Thursday, November 14, 2013

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CND Vinylux Review

Online store Beyond Polish recently sent me some CND Vinylux polishes to review.  I had read a bit about CND Vinylux polishes online, so I was excited to try some out.  From the literature I read online, you can get week long, chip free wear from Vinylux polishes, but the important thing is to use 'their system'. The system involves cleaning nails, using a Vinylux colour and then using the Vinylux Weekly Top Coat.  The problem for me was the I was sent three shades of colour and no Weekly Top Coat, which meant it was pretty damn difficult to test out the longevity of these polishes.

I ended up doing swatches without top coat for the three polishes, and continued wearing the last polish to see how it went without the weekly top coat.  Sadly, without using a top coat, the polish remained dentable and soft for at least an hour.  In which time, my nails looked pretty messed up.  I applied the polish about 2.00pm, and removed it that night.

I'm disappointed I wasn't able to try out the full system, because the colours I was sent were really gorgeous and definitely all colours that I would wear. 

Gilded Pleasure - a fabulous version of the the golden green duochrome made famous by Chanel Peridot.  This version of the shade is really pigmented and nearly a one coater. Plenty of colour shift and completely different looking depending on the lighting.




Strawberry Smoothie - definitely a shade that my Nana would have loved. A pale pink pearlesent finish.  Pearlesent and frosty finishes get so much hate these days and they have really fallen out of favour with most people.  But I have to say that I totally understand the true love that some people have for these sorts of polishes. I was expecting to hate this, cause it was frosty and showed some streaks, but I wasn't feeling the hate for it. It was pretty, soft and delicate.  I did two coats here and you can still see a light nail line.




Purple Purple - magical purple base with a heavy blue shimmer.  I have a similar polish colour from brand Satin, but that one is watery and needs about four coats.  This one is well pigmented and an easy two coater and I absolutely love it.  Sometimes it looks more purple and other times more blue.




In hindsight, I should have just used Seche Vite and tested them out with regular wear.  But I didn't because their brochures say not to use a different top coat.  So my recommendation if you want to try CND Vinylux is to remember to get the Weekly Top Coat too.

Beyond Polish, located in the USA, have a great range of nail lacquer brands, including China Glaze, Essie, Jessica, OPI, Orly and Zoya, as well as the CND Vinylux range.  They also stock a big range of brand name gel polishes and acrylic supplies.

Polishes provided for review.

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  2. The topcoat is so, SO good, and really does make the system. But regardless, you should try to get ahold of the topcoat, because it's like a much better version of SV. SO good!

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    1. Thanks Veronica - I think I will have to find some of the top coat, just so I can really try these out properly. Thanks for the rec.

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  3. I had a pedi with Vinylux. Of course it was the middle of winter and I forgot to take it off... fast forward to trying to remove it more than a fortnight later and it *would not budge*. The foil method failed, I ended up slowly and painfully rubbing most of it off, and buffing the rest. It was awful and I wouldn't use it again. I certainly wouldn't risk it as a manicure :/ Anything that slowly cures onto your nails is asking for trouble....

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