Size: 0.4 oz. each plus full-size polish of choice
Features: Gel-like manicure at home | 10 Day Flawless Color | Easily Foldable Storage
A few weeks ago I received an email telling me that I had been chosen for the Formula X Influenster Box. I was excited to be getting another Influenster box but a little apprehensive because I’m usually pretty finicky about my nail polishes. I will say though that pickiness does make it where I’m way tougher on my reviews of nail polishes than just about any other product I review. So let’s see what I thought of the Formula X The System XCEL Set, one of the three parts that came in the Formula X Influenster Box.
The Formula X The System XCEL is supposed to be an at home manicure set that gives Formula X polishes 10 days of gel-like shine, flawless color, and a plumping effect. The way that the Formula X The System XCEL works is supposedly via a layering effect that is done with a certain set of products. The Formula X The System XCEL comes with a full-size bottle each of Clean, Prime, and Shine and when you purchase the set from Sephora you also get to add a full-size Formula X polish of your choice added to the set. The different parts are also available to be purchased separately if you don’t want the set or the nail polish. Before you decide let’s talk about what each part is supposed to do.
The first step in the Formula X The System XCEL is the bottle of Cleanse. Cleanse works by using hazel extract remove any invisible oils that may be on the nail while using cucumber extract and safflower oil to condition the nails. The nails will flash-dry down completely and be ready for step 2, which is Prime. Prime is a multitasking base coat that does many things. It starts out by providing a protective barrier between your nail and the polish, it then moves on to provide an ultra-stickiness that lets the polish adhere to the nail better for a longer lasting polish, lastly it uses keratin to provide a stronger manicure. After applying one to two coats of polish, a review of the Formula X Polish TGIF will be coming next week, you are ready for the last step of the Formula X The System XCEL, Shine. Shine is an ultra-glossy gel-like top coat that is fortified with acrylic to help the manicure to last even longer!
As usual those are some pretty great claims but are they true? I can tell you that when I first opened the Formula X Influenster Box I was highly skeptical of all of it, more so the Formula X The System XCEL and the Formula X Delete All Polish Remover. However, when I first started to use the Formula X The System XCEL the first thing I noticed was how good the brush was in all of the bottle. One of the things that I love about the polishes that are my favorite are their formulas and their brushes and the brush for the Formula X is right up there with those. Now what about the actual products? The Cleanse really does dry down lightning fast. As for the Prime and the Shine, they really did leave my manicure looking gel-like and long lasting. Even with my favorite polishes my nails tend to chip within the first few days due to how had I am on my nails. After I did my nails with the Formula X The System XCEL I not only typed several blog posts, cooked several meals, did some dishes, but I also shampooed some people at school which is usually killer on my nails. The only thing wrong with my nails by the time all that was done was a small chip on the corner of my middle finger.
Overall the Formula X The System XCEL is an amazing at home manicure set, it seriously works just like if I was doing my nails in my Nail Care class last semester. Obviously you’re still going to need items like cuticle cream, cuticle oil, nail file to shape the nails, etc. but for the extending polish factor this does an amazing job without costing a fortune and having to have an LED light. I actually told my husband that I like this set better than my favorite nail polish brand! Essentially if you’re wanting your polish to last a while and you don’t want to pay salon prices, then you need to check the Formula X The System XCEL out!
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