Monday, October 24, 2016

Manicure Monday: CND in Serene Green

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is bought with my money. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

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I bought this polish from CND long time ago with CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat.

Product Review: CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in #147 Serene Green

Where to purchase: ULTA and online at cnd.com
Price: $10.50 for 15 mL/ 0.5 fl oz

Made in Mexico

Description from the website: CND Vinylux Weekly Polish is a breakthrough polish for fashion perfection... without a base coat! While ordinary polishes break down over time, Vinylux Weekly Polish actually becomes more durable!

Vinylux Weekly Polish system includes a self-adhering color coat that eliminates the need for a base coat. Use with Vinylux Weekly Top Coat for week-long wear that dries quickly.
Ingredients:
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Titanium Dioxide, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, N-Butyl Alcohol, Silica, Mica, Dimethicone, Tirmethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycidoxypropyl Silsequioxane, CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Tin Oxide, CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6), Barium Sulfate, Colophonium (Rosin) (Colophane), CI 15850 (Red 7), Colophonium (Rosin) (Colophane), CI 15880 (Red 34), Colophonium (Rosin) (Colophane), Calcium Aluminum Borosilic.
Thoughts: The salesperson kept raving about these polishes and top coat. I got intrigued and for that reason, I purchased one polish and a top coat.
Here's a closer look at the color and it's pretty close to it.
Here's a closer look at the brush. Compared to my favorite OPI brush, the length is the same. The width, on the other hand, is slightly thinner. I also noticed there's a slight curve at the tip.
I applied OPI Nail Envy in Original, Formula X Prime Xcel Base Coat, 2 coats of CND in Serene Green, and then topped it off with Formula X Shine Xcel Top Coat.

Now for my overall opinion... First of all, the brush is slightly thinner than medium width. I usually prefer medium to thick brushes but this wasn't bad. I didn't have difficulties painting around the cuticles and sides. Secondly, this isn't my first time using this polish. I actually did use it once before but I never got to review it. I remember back then it wasn't thick and lumpy. It had a medium consistency. This time around it was extremely thick and lumpy. Even with the lumps, it went on smoothly and there were no streaking and bubbles. Since it was so thick, I just went with it. At the end of two coats, I could tell the polish on the nails were thick. I'll probably thin it out with a nail thinner the next time I use this polish. Third, the description says not to use a base coat. I remember the first time I used this polish I used a base coat. I did it again. I totally forgot about it and most likely I will next time. It's just a routine that I always use a nail hardener, base coat, polish, and top coat. With that said, would it make a difference with the consistency and longevity? Possibility but I'm not too sure. Fourth, the color is great for fall and winter season. It's a dark forest color. From the picture above, you can notice the silver sparkles. With a naked eye, it's a different story. It's really not noticeable unless you examine it closely. Lastly, I'm pretty impressed with the longevity even though the polish was thick and lumpy. I noticed shrinkage on the fifth day and it was barely noticeable. I'm on the sixth day and there has been no chip whatsoever.

Pros:
* Brush is slightly thinner than medium width.
* Medium consistency.
* Went on smoothly.
* No streaking and bubbles.
* Don't need a base coat.
* Great fall/winter season.
* Slight shrinkage on the tips on the fifth day.
* No chipping.

Cons:
* Thick and lumpy consistency.
* Hard to notice the silver sparkle.

Would repurchase: Maybe.
Rating:  4/5 Tobey's Paws


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Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is bought with my money. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

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