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The ALU Archives – CND Wildfire

By on June 11, 2009
in CND, Creme, Red, The ALU Archives with 7 Comments
The ALU Archives focuses on older, beloved shades from the All Lacquered Up stash.

Mr. ALU is as much a fan of red as I am of green. Together we make the perfect holiday-themed team. In the 10 years we’ve been dating, he has owned two red Grand Ams, flocks towards red clothing every time I can actually get him to shop and continually compliments me anytime I don a red manicure. So this week’s Archives selection is all for him. It’s a shade that when I put it on, he not only noticed but said “Wow, I like that color.” As I’m sure you ladies know, that’s major in man-speak.

So read on to check out my flaming red mani in CND Wildfire.


Wildfire has been all over the runways the past two seasons at shows like Tibi, for spring, and on Retro Barbie for fall. A classic red like this transcends trends in its timelessness.

What really impresses me is how CND has perfectly combined pigmentation and smoothness of formula. Wildfire is practically a one coat red yet its viscosity is so thin you’d think it a sheer. Every time I put on one of their polishes I hope for new colors to release because the formula is just that damn fabulous!

The color itself is a cherry red with a hint a berry in its base. You can’t really see that as you apply it but as the lacquer floats down the bottle neck and thins out, it’s there.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, the only complaint that comes with the CND formula is dry time. I’ve seen so many MUA nail board girls bitch about getting sheet marks and dents even after waiting up to an hour for the polish to dry.

Drying tip: Use CND products with the polish. Product lines are formulated to work best with the accompanying products. Look at the Zoya Color Lock System for example. When I use Ridge Out base, Super Shiney top and SolarSpeedy Spray I can touch, even press my fingers on the polish, after only 20 minutes without leaving a mark.

CND Wildfire is available at salons and spas across the country and of course, our favorite e-tailers have it too.

What do you think fanatics? Feeling the fiery red?

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  1. Ava says:

    I'm loving it! I was about to try RBL's Chinoise, but this seems like a great red for a fraction of the cost. It's like you read my mind sometimes!

  2. Stef says:

    It's a pretty red, but reds don't work on me very well, unless it's X-mas! And I can't handle a long drying time!

  3. Natalie says:

    Love this red! I've been using Wet n Wild's Red Red for my toes, but I might have to give this a try. I should probably decide if I need warmer or cooler reds first though, I suppose.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Looks like some of those Revlon red lipsticks from the 50s. Does Revlon still do matching polishes?

    Pigs are going to fly before I pay $25-30, effectively, for one polish (polish, plus base, plus treatment, plus topcoat). Any polish that needs me to buy all that just to make it wearable and dryable is lousy polish, not some miracle of branding interreliance.

  5. All Lacquered Up says:

    Ava – I have special powers, dont' you know? It's called PSP (Polish Sensory Perception). Glad I could help save you some $$$.

    Stef – I hear ya. I don't mind the drying time if I'm just sitting around anyway. When I'm in a hurry I reach for my Seche Vite or Posh and go with a non CND color.

    Natalie – Sounds pretty. WnW has some great shades.

    Anon – Oh I totally know what you're talking about. I have an old Revlon ad framed on my wall at home. And I know what you mean about spending that much on a system but I've always been a fan of CND treatments so I own them anyway. Stickey was my first and most beloved base coat.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ooh, jelly! But I'm sad because every red and hot pink makes me look like I have prostitute hands. :(

  7. Euni says:

    Beautiful red… I shied away from them for years thinking that reds were "too generic" because they were everywhere… now that I'm a bit older I can see why they are so universally appealing.. I love them! I am rapidly expanding my red collection!

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