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CND Sparkling Effects Holiday Duo

By on October 27, 2010
in CND, Glitter, Gold, Holiday 2010, Silver
cnd-silver-gold-sparkling-effects-holiday-2010 Have you missed me Fanatics? I’ve missed you. This ALU post outage was brought to you by the letters “T” “W” and “C” (Time Warner Cable). Apparently my modem was so ancient the tech was amazed it still worked. Obviously TWC can’t say “I’m right on top of that Rose.” a la Christina Applegate in Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead.

Venting aside I have a fun holiday item to share with you from CND.  If you haven’t picked up the vibe already, Holiday 2010 is one big old glitter party. And in the case of the CND Silver & Gold Sparkling Effects Duo, all that glitters IS gold (and silver).  These two limited edition Effects, one cool & one warm, are sure to add the right kick of glam to your holiday manicures.

This set is just one of the many prizes included in the Think Pink – Donate & Win Giveaway so keep reading for a glimpse at what you could win.

Application & Formula: CND is a 3-Free brand and they relaunched their polish line in Fall 2009 with a new bottle and formula.  I did an extensive review of the formula and new flat brush HERE.  For the best wear I use CND Stickey base coat and CND Super Shiney or Air Dry top coat though I’ve found that Olan Quick & Slick gets it done as well.

Both of the Effects in this set have clear bases filled with micro-glitter so they won’t change the color you layer them over.  The particles are pretty well dispersed so you can layer multiple coats of the Effect to get more coverage.  One coat gives touch of glitz while 2-3 coats will pack a more blingtastic punch.  The glitter pieces very fine and dry to a smooth finish so there’s no bumpiness here.


Silver Sparkling is just as the name implies, a sheer wash of silver micro-glitter. I chose to layer it over one of my fave pale polishes in the CND Colour collection, Blueberry Whip. It’s one of the colors I instantly connected with when I initially saw the Colour & Effects lineup and I can’t believe I’ve never shown it on the blog.  There’s something about the way Silver Sparkling looks over Blueberry Whip that feels winter-y.  I could totally see wearing the color alone to work and then adding a layer of Silver Sparkling for a party later that night.


Gold Sparkling was not quite what I expected. While the predominate color is gold, there are random multi-colored pieces interspersed as well.  In the bottle you might see a bit of a prismatic effect, think Out The Door Northern Lights, but on the nail it’s a subdued disco ball.  I layered it over CND Veronica the one color from the Jason Wu Collection that I didn’t show you during Fashion Week.  Veronica, named for 40s screen siren Veronica Lake, is a holiday red if I’ve ever seen one. It’s a shame it won’t be on shelves until next May but while you’re waiting you could try CND Bloodline instead.



Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an easy way to make your favorite polishes more bling-y for the holidays, glitter top coats like these are the perfect addition to your nail wardrobe.  I would think a polish like China Glaze Golden Enchantment would be similar to Gold Sparkling but seeing as I don’t own it, I can’t say for sure.

The CND Sparkling Effects Holiday Duo is on sale now at salons and authorized CND retailers nationwide.  To find a retailer near you check  The duo retails for $22 for two .33oz bottles.

What do you think of this duo?  Would it make a good stocking stuffer for yourself or a fellow fanatic?  What other clear based gold & silver top coats do you love?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by CND.  For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Andrea says:

    oooh my. that red with that glitter looks Glamourous.

  2. Winnie says:

    Yes, I’ve missed you! I always look forward to seeing your swatches. I’ll definitely be picking these up, I’m a glitter whore, what can I say?

  3. I really like the blueberry whip with the silver sparking combo! It’s very delicate, I like that with glitter a lot of the time.
    - Liz

  4. Kisten says:

    Very nice! I really like the base colors as well especially Blueberry Whip!

  5. sara says:

    Man… I have thus far been able to avoid the siren call of the CND Colour and Effects polishes. I like so many of them but I feel like I have similar enough colors that I’ve survived without them. But those sparkle effects are pretty awesome. I love that red, too. I’m on the hunt for the perfect red creme. All the ones I have are too orange.

  6. Duffi says:

    Yews, I’ve missed you! (TM Winnie) I won’t be picking these up as they don’t seem unique to me. Golden Enchantment is really beautiful BTW.

  7. Bunny says:

    I think that those multicolor bits in the gold are prismatic (holographic). I love the silver too, but I wish it had some prismatic microglitter in it.

  8. NailPolishFan says:

    I love that Blueberry Whip color with the silver glitter and I also like the red too. I like the idea of how glitter can change up a look.

  9. Kitty says:

    I kinda like the Effects stuff from CND. I’ve seen lots of swatches and they’re all stunning.

  10. Gingerkitty says:

    ooohhh, I want to try Silver Sparkling over CND Blackjack! I have fallen in love with the CND polishes, they wear really well.

  11. slippy says:

    Good to have you back! I can’t believe DTMTBD only got 5.5 stars on IMDB! I still like to say “The dishes are done, man.”

  12. taxi says:

    Any swatches available comparing Chanel NV with their new Riva?

  13. Lois says:

    Such a pretty duo! I love them! I don’t have any CND yet, love to try it :)

  14. Yay! I’ve missed your blog posts!

    Gold Sparkling looks like a slightly chunkier version of OPI’s Heart of Gold….. maybe. I love layering HoG over OPI Ink. Sooo pretty!

    As for the holiday glitter, I’m definitely going to invest in some Deborah Lippmann glitters. Probably Across the Universe, Happy birthday or Boom Boom Pow, or Bad Romance.. ahhh! Too many to choose from! She really does glitters better than anyone. :)

  15. Patricia says:

    This looks perfect for us gals that don’t really wear glitter but like a liiiitle bit of bling now and then on their ‘boring’ manicures!

  16. sparris says:

    These remind me of Orly Prisma Gloss Gold/Silver, they seem really similar.

  17. Susie says:

    Thanks for the DTMTBD quote. I thought I was the only one who used that quote (no one ever gets it…)!

    Love these, but don’t expect to buy them. Trying to manage my addiction.

  18. Heather says:

    Ooooooooohh, I LOVE the silver sparkling! It’s just enough.

  19. tricialee says:

    this is much prettier than i would have thought. nice.

  20. Jackie S. says:

    Uh wow?…These seem to be the same as the Prisma Gold and Silver Top Coats by Orly

  21. Dee says:

    I really like the top one, the blueberry whip and then the silver effect over it. And I have a question about that…..the color is called blueberry whip, but it looks pale pink to me. Is it? What is it like in the bottle? Thanks!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      It’s a cool toned pink and has a blue-ish tint to it. If you think of how blueberries have a purple/pink look when crushed and imagine that lightened up with a lot of white cream, that’s how Blueberry Whip looks.

  22. steph says:

    oooh. next stop, trans design.

  23. Allison says:

    oooohhh LOVING the silver over Blueberry Whip. Definitely going to have to check those out.

  24. Rebecca says:

    Those color combos are beautiful! So pretty. Might have to get these. :)

  25. ReaderRita says:

    Oh, I love the extra fine glitter- it is so refined! (well, as refined as glitter can be…)

  26. M says:

    I got the duo recently and I love it because the glitters are so fine, they’re not over the top at all. They add a classy touch of bling ;-)
    The silver one is fab on top of a white creme!!!

  27. Katrina says:

    Got these today from and put the silver over Nfu Oh pink holo, wooo hoooo! I tried the gold over Nars Chinatown, very beautiful! Much the same as Bloodline. So happy and festive:)

  28. Kalee says:

    pretty. i know that this is an old post, and i hope you see this but speaking of layering with CND, you have to try (if you haven’t already, lol) the CND Sapphire Sparkle effects, layered 2 coats over a navy blue color. its soooooooo pretty, duo-chromey, awesomeness! i did this the other night and i loooove. i used 2 coats over China Glaze little drummer boy and it looks sooo good. shines blue and purple. im sure it would look awesome over black too, but i used over navy because i wanted to bring out the color.

  29. Chynna says:

    Glad you got a new modem – sorry the old one conked out. I had the same problem with mine and it’s a known issue they never bother telling anyone who has an old modem. I called tech support to report issues repeatedly and they said they didn’t see anything wrong and would need to send a tech out to check everything out. It worked well enough I felt that was ridiculus. Not one time did anyone tell me it could be the modem, which would have been easy to replace as the TWC office is in walking distance from me and I’ve replaced my cable box several times already. Finally it gave out in a spectacular way while I was presenting an online meeting for Asia late at night. I finally gave in to the tech coming out and he replaced the modem – problem solved. Hope your new one holds out!