A few months ago, I wrote an article here on Babble about CND’s new Vinylux nail polish. As soon as I heard about it, I was pretty excited to give it a shot. I love how long gel nails last, but I don’t love the excessive use of the UV lamp. I also found that it really roughed up my natural nail over time.
I finally got my hands on the Vinylux nail polish. I picked the color “Lobster Roll,” which CND also makes in regular nail polish. There are over 60 colors of Vinylux to choose from, so it wasn’t hard to find a color I liked.
I applied this last week, following the directions so I could get the longest wear out of it. You don’t use a base coat. You simply apply two coats of the color to your natural nail (that is clean and dry), and then finish with the top coat. It doesn’t dry instantly like gel nails because you don’t cure it between coats. According to CND’s information about the product, the components within the nail polish harden over time when exposed to natural light.
After about 8-10 minutes, I felt comfortable doing things with my hands again. Again, it had set nicely and wasn’t tacky, but I probably could have easily scratched the surface. I waited about 30 minutes before I really used my hands like I normally would.
The color was even, an opaque coverage, and didn’t pull away from the tips like gel nails sometimes do. But more importantly, I haven’t had a single chip in 10 days.
I’m officially sold on CND’s Vinylux. I can’t wait to get more colors, and I’m not sure I’ll ever use regular nail polish again!
(At this time this is only a professional service to be done in a salon. The general public is not able to purchase Vinylux nail polish.)