Hi guys! Today I have some swatches along with a review of the new CND Vinylux system. Vinylux is a new product from CND that is supposed to give you 7 day chip-free wear with a 2 step system. All you do is apply your polish, no base coat required, and the Weekly Top Coat and you're good to go. The Weekly Top Coat uses "Pro-Light Technology" which creates increased durability and resistance to chips with exposure to natural light. Vinylux has a pretty huge range of colors and finishes, 62 in total...47 of which match popular Shellac colors.
I've had these for a few weeks now so I've been trying them different ways and wear testing them etc... check out all the swatches and my wall 'o text review after the jump!
I thought I'd just start out with the review, usually I put this at the end of posts like this but I dunno...I felt like putting it at the top today! Vinylux is meant to be used without a base coat, the polish self adheres to the nail which eliminates the need for a base. To be honest I'm not a fan of this polish without a base coat...I found that the polish sunk into every imperfection in my nail and did not wear well that way, I had really bad tip wear on the 2nd day. Without a base coat I got 5 days of wear out of Vinylux before I removed it because I just couldn't stand the bad tip wear anymore.
Next I tried Vinylux with CND Sticky as a base coat. Stickey is my go-to and I typically get great wear out of most polishes when I use it. When I paired Vinylux with the Stickey base I found that I got much better wear out of it. I still had tip wear after the 2nd day but it was minimal compared to the tip wear I got when I did not use a base coat. I had no issues with chipping with or without base...so that was nice.
I do want to mention that one of my good friends loves Vinylux and has had no issues with wear so just because it wasn't fantastical for me doesn't mean it won't work great for you!
As far as the Weekly Top Coat goes I am not a fan of it. It was great the first day, nice and shiny, but after the first day it just seemed to get really dull looking. I thought maybe it was just me but it seems like most reviews I've seen of the system say the same thing. I had no issues with removal for any of these shades, I used my regular OPI Expert Touch and they came off without a problem. If anything I actually thought they came off easier than most polish.
Alright...on to swatches :) If you got though that text I applaud you! All of the photos in this post are in natural sunlight and with the Weekly Top Coat over the Vinylux shade.
Faux Fur is a rich brown creme. The formula was great, I loved the consistency and opacity of it. CND says to use 2 thin coats of Vinylux so that's what I did but it could have easily been a 1 coater.
Fedora is a very dark vampy red creme. This is pretty similar to Fedora but when you put them next to each other you can see how it pulls red. The formula was again, really great. I loved the consistency and the way it flowed onto the nail. Again, it could have easily been a 1 coater but I used 2 thin coats.
Lilac Longing is a light lilac creme. The formula was good, it was a bit sheer on the first coat but completely opaque with the second coat.
Masquerade is a wine red shimmer. This is my favorite of the 5 shades I have for you. It's super glowy and perfect for fall! The formula was perfection, great consistency and super opaque. I used 2 thin coats for the photos below.
Water Park is a light blue frost. Unfortunately I really don't like this one. Aside from the color just not being something I like I found the formula to be pretty terrible. I'm kind of wondering if I just got a bad bottle because it seems odd that the other 4 were perfect and then this one was just a mess.
It was really thick and goopy, I had a lot of problems trying to apply it while making it look presentable. I ended up putting some thinner into the bottle after the first coat and it helped a bit but it still wasn't great. I used 2 coats for the photos below.
Overall I'm a bit on the fence about the Vinylux system. On one hand I loved the formulations of most of the polishes. On the other hand I was a bit disappointed by the wear I got with these, for something that boasts long wearing I didn't really find that to be the case. I get better wear out of normal polishes to be completely honest. I also did not care for the top coat :(
CND Vinylux can be found at various salons, for a listing check out the CND website here. You can also get them online places like Amazon!