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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – CND Blackjack

By on May 20, 2011
in 365 of Untrieds, Black, CND, Creme
cnd-blackjack-nail-polish-bottle-colour-effects 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Happy Friday Fanatics! I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend. We are finally, FINALLY, seeing the sunlight at the end of the rain tunnel that has enveloped Cleveland and I plan to enjoy it.

So with all this good weather, what am I doing wearing jet black on my nails? Well tune in tomorrow as you’ll see that I have a very good reason for going to the dark side with my manicure. Until then check out one of the best black polishes on the market, CND Blackjack.

Formula & Application: CND nail polish is 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin). The bottle is shaped to fit comfortably between fingers, like the Shu Uemura bottle. The brush is a thin, narrow and flat with flexible triangular bristles that soak up polish like a squeegee mop. Allow the brush to hang out in the polish for a couple seconds between strokes to properly absorb the lacquer.

CND has one of the best formulas on the market. I’d even go so far as to say it is comparable to RBL’s cremes so you KNOW it’s good. Their polishes are extremely pigmented and smooth. The lacquer glides on the nail with ease in three simple strokes, requires only two coats and dries to a perfect, even finish. Unlike the old CND formula, the Colours all dry very fast with none of those denting issues of the past.

CND Blackjack is a pitch black creme. It’s high on the gloss factor and packed with pigment. Applying two coats feels like overkill, that’s how well it covers. While in theory a black is a black is a black, I think Blackjack is part of a very elite group of black cremes. It ranks up there with my all-time fave Sinful Black on Black in that you don’t see any brown or green in its base and the formula is immaculate.


Bottom Line: If you are looking for the ultimate black creme, look no further. Blackjack wears well, applies phenomenally and gives amazing coverage. Black has become a classic in nails and, like the little black dress, every nail polish wardrobe needs one.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: It’s going right back where it came from, my STASH!

CND Blackjack is part of the Colour & Effects line which is available at salons and spa nationwide including national chains Beauty Brands, Beauty First and Trade Secret. For more info visit Online shoppers head to or CND Colour nail polish retails for $9/ea for a .33oz bottle.

Thoughts on Blackjack? Have you tried the Colour & Effects line? What are your favorite Colours? Remember to come back tomorrow to see what I’ve created with Blackjack.

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  1. Erin says:

    personally, blacks arent a favourite. the quality looks great though

  2. Chris says:

    What do you think of black painted toenails?

  3. NailPolishFan says:

    Black polish is great for every season. Isn’t this the color that Anna Pacquine had on her nails last year at one of the awards? I’ve never tried CND nail polishes before. But you gotta love the gloss.

  4. Karen says:

    I love blacks that are true blacks and not on the greyish side. I’ve never heard of CND and I don’t know if we can buy it in the UK but I’ll look out for this one. Thanks.

    • Sandi says:

      Karen, you can buy it from they’re the official distributors of CND products in the UK :)

  5. Caitlin says:

    I have a bottle of Wet n Wild Black that cost 99 cents and is opaque in one coat and looks much better than this on the nail.$9 for a bottle of black polish,especially when there are cheaper ones in a drugstore,seems outrageous to me.

  6. meme says:

    Just cannot wear true black creams. As popular as they were for a time, I tried and tried brands, but they just don’t look right on me. I need a tish of under-color from hit of dark cherry to blue and still if it looks totally black at a glance, it’s not that stark. But then I also cannot carry off in my wardrobe, black & white only. I am too fair or something. I can do b & w if I just break it up with some silver jewelry even. So maybe I need to brake out my old black and try doing a line of silver at the tip with my fav So Easy Stripe Rite (found at Sally’s in tons of colors – I use the metallics)

  7. kristi says:

    this doesn’t look like a good black in your photos. it looks very streaky actually

  8. Susan says:

    I think that is actually a reflection on her nails, and not streaks…I can’t wear black polish, doesn’t look right on me, but this is one of the nicer ones I have seen swatched on any website.

  9. Kathleen says:

    This looks gorgeous. CND is one of those brands that just seems to have amazing dark cremes – Asphalt and Dark Ruby are irreplaceable in my collection.