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CND Monday – A New Fave Found At THREEASFOUR

alu-cnd-monday-dark-ruby-ice-blue-shimmer 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 the reasons I love going to NYC for Fashion Week is to observe the nail wizards that work on the CND team.  Their creativity astounds me and I always pick up some new nail trick or color to bring home with me.  This season was no different as I discovered a layering combination that surprised me.

One of the last shows I covered before heading home was threeASFOUR and even though it was the day of the massive snowstorm in NYC, I HAD to trek on down to Milk Studios to see what was happening on the nails.  Remembering the unique triangle shaped moon manicure created by Roxanne Valinoti last February, I knew I’d see something special.

Check out the new layering combination I discovered and three other nail looks created for the show after the jump!

threeasfour-nyfw-fw-2010-cnd-mac Andrea Helgadottir for MAC Cosmetics, Ashley Javier of Ashley Javier Parlor and CND’s Roxanne Valinoti came together to create a strong avant-garde look to pair with statement making pieces.

CND’s Jan Arnold told me that the “clothes are very sculptural, body fitting, artistic.” That the designers incoporated hand sewn cords in shades of sapphire, emerald and copper and they wanted CND to pick up the Turkish eye for the nail look.

Taking the designers’ inspiration and input, the CND team came up with the concept of using different sparkling backdrops against a black “pupil” at the tip of the nail that was mattified to mirror the rubber texture in the boots and dresses.

Fabric swatches from the collection that served as inspiration for the layering combinations threeasfour-cnd-inspiration

To create the look: One coat of Dark Ruby. One-two coats of the chosen Effect. One coat of Blackjack applied at the tip to create the pupil of the eye.  One coat of Super Matte layered over Blackjack only.

The nails below were created using Jade Sparkle and Copper Shimmer (middle). As you can see in the close-up, Jade Sparkle looks different depending on the angle. threeasfour-cnd-dark-ruby-jade-sparkle-copper-shimmer

The combination I fell head over heels for: Ice Blue Shimmer. Also shown pre-fab silver foil nails. threeasfour-cnd-dark-ruby-ice-blue-shimmer

Roxanne did a quick demo so I could see how the look was created and as she told me, “Blackjack is placed randomly, not perfect.” So it’s not an eye in the literal sense and not as intimidating to replicate at home.  Shown with Jade Sparkle, a combination I showed in a previous CND Monday.


The Jade Sparkle nails pick up on the metallic green in the model’s embellished tights threeasfour-cnd-nails

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

I’ve showed you Dark Ruby before but here’s a quick refresher. Dark Ruby is a black cherry shade and one of the stars of Fall FW.  You’ll definitely want to have a bottle on hand come September.


I was honestly amazed when I saw how dramatically Ice Blue Shimmer changed Dark Ruby.  I literally did a double take when I spotted it on the nail board.  It brings out the purple base in Dark Ruby and from certain angles takes on more of a burple look than blue.  Very cool!


At Jan’s suggestion, I decided to try it with a satin finish using Super Matte to give it more of a suede look and it really solidifies the overall royal tone Ice Blue Shimmer brings to the party.  I like it but I think it feels more summer this way, no?  I think I’ll stick with the high shine version for now.


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.

Did you discover any new ideas for layering? Isn’t the Copper Shimmer combination hot? What do you think of the mattified eye?

Disclosure: A product sample was furnished by CND for review. For more info please view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    funny, I’ve been slapping that ice blue shimmer shiz on top of almost every color lately! like in place of new top coat every few days to change the color without a total polish change. luvs it.

  2. Mc Huggs says:

    Hi Michelle:

    Wow! Iced Blue Shimmer does make a dramatic change to “Dark Ruby” Your nails look gorgeous!I also love the Matte look from Super Matte. Just simple little additions added to regular nail polishes and they make them look spectacular. I am just amazed. LOL The prices for the effects and co-lours seem reasonable too.

    ((((Love Michelle))))

    Mc Huggs :)

  3. Gold Dusk says:

    wow the ice blue shimmer looks (and sounds) awesome. might have to get my hands on it!

  4. Danielle says:

    I have a set of the CND polish/effect. I allowed the polish to dry overnight then tried to go over it with the effect and it seemed to pull the color off. Is there something I can do about that or is that just a fact of CND polishes?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      That’s likely to happen with a lot of dark polishes. When you apply the effect, the lacquer softens the layer below so you can end up with some color pull. I mentioned this tip in a previous post but I like to apply top coat to the Colour before applying the Effect to stop that from happening. It also prevents you from adding color to the Effect via the brush.

      • tess says:

        I just got several Effects and am about to use one for the first time – thanks for the tip!

  5. ReaderRita says:

    I love Copper Shimmer! (actually, I’m really lovin’ all of the Effects)
    Must. Have. Them. All. That is my lemming talking…

  6. Sky says:

    Hot! The Jade Sparkle with the “eye” is my fave.

  7. Acutally I love that color. Blue’s gonna be the Summer color. I’m ready to try it out!

  8. batbfan says:

    I think blue, green, and teal are like the new black.I really love this site, I buy a lot of nail polishes that I see on this site. Thank You:)

  9. Jywoi says:

    I loved your CND Monday! Thank you for the tip, I’m ordering Ice Blue Shimmer right away, looks gorgeous :)

  10. Tina bevan says:

    Could you use the effects on top of the shellac ? This would change shellac and create even more options. One of my clients wanted sapphire sparkle on top of fedora. Wasn’t sure.