Hello lovely folk! I had a fab surprise the other day, I had a message on Twitter to say that I had won the whole CND Vinylux Rhythm & Heat collection! They arrived the very next day, from a company called Sweet Squared, which is a beauty supplier based in Leeds. Sweet Squared appear to cater to beauty professionals rather than hobbyists, and I know many of you out there are nail technicians so another supply source is always good!
Anyway, onto the polishes. I’ve never tried CND polishes before, apart from having a Shellac mani done many years ago. I know that they are aimed at salon use mostly, but are available to buy through places like nailpolishdirect. As they are ‘professional’ polishes, I was expecting good things!
The formula for all of these polishes is very similar – quite thin, jelly-ish, and quick drying. I found thin coats dried too quickly and started to drag, so thicker coats worked better. The first coat tended to be very streaky, but the second evened things out nicely. The lighter colours needed three coats, the darker ones were OK with two. They all self-levelled well, and dried to a nice shine. I didn’t use topcoat in any of the swatches. Each bottle contains 15ml. Click any of the photos to see larger versions.
Sugar Cane is a pastel yellow-toned green. Or it could be a green-toned yellow, it’s one of those in between shades! CND describe it as ‘pistachio pastel green’ so let’s go with that. Three coats.
I was surprised at Sugar Cane, I thought I would hate it (it’s green!), but I quite liked it on.
Palm Date is a forest green, the Pantone colour of the year. Two coats.
Splash Of Teal
Splash Of Teal is a dark teal colour, unsurprisingly! Two coats again.
One of my favourites from this collection. I love teals.
Shells In The Sand
Shells In The Sand is a pastel peach/coral colour. This one definitely needed three coats.
Mambo Beat is a bright coral colour. CND call it blood-orange. I did two coats, which looked fine in real life, but the camera has made look a bit patchy.
Ripe Guava is a mid pink, berry tone. I’ve never seen a guava, ripe or otherwise, so I’ll take their word on the colour match. CND describe it as ‘watermelon pink’.
I love this one too! I’m always a sucker for berry colours.
As a collection, I think the CND Vinylux Rhythm & Heat work well together. It’s a nice range of colours that suggests tropical summer. I did have one little issue though. Two of the brushes had uneven length bristles, making it hard to get nice clean lines at the cuticles.
It’s a small thing, but for such a big brand that markets at salon professionals (with the price point to match) I found it a bit off-putting.
CND call these ‘weekly’ polishes, claiming ‘7-day, chip-resistant wear’. I only swatched these, so I can’t comment on any wear claims. I’m not one to keep polish on for more than a couple of days anyway, so these sort of things don’t matter to me.
Have you ever tried CND polishes? What did you think?
See you soon,