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Formula X SHINE - Top Coat

What it is:An ultraglossy and quick-dry, high-performance top coat top that amplifies your lacquer’s shine and lasts. What it does: Infused with the ultimate in long-wear technology, this high-performance top coat extends the wear time of your lacquer while amplifying your lacquer’s shine. Sephora’s patented formulation delivers invisible anti-chip technology and resistance to water and detergents. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens
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Questions & Answers for Formula X SHINE - Top Coat

Question
Does this or the old black lid version bubble on your nails?
My old bottle that has the black lid is producing tiny bubbles in a terrible way on my nails. I'm just curious is anyone else had this trouble with the old black lid version and isn't having it now with the new white lid version? I love the long lasting wear, but can't handle this ugly bubbles.
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Nashville, TN)
on SHINE - Top Coat
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've gone through A LOT of the Formula X Top Coat and it happened to all of them after a little while, most of the time when my bottle was almost empty. The bubbles she's talking about are not like the little bumps that you often see when you put old nail polish on, they're like really tiny holes all over your nails. When this happens to an almost empty bottle, I usually add a bit from a new one and it kind of helps, not always though.
answered 3 weeks, 2 days ago
LoveNailArt
answer 2
Sadly yes, as amazing as it is when you start using it, it does get pretty thick and makes weird little bobbles on your nails. I've bought some nail polish thinner and I will try it with this Top Coat shortly.
answered 3 weeks, 2 days ago
LoveNailArt
answer 3
No bubbles with this top coat. What you can try is after each use take a cotton round with nail polish remover and use around the edge of the bottle. usually the bubbles are really dry top coat chips that fall off from the top.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
momgon
(Paterson)
answer 4
The white lid version has not caused any unsightly bubbling at all, I'm surprised and very pleased. I do keep the top coat in the fridge, though, because any exposure to heat will ruin it and cause bubbles on your nails.
answered 9 months ago
BrookeBurns
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
it dries out a bit after a few uses. Add a few drops of nail polish remover, mix it up and you should be good for a few more manicures!!
answered 11 months ago
iwishlast
(fishers indiana)
answer 6
If you apply a little bit more pressure you won't have the "bubbles" .
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Claudinha
(El Paso, TX)
answer 7
I have had any problems with bubbling. I have not had any problems with this top coat.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
ickydoo
(SAN ANTONIO)
answer 8
I did get some bubbles with this but I did something I've never before; I used two coats of top coat. I think that is why I got bubbles and they were mostly on the edge of my nails.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
lonerchick
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 9
I get a lot of those bubbles in my nails when I use nail polish in general and I looked up why it does that and it wad because I had my fan on and that i took a shower after painting my nails or it could also be any cold air coming in. It works pretty well just changing the technique. I'm not sure if that helped
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
Rainiemai
Question
Can't open it!
I took off the plastic coat of the polish and just can't open the top. Is there a trick?
asked 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Champaign)
on SHINE - Top Coat
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
The top can get hard sometimes. Try hitting it with the edge of a spoon softly 2 or 3 times on different sides.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
momgon
(Paterson)
answer 2
Apply a few drops of nail polish remover at the base of the cap and let it sit. This should get the remover to seep upwards and soften the hardened polish, making it easier to open.
answered 4 months ago
ErenLeonhart
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 3
Sometimes the top really sticks -- once you remove the blocky plastic top and reveal the standard cylinder top, try running it under hot water before twisting left.
answered 9 months ago
BrookeBurns
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
Pull off the top square plastic part, do not try to unscrew it. When you pull it off you will see that there is a regular screw off brush.
answered 9 months ago
angelina5287
answer 5
Pull the useless square cap off...then twist the "real" top.
answered 10 months ago
bettyrubble7
(Warren, MI)
answer 6
Just pull the white cap off. Straight off, no twisting. Inside is the brush bit.
answered 10 months ago
CutieR
(Victoria, BC)
Question
For those who have tried this, how does it compare with the seche vite top coat?
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(seattle, WA)
on SHINE - Top Coat
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
I had a heck of a time using seche vite. It looked amazing, but peeled at the end of the day.

The gloss is similar to seche, but much longer lasting and not as fussy.
answered 4 months ago
ErenLeonhart
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 2
I use to use Seche Vite's top coat, at the time I was happy with it. Since discovering Sephora's Formula X top coat, I so love this product better! I hope this helps!
answered 6 months ago
casualgirl2012
(Seattle, WA)
answer 3
No comparison. This product is far better based on my experience. My hands are in water quite a bit and I don't protect them with "rough" work. This top coat is the best I have used in years.
answered 1 year ago
Slashluck
answer 4
The Deborah lippmann one doesn't dry as fast. You don't have shrinkage issues with the "DL" one. The shine with the"DL" is amazing, it shines 2 times more than the seche vite. The only issue with the "DL" is that it can bubble if you don't apply enough pressure, but once you figure out your technique, no more problems!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Claudinha
(El Paso, TX)
answer 5
I think that it's far superior to Seche Vite. It dries in about the same time and definitely protects my nails better with a gel manicure look. Also, there's no nail polish shrinkage (that's a problem I've had with Seche Vite).
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
loquita
(Northampton, MA)
Question
Anything to thin this out?
Does anyone know of any product that can be used to thin this out? I loved this topcoat initially for the long lasting quality and the insane shine but like a lot of others, half the bottle is unusable because its so think and I always replace the cap tightly. Is there anything that can be used to thin it out again or is it hopeless?
asked 6 months ago
Jewels1978
(Chicago IL)
on SHINE - Top Coat
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Great question, my niece told me to put in a few drops of nail polish remover and it will thin out. I have never tried it but she said it works. Hopefully it will for you to.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
momgon
(Paterson)
answer 2
I've had this problem with nail polishes, go to a beauty supply store, ask them for a nail polish thinner. Sorry that I can't remember the name of the product, I just know that this was the only place that I was able to buy this. I hope this helps!
answered 6 months ago
casualgirl2012
(Seattle, WA)
answer 3
You can add a nail polish thinner to it, about 5 drops works. Pick it up at a beauty supply place. I do the same to all the Formula X polishes, they're just a little too thick for me.
answered 6 months ago
bettyrubble7
(Warren, MI)
answer 4
Yes, there is a nail polish thinner at Sally's beauty salon that works great and doesn't affect the product in the end.
answered 6 months ago
brandi5150
(Cherry Valley)
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