CND Vinylux Review and Swatches

Hello everyone!  I am Andrea from Chickettes.com, a nail blog that mainly features gel polish swatches and nail art.  I was excited when Esther’s Nail Center contacted me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing CND Vinylux and writing a guest post because I’ve been wanting to try this brand since I heard about it.  CND Vinylux is marketed as a “weekly polish” that has long-lasting wear of up to a week.  I typically only get a couple days wear out of regular nail polish before it chips or peels, so this seemed almost too good to be true!

CND Vinylux does not require a base coat, only two coats of color and one coat of the Vinylux top coat.  The top coat is formulated to get stronger with exposure to natural UV light (sun light).  No special lamps are needed.  It applies just like regular polish, and dries quickly in just 8 1/2 minutes.

The colors that Esther’s Nail Center sent me to sample were Purple Purple, Scarlet Letter, Cityscape, Locket Love, Regally Yours and Black Pool.  I swatched all of the colors and decided to wear one of them for a full week to test the longevity.  I chose to do this with Purple Purple because I also own the CND Shellac version of this color and it’s a favorite.  I conducted this test on my right hand, which I don’t typically show when blogging.

CND Vinylux Wear Test

The photos above show the wear of this polish from days 2 through 7.  If you click on the image you can see a larger view.  Day 2, still looks as fresh and new as Day 1.  On Day 3 you can see there is a little tip wear beginning to show, and that becomes slightly more evident on day 4.  On Day 5 a small chip incurred on the ring finger, and Day 6 still looks almost exactly the same.  On Day 7 though, I spent several hours in the garden and the polish finally broke down and chipped off in several places.

I would say that overall Vinylux lasted very well only showing minimal wear for the majority of the week.  It’s not as evident in the photos because this color has a shimmer to it, but the shine of the top coat dulled over the course of the week and some minor scratches could be seen.   Here is a summary of my observations of Vinylux:

  • Long-lasting wear
  • No base coat required, which is a time saver during application
  • Top coat gets stronger over time
  • Good coverage with just 2 coats
  • Fast-drying
  • Applies & removes with ease
  • Good selection of colors available

Below are swatches of the six colors that I sampled.  You have already seen a sneak peek of Purple Purple.  This color is a blue-purple, and it looks different depending on the lighting.  It looks more blue in my photos, but it does sometimes take on more of a purple look.

CND Vinylux Purple Purple

CND Vinylux Purple Purple

This is Scarlet Letter, a gorgeous shade of red.

CND Vinylux Scarlet Letter

CND Vinylux Scarlet Letter

This is Cityscape, a pale shade of grey.  I love the soft, subtleness of this color.

CND Vinylux Cityscape

CND Vinylux Cityscape

Locket Love is a metallic gold.  This is a polish that needs to be applied very carefully because it shows the brushstrokes.  When applied properly, it has amazing metallic effects.

CND Vinylux Locket Love

CND Vinylux Locket Love

Regally Yours is a very deep, dark shade of purple.  It’s so dark, it’s almost black.  This is a great color for fall and winter.

CND Vinylux Regally Yours

CND Vinylux Regally Yours

And finally, this is Black Pool.  The name is pretty self explanatory… it’s black!  As with all of these polishes, this had great coverage with just two coats.

CND Vinylux Black Pool

CND Vinylux Black Pool

Since I normally wear soak-off gel (SOG) polish, I also couldn’t help doing a quick comparison of Vinylux to SOG.

  • SOG hides most nail imperfections and fills ridges very well, leaving the nails looking perfectly smooth.  With Vinylux the nail ridges are visible.
  • SOG has a high gloss shine that lasts the length of the manicure.  Vinylux polish dulls with wear and shows surface scratches.
  • SOG lasts 14-21 days without chipping or peeling.  Vinylux lasts up to 7 days, which is actually great for a polish that applies and removes like regular nail polish.
  • SOG has to be soaked off with acetone, and the removal process can be lengthy.  Vinylux removes with ease just like regular nail polish with a cotton pad/ball and polish remover.
  • CND Vinylux is much more affordable than SOG polish.  :)

I hope you enjoyed my review and swatches!  Esther’s Nail Center sells Vinylux and many other brands of nail polish and soak-off gel polish.  So whatever your needs, you can find it at www.esthersnc.com!  And don’t forget to visit me at Chickettes.com for more swatches!

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3 Simple Way To Get Rid of Callus on Feet

Over this summer I am happy to say that my feet has overcome the callus problem that often occurs during this dry and hot season.  How I get rid of callus on my feet and keep them smooth is what I want to share with you in 3 simple steps:

1. Moisturize Your Feet Daily

Very important to moisturize your feet every day. I usually do that after shower. Be selective on choosing your body lotion. After trying this and that, I have come back and been using Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer for a long time now. It keeps my skin moisturized for the whole day so I don’t need to re-apply within 24 hours.

Jergen Ultra Healing Lotion

2. Scrub Callus with Pumice Stone

I noticed once during summer that the skin on my heels started to get harder and had some calluses. The longer I didn’t get rid of them, the more the calluses built up. Thinking I need to get rid of them before the situation got worse, I grabbed my pumice stone and Sooo Smooth Callus Dissolver.  I tried Pumice Stone first. Thankfully, it worked right away and the skin got much smoother afterwards.

pumice stone for feet

In my opinion I don’t like foot scrub (sugar or salt). I find that it’s too easy to dissolve in water. So it lost the scrubbing power in a short time unless I use it on dry feet or hands.

3. Use Callus Dissolver/Remover

If you never treat your callus and it get thick even cracked, get a Callus Dissolver or Remover to help you remove the callus. This product will help you do the work and you simply buff them away.

Esther’s Nail Center has Sooo Smooth Callus Dissolver and Be Natural Callus Remover. They have been around in the market for a long, long time and both work wonderfully.

Sooo Smooth callus dissolver Be Natural Callus Eliminator

How to use Callus Remover

  • Wear gloves or rinse finger well after applying.
  • After soaking, liberally spread Callus Dissolver over callus.
  • Allow it to penetrate 2 – 3 minutes depending on callus buildup.
  • Then use a file or pumice stone to gently remove callus.
  • Wash thoroughly with water after use.

Caution: Always wash off Callus Dissolver within 7 minutes of application. Avoid contact with skin other than callused area. Do not apply to broken skin.

Apply it as necessary or when needed.  Below is the video how to use Be Natural Callus Eliminator.

So how do you get rid of the callus? Do you have any special treatment or callus product? Please do share below.

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CND Shellac Nail Polish For Sale

Esther’s Nail Center is having a sale on CND Shellac colors, top and base coats. Starting today, get 10% off the regular price of $15.95 and $24.95 for big size.  This sale is valid for a limited time only so hurry and stock up now.

shellac nail polish for sale

The CND Shellac UV Lamp is $139.95. Regular price is $149.95. While the Shellac spinner rack is $24.95 (reg. $29.95).  Also on top of that, get free US standard shipping for order over than $99. That’s sweet!!

shellac nail polish display rack

A little about the rack, Shellac Nail Polish Display rack is a great spinner rack to feature all of your most frequently used CND Shellac colors! Compact enough to fit right on your nail station or desk. This two-sided, sleek, modern black acrylic display holds 24 colors, has spinning functionality and includes interchangeable headers – all of which make it a versatile display throughout the year

All CND products are available at www.Esthersnc.com, your online source for CND, Gelish, Daisy, Rainbow Honey and Adoree nail polish.

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Rainbow Honey Nail Polish Giveaway

Esther’s Nail Center is giving away 2 Rainbow Honey nail polishes for 2 lucky winners.

The Prize:

1 Rainbow Honey Siren Song

rainbow honey Siren Song nail polish

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1 Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle

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The Rules:

  • The giveaway begins today, July 5th and will run through July 14th.
  • Entries will be collected via Rafflecopter only.
  • The winner will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter and announced after July 16th.
  • The winner will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be selected.
  • This giveaway is open in the US only.

Enter through the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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CND VINYLUX Color Chart

These are CND Vinylux Color Charts. CND Vinylux nail polish is available at Esther’s Nail Center. Click the image to enlarge it.

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CND Vinylux Color Chart

Source from: AllLacqeuredUp.com

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Adoree and Rainbow Honey Nail Polish Sale

With Memorial Holiday’s just around the corner, Esther’s Nail Center is having sales on Adoree and Rainbow Honey  nail polish. Limited time only. While supplies last.

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Get 50% off Adoree retail price. So it’s only $2.50 each.

rainbow honey nail polish sale

Enjoy 20% off Rainbow Honey nail polish. Regular price is $10.

Adoree and Rainbow Honey are available at www.esthersnc.com. Happy Memorial Day!

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Frequently Asked Questions about CND Vinylux

Adapted from Vinylux Consumer FAQ from CND.

faq cnd vinylux nail polish

Q. What are the key steps to follow in order to maximize week long wear?

A. Use VINYLUX as a System; start with P.E.P. followed by VINYLUX Color and always use VINYLUX Weekly Top Coat.

Q. Can you use a CND base coat for extra adhesion?

A. No, a base coat will negate the performance of VINYLUX because the adhesives are in the color coat.

Q. What makes VINYLUX bond to the nail without a base coat?

A. VINYLUX has adhesion promoters in the color coat making the color self-adhering without a base coat.

Q. Can you use a different CND top coat?

A. No, the VINYLUX Top Coat has our innovative Pro-light technology with photo initiators and becomes more
durable with exposure to natural light.

Q. Can you use VINYLUX Top Coat with other enamel brands? Will it work as well?

A. It can be used with other enamel brands, but cannot guarantee week long wear.
The system yields the ultimate performance.

Q. Can you use CND SolarSpeed Spray with VINYLUX?

A. Yes.

Q. How do you remove VINYLUX? (Nail polish remover, pure acetone or CND Shellac Nourishing Remover?)

A. VINYLUX is best removed with CND Shellac Nourishing Remover or Acetone.

Q. Does using SolarOil on a daily basis affect VINYLUX wearability?

A. SolarOil will enhance wearability because it improves the health of the nail.

Q. Will all new colors and collections from VINYLUX always be matched with Shellac colors?
A. VINYLUX will launch with more colors than Shellac and thus have many of its own colors. However, Shellac and VINYLUX will launch the same seasonal collection colors.

Q. Can you guarantee week long wear?

A. Nail conditions vary which will affect product performance. Healthy nails without delamination or drying issues perform for one week.

CND Vinylux is available now at Esther’s Nail Center. We have the colors, weekly top coat, CND scrubfresh and other manicure pedicure supplies. So check us out.

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New Manicures Last A Week with CND VINYLUX

CND did it again with their newest, breakthrough nail polish line called CND VINYLUX, which has just released this month. VINYLUX system, consists of a nail polish color and a weekly top coat, maybe the secret you have been longing for a long lasting manicure.

WHAT IS CND VINYLUX

about cnd vinylux

VINYLUX Weekly Polish and Weekly Top Coat is a system uniquely designed to work together. Exposure to natural light secures the ProLight technology, creating an enduring, long-lasting polish. While ordinary polishes become brittle and deteriorate over time, VINYLUX dries naturally to a flawless finish and strengthens its resistance to chips over time.

Vinylux Weekly Polish

cnd vinylux nail polish

Lasts up to 4 times longer than traditional nail polishes when used with Vinylux Top Coat as a system. Includes adhesion promoters that completely eliminate the need for a base coat.

At this moment, the system offers 62 fashion colors straight from the runway to you. Some match CND Shellac shades. It’s great for you who want a matching color for your pedicure.

Vinylux Weekly Top Coat

cnd vinylux top coat

Creates an outer shield that protects VINYLUX Weekly Polish from scratching, denting, chipping and dulling for up to a week of wear. The final layer that completes the system.

There’s no need for a base coat to go with the system.  A base coat will negate the performance because the adhesives are in the color coat.

So with Vinylux, CND promises these 3 things :

  • A Week Long Wear
  • Self-adhering Color Coat
  • Durability Increased with Natural Light

How Does It  Work

vinylux nail polish and top coat

To maximize week long wear,  use VINYLUX as a System.

1. Start with P.E.P.  to ensure the nail is thoroughly cleansed and prepared.

P.E.P. includes:

P-erform Mini Manicure = Removing the Cuticle off the nail plate
E-liminate Surface Contaminants = ScrubFresh
P-Purify Nail Plate = ScrubFresh

2. Apply two thin coats of Vinylux Weekly Polish.

3. Finish with one coat of Vinylux Weekly Top Coat.

4. For best results, use CND Shellac Nourishing Remover on a cotton pad to easily and

  • gently remove VINYLUX .

Let’s watch this video tutorial from CND.

So do you like it? Would you give it a try? Please leave your comment.

CND Vinylux is available now at Esther’s Nail Center. We have the colors, weekly top coat, CND scrubfresh and other manicure pedicure supplies. So check us out.

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