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CND Monday Desert Suede Colour & Gold Pearl Effect

By on October 5, 2009
in CND, CND Monday, Nude with 6 Comments
Welcome to CND Monday, a new feature here on ALU. Each week I’ll be sharing a new layering combination from CND Colour & Effects to show you the versatility and creativity of the line.

Nude hued nails were all over the Fashion Week runways for spring. “Mannequin Hands” was in full effect. When I say Mannequin Hands I refer that elongated, neutral, extension-of-the-fingers look you get by painting a flesh toned or slightly darker polish on your nails.

I decided to try the look out with one of the CND Colours that I kept seeing backstage, Desert Suede, and to transform it I added a layer of Gold Pearl Effect over top. Take a peek after the jump!


If you missed my detailed review of the new CND Formula, Bottle and Brush check out CND Colour, Effects and Henna? for a recap.

Desert Suede is similar to the discontinued Cocoa from the old CND line only Desert Suede is warmer with less pink in its base. The polish applied perfectly smooth giving an opaque, glossy finish in only two coats. It’s a very clean look but just WAIT till you check out what adding an Effect can do.
By layering a coat of Gold Pearl Effect over top, Desert Suede went from classic to cool and unusual. Gold Pearl lifts the hue and adds dimension. In fact it becomes a bit duo-chromey in that you see the gold but also this cool green flash at certain angles. It reminds me a LOT of my bottle of Make A Wish that I still have hoarded away in my stash. The main difference being that this combo is a bit deeper and much more pigmented. I remember painting 3-4 coats the last time I wore Make A Wish.

You can find CND Colour & Effects at salons nationwide and online at our fave e-tailers (see sidebar). If you’re looking to stock up on some of your old CND faves GoIndulge.com is clearancing out a lot of their stock for only $2/ea!!

So what do you think of this look? I know it’s a little light for Fall but I’m digging it. Anyone remember Make A Wish? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. CandyPaint says:

    I like Desert better without the effect, I wonder if it will look good on my skintone. Can you show us more than one effect with the same color?

  2. Polish Earthgirl says:

    I am loving that pearl polish, what a fabulous effect!! Not to self: BUY FOR MY STASH!!

  3. Nora says:

    Desert Suede is beautiful. I love it!
    Another color I am going to add to my growing CND list. :)

    I am a creme lover in general and I appreciate the concept behind what CND is doing with this line, but I have to wonder if the average consumer is going to take to the concept. I love to mix it up and I'm inclined to spent a little more time (and $) on all things nails, but will the average polish buyer? I hope so, but I'm not so sure.

  4. moeysullivan says:

    I really like this effect,but being very cooltoned I will probably stick with OPI Nomad's Dream for a similar effect.

  5. Michelle says:

    Do you think that the Gold Pearl Effect over MAC Peppermint Patti or the Damone Roberts OPI color would produce something close to Chanel Jade?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks again for this great combination! I'm so curious about the new CND polishes!

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