I recently got this awesome box from Formula X and Influenster for testing purposes. It included the Delete All nail polish remover and The System XCEL 4 step 10 day manicure. So I was super excited I didn't know it was coming with the Delete All as well as the 4 part system. The shade they sent was TGIF. I really love the shade, it's close to Essie Stones N' Roses only brighter and pretty much a dupe for Essie Tart. These peachy coral shades are actually my favorite spring/summer nail polishes. I just always love those shades so that was also a nice surprise.
I had heard of the System XCEL, and to be honest I'd never gave it much thought. I thought it wouldn't do anything any different. This claims to be a 10 day "gel like" manicure.
Step 1: Cleanse XCEL
Step 2: Prime XCEL
Step 3: Nail Color
Step 4: Shine XCEL
What I know about this is that it drys really fast. The Shine XCEL is super shiny and quite thick as well so you do feel like you kinda have a gel manicure. There's no wait time in between steps either, and that's a major plus I think.
This is the Delete All. It has 5 inserts for your finger tips and it literally works in no time flat. Even on glitter. It's by far the best, fastest, and coolest nail polish remover I've ever used. This is 5 stars in my opinion. You nails are in there just a bit and then they come out clean with no polish residue on them. I definitely say pick this up if you love nail products or just need a good remover. It also smells really nice so, bonus.
Sorry this image is a little blurry. This is the shade TGIF which again I really like. You get the choice of your color though when you order the set on Sephora. Formula X has a ton, I mean A TON, of colors to choose from. I have several of their shades and I really like their formula and brush. So when you go to the XCEL page you'll see you have the option to choose your color and then you choose "Add all to basket" and it makes the discount for you because a single nail polish is $12.50 alone. This set is 4 full sized products for $32 which is a good deal. There is also a "to go" set for $16 but I don't think you get to choose you're color with that one, it looks like it comes with a berry shade.
So the big question, which is: Did it last 10 days? No, unfortunately it didn't. BUT it lasted around 5 or 6 before it started chipping just slightly, and I stress slightly. On day 9 and 10 however it was chipping horribly. So, no I don't think this is a 10 day manicure. Especially, if you have your hands in water a lot by doing dishes or swimming or just whatever. I don't feel like I'm very hard on my nails and it still chipped after about 5 days, give or take. For me though, that is huge and worth it. I haven't found anything except a legit gel manicure that won't chip on me after a few hours or 1 day at best and I've tried tons of products.. So I think this is still a good set. Also, I'm using it right now with an Essie polish as the color. So we'll see how that works and I'll update you if it's any different. That way you aren't restricted to only using this with Formula X polishes hopefully. That update will be at the bottom of this post when I do it.
So that's my final thoughts. Great products even if it didn't last 10 days like it said. I still think it's better than anything else I've ever tried, other than a salon gel manicure.
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