Best Nail Polish : Sephora Formula X
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Sharing about my current favorite and what I’ve found to be the best nail polish system so far from Sephora.
A few weeks back I was rushing around getting ready for a cruise with Princess Cruise lines on very short notice. I was so excited to be able to travel and spend some time with my sister so it didn’t matter that it was last minute. We planned out some excursions for our days ashore on Grand Cayman and Cozumel, as well as a visit to the onboard spa for some pampering that we were both looking forward to.
Suitcases were packed and I looked at my toes. Ick. I hardly had time to get my clothes ready much less take off to have a pedicure. Plus I really hate people messing with my feet.
So I decided I would tackle it on my own. I already had some last minute errands to run that included a stop by Sephora. While I was there I explained my predicament and asked the helpful sales lady to point me in the direction of the next best thing to a professional pedicure. She didn’t hesitate and showed me the Sephora Formula X line. She shared that she was a trained cosmetologist and knew from her experience that the set which includes a nail cleaner, base coat, a color of choice and top coat, was similar, if not exactly what would be used in a salon and that it was long-lasting and should last a good week or two at least. I grabbed it and left.
Now, first let me explain. I don’t do nails. I hate messing with stuff and especially stuff that doesn’t last, and with exception to maybe one professional pedicure that I recall years ago, nail polish has never lasted for any length of time for me. So you could say I wasn’t all that hopeful that this would be much better. But I tried it anyway. I did all the steps (which is a stretch for me). It wasn’t the best paint job, but it would do in a pinch.
Well … at almost 3 weeks post-cruise and my toenails were still pretty good looking! They stood up to the sand, and sea during the trip. I’m quite surprised to say the least. With a few dings where I rammed my toes into something as I always do, they pretty much look as good as they did when I painted them (plus the new growth area). Really. I’m planning on making a special trip back to the store just so I can thank the sweet salesperson that sold it to me. She was right on!
I bought the Formula X System set in store which comes with one color of choice for about $35, plus an additional color for about $10. The total cost of all of it was less than one trip for a pedicure and manicure. That’s a win win in my book any day. As I said before, the set comes with 4 parts: the nail cleaner, base, coat, 1 color of choice, and a top coat. I chose an additional color.
Speaking of if you’re looking for a true red the Fahrenheit is lovely. It’s a vibrant red without being orange or too pinkish, if you know what I mean (and looks great on toes). The other color, Enticing, is okay. It’s definitely one of those new neutrals that you should test with your skin color. It looks okay on me, but it’s not my favorite color. The Fahrenheit red is a classic, though. One that I will purchasing again.
Let me know if you try this nail polish system out, and how you like it. I’ll be trying it again and will report back here if anything changes with my opinion.
This is not a sponsored post for Sephora. I bought my own nail polish with my own money in a pinch.
Princess Cruise Lines paid for my trip and expenses. As always, all opinions are my own.
Thanks for sharing this info! Is it difficult to take off once you want to change color? That is my biggest pet peeve with the gel manicure.
You know, I honestly don’t know yet. It’s still on. I will report back when I know.
Thanks for the great tips Amy! I will have to try this soon.
Yes! Always on the lookout for a great polish 🙂
My favorite polish line is Vinylux by CND (makers of Shellac). I buy the colors on Amazon or a local salon that sells it. You don’t need a base coat. Just put two thin coats of polish on and use their Weekly Topcoat over that. Within 10 minutes it is smudge free. And I mean smudge free as in hop into bed and no sheet scuffs on your toes. And the best thing is that it doesn’t need acetone to take it off. Their sales pitch is that it will stay on your nails for a week. Pedicures have stayed as long as 2 months (during the winter when my toes rarely see daylight). I am really hard on my fingernails since I’m a little OCD/germophobe and wash my hands a lot. A manicure I do on myself has stayed as long as 5 days without a chip. I am like the Samsonite monkey of nail polish. (Hopefully I’m not the only person that remembers the commercial). I’m sure if I were to put a coat of topcoat on after a day or so it would probably prolong my manicure. Hmmmmm. Will try that soon.