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CND Vinylux Rhythm & Blues Spring 2017 Collection

This has really been the weirdest winter I can ever remember Toronto having. But even with the unseasonably warm days, I’m more than ready for the cold fronts to disappear. Luckily I have a bunch of spring nail polish collections to get me ready for spring. First up is CND Vinylux’s Rhythm & Blues collection. There are six creme shades that are almost all available in Shellac as well (Vinylux’s Splash Of Teal is replaced by Shimmering Shores for the Shellac collection). Vinylux cremes are consistently some of my favourites, so I was thrilled to get a collection full of them. Every single shade was also two really easy coats and with the Vinylux Top Coat, they all dried super fast. These shades aren’t all traditional spring but they’re definitely putting me in the right headspace for it.

Mambo Beat

Mambo Beat is a bright, slightly sheer coral. You could probably get complete opacity with more coats but I really liked the effect of two. This is a fantastic not quite red, not quite orange shade and can carry you into summer.

Shells In the Sand

This white-ish peach is the only formula I had any kind of issues with. It was a touch patchy but thicker coats and the top coat definitely helped.

Ripe Guava

The only notes I have for this bright berry shade are two coats, perfect. That pretty much says it all. This is definitely a spring polish I can get behind.

Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane is somewhere between a light pistachio and a lime shade. With a little too much yellow for me. The first coat was pretty patchy but the second one evened it out.

Palm Deco

I really love this dark forest green. I was half expecting a one-coater here but the first coat was super sheer, luckily the second coat was perfect.

Splash Of Teal

I really wasn’t expecting to love this deep teal blue quite this much but I really, really love it. It’s a little brighter than the photo but Toronto’s natural light has been a pain lately. The formula was slightly runny but two coats went on perfectly. And no staining! For the entire collection.

CND Vinylux Fall 2016 Craft Culture Collection

It might feel like winter in Toronto, but it’s still technically fall. And since I love fall nail polish collections (especially CND’s) I’m ok with that. Modern Folklore might still be my favourite Vinylux collection but Craft Culture is exactly what I expect from a CND fall launch; lots of shimmer and microglitter, some red and some unexpected shades that I really love.
Brass Buttons
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I love when brands bring out shades like this. A yellow-gold microglitter, this goes on really smoothly and had great coverage in two coats. In the sunshine, the dimension in this shade is a little insane. It’ll totally carry over into a great holiday party shade too.
Hand Fired
cnd-vinylux-hand-fired-swatch
I don’t have anything like this shade in my collection. Some that come close, but this rosy-copper shimmer is in a league all it’s own. Two coats of this one was perfect (but then, most of these are perfect in two coats) and it’s just such a pretty fall shade. One that I’ll be using a lot. Stunning.
Patina Buckle
cnd-vinylux-patina-buckle-swatch
This silvery plum shimmer was the one I was most excited to try. Unfortunately I must have gotten a bad bottle because there were some major issues. The first coat went on fine and it was gorgeous, the second coat was where the problems started. It became chunky and wouldn’t settle and it definitely did not play well with the top coat. Which is too bad because this shade is gorgeous. If I use it again, I’m sticking to one coat.
Fern Flannel
cnd-vinylux-fern-flannel-swatch
This deep teal blue shimmer is the kind of shade I’m known for loving and love it I do. One coat of this is pretty but two is way better. There’s a hint of grey in there that gives it depth.
Leather Satchel
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This copper-brown shade was a little unexpected for me and I don’t know why. Two coats of this were great and while it shows some brushstrokes, it doesn’t really bug me with this one. I almost wish it was a tiny bit darker but it’s really nice either way.
Oxblood
cnd-vinylux-oxblood-swatch
And now we’re headed in to creme territory. Vinylux cremes are pretty spectacular. The go on super smooth and last for a really long time. Oxblood is a pretty typical dark red that surprisingly didn’t stain at all. One coat was nice and bright and it gets darker the more coats you add. The photo is two.
Brick Knit
cnd-vinylux-brick-knit-swatch
Shade wise, this dark pumpkin shade (the closest I’ll get to pumpkin spice anything) was my favourite of the collection. Surprising, since I’m completely over orange nail polish. Two coats went on really easily and the wear was incredible, I went days without tip wear. And then the weirdness started. Getting this one off was like trying to take off Shellac like it’s regular nail polish. It took me forever to get it off and it stained really badly. I’m not sure what happened since Vinylux is usually a breeze to remove but I love this shade enough that I’ll probably try it again.
Denim Patch
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I don’t remember ever trying a blue-grey shade like this before and I seriously can’t imagine why more of them don’t exist. This is the definite winner from the Craft Culture collection for me and to top it off, it’s a rare Vinylux one coater! I can’t tell you how much I love this gorgeous shade. I’ve worn it a lot already and I have lot of plans for it in the future.

Craft Culture is yet another fantastic fall collection from Vinylux. They just never disappoint me for fall shades and I can’t wait to see what else they have coming up. Most of these are available in Shellac as well.

CND Vinylux Flirtation Summer 2016 Collection

I’ve gotten so used to neon nail polishes for summer that receiving anything else is kind of refreshing and CND Vinylux’s Flirtation summer collection this year is definitely not neon. While some of the shades are bright, there are definitely some pastel leaning colours. It makes for a really nice, if unexpected, summer polish collection.
Skin Tease
CND Vinylux Skin Tease Swatch
Skin Tease is a nude shimmer that’s a little too close to my actual skin tone. That said, it looked a lot better than I expected it to but I’m probably not going to be grabbing it a lot.
Honey Darlin’
CND Vinylux Honey Darlin' Swatch - Frayed Brush
My experience with Honey Darlin’ was completely influenced by the fact that my brush had frayed edges. This pastel yellow creme had a good formula that managed to make itself go on really nicely even though the brush was awful. I’m not a fan of the colour but this is one of the best yellow formulas I’ve ever used.
Pink Pursuit
CND Vinylux Pink Pursuit Swatch
I love the colour of Pink Pursuit but I was really expecting it to be darker than it was on my nail. The light rose creme is really pretty though and I’d wear this one again.
Lavender Lace
CND Vinylux Lavender Lace Swatch
I don’t think I have a shade quite like this lavender shimmer. The Vinylux shimmers aren’t my favourite thing to take off and I don’t love this shade enough to do the work but it’s a really nice light purple.
Be Demure
CND Vinylux Be Demure Swatch
I’m in love with this baby pink creme and I’ve worn it quite a bit of the past couple months. It’s just so pretty without being completely dainty.
Desert Poppy
CND Vinylux Desert Poppy Swatch - Sheer
Desert Poppy is an orange creme with a little shimmer but it’s so sheer that I couldn’t get the opacity I wanted. Sometimes that doesn’t bother me but I don’t really like the shade either, so this one’s a pass for me.
Date Night
CND Vinylux Date Night Swatch
Date Night is the first shade I tried from the collection and it’s a beautiful bright blue creme. This one does stain a bit but I was expecting that. I love that it’s not a typical summer sky blue. You’ll be able to wear this one in any season.
Aqua-intance
CND Vinylux Aqua-Intance Swatch - Perfect
Teal and turquoise are actually my favourite nail polishes, when they’re done right. Aqua-intance is a perfect teal for summer. Actually, everything about this one was perfect for me; the shade, the formula, the wear time. This is definitely a contender for favourite polish of the summer.

CND Vinylux Spring 2016 Art Vandal Collection

One of the things I love most about CND’s seasonal collections is that they’re not always expect for the season. Most of us think pastel when it comes to spring nails but CND Vinylux’s Art Vandal collection is instead inspired by the self-expression of art. In the eight shades of the collection, there’s only one that can be considered pastel, and I’m definitely ok with that. All of the swatches are two coats, followed by the Vinylux top coat.
Tutti Fruitti
CND Vinylux Tutti Frutti Swatch
Tutti Frutti is a shimmery bright pink that’s gorgeous in the sunlight. This one will be great for summer.
Irreverent Rose
CND Vinylux Irreverent Rose Swatch
I was surprised by how much I loved the pink shades in this collection and Irreverent Rose is a really pretty dark rose creme.
Mauve Maverick
CND Vinylux Mauve Maverick Swatch
Mauve Maverick is not the kind of shade I’d normally pick up and the name is really misleading (it leans more pink than mauve) but this is my favourite shade of the collection. The formula was amazing and it’s just so pretty.
Untitled Bronze
CND Vinylux Untitled Bronze Swatch - Hard to take off
Untitled Bronze on the other hand was my least favourite. A bronze shimmer with lots of pink in it, it was a formula that never seemed to smooth out. And all the glitter in it made it almost impossible to remove. I know I can’t like every single Vinylux shade but I’m always surprised when I don’t.
Art Basil
CND Vinylux Art Basil Swatch
Art Basil is one of the more unusual shades in the collection. A green/teal shimmer, it really stands out against all the other green polishes I own. It’s a gorgeous shade for spring.
Sienna Scribble
CND Vinylux Sienna Scribble Swatch
Sienna Scribble is a metallic copper and it’s basically the exact opposite of Untitled Bronze. It’s smooth, the colour is gorgeous and it wore really well.
Magenta Mischief
CND Vinylux Magenta Mischief Swatch - Could've been 1 coat
There’s something so special about Magenta Mischief, in the sunlight you can see hints of a blue violet undertone within the magenta shimmer.I could’ve gotten away with one coat of this one but went with two to really show it off.
Digi-Teal
CND Vinylux Digi-Teal Swatch
This bright blue creme got me the most compliments of the whole collection. It’s stunning in person and while it might not be a pastel, it definitely leans spring.

The whole Art Vandal collection is beyond gorgeous and I’m going to be using almost the whole collection quite a bit. We already have the summer Vinylux Flirtations collection and it’s just as pretty, that review is coming soon.

Mani Monday: CND Vinylux Aurora Holiday 2015

We’re finally at the end of our holiday nail polish collections and while CND Vinylux’s Aurora collection might be more reminiscent of winter than holiday, it’s a gorgeous collection. If you’ve never used CND Vinylux, it’s the at home, no light needed version of Shellac. You apply the polish on bare, clean nails, add the top coat and wait a couple minutes for it to dry.
Glacial Mist
CND Vinylux Glacial Mist Swatch
Glacial Mist is one of the two glitter shades. With a combination of blue and silver glitter, this shade is stunning. The swatch is two coats and was still pretty sheer, so if you don’t love visible nail line, you might want to use this one over a coat of silver.
Winter Glow
CND Vinylux Winter Glow Swatch
A light pink creme, Winter Glow had a fantastic formula for this type of shade. It wasn’t patchy and leveled out perfectly and it does have a little glow in the right light.
Tundra
CND Vinylux Tundra Swatch
Tundra doesn’t really sound like as pretty a name as this mauve shimmer shade deserves. It’s really pretty but unfortunately the brush strokes never really evened out.
Nordic Lights
CND Vinylux Nordic Lights Swatch
Nordic Lights is my favourite of the collection. A wine shade with pink, purple and blue glitter, this shade is seriously gorgeous and perfect for any holiday party.

CND Vinylux Most Wanted For Fall

I’ve already mentioned that fall is my favourite nail polish season and CND Vinylux have pretty consistently been some of my favourite fall shades. Vinylux is Shellac’s at home weekly wear system. You apply two coats, add the top coat and it dries in minutes without a lamp and lasts for at least a week. The best part, you can use regular nail polish remover. These are my most wanted shades for fall.
Faux Fur
CND Vinylux Faux Fur Swatch
Faux Fur is a great deep brown that’s perfect for fall. I feel like there really haven’t been a ton of brown shades released lately and it’s too bad because they’re great for someone who wants a dark shade without being edgy.
Rock Royalty
CND Vinylux Rock Royalty Swatch
There are very few purple shades that catch my eye but this dark plum is one of my favourites.
Sage Scarf
CND Vinylux Sage Scarf Swatch
This medium green has a ton of grey in it which makes it more of a fall colour than spring or summer. If you don’t want to go completely dark with your nail polish, this is a great option.
Fedora
CND Vinylux Fedora Swatch
I have a really hard time explaining Fedora. There’s red, brown and purple in it and it’s the best alternative to black. It’s really a gorgeous shade.
Black Pool
CND Vinylux Black Pool Swatch
I find it’s pretty difficult to find a good black that’s glossy and has a great formula. Black Pool might be the best black I’ve found and I wore it on Halloween with little skull decals but I would wear this any day of the year.

Do you have a favourite fall nail polish?

Mani Monday – CND Contradictions Fall 2015 Review + Swatches

I’m a huge fan of CND’s Vinylux seasonal collection and fall’s Contradictions collection is just as great as previous collections. Vinylux is the weekly version of Shellac but you can do it at home and take it off with nail polish remover. You don’t use a base coat and use the Vinylux top coat. Most of these swatches are two coats and even though CND says the polishes will dry in about eight minutes, I found some were faster than that.
Naked Naiveté
CND Vinylux Naked Naivete Swatch
Naked Naiveté is a pale pink nude cream and it was just ok for me. There was some unevenness that was bothering me that I couldn’t seem to fix but it’s pretty decent for a pale nude.
Safety Pin
CND Vinylux Safety Pin Swatch
I wanted to love this metallic silver shimmer but as you can see from the swatch, I had issues. And I couldn’t fix them. Safety Pin is such a pretty shade but the formula drove me crazy.
Poison Plum
CND Vinylux Poison Plum Swatch
Poison Plum is one of the most unique shades I’ve seen in a while. It has a black jelly base with red glitter and when you get it into the sunlight it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Tartan Punk
CND Vinylux Tartan Punk Swatch
Tartan Punk is a metallic red shimmer perfect for fall. It’s not too dark and it’s just bright enough to stand out from all the other fall reds.
Peacock Plume
CND Vinylux Peacock Plume Swatch
I’m completely obsessed with this shade. It’s a metallic blue base with blue-green shimmer and it’s even more stunning in person.
Rouge Rite
CND Vinylux Rouge Rite Swatch
Rouge Rite is a dark red creme that screams fall to me. The fact that it doesn’t stain is a bonus. Loving this shade.
Couture Covet
CND Vinylux Couture Covet Swatch
Couture Covet is a dark teal creme and I don’t think I’ve seen a shade quite like it in a long time. This one does stain a little which made cleanup a tad difficult but I love this one so much I won’t let that stop me from using it.
Grommet
CND Vinylux Grommet Swatch - 1 coat
I’ve saved the best for last. Grommet is a one coat wonder and this metallic dark blue shimmer is one of my favourite shades from all the fall collections I’ve tried. I have a feeling I’ll be making quite a dent in this bottle.

Even though I had issues with some of the shades from this collection, I really love it. I’ll be wearing more than half of these polishes again and I really can’t say that about most of the collections we review. Especially a collection this large.

Mani Monday: CND Vinylux Garden Muse Summer 2015 Collection

I’m loving how different every brand’s summer collection is and considering how much I love CND Vinylux, it’s not really surprising that Garden Muse is one of my favourites this year. There’s no green shade but what there is more than makes up for it. Vinylux is the weekly wear version of Shellac and the wear time is just as incredible but it’s so much easier to take off. All the swatches are two coats with the Vinylux top coat.
Wisteria Haze
CND Vinylux Wisteria Haze Swatch
Wisteria Haze is a lighter purple creme and it’s a great shade for summer. Kind of dreamy and hazy but not too moody.
Reflecting Pool
CND Vinylux Reflecting Pool Swatch
This blue creme is one of my favourites of the collection. I love a blue but this formula just amazed me. It went on flawlessly and didn’t stain.
Lost Labyrinth
CND Vinylux Lost Labyrinth Swatch
Lost Labyrinth is a metallic blue shimmer that can lean toward teal and has a definite mermaid vibe to it. I found it didn’t react quite as well to the top coat as the other shades did.
Beckoning Begonia
CND Vinylux Beckoning Begonia Swatch
I found this pinky-purple shimmer kind of intriguing. It’s not quite a duochrome but I noticed the colours shifted depending on what kind of sunlight I was in. It’s a really pretty shade.
Crushed Rose
CND Vinylux Crushed Rose Swatch
Crushed Rose is a deep pink creme. I actually thought I would like it more than I did considering how much pink I’ve been wearing lately but the formula was great regardless.
Butterfly Queen
CND Vinylux Butterfly Queen Swatch
There always seems to be one shade that surprises me in a Vinylux collection and this time it’s Butterfly Queen. This shade is just gorgeous. A dark pink shimmer base with darker pink glitter, it’s enough to make this glitter hating girl change her mind.

CND’s Vinylux collection definitely didn’t disappoint. Between Reflecting Pool and Butterfly Queen, if I can find a week where I can wear only on shade of polish, it’ll be one of those for sure.

Mani Monday – CND Vinylux Flora and Fauna Collection Review + Swatches

There’s nothing like a spring nail polish collection to cheer me up when it’s gray and snowy outside and CND’s Vinylux Flora and Fauna collection are the perfect polishes to do that. A mix of cremes and shimmers, they’re mostly on the pastel side and the formula is absolutely perfect for every one. We’re missing two shades from the collection (Blush Teddy and Field Fox) but I imagine they’re just as great. I literally didn’t have a single issue with any of the shades, each one self leveled perfectly and the wear was exactly what I expect from CND. Most of these shades are also available as Shellac as well.
Dandelion
CND Vinylux Dandelion Swatch - Shimmery Light Peach
Dandelion is a shimmery peach and I was fully expecting it to be too sheer but 2 coats gave me full coverage.
Salmon Run
CND Vinylux Salmon Run Swatch
Salmon Run is a salmon pink creme and while it’s not my favourite shade, I do like it a lot more than I thought I would.
Fragrant Freesia
CND Vinylux Fragrant Freesia Swatch
Fragrant Freesia was a big surprise for me. A pink shimmer that leans towards mauve, I imagine this shade would look amazing over a darker one but it’s great on it’s own as well.
Thistle Thicket
CND Vinylux Thistle Thicket Swatch - Lavender Gray
Thistle Thicket is a little hard to describe. In one type of lighting it looks full on gray but in others, it’s lavender. Either way it’s so pretty and one of my favourites.
Wild Moss
CND Vinylux Wild Moss Swatch
I would actually put Wild Moss in the sage family rather than moss but the dark green with gold shimmer is something I’ve never seen before and it’s so gorgeous.
Creekside
CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch
Creekside is hands down my favourite shade from the Flora And Fauna collection. The pastel sky blue is just so perfectly spring and the application was just flawless.

Considering how many of these shades have a ton of white in them, I’m amazed at how well they went on and performed. Creekside is definitely going to be a shade I use a ton this spring.

Mani Monday – CND Gilded Dreams Holiday ’14 Collection Review + Swatches

I’ve been loving CND’s collections lately and their mini holiday collection is no exception. The Gilded Dreams collection is available in both the weekly, at home Vinylux and the longer wearing salon version Shellac.
Grand Gala
CND Vinylux Grand Gala Swatch - 3 Coats
Grand Gala is a light gold that has enough pink in it that it may as well be a duochrome. It was a little tricky to get full coverage but three thin coats got it done. I love how it’s subtle but holiday at the same time.
Chiffon Twirl
CND Vinylux Chiffon Twirl Swatch
Chiffon Twirl is almost the exact opposite of Grand Gala, it’s a rose shimmer with some gold in it. Application was a lot easier, it was almost a one-coater. If brush strokes showing up bothers you, you might want to be a little careful with this one but it’s so pretty I barely noticed them.
Dazzling Dance
CND Vinylux Dazzling Dance over Indigo Frock Swatch
Dazzling Dance is a super sheer blue-purple shimmer that barely shows up on it’s own. I took a chance and layered it over CND Indigo Frock from the Modern Folkore collection and I’m so happy I did. This ended up being my favourite look of the collection, it’s got a very starry sky look to it and I got a ton of compliments on it. I was going to try adding it on top of other shades but I don’t think I’m going to love anything as much as this one.

CND’s Gilded Dreams collection is probably the most cohesive collection I’ve seen in a long time. These shades make perfect sense together and play well with others. And the Dazzling Dance/Indigo Frock combo is one of my favourite nail looks in a really long time.