Happy Memorial Day! Whether you’re planning a BBQ out by the lake or you’re avoiding flooded areas in Central and Northern Texas like I am, I’m always down for a long lasting, chip free manicure. CND is best known for their amazing Shellac polish, but they also carry what they claim is a “Weekly polish”. The line is called Vinylux (Which, let’s admit is an awesome name for a polish line!) and it goes on just like regular polish, required no curing light and lasts a week or more. This weekend, I got to try out their newest collection, Garden Muse. This fun mix of jewel tones and soft, creamy pastels is perfectly on trend and I couldn’t wait to dig in!
This 6 pieces collection can be found on the CND website or for sale in your local Ulta (as well as their website). These retail for $10.50 per bottle. “Vinylux Weekly Polish is a 2-part system, featuring a self-adhering Color Coat and a Top Coat that gets stronger with exposure to natural light over time. Vinylux can be applied at home and removes like traditional polish.” Yeah, you read that right. This polishes dries and applies like any old polish, but it gets harder and stronger with natural sun light. ALMOST sounds too good to be true. So I had to try it out!
For my swatches, I had to have some staples. CND Solar Oil has been my favorite oil for years now but this was my first go with the CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat. Oh. My. Word. This is my new favorite top coat! It goes on smooth (self leveling where needed), dried quickly and like the Vinylux line is meant to, hardens more when exposed to natural light.
First, I swatched Butterfly Queen. This deep pink polish is full of glitter and gives an opaque coverage in just two coats (as does the rest of the collection!) While this color is very full of glitter, the polish self leveled beautifully and with one coat of the Vinylux top coat, the application was completely smooth! The brush in these is not too big nor too small and is nice and long for smooth strokes.
Up next, the metallic of the group, Lost Labryinth. At first, I was not thrilled to see this polish. I’ve had less than stellar results with polishes of this color and finish. This teal toned polish has a nearly duo chrome finish looking more blue or more teal depending on the lighting. Polishes with this finish can come off streaky and in my experience, thin in formula and this polish was neither. Again, this polish self leveled, smoothing out any brush strokes, and completely covered my nail in just two coats. Of all the colors I own of a similar shade, this is the only one I would recommend!
Reflecting Pool is a beautiful, medium blue creme. This polish offers full coverage in just one coat, but I’m a two coat kind of girl. This formula has a great viscocity and outstanding pigment for how thin it applies! A good blue can really bump up a collection. Especially for nail art. (Bonus, this polish is a DREAM for stamping!)
Wisteria Haze is another great creme polish. I adore this pastel shade and again, the texture and coverage were spot on. I work this polish for the better part of 3 days before I removed it to swatch the rest of the collection and this polish was still perfect. I feel like this Spring might yield a lot of dupes for this color, but this gel-like, full coverage formula will be hard to top.
The last creme in the collection is Crushed Rose. With this name, I expected flakes or glitter, but was happy to see a fun medium pink (that leans purple). This swatch is actually only one coat. This color just covered the nail beautifully with no need for a second coat (just top coat). This polish is also superb for stamping!
Last, but my personal favorite is Beckoning Begonia. This creme based polish has an amazing golden micro shimmer mixed through out. I’m really loving this shade and swatched it last just go I could wear it for the rest of the week. This one also applies amazingly but needed two good coats. This photo doesn’t do the shimmer any justice. I don’t own anything like this in my collection!
Overall, this collection is beautifully balanced. I love the blue and purple based hues and I love that they touched on several different finishes: cremes, chrome, shimmer and glitter, making this collection appealing to a variety of polish lovers. This was my first go with the CND Vinylux line and I am happy to report that this line really does live up to the “hype”. The polishes are easy to apply, really opaque and true to the bottle, last a long time and provide a strong layer to nails that might need a bit of support. At $10.50 these are a great deal!