CND Vinylux Review and Swatches

Hello everyone!  I am Andrea from, 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!  And don’t forget to visit me at for more swatches!


#1 Guest post on Esther’s Nail Center; CND Vinylux Review & Swatches on 09.12.13 at 8:23 am

[…] sample Hi everyone!  Head on over to Esther’s Nail Center blog to read my guest post reviewing CND Vinylux Weekly Polish!  I tested the wear over the course of a […]

#2 thresa on 09.12.13 at 9:25 am

Yay! Thanks for the great review Andrea. I remember a nail tech told me to use the top coat twice to prolong the shine. It’s right, the shine wouldn’t last as long as the gel polish. But to me the application time is much shorter than the gel.

#3 Andrea Beight on 09.12.13 at 12:39 pm

Yes, I was wondering if applying a second layer of top coat after a day or two would help prolong the shine, but I didn’t want to do anything out of the ordinary for testing purposes. 🙂 And the application & removal process is definitely faster than gels.

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#5 Gail on 10.15.13 at 11:21 am

Sorry thresa but this is not a good review, shes says its a good product but the photos clearly show it doesnt last.

#6 Gail on 10.15.13 at 11:21 am

I cannot agree with you, if a product starts to chip on day three then its not long lasting and any different than regular polish. So in my opinion youve given a positive review to promote the product but the photos tell a completely different story. A weekly polish means to me that it should last a week, seven days. Shellac says two weeks of no chipping and DOES last two weeks. I think you should bee more honest if you expect people to follow your blog. Thanks though for the photos cos now i wont be buying it.

#7 thresa on 10.24.13 at 10:35 am

Hi Gail, thanks for your comment. I said thank to Andrea for the good job on the guest post for Vinylux, not for the polish itself. Unfortunately, I have to admit that Vinylux doesn’t stay for the whole week for some people although others experience more luck with it.

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