CND is a nail brand that you don’t often see on the high street as it’s mainly sold in salons. I’ve previously seen it at professional shows but this is the first time I’ve been able to try it at home. And what a great time I chose to try the CND Vinylux range! Vinylux Weekly Polish is an at-home chip-resistant wear nail polish and they’ve recently launched two new collections for autumn/winter.
The shades that I’ve selected to try are from the Glacial Illusion Collection. CND has seen how much fashion is loving the future for winter ’17 and they’ve created a collection of cool shimmering shades to ensure you’re on-trend as the seasons change. The six shades reflect the alien-like crystal bodysuits at Gucci and space-age metallics at Christopher Kane and Mugler. These are:
- Ice Bar – clear with colour metallic sparkles
- Cashmere Wrap – dense nude cream
- Radiant Chill – soft nude shimmer
- Alpine Plum – rich lilac with shimmer
- Mystic Slate – cool creamy grey
- Winter Nights – deep navy cream
Vinylux Weekly Polish provides chip-resistant wear and is a fast-drying, two-step application polish. It gives a brilliant shine that lasts and it doesn’t need a base coat.
The second collection which I’ve yet to lay my hands on (and I’m determined to as I’m so impressed with this formula) is the Nightspell Collection. CND have waved their magic wand to create a collection of rich colours:
- Berry Boudoir – rich berry metallic
- Hypnotic Dreams – shimmering bronze
- Viridian Veil – creamy deep turquoise
- Eternal Midnight – dense bright purple
- Lilac Eclipse – creamy light berry
- Mercurial – antiqued gold shimmer
The second step of the process is the top coat. I often think that a lot depends on the application of the polish and the quality of the top coat when you want the polish to last. I also think that the type of polish (creme, shimmer or glitter) may also affect how easily the polish applies and how long it lasts. I’m not a very patient person when it comes to applying layers of polish and I can be a bit slap dash so I think that’s why I experience a different performance from nail polish brands than more experienced and more patient folk.
Still, I tried the Cashmere Wrap first, two careful coats and the top coat paying attention to sealing off the ends with the top coat. I really gave the polish a good test. I washed up by hand, picked off labels, and did my usual work and the polish lasted 4 days before it started to show slight wear. Now for me, that’s amazing – I usually chip polish on the first day.
I tried the Alpine Plum next. I have to say I wasn’t so careful with the application and forgot to seal the ends but still, it lasted for 3 days before it started to wear a little. The last shade I applied on the day before I went for a spa day. As with the other shades, it looked amazing with a great shine but it only lasted a day……no it didn’t chip! I booked in to have a nail treatment that included having gel nails so of course, I needed to have the gorgeous Winter Nights removed.
I had Gel Nails done at the Cambridge Belfry Spa using Jessica products. At the time of writing, they’ve been on for 3 days and aren’t showing any sign of wear but I’ll be interested to see how they compare to the CND Vinylux products.
What’s your experience of CND products? Have you tried them? Do you think they’re a good alternative to gel nails? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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