I am a big fan of nail polish. That being said, I am also a working mom, a sweaty runner (who must shower daily), and someone who does not own a dishwasher. You see where I’m going with this? Oh, and I’m also too busy to paint or touch up my nails Every. Single. Day.
When gel formulas came out, I thought it was the best thing next to sliced bread (**I’ve been trying to work that phrase in my blog for quite some time – hehehe).
I mean, what’s not to love about nail polish that sets hard as a rock and maintains a high gloss for 10 days? Oh, that’s right. The part that they don’t brag about is that the process of getting that high-gloss manicure that won’t chip for days takes about 45 minutes… and requires equipment (LED light). And one more thing worth mentioning — the process to remove the polish is almost as extreme. I mean who has time (or desire, for that matter) to walk around with remover-soaked cotton balls taped to their fingertips while the remover soaks the polish off? Not this girl.
I know I’m not the only one with these complaints because brands everywhere began to create gel-like formulas with simple base and top coats that produce a similar result for a fraction of the time and cost.
When I was asked to review Formula X System XCEL, I was stoked. If you’re familiar with Formula X, then you know that they have a TON of fun shades and effects. I received the color TGIF to sample, which is a salmon-y pink shade. It is perfect for the end of summer and will be great for spring.
The kit (retails for $32 at Sephora + you get to pick your shade). It comes with a cleanser, primer, color, and topcoat and takes only minutes to apply. The color is full coverage and I only needed 2 coats (though in a time pinch, one coat would suffice). It dries quickly and has that coveted gel-like shine.
While my polish did not last the full 10 days without noticeable wear and diminished shine, I would say it lasted a good week and that is longer than most other polishes that I’ve tried.
The Delete All remover, which I was also lucky enough to sample, is uh-mazing. It has five finger holes in the soaked sponge and it seriously only took about 7 seconds per nail to remove every speck of polish.
What brands of gel polish have you tried? Do you think they are worth the extra money?
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Until Next Time,