Monday, November 7, 2016

Formula X Shine Xcel Top Coat

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

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I was fortunate to receive Formula X nail products from Influenster.

I took this picture from my Instagram. I already reviewed Formula X in TGIF (bottom right), Formula X Cleanse Xcel Nail Cleanser (bottom middle), and Formula X Prime Xcel Base Coat (bottom middle).
The nail polish was the chosen color for Formula X The System Xcel. At first, I was going to review The System Xcel as one post then I realized each product is sold separately. I already reviewed Formula X Cleanse Xcel Nail Cleanser (left) and Formula X Prime Xcel Base Coat (second from left). For this post, I will review the top coat (right).
Product Review: Formula X Shine Xcel Top Coat/ Formula X The System Xcel

Where to purchase: Sephora and online at
Price: for 12 mL/ 0.4 fl oz/ $32 for The System Xcel

Made in USA

Description from the website on Formula X The System Xcel:
What it is:
A bestselling, four-piece customizable manicure kit to instantly extend the wear of any Formula X nail polish for up to 10 days of flawless color, gel-like shine, and the plumping effect of gel.

What it does:
Get the perks of a gel mani, without the fuss. Formula X's bestselling four-step mani kit, The System, takes it to the next level with The Systel XCEL. It features the same easy steps, and now with even better formulas - plus the wider, faster Xpert Strokes brush. Instantly elevate any Formula X nail color with up to 10 days of chip-resistant color, gel-like shine, and the plumping effect of gel simply by layering. It combines salon secrets with advanced polish-plumping XCEL technology that activates when layered, transforming into a voluminous, gel-like shield when dry. Each set includes a full-size color polish of your choice, and is encased in unique magnetized packaging that folds into a cube so you can store your mani essentials in style.

Start with CLEANSE XCEL, an essential salon secret that gives nails a clean slate, making them the ultimate canvas for polish. Its unique flash-dry formula gently removes natural surface oils while ocnditioning the nails and leaving them completely dry to the touch. Next, prep, protect and help polish stay put with PRIME XCEL, a multitasking base coat infused with keratin and advanced bonding agents to help color take hold, be stronger, and last longer while protecting it from staining. After applying a Formula X color of your choice, make your mani last with ultra-glossy, fast-drying SHINE XCEL, fortified with acrylic to seal in nail color with gel-like protection.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Three-free and cruelty-free, CLEANSE XCEL, PRIME XCEL, and SHINE XCEL each feature Formula X's redesigned Xpert Strokes Brush, approved by salon professionals for faster, smoother application in just a few strokes. The wide, rounded tip with flexible 440-count bristles hugs the natural curve of the cuticle for a custom glide and streak-free finish, with a reduced stem that allows for controlled application.

Research results:
In a 10-day clinical study on 32 women:
- System XCEL showed over 2X more days of superior wear than any Formula X polish alone, with less chipping (when used as directed)

In an independent consumer study on 33 women:
- 100% preferred The System XCEL to other traditional at-home mani sets they've tried
- 100% said they would want to buy The System XCEL
- 100% said they would like to continue using The System XCEL
- 100% said nails felt protected
- 100% said nails were not stained after removal
- 97% said nails wer not damaged after removal
- 94% said the Xpert Strokes Brush provided an easy, fast, even application
Thoughts: Since I was first introduced to Formula X products, I'm always been intrigued especially nail treatments. I was excited to try this top coat. I haven't tried any from this brand until now.
This brand always come with an extra top.
Here's a closer look at the color. Compared to their cleanser and base coat, the top coat is clear.
Here's a closer look at the brush. Compared to my favorite OPI brush, the length is the same. The width, on the other hand, is slightly wider with a curve tip. OPI brush is straight.

Now for my overall opinion... First of all, I'm a huge fan of the brush. It's wide enough to quickly paint the nails. OPI usually takes me three strokes per nail. This top coat the brush is good enough for two strokes but I still do three. With that said, I enjoyed Formula X Prime Xcel Base Coat and Formula X Shine Xcel Top Coat brushes. They're easy and quick to use. I wasn't a big fan of Formula X Cleanse Xcel Nail Cleanser brush. The hair would separate every time I try to put it back into the container, as well as, while painting. I had to be careful how I put it back into the container. Secondly, I apologize. I thought each one was sold separately on the website. It looks like they sell Formula X Cleanse Xcel Nail Cleanser and Formula X Prime Xcel Base Coat by itself. They don't sell Formula X Shine Xcel Top Coat. It's okay it's cheaper to get The System Xcel. Third, the consistency is on the medium. It hasn't gotten thick yet but then again, I haven't even used half the top coat. I noticed most polishes get thick around half-way. My opinion might change half-way but so far I'm loving it. It's easy to use, and there's no streaking and bubbles. Fourth, the thing I look most when it comes to top coat is the drying factor. I'm such a busy body at home that I cannot just sit there and wait for it to dry. I'm always doing something even while painting. For that reason, I need the top coat to dry quickly. This dries within minutes. It's not the most fastest drying top coat but pretty decent. I could touch after couple of minutes and know it won't budge. Of course, you will get scratches if you hit something but that's with all top coats. It's expected. It takes time for the polish to harden on the nails. With that said, it leaves a nice smooth shiny polish. Lastly, it can be combination of things but I noticed the polishes last longer. Most polishes last five days on me. It has been lasting more than five days which is a huge plus for me. From my experience, you will not lose with any of the Formula X treatments (base and top coat).

* Huge fan of Formula X treatment products.
* Wide brush.
* Quick strokes on each nails.
* Easy to use.
* Medium consistency.
* No streaking and bubbles.
* No thickening yet.
* Dries quickly.
* Leaves a smooth, shiny polish.
* Polish lasts longer than five days.
* Paraben-free.

* Comes with two tops; waste of space.
* Not sold individually; need to purchase the set The System Xcel.

Would repurchase: Yes.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws

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Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

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