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fantastically fabulous formulas!

The CND Vinylux Flora & Fauna Spring 2015 Collection is just about to be released and I think you’re going to like it! I finally got yer swatches, yo.

I have no idea how they managed to stuff so much white into some of these incredibly beautiful shades and make the formula so outstanding. For real – I don’t know how they did it. The formula on these Vinylux shades is brilliant.

CND Vinylux Dandelion Flora Fauna Spring 2015

cnd vinylux dandelion

This Dandelion was perhaps a little bit streaky and took 3 thin coats to get to what you see there. Pretty and springy, right? Not so much white as it is shimmery.

CND Vinylux Salmon Run Flora Fauna Spring 2015

cnd vinylux salmon run

Vinylux Salmon Run looked like it would be a shade or two more vibrant when I looked at it in the bottle but when I got it out onto the nail (3 thin coats), I was pleasantly surprised by the lightness and beauty of this whitened-salmon shade. If there was ever a colour called Baby Peach, this'd be it.

CND Vinylux Creekside Flora Fauna Spring 2015

cnd vinylux creekside

Vinylux Creekside is my favourite. That’s two über-easy coats and with as much white as there is in there, the formula stunned me. The stuff went on flawlessly and everybody knows that polishes stuffed with white are notoriously tricky. Not this one though! Nope!

CND Vinylux Thistle Thicket 184 Flora Fauna Spring 2015

cnd vinylux thistle thicket (natural light with clear skies)

Or this one! I can’t say enough about this formula. Stunning. Amazing. Incredibly well done. I freakin’ love it.

CND Vinylux Thistle Thicket Spring 2015 Flora Fauna

cnd vinylux thistle thicket (natural light with cloud cover)

And here’s Thistle Thicket again. With clouds or lower levels of light, she shows a little more lilac. So pretty!!

CND Vinylux Field Fox Flora & Fauna Spring 2015

cnd vinylux field fox

Again, I could go on about this perfect formula but instead, you can just look at that café au lait nude and swoon.

CND Vinylux Wild Moss Flora Fauna Spring 2015

cnd vinylux wild moss

Wild Moss is a different sorta polish with loads of gold flecks in it to give it depth and make it interesting. I kinda dig it. It looks mossy and it looks springy.

CND Vinylux Blush Teddy Flora and Fauna Spring 2015

cnd vinylux blush teddy

Above we have Vinylux Blush Teddy which I find interesting. In lighter light, she comes out pink with almost a tinge of peach.

CND Vinylux Blush Teddy Spring 2015 Flora and Fauna Collection

cnd vinylux blush teddy

If we change the light just a little bit, you can see the blue shimmeryness in the bottle and the barely-there blue-ish sorta tinge in the polish too. I think that's really the function of that shimmer that always shows in the bottle (hello, Chanel) but never on the nail. It's really just about depth of colour given certain light conditions.

CND Vinylux Fragrant Freesia Flora Fauna Spring 2015

cnd vinylux fragrant freesia

Lastly, it’s CND Vinylux Fragrant Freesia. Another fleck-filled beauty that almost comes out lookin’ like a jelly sammich. Pearly and nude and sophisticated at the same time. It’s all so good.

CND Vinylux Flora & Fauna Collection Spring 2015

see? swatches are brighter and happier than the promo shots!

By the way, CND Vinylux goes with a smashing top coat and that turns this polish into a long-wear polish for many, many people. If it lasts 7 days for you, I’m jealous. If it doesn’t, we’re in the same boat but really, with shades like these from the Flora & Fauna Collection, I’m gonna wear it for as long as I can.

CND Vinylux Flora & Fauna Spring 2015 will be available January 2015 (that’s now). There are a couple online retailers (like that already have the CND Shellac versions in stock and the Vinylux versions ($11.95CAD) should be rolling out to stores shortly. In Canada, visit - there's a sweet free shipping option if you spend enough dough on your Archives! For more information, visit

Manicures and Photographs by Karen Falcon (cold. brrrr.)