Is it possible for a DIY at-home mani to last a full week?
Hell if I know. I’m too busy bouncing off the walls that mine lasted ALL WEEKEND.
As a makeup artist, I’m constantly digging through my pro kit, opening boxes of new product and unwrapping impossibly difficult albeit beautiful packaging. I’ve also just moved from Nolita in Manhattan to Williamsburg in Brooklyn so there’s all the furniture to assemble plus the endless cycle of organization, reorganization and cleanup. To say I’m hard on my hands is a total understatement. I can’t keep a fresh manicure chip-free for more than a few hours max. I’m the girl who gets a nick on the way home from the nail salon.
So while I was really excited when CND’s VINYLUX arrived for testing, I wasn’t sure whether it would really deliver on its promise for someone who’s basically the antithesis of delicate.
What’s its promise, you wonder?
CND Vinylux is a two-step system where you first apply a base coat or two of Vinylux color polish, then seal it with a special Vinylux top coat once dry. No special heat or lamp is required. Natural light secures the chip-resistant effect for a week.
There are 70 gorgeous shades currently on the site.
And this is no thin, watery formula. The polish glides on and a single coat feels like just under two of a regular polish. It wasn’t overly-thick either. I found it very easy to apply. Same held true for the top coat.
So without further adieu, here’s the longwear lacquer in a fiery red shade called Wildfire. Monday will be day 4 and it’s pretty perfect still.
I can get used to this lux life.
Note: This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are unbiased and my own. Samples were provided for review and/or my use as a professional makeup artist.
Lauren Cosenza is the creator and editor-in-chief of DIVAlicious, a trusted beauty/fashion expert, an on-camera personality and spokesperson, a leading NYC-based professional makeup artist, a published contributor and writer, a brand consultant, a product junkie and an insatiable style seeker. Serving up style with a side of attitude, DIVAlicious gives women (and men) the confidence and permission to be fabulous. The site is filled with must-have products, pro tips and tricks, how-to DIY tutorials, makeovers, style inspiration and insider access.