Dec 25 2014

Formula X System Review (and Itty Bitty Giveaway – CLOSED)


Happy Holidays, everyone! (And Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates.) Today will be my last Blogmas Post. Whew. I wasn’t sure I’d get through the 25 days but I managed alright, only missing one day (December 17th).

Before I get started with this post, I want to wish everyone much joy and happiness during this time when many of us will be with family, friends and other loved ones. I know that everyone is super busy and it truly warms my heart that you stop by to check out what’s happening on this blog and maybe say “Hello”. Your comments, readership and support mean so very much to me. Hugs to you all. xo

Now let’s talk about nails! What now seems like eons ago, I was gifted by my mother the Formula X Nail System (sold at Sephora). It’s been sitting in my review pile looking all sad and lonesome. However, when, because of my ridiculous spending habits, I received the Sephora Formula X VIB Rouge Edition Color in “X ♥ Rouge” a bright, candy apple red – I thought, oh this is perfect for the season. So I finally dusted the kit off and today you guys are getting a Formula X System Review!

Formula X System Review

How the Formula X System Works


Formula X’s The System features four steps and products designed to help you achieve a flawless, high-gloss, chip-resistant, long-lasting manicure. The set comes with the Nail Cleanser, Base Coat, and Top Coat and you get to pick a color of your choice from the line. (This can be done online as well). The set retails for $32.00 USD which includes the color polish.

Starting with the Cleanse, sweep the nail cleanser, which is “infused with witch hazel, vitamin E, and cucumber extract” over your nails to get rid of oil and residue. This is meant to optimize base coat adherence.

Formula X System Review - Step 1 Nail Cleanser

Next, Prime using the base coat, which Formula X notes in “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”.

Formula X System Review - Step 2 Base Coat

Step 3, apply the nail Color of your choice. As mentioned, I’m using the color “X ♥ Rouge”. When I got the set, I had choosen Demolition which I featured here.

Formula X System Review - X Loves Rouge

Finally, apply some Shine with the top coat, which claims to be super glossy and fast drying, delivering “the ultimate gel-like shine and relentless stay-true color”.

Formula X System Review - Step 4 Top Coat

The Result:

Formula X System Review - X Loves Rouge Applied

My manicure lasted for a full 7 days with no noticeable chipping or wear along the tips of the nails. Toward the middle of second week, the color began to fade along the edges of the nail. By the end of the second week, more wear but no chips. On day 15, I finally removed easily with regular nail polish remover.

So do I recommend the system and how do I find it compares to my regular routine? Usually, I use nail polish remover to clean my nail bed before applying color. The base coat I had been using is by OPI, while my regular, tried and true top coat is Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri (in the bottle). This routine usually gets me a full week of wear with the polish still looking decent. Formula X out performs my regular routine slightly in terms of wear-time and is slightly more glossy. However, where it does get the most brownie points is convenience – it’s just so easy to use.


Mini Giveaway


About that Itty Bitty Giveaway….it’s Christmas after all, right?  In the spirit of today’s review, I’m giving away and Formula X Nail Polish (Xplosive Top Coat in Bombshell) and Nail Appliques (Bubble Up) to one (1) lucky winner!

Formula X System Review - Mini Giveaway 2
Formula X System Review - Mini Giveaway 1


Enter using the Rafflecopter Widget Below. Not too many hoops to jump thorough: Follow on Twitter and Tweet about giveaway (you can tweet once a day) and Follow on Google+. That’s it. Open internationally to adults 18+ (or legal adult in the country in which you reside). Void where prohibited. Closes at 12:00 a.m. EST on 8th January, 2015.  Good luck everyone!


And remember – I’m taking a short vacation from posting (I talked about it here), I’ll still be checking the blog and other social media outlets, I just won’t have any new posts until 4th January, 2015. Cheers for the New Year! Woohoo!




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  1. These nail polishes look amazing Kimmy, I need to enter this giveaway 😀

    Serene xoxo

      • Kimmy on December 27, 2014 at 10:38 am
      • Reply

      Thanks, Serene. I really enjoy the formula. 🙂

  2. I have heard such great things about Formula X! I must try it out sometime. I hope you had a Merry Christmas Kimmy! 🙂 xo

      • Kimmy on December 27, 2014 at 10:39 am
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      Merry Christmas, Katie. I hope you had a wonderful one and are having a fabulous weekend! 🙂

      1. Thank you so much! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend as well! 🙂 xo

  3. Congrats on doing so well keeping up your Blogmas posts! I absolutely enjoyed reading them even though I did not always had the time to reply. This looks like a lovely little set – although I’m not really a nail polish girl! I simply don’t have the patience for it.. hah! I love the result, it looks amazing.

    1. Thanks sweetie! I feel like I’ve been so out of touch with the blogging community lately, hehe. So much catching up to do! I’m so excited to post about my swap goodies this week! xo

  4. Commenting on a post so far away makes me feel so bad (I just run out of time to do anything lately, I just have the right hours to sleep left, lol!), but I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying this system too! I have to say it’s been a revolutionary thing for me, as I’ve been able to wear nail polish for weeks without chipping, all without too much attention (washing my hands a million times a day and so on)! That nail polish is so gorgeous, and the one you gave away looked amazing too! 🙂 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on January 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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      Aww, don’t worry about it honey. We all have so many things going on in our lives. I find that with the New Year, I’m not able to visit my favourite blogs as often as before. The fact that you stop by to say hello and comments always means so much to me, whether it’s once a week or once a month. xo

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