Manicure Monday Review! CND Vinylux -- Night Glimmer

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Happy Monday! It's the first Monday after all of the holidays are over, and I know we all need a little cheering up. If nail polish makes you as happy as it makes me, then you have come to the right place!

Santa and many of his elves knew that I started a beauty blog this year, and I was so blessed to receive many amazing beauty products as gifts. I love and appreciate absolutely everything! One of my gifts was the mini set of the CND Vinylux Forbidden Collection. This collection contains six miniature size nail polishes and one miniature top coat. CND claims that with two coats of color and one coat of the top coat, the polish will wear for a full weak. The Vinylux line has the same colors as the Shellac line, and they can be used to touch up Shellac manicures.



I decided to try Night Glimmer #160 first. The individual color can be purchased here, and the set of minis can be purchased here. This shade is quite interesting. It has a black/brown base with silver micro glitter. Applied, it appears as a metallic black or black with some sparkle. To me, this doesn't seem to be as harsh and is more wearable than wearing a jet black shade. This is similar to Chanel's Black Pearl, but Night Glimmer has larger shimmer particles in it that show up as such on the nails whereas the Chanel has more of an overall sheen without detectable individual particles.

Night Glimmer seemed thick when I first applied which had me concerned. This usually causes problems with smudging before it dries, but I was pleasantly surprised that smudging did not happen.

I must begin this part of the review by saying that I have lost my interest in top coats these days. I find them to turn bad far too soon. I can only get about half of a bottle's worth of use out of a top coat before it dries and gets too think and goopy to be helpful. At that point, if I use it my manicure smudges even after it has dried because there's simply too much product on the nails. I have had this issue with several top coats. And, it's not as if I am letting them get old. I prefer to use one top coat exclusively until it is finished for this very reason.

That being said, I applied one coat of the top coat. It was streaky at first, but it dried nicely without any visible streaking. I liked the shine that it gave my nails. My mother has a set this set, too, and liked the top coat so much that she ordered another in the full size. She has even used it as a top coat for nail polishes from other brands and likes it. I will see how this top coat performs as I continue to use it.

Night Glimmer and top coat did wear nicely, but I did notice some chipping after several days. Below is what it looked like after six days. It wasn't bad, but there was typical tip wear and a chip or two.
Night Glimmer removed easily with regular nail polish remover and a cotton pad.

Have you tried any of the CND Vinylux polishes?
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  1. This is the first time I have heard of this brand.Makes me want to try this color and the topcoat.Cant wait until u try the other colors.

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    1. Thank you, Mara! I will do a post as soon as I try them! xoxo Lauren

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  2. Top coats do tap out pretty fast. I have about 5 in my manicure drawer that need to go. They get so thick and gloppy. I like the Sally Hansen quick dry ones, but they also end up getting gloppy :(

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    1. They do! I keep trying new ones, and it doesn't matter, high end or low end, they all end up the same. I have 3 that need to go. It's really easier to test the true quality of a nail polish without the top coat anyway.

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