklynema
(brooklyn, ny)
on The System
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is just like regular polish because it is regular polish. In the winter (when there's little humidity), I wait 10-15 minutes between coats. In the summer I wait longer. This is probably longer than is absolutely necessary, but I hate ruining a manicure just because I didn't let the coats dry long enough.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lilybramble
(Martinsville, IN)
answer 2
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 9 months ago
lk5525
(Dallas, TX)
answer 3
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 1 year, 2 months ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 4
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 1 year, 3 months ago
bEAutee17
answer 5
Dries quickly compared to average drying time in my opinion.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Lindsi1
(Bowmanville, ON)
answer 6
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 1 year, 4 months ago
HeyItsAlexP
(New York, NY)
answer 7
Almost immediately. By the time I was ready to apply the next step to the first hand, the nails were already dry.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
fijimermaid
(North Ridgeville, OH)
answer 8
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 1 year, 4 months ago
CocoaChemist13
(Jackson, MS)
answer 9
not too long, especially the top coat.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
clairepoz
(Manasquan, NJ)
answer 10
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 1 year, 4 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 1 year, 2 months ago
AdelaT86
(South Texas)
on The System
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
The cleanser just takes off any dirt or oil on your nails so the polish adheres better. It doesn't remove old polish.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lilybramble
(Martinsville, IN)
answer 2
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 9 months ago
lk5525
(Dallas, TX)
answer 3
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 9 months ago
ceces
(san jose,ca)
answer 4
I use the cleanser AFTER removing what was previously on my nails. I find it makes my nails ready for a base coat.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 5
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 1 year, 1 month ago
HayleyCR
(NoVA)
answer 6
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 1 year, 2 months ago
suzannexxo
(San Francisco)
answer 7
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 1 year, 2 months ago
ntopley
(Dallas, TX)
answer 8
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 1 year, 2 months ago
tammyrp
(Starkville, MS)
answer 9
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 1 year, 2 months ago
prettygirl6
(sf, ca)
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 1 year, 3 months ago
lucyjucy
(Takoma Park, MD)
on The System
8 answers
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answer 1
If you put one coat of base coat before your color, two coats (may vary depending on your polish) and two coats of top coat after your color, you should be good for at least a week, even with your swimming. I usually take my nail polish off after about a week just because I want to change it and most of the time it hasn't chipped yet by then.
answered 2 months ago
LoveNailArt
answer 2
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 9 months ago
lk5525
(Dallas, TX)
answer 3
I'm not a swimmer, but I do a lot of dishes and this polish has lasted five days without a single chip.
answered 11 months ago
Vegetarianme
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
You definitely gotta give this stuff a try!! I've put it through heck and not a chip in sight!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
kristinpbdy
(Sparta, MI)
answer 5
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 1 year, 1 month ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 6
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 1 year, 3 months ago
amyweiland
(pittsburgh, pa)
answer 7
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 1 year, 3 months ago
luvrox
(wichita, ks)
answer 8
Yes yes yes!
answered 1 year, 3 months 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 1 year, 3 months ago
lucyjucy
(Takoma Park, MD)
on The System
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have used this with SH, OPI & a few others. The top coat works great with everything!
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
AlligatorWoman
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
According to the sales rep at my Sephora store, it can be used with other polishes.
answered 9 months ago
ceip
(san francisco, ca)
answer 3
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 1 year, 1 month ago
BellaBobcat
(Columbus, OH)
answer 4
Yes it does. But I'm afraid if the other polishes may not last as long as Formula X.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
tammyrp
(Starkville, MS)
answer 5
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 1 year, 2 months ago
TotesAdorbs
(Fayetteville, AR)
answer 6
Absolutely! I have had excellent luck with other polish brands as well, even glitter colors.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
m3phist023
(Folsom, CA)
answer 7
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 1 year, 3 months ago
mary123
(Encino, ca)
answer 8
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 1 year, 3 months ago
camiah
(Gainesville, FL)
Question
How long does it take o dry
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
Anonymous
on The System
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is just like regular polish because it is regular polish. In the winter (when there's little humidity), I wait 10-15 minutes between coats. In the summer I wait longer. This is probably longer than is absolutely necessary, but I hate ruining a manicure just because I didn't let the coats dry long enough.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lilybramble
(Martinsville, IN)
answer 2
It dries very fast. I would say about each layer dries in approximately 90 seconds.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
luvrox
(wichita, ks)
answer 3
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 1 year, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Oxford, MS)
answer 4
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 1 year, 4 months ago
JHMD
(Ohio)
answer 5
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 1 year, 5 months ago
XStacyDawn
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 6
My manicure was fully dry in about 20 mins
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
mandaroch
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 7
This dries super quick 5-10 minutes into a glossy almost gel like shine. Awesome
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
egosuperegoid
(Philadelphia)
Question
No nail color included
Has anyone else bought this and not received the nail color? I wasn't promoted to choose one and am super bummed I recieved this product with an empty nail color compartment :-/
asked 3 months, 3 weeks ago
AmeyChristiana
(Bedford, MA)
on The System
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I added the free polish to my cart, I just didn't receive it.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
11sbecky
(Crownsville,MD)
answer 2
I meant to say mine was missing the bottle of free polish. Cust service won't send me the polish! I'll have to return "the system" I shouldn't have to do that, they should just send me the polish.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
11sbecky
(Crownsville,MD)
answer 3
Me too. I just posted a review as 11sbecky, read it and you'll see how poor the response from cust service is.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
11sbecky
(Crownsville,MD)
answer 4
You have to add the color to your shopping cart and the price will be taken off. There is no prompt to do this though.
I would contact Customer Service to see about getting your polish color.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
AlligatorWoman
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
It does say in the product description to add a nail color to your basket, and then it will be included in the sets price. Im sorry you missed out!
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
morey3ml
(Grosse Pointe Park, MI)
answer 6
If you buy online you have to add a nail polish color manually. In the cart it'll reflect the discount of any Formula X polish you choose. Not sure what happened but hopefully I helped!
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Lhangen
(Seattle, WA)
answer 7
To receive the free Formula X polish to complete the set, please follow these steps:
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).
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, 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 1 year, 5 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 year ago
blondiegirl1970
answer 2
I've used Deborah Lippman nail polish with this system and it works just fine.
answered 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 5 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, 5 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 1 year, 5 months ago
katcaffeine
(New York, New York)
Question
The free polish isn't showing up as free, but as regular price. How do I fix that?
asked 1 year, 3 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 10 months ago
betenoire
(RSM, CA)
answer 2
The discount should apply when you checkout.
answered 11 months ago
missesjai
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
when you "check out' it adjusts the price of the polish to "free"
answered 1 year 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 1 year ago
Melahan
answer 5
It should take the price off on the bottom of the checkout page.
answered 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 2 months ago
tammyrp
Question
when im ordering the nail polish set how do i pick a free nail polish
asked 7 months ago
Anonymous
(lake geneva, wi)
on The System
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Just pick any color & put it in your basket. The price will be taken off automatically.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
AlligatorWoman
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
Just add the polish (has to be the same brand) to your basket and at checkout you'll notice a discount.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
erynbgood
(Toronto, ON)
answer 3
You add the color after you put the package in your shopping cart.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
lilybramble
(Martinsville, IN)
answer 4
Get a NARS lip pencil sharpener - it fits the exact size.
answered 7 months ago
corkdork
(Toronto, ON)
answer 5
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 7 months ago
mel35
(Bernardsville NJ)
answer 6
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 7 months ago
miabt
(San Francisco)
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