CND Vinylux Review: 7 Days + 2 Testers = Does CND Vinylux Really Last?

by Karen Falcon on 10 January 2014 · 14 comments

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection RightNow that I’ve shown you all the lovely Spring 2014 CND Vinylux Open Road shades you’ll be able to get your hands on this January, let’s talk about how this weekly polish wears. So far, feedback has been mixed, from raves to pans. Here’s our CND Vinylux review.

cnd vinylux review: how vinylux wears

If you’re not familiar with the CND Vinylux Weekly Polish System, we’re talking about a nail polish combined with a weekly top coat wherein “more than 80% of clients had no chipping after 7 days” of wear.

I am not one of the 80%.

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection LeftFor you, curious reader, I tested the entire CND Vinylux Forbidden Mini Collection – all six shades of it. Yep, for this CND Vinylux review, I wore different colours on different fingers to see which colour wore best on what hand and what finger.

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection RightYou’re thinking “Wow, you went outside in public with that manicure?” No, I was home with the flu so I had a good six days of nothing to do except change the channel on the TV and make myself soup. I didn’t really use my hands for much at all.

cnd vinylux review part one

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection Day 6This is the kind of wear I typically see of a regular polish after one 8-hour shift at work, so to have this kind of wear after 6 days (really only 5 x 24 hour periods of time with the photos taken on the 6th day), is pretty remarkable — until I factor in that I did nothing except sleep and watch TV.

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection Day 6 FingersThe wear at the free edge (you know I capped it properly) happened within the first day and just kept getting progressively worse.

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection Day 6 Left handThe shine dulled within two days, and the chipping started to happen after about 3 days.

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection Day 6 Right HandI’m right handed and as you can see, there is a little more wear on the polish on my right hand compared to my left.

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection Day 6 ThumbsThe polish on my thumbs weathered the six days the best, and that’s more than likely due to that micro-glitter component.

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection LoLo Day 1I was in fact so pleased with the wear on my left thumb that I took the bottles to work and painted a co-worker’s nails myself to see how well it wore in real life as opposed to influenza-life on the couch.

cnd vinylux review part two

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection_LoLo Day 7For part two of this CND Vinylux review, please enjoy the 7 full days of wear that Lauren (aka LoLo) got from CND Vinylux Night Glimmer. She started chipping on day 2 and it just kept getting worse from there.

CND Vinylux review_Vinylux Forbidden Collection_Lolo Day 7_2I don’t quite know how she could stand to wear it for the full week, but that LoLo is a real trooper. Big props to her for having the strength of character to weather this particular polish test.

I have since given another bottle to another co-worker and she achieved similar results to LoLo’s with tiny chips within 24 hours and enough wear within 3 days that it had to be removed.

cnd vinylux review wrap-up

So, how do I really feel about this “weekly” polish. Ha! I think you know. But, I quite like the polish as a regular polish.

CND Vinylux Sun Bleached_CND Vinylux Spring 2014I really do like the Spring 2014 Vinylux Open Road shades (I’m 100% gonna sport that Sun Bleached yellow — above — tomorrow, and that Mint Convertible green soon after), and although the polish isn’t long-wearing on me (or my co-workers), I’ll still wear it. I just know that for me, it’s only going to last 2 or 3 days maximum.

CND Vinylux 7pc The Forbidden Mini Collection ($42 at and lots of other shades of CND Vinyulx polishes ($11.95 each at are available now. CND Vinylux Open Road shades ($11.95/15mL) will be available later this month.

I’ve rambled on long enough –  what’s your experience with CND Vinylux Weekly Polish been? Did you come here to see if it’s worth investing in, or did you come to confirm that the wear you’ve had is common? I’m curious to know if anyone out there has had 7-day success with it. If you have, I’d love to know which shade in particular it was! Share, people! Share! I’m a curious mind and curious minds needa know!

Manis ’n photos by Karen Falcon (she took the 2 photos with both hands in ’em using her foot) with special mention to the stunt hands of Lauren “LoLo” Hamilton who helped her test. ©2104 BEAUTYGEEKS/

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Janine 10 January 2014 at 11:43 am

I love this, Geek. I’ve been asking Leeanne at Tips about Vinylux since it first launched; she’s had mixed reviews too. Some people get exactly what the product promises, 7 days of great wear. Other people get chipping and edge-wear the first and second day.

Interestingly, one of her clients who has had zero luck with long-wear soak-off gels, gets more than a week of great wear from Vinylux.

I need the strength of soak-off gel (Artistic Colour Gloss, Entity or Gelish), so Vinylux isn’t for me. It’s no stronger than nail polish. And overall, it seems that how well it wears varies wildly between individuals. I guess it’s something people have to try; if it works for you, then it’s a major win.


Karen Mani-Geek 10 January 2014 at 11:58 am

I would just have to go in thinking it was regular polish and have low expectations. If it wore for more than 2 or 3 days, it’d be a wonderful surprise. I’d advise everyone new to Vinylux to go in with the same mind-set so if it fails to last 7 days, there are no hard feelings. If, however, it wears like it claims to, then yes, major win!

ps. I saw Leeanne ’n all the pretty ladies yesterday! I heart them all! Me ’n Oksana rolled with Entity – it’s my first time with Entity so I guess we’ll see what happens!


Janine 10 January 2014 at 1:52 pm

It’s only a touch more expensive than OPI or Essie polish, so I guess thinking of it like normal polish could work. It’s certainly less pricey than a Chanel or Dior etc. Amazing for the people who get what it promises, definitely.


Karen Mani-Geek 10 January 2014 at 3:54 pm

I wonder too if some people just aren’t as particular about what 7-days of wear means. For me, a teeny tiny chip is still a chip that means the polish life is over. A teeny tiny bit of wear is still wear. If I get a chip or wear at the free edge, it means an instant removal of the entire polish job. Immediately. Right now. Promptly. With haste.

I think maybe some people will get that little bit of wear at the free edge or a chip here ‘n there and be okay living with it for a few days. Me, never.



Janine 10 January 2014 at 4:15 pm

I’m same as you. A manicure lasts as long as the finish is perfect. Visible wear at the tips or the tiniest of chips means it’s over. Done. Finished. Dead.


Linda Wiebe 10 January 2014 at 2:36 pm

Hi Karen,

My Vinylux experience has been similar – marginally better than regular polish.

P.S. If a nail technician promises you can wear your socks and shoes 10 minutes after a Vinylux pedicure, don’t believe them.


Karen Mani-Geek 10 January 2014 at 3:49 pm

Hahahaa!! Oh, funny. Great tip for newbies to the Vinylux line though!


Margaret 12 January 2014 at 5:03 pm

I have had great results with the vinyl polish which was applied professionally at a spa. I have only had it on my toes, which with regular polish, generally last 1-2 weeks without chipping. VINYLUX lasted A MONTH and still no chipping!! I am on the second pedicure of it and I am in loooove! I plan on going back to the spa soon so I can try other colors. So far I have had a metallic navy and a metallic red, both held shine and look fresh 3-4 weeks!! I am blown away by the formula and would like to try buying the topcoat and using it over my other brands… I am surprised that it wore so poorly for you (and others).


Karen Mani-Geek 13 January 2014 at 1:10 am


That’s a pretty decent toe result if you usually only get 1 or 2 weeks with regular polish! Rejoice!

BUT, I will say that regular polish easily lasts a month for me on my toes – I never get chips on my toenail polish – it always wears super-well and holds the shine. Toes I don’t have an issue with – it’s the fingernails that are the problem.

Regardless, it’s nice to know that people out there are having the promised results – it keeps me hoping that they can tweak the formula just enough to make it magic for me too!


Crystaliciousss 15 January 2014 at 5:38 am

on my nails I get a good 4-5 days, but when used as a pedi the shine and wear lasts for more than 2 weeks!


Kelly Tomlinson 7 February 2014 at 1:14 am

I’m a huge fan of CND Shellac so I had to try Vinylux. I bought Daring Escape, a super shimmery dusty blue that leans a little green. The color is gorgeous. I had pretty good wear; typically regular polish is pretty badly chipped by day 3 on me. I did notice tip wear right away with Vinylux but it didn’t get too bad. By Day 5 it was still acceptable for me. One thing that makes a huge difference is making sure to prep the nail and remove all oil. I either use acetone or white vinegar to dry out and clean the nail. I also don’t get my nails/hands wet for the first few hours after doing my nails.

I also wish the top cost was thicker and glossier like Seche Vite. It seemed a little thin and didn’t give me a nice high shine finish like Shellac.


Karen Mani-Geek 7 February 2014 at 1:27 am

Hiya Kelly!
Have you tried your Seche Vite over the CND top? I wonder if that works to maintain the shine! Try it and lemme know!


Eve 13 March 2014 at 8:55 am

I have many Vinylux colors (steel gaze, married to mauve, lilac longing, svelte suede, seaside party, electric orange, grapefruit sparkle, rubble, asphalt, serene green, limeade), and I always have the same result: 6 – 7 days of perfect wear!!!! I love this polish, since I have tried it, I never bought any other regular polish (and I don’t think I will again)… when I first bought them, the girls from the store advised me not to buff my nails and to dehydrate them with pure acetone. Since I have the Shellac nourishing remover for the removal, when I remove the color I am wearing, I begin right away the new color application :) It is perfect, I only decide to change the color because I am bored of it… so I guess it would probably last more than one week!!!!!!!!!


Amanda 2 August 2014 at 10:50 am

I really like this post. I should amend that by saying I’m a Nail Tech at a salon/spa and everyone has gone absolutely *bats* for Vinylux.

I get about the same amount of wear off it that I do from normal polish, but then again I’m in chemicals all day. So meh. Although, nothing sticks on me for longer than a few days, gelish, shellac, or other so there’s that too. I noticed a lot of the wear-ability comes not just from application, but prep work. If you don’t prep the cuticles (push/nip/remove the suckers) and use some sort of cleanser like scrubfresh to remove oils its just going to chip off like no one’s business.

Which of course no one likes to mention to you until like, a month after you get it unless you’re like me and scour the CND webpage like a creep.


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