In my last Nail of the Day post, I featured one of the new Formula X for Sephora nail polishes and I promised a review soon, so here it is. This review is not for a single nail color, but for the 4 step system that they sell as a package deal for $32. The 4 step system is comprised of a Nail Cleanser, Base Coat, Nail Color of your choice, and Top Coat. Sephora promises a flawless, long-lasting manicure if all 4 steps are taken. So is it all just a hoax? Keep reading to find out!
Step 1: Nail Cleanser
The Nail Cleanser is a thin liquid that once applied to your nails, dries very fast. It kind of reminds me of alcohol, but I’m sure that it is not because of the smell. It also doesn’t leave my nails dried out like alcohol does. This step ensures that your nail is as clean as possible so that the nail polish sticks to it better. Due to the consistency of the Nail Cleanser, it only takes me about a minute to do both hands.
Step 2: Base Coat
I really like this pink-tinted base coat. It applies very easily and dries quickly. Sometimes base coats can be too thick and goopy which makes it hard to apply color over. Also the light pink tint helps to perfect any discoloration of the nails so it can be worn alone.
Step 3: Nail Color of your Choice
The Formula X for Sephora line already has so many nail colors (including glitters and other transformers). I currently own 3 (Impeccable, Catalyst, and Evocative), but I will be investing in some more. Of the shades that I have tried, they pretty much all apply similarly. They are a little on the thick side, so they can be over applied if not careful. They tend to be pretty opaque on the first coat, but the color really shines after the second coat. I always apply 2 coats of the colors that I own. Even without applying the base coat, the finish is really shiny.
Step 4: Top Coat
The Top Coat included is a nice addition. It is not too thick or thin and it seems to perfect the color underneath. It also dries relatively fast even though it is not marketed as a fast dry top coat. It reminds me a lot of Seche Vite (my favorite top coat) because it dries super shiny and makes any mistakes in the color underneath even out. However, it is not as thick and it doesn’t dry as fast as Seche Vite.
So do I believe in The System??? YES! When I do all four steps, I get nails that look good and are chip-free for at least 6 days. That may not sound like a big deal to you, but for me it is. Typically my nail polish only lasts 1-2 days without chipping due to the nature of my job and my constant hand washing/hand sanitizing. I’ve seen some reviews that say that their manicure lasts over a week when using The System. Also, when my nails do start chipping with The System, it looks more like they are wearing off as opposed to big chips. I hope that makes sense, lol!
I have also tested The System with another brand of nail color and it lasted almost as long, but the shininess went away after about 4 days. Whereas when I use a Formula X Polish, the shininess lasts the entire length of the manicure. Also, I tested the Formula X nail colors without using the system (just using my normal base and top coat) and although they look just as good, I was only able to get a maximum of about 4 days of wear out of them.
Overall, I highly recommend The System if you like the look of gel nails, but not the damage that they can do. If purchased as a set, it is cheaper than buying the steps individually (they each range from $10-$13 individually). If you don’t want to go for The System just yet, try out one of their nail colors. They have some very pretty and unique colors in the line.
Final Grade: A+
Have you tried the new Formula X for Sephora nail polishes? Were you impressed?