By: Daniela DiStefano
When it comes to manicures I seem to find myself between a rock and a hard place. On one hand I love the longevity and shine of a gel mani, but as a colour commitment-phobe (after 5 days of the same nail shade I start to get itchy for something new) the staying power and extra cost aren’t worth it for me. On the other I love the option of switching up my nails and trying out new colours whenever I feel, but the quick chipping and fading can leave me hiding my hands by mid-week.
So what’s a girl to do? Find the perfect compromise. With CND’s Vinylux Weekly Polish I’ve just about reached that point.
CND Vinylux is a two-step weekly polish system by the acclaimed nail care brand behind Shellac. Unlike gel manicures or Shellac it can be applied (and removed) at home without any special UV equipment. It’s a gel-like hybrid that comes in 62 shades and doesn’t require a base coat – you simply swipe on one or two coats of colour and then finish with the CND Weekly Top Coat. The polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor).
The CND Vinylux system claims to give a full week of shiny and chip-free wear that won’t stain or damage nails thanks to a top coat that gets stronger when exposed to indoor and outdoor light. Drying time is 8.5 minutes.
After filing and buffing my nails and giving them a swipe with polish remover to ensure they were free of oils or cream residue, I applied two thin coats of the Asphalt shade followed by the Weekly Top Coat. The polish was a good consistency and easy to paint without getting too much on my cuticles. After 10 minutes I felt comfortable to use my hands fairly normally, but still took extra precaution for the next hour, as I couldn’t really shake my usual smudge paranoia. The final result was a rich and shiny colour that closely resembled the look and feel of a gel or Shellac manicure.
The Week in Review
The first four days with Vinylux were fantastic. My nails looked freshly manicured and shiny, and all my typing, texting, paper pushing, cooking and dishwashing didn’t cause a chip. On day four I decided to refresh with another swipe of the top coat in hopes of sealing the tips to prolong that chip-free roll I was on. From day five and on is when the minor chipping began as well as the grow out from the cuticles, but it was still rather minimal until the last day or two. I definitely got away with prefect looking nails longer than I normally would.
Although it didn’t last the full seven days as promised, I like the CND Vinylux system and will definitely continue to use it. The wear and shine in my opinion is a step up for regular polish, and it gave me the look of a professional gel or Shellac manicure that I love without the cost and maintenance involved. It’s a good choice for anyone looking for something longwearing but not into the gel/Shellac commitment, and the range of shades means you can find something that suits your colour preferences.
What do you think of Shellac/gel manicures versus regular polish? Would you try a product like CND Vinylux?