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.