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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – CND Creamy Cameo Nail Polish

By on July 26, 2011
in 365 of Untrieds, Beige, CND, Nude with 18 Comments
cnd creamy cameo nail polish colour 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.

Before we talk polish, I want to let you know that the issues that have been plaguing the comment section and “read more” link have been fixed. Thanks to reader meme, who alerted to me the scope of the problem, I was able to have the issues resolved today. I suggest you do a hard reset of your browser if you still see the glitches.

Also, I encourage you to please email me or send a comment if you notice a site error. I won’t see a problem in the comments from my end so I rely on all of you to let me know if there is something wrong. Thank you!

So with all that out of the way, I decided to go for a fresh, clean look today. In an interview I gave for USA Today about nail trends I recommended some great beige neutrals including CND Perfectly Bare, which you all know I love. The thing is, Perfectly Bare is a bit too peachy for some plus it’s a limited edition color so I looked for a permanent shade that is cool complexion friendly and came up with CND Creamy Cameo.


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.

I have continually raved about the new CND formula and in terms of consistency, Creamy Cameo holds up to the standard. The bottle lists the color as “opaque” so I expected a simple two coat coverage. Unfortunately, the opacity just wasn’t there. I used three coats and still ended up with some VNL (visible nail line). Unlike the old CND formula, the Colours all dry very fast with none of the denting issues of the past.

CND Creamy Cameo is a light, muted beige with peachy undertones though it’s not nearly as warm as Perfectly Bare. It’s an ideal work-safe neutral creme. It’s not quite my “mannequin hands” shade but I find it very flattering on my skin tone.

cnd creamy cameo nail polish swatch colour effects

Bottom Line: I’m having such a conflict over this color. The opacity issues and the fact that neutrals aren’t really my thing have my head saying this color isn’t for me but for some reason I can’t stop staring at my nails. I thought I was over my neutrals love affair but apparently my slave-to-trends heart is turning this into a full-blown summer romance. Who would have guessed?

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: I’m STASHing it for now but I may revisit this when Fall comes around.

CND Creamy Cameo is available as part of the permanent CND Colour & Effects line at salons and spas nationwide including chains like Beauty Brands, Beauty First and Trade Secret. For more info visit CND.com. Online shoppers head to GoInduge.com or TransDesign.com. CND Colour nail polish retails for $9/ea for a .33oz bottle.

Thoughts on Creamy Cameo? How many of my fellow bright color queens have turned to the neutral side this summer? Would you STASH or SHARE Creamy Cameo? What is your favorite CND Colour?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by CND. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Emily says:

    This looks close to Essie Van D’go to me. Do you think it’s worth having both?

  2. Maribeth says:

    I own this color too, and I have the same feelings about it. I always think I don’t *love* it, but when I wear it, it demands my attention! I love it with the effects on top…I think I have a violet shimmer one? I am willing to deal with the formula since I love CND so much :)

  3. Danny says:

    oh this is sooo pretty!! like that!

  4. Chris says:

    I may have to get a office job in the fall (to pay for college) so I am trying to embrace neutrals. I am easing into it with Cult Nails Cruisin’ Nude.

  5. Katie says:

    I haven’t worn many neutrals this summer but this polish looks great!

  6. Luka says:

    Will you be doing a dupe/comparison post before RBL’s friday pre-sale?

  7. Tania says:

    I like that, its look pretty and still very on trend with the Romantic look that has constantly been around all year(makes me wonder if that colour is this year’s colour hehehe). I look very silly with mannequin/nude nail polishes cos I have asian skin so there’s not really a shade for me but it does look lovely xx

  8. melli says:

    This is really pretty on you. I definitely know what you mean about the conflict; when I wear a nude/neutral colour, it is such a novelty that I can’t stop staring at my hands and I love it. I guess we both wear a lot of bright, unusual colours. Blue is my neutral. :P

  9. Madeline says:

    I like this a lot. I’ve been on a weird neutrals kick this summer, too. I have only worn 1 neon so far, which is strange for me.

  10. Sheena says:

    I am not a fan of nudes unless its with a french manicure, but I actually like this very opaque!

  11. Jennifer says:

    This color looks stunning on you, but I miiight be too pale to pull it off. You never know until you try, though! I am in love with flat colors this summer. :) Love your site!

  12. Lauren says:

    I bet Perfectly Bare Shimmer would look awesome over this one too! I dig it.

  13. MeganNoel says:

    The color of this polish is okay but it reminds me a lot of Essie barefoot and topless. Like I think it could be passed off as a dupe except CND Creamy Cameo has a more pink tone to it. If going for either or, I’d go for the Essie one because after two coats I had full opacity. But in the end I’m still not a big fan of skin tone polishes, so I didn’t like either very much.

  14. meme says:

    It’s summer time – I bet like you said, that’s why you keep looking at this polish on. It’s a break from all the brights and somehow works for the season. Little on the milky white end for me. Like you, even in my nudes, I need a little bit more warm oomph in the color.

  15. Erin says:

    My lifes motto is go bold or go home! I’m not neutral in anyway and it applies to my polish choices. I’m glad you are enjoying it !

  16. Joan says:

    It’s similar to Jade Rose, Chanel which I love and use. This is a good color to replace the Jade Rose when I use it up.

  17. Lola says:

    I thought I was over neutrals, but just got RGB new line of nudes for women of color. It’s good.

  18. JACQUELYN says:

    I was @ a hotel in VA. last week and I read your article in the (free) USA Today. I was xcited when I saw it, like it was by somebody I actually knew!
    On subject of neutrals, does anyone know a look-a-like for Knockout Cosmetics’ Plaster?

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