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CND Monday – Oilslick and Raisin In The Sun Layering

By on December 21, 2009
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alu-cnd-monday-oilslick-raisin-sun Welcome to CND Monday, a regular series 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.

One of my favorite CND polishes from the old line is NFS, a deep teal-based green with subtle tonal shimmer.  You know me and my greens.  It’s a shame NFS has reached hard-to-find status but I was pleased to hear that the new Colour & Effects line included a blackened green, Oilslick, in the lineup.

Up until now I’ve only shown layering combinations using the Effects but I discovered a great combo with the Colours during New York Fashion Week.  The CND Team raved about the look they created for Monique Lhuillier’s collection using Oilslick, Raisin in the Sun and Super Matte top coat.  Check out my re-creation 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.

Oilslick is a very dark and highly pigmented blackened teal green creme.  What you see below is ONE COAT.  That’s right, this baby is so pigmented and smooth to apply you only need one coat.  With two coats it becomes difficult to see the green, it just looks black.  Unlike Sephora by OPI Dark Room with its grayed forest base, this polish has a blue-green base much like its CND predecessor NFS.


In comparison to NFS, you can see that Oilslick is much denser and deeper.  Think of it as NFS’s vampier, older cousin.  You know, the cool one that lets you borrow her ID so you can sneak into clubs underage.


monique-lhuillier-ss-2010-runway-cnd For Monique Lhuillier’s S/S ’10 RTW presentation, the creative minds at CND came up with a unique look layering Raisin In The Sun over Oilslick to create a mossy brown.  The green in Oilslick brought down the reddish undertones in Raisin In The Sun to create a more neutral brown.  They topped it with CND’s new Super Matte top coat which lightened the overall hue and took down the shine.

I included one nail coated in Raisin In The Sun so you can see how red it appears in comparison with the final look.


Now I tried CND’s Super Matte and for me, it just didn’t look right.  The formula is very milky so the finish was uneven.  As you can see, I used too much product on my ring finger and it looks a lot lighter than the other two nails.  I like the satin finish but I need to work on my application to get it right.


I decided to start over and try the matte look with China Glaze Magic Matte.  I came across a clearance bin of them at my local Sally Beauty over the weekend and stocked up. Score!  Even though I missed a couple spots (I’m far from perfect), I like the more mattified version of this color.  You can really see the difference between Raisin in the Sun on its own and over Oilslick.  I personally prefer browns that are more blackened/yellow based as opposed to reddish browns so, for me, this look is a winner.


You can find CND Colour & Effects at salons nationwide and online at our fave e-tailers (see sidebar). Colours retail for $9/ea and Effects retail for $11/ea.

How do you like this look?  Since this was a look for Spring, what do you think of such a dark shade for the season?  Have you found any Colour on Colour layering combos that you love?

Disclosure: A product sample was furnished to me by CND. For further information view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. tonia says:

    I would like it more with stripes or even matt nail & gloss tips…for me that shows off the contrast between matt and gloss nicely…for me the dark matt nail just isn’t pretty/girly enough.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I agree, the matte/glossy nail art is fun. I love the polka dots Steph from Steph’s Closet does with the matte top coats.

  2. Kirsten says:

    Hiya! Can you get CND polishes in the states? I haven’t heard of the brand before and the colors look great!


    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Hi Kirsten! Yep, CND is a US based brand. CND was formerly known as Creative Nail Design. ULTA carries the brand. You can find it online as well. I have some polish e-tailers listed in my sidebar.

  3. loungie says:

    the cnd matte tc looks like the bb couture matte tc. I prefer the flat matte look of essie and china glaze.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I like both but it depends what I’m wearing it over. Some colors look like bad flat wall paint on me with the super matte top coats.

  4. I personally prefer each on their own… but, you’re right. Matte Magic gives you a better matte appearance. Super Matte just looks kind of satin-y.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Yeah, it’s very satin like Orly’s matte top coat. Sometimes I prefer that look but the milkiness didn’t work over such dark colors.

  5. Anne says:

    I never would have thought to do color-color combos. It makes sense now that I think about it. Could you try one of the chromes over Electric Orange??=]

  6. Erin says:

    I definitely like this best with China Glaze Magic Matte. Of most of the mattifying top coats I’ve tried, I think that one gets polish the most matte.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      You think? To me, Essie, China Glaze and RBL are all the same. You’d think they were made by the same company.

  7. Kara says:

    Eh, the layering looks nice, but oilslick looks black to me. I don’t do layering on my own, so I haven’t plunged into the CND colors, even if some of them look quite nice on their own.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      It is very blackened. Definitely in the vampy realm. I just love how the green base changes Raisin. I normally layer sheers over opaque polishes so this was fun for me.

  8. Mc Huggs :) says:

    Hi Michelle:

    I definitely love the China Glaze Magic Matte over CND’s Raisin in the Sun,. What a gorgeous black color for your nails. I wonder how Raisin would look after Essie’s Matte About You or OPI’s Matte Nail Envy? Would have to try that. Kudos.

    ((((Love Michelle)))

    Mc Huggs :)

  9. TheMkupjunkie says:

    I absolutely love the look. I think it is also very appropriate for this season as well. I also love mixing pigments with clear nail polish to come up with new polish looks!

  10. tess says:


    I hadn’t seen NFS before but I have Oilslick on my shopping list. I can’t find a comparison anywhere of either of them with Zoya’s Envy (which I do have). I think Envy seems a tad yellower, but I was wondering if it’s pretty close to NFS, since I can’t find NFS anywhere (yet, still looking).

    Thanks for any insight you can offer!

  11. Tina bevan says:

    I have oilslick and when teamed with Sapphire Sparkle on the top it really pops.
    Inkwell their blue black polish with sapphire sparkle is also a winner for me.