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CND VINYLUX – Is This A Nail Polish Game Changer?

By on April 17, 2013
in CND, Collection Previews, News with 138 Comments

CND revolutionized the nail salon industry when they brought Shellac into the world and they’re poised to do it again with a new product called VINYLUX.

I’ve long been a fan of the CND Colour & Effects nail polish line for its quality formula but it was overshadowed by the popularity of Shellac. When I inquired about the state of Colour & Effects last fall I was told to get ready for an amazing new technology come spring and it’s finally here.

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish

VINYLUX is a Weekly Nail Polish that uses no base coat and a top coat that gets more durable with natural light exposure. Are you getting what I’m putting down? That’s right, this is technology that gives long lasting, high gloss wear with no UV/LED exposure and it removes like regular nail polish!


What It Is

VINYLUX is a breakthrough polish that endures a week of fashion perfection…without a base coat!

Exposure to natural light secures the patent-pending ProLight technology, creating an enduring, long-lasting polish. While ordinary polishes become brittle and deteriorate over time, VINYLUX dries naturally to a flawless finish and strengthens its resistance to chips over time.

Finally a polish that ensures—your nails will never let you down!

Prolight Technology from the makers of CND Shellac — The Original Power Polish!

How It Works

VINYLUX Weekly Polish and Weekly Top Coat are a system that is uniquely designed to work together. Patent-pending ProLight technology creates a powerful network of cross-linked polymer bonds that build resistance to chips and enhance durability with exposure to natural light over time. Really!
Easy Application
1. Change it when you want to, not because you have to.
2. Apply two thin coats of VINYLUX Weekly Polish.
3. Finish with one coat of VINYLUX Weekly Top Coat.
4. For best results, use CND Shellac Nourishing Remover on a cotton pad to easily and gently remove VINYLUX.
CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish Color Chart - Bolds & Neutrals

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish Color Chart - Bolds & Neutrals

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish Color Chart - Reds & Pinks

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish Color Chart - Reds & Pinks

FEATURES/ BENEFITS

Innovative system includes a self-adhering Color Coat that eliminates the need for Base Coat, and a Top Coat with new ProLight Technology which enhances durability with exposure to natural light over time

In consumer testing of hundreds of manicures, more than 80 percent of clients had no chipping after seven days

VINYLUX dries completely in just eight and a half minutes compared to standard nail polish that dries in 15-20 minutes on average

62 fashion-forward polish colors to suit weekly desires, over 30 colors match popular CND Shellac™ shades, for at-home touchups and pedicures

Steadfast — Delivering week long wear of fresh, flawless color without chipping. Better performance than leading polish.

Enduring — Top Coat actually toughens over time with exposure to natural light with ProLight technology.

Efficient — The self-adhering color coat means faster service time.

Fun — A full range of runway inspired shades to accessorize every outfit and enhance any mood, including CND Shellac matched shades for touch-ups and toes

Sounds pretty incredible, no?

As amazing as Shellac is, it’s not for everyone. I’ll wear it for trips but I generally like to change my nail color more often and I’m just not a salon manicure girl. I prefer playing with polish myself. From what I understand VINYLUX will be sold to consumers through professional salons so you can buy it for use at home. It’s set to launch at the end of May 2013. VINYLUX Weekly Polish and Top Coat will retail for $9.90/ea

What are your initial thoughts on VINYLUX? Do you think it will become the consumer version of Shellac? I know I can’t wait to test it out!

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  1. Caitlin says:

    Wow this looks great! Thanks for sharing

  2. Grace says:

    I’m ALWAYS skeptical when a brand says that no base coat is required – I’d need to see what what someone’s nails look like after removal before I’d try this, but I’m intrigued.

    Also, Sally Hansen’s UV lights are very affordable, so I don’t mind doing a gel manicure at home if I need my polish to last longer than usual.

  3. Avroys says:

    This sounds almost too good to be true. I am wondering whether the polish will last a week in peeling nails… Super cool to read about this first on your blog!

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks! I’ll be testing it soon and reporting back with my thoughts.

    • Anne J says:

      If your nails peel, there’s a good chance they will peel with this nail polish. You might want to work on getting your nails in better condition by using a nail strengthener first.

  4. Jamie says:

    Shut up. This sounds fab. I can’t wait to hear what you think when you test it out!

  5. DWJ says:

    This does sound too good to be true. I will anxiously await your review.

  6. Jossie says:

    This is awesome!!! I am mom, 2 kids, no dishwasher, I do a lot of housework. And It upsets me to spend time doing a wonderful mani that chips the same day or next. And its not in my budget to invest in a Shellac mani. Hopefully it will live up to its promise!!!

  7. Laura Iriarte says:

    Sounds fantastic to me – IF – it’s not too expensive. I generally only have time to do my nails once a week as it is… I usually touch up a few times and try to make it last a week – so this could be perfect! :)

  8. vvn says:

    I’m so excited for the long wear without UV curing! (UV is why I’ve never tried Shellac.) I hope this new stuff lives up to its promises.

  9. Angie says:

    I wonder how this compares to the Julep topcoat. I haven’t tried that one, but I hear it’s similar in it uses regular light to cure it.

  10. Julie says:

    I cannot wait to try this out! This sounds so great. It would be so nice for my nails not to chip after I spend so much time trying to make them look nice. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Christina says:

    I am really excited for this product. I can’t wait to try it. BTW natural light is UV light, that is what the sun gives off. So it actually does cure by UV light.

    • Michelle says:

      You’re right about UV being the same. I guess I should have said no artificial UV. Though it doesn’t actually “cure” in the light. From what I’ve read, it dries on its own and everyday natural light exposure increases its durability. I won’t know for sure until I test it.

  12. Wanda says:

    Ummm, we have to see it to believe it because no BC!! no stains????

    • Michelle says:

      Yeah, I’m curious about the staining issue. One of the colors I’ll be testing is a blue so we’ll see what happens.

      • Wanda says:

        please show!!! CND Shellac was a great idea, even CND has become “boring” in the regular polish so this is a great alternative for those humans that think we are cray-cray

  13. Jessica says:

    This looks really cool (as long as the product lives up to its claims)! I personally like to change my polish more often anyway, but I bet this will be a game-changer for others who prefer a long-lasting mani.

  14. Andrea says:

    I cannot wait to read your review on this new nail polish technology! It looks like something so many do it yourself nail polish lovers will enjoy!

  15. Judy L says:

    what is the price?

  16. Vicki says:

    I will definitely watch for your full review of this one. Have you ever used Rock top coat? I swear by it for cremes. It is supposedly a UV activated top coat, with the same concept that as it is exposed to natural sunlight, it will harden even more. The reason I like it for cremes is that, though sort of thin-ish out of the bottle, it seems to have a smoothing effect on streaky cremes. The instructions say to actually apply it while the color is wet. I noticed that when I wait until the color layer is dry-ish, Rock seems to sort of re-”melt” the color down and bond to it to make it a flawless, solid, smooth color.

    • Michelle says:

      I’ve heard differing opinions on Rock but haven’t tried it myself. I’m interested to compare the ingredients in the two products to see how they differ.

  17. Nerd Girl says:

    Hmmm…this intrigues me. I only do my nails once a week, so this seems like it’d be perfect.

    Am I reading correctly that it matches other shades for touch ups at home? If it lasts a week, I’m not sure why I’d need to do a touch up. Did I miss something.

    Also curious about the “no base coat” claim. Can’t wait for you to try these out!

    • Michelle says:

      Oh, what they mean is that 30 of the shades match Shellac colors, so if you’re a Shellac user, there is a take home product you can use for touch-up, if your Shellac needs it. I think they’re also promoting that if there is a Shellac color you love, you can get it in an take home version.

      The no base coat has me curious as well. I can’t wait to try it and see how it works. And to make sure it doesn’t stain without a base coat. Though, with some colors, I get staining even with a base coat.

  18. Rebecca says:

    Hmmm. I love CND products, so I am hopeful, but skeptical. I tried a similar type product, no UV light, long wear claims (Jessica Fusion 2.5.2 line) and it was awful – the toxic chemical smell alone was enough to drive me away, but the chipping was terrible. The paint was just too thin with not enough protection. It would be nice if in your review you address the smell factor. Thanks for keeping us up to date!

    • Michelle says:

      Believe me, if there is a funky smell, I’ll let you know. I have a very sensitive nose. Like, I love love love Seche UV top coat but WOW does it stink. Any time I recommend it to someone, I give them fair warning. The China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat has a similar smell (same parent company) but I suffer through it for a fast dry time.

    • Michelle says:

      I’m happy to report, it doesn’t have a strong smell. It’s not odorless but you have to actually sniff your nail to notice.

  19. Shelby says:

    I am of course skeptical. I don’t even go on vaca once/year, but when I do I just go pay for the Gel mani at a salon. This could be awesomely way cheaper, and I am a better painter than most salons anyway ;-)
    I can’t wait to see the review for staining. Can you also discuss clean-up and application?? I’m worried if I get some on my cuticles will it be there forever haha!

    • Michelle says:

      I will try to cover as much about the product as possible. They say removal is the same as with regular nail polish. I hope that’s true.

  20. JB says:

    Um, holy crap! Sounds too good to be true! Can’t wait to try it.

  21. susan schneider says:

    I wonder what kind of crazy chemicals it has in it? I have gotten in the habit of buying only 3 or 4-free polishes. Seems like this would have to have something toxic in it to last like it does! :0

    • Michelle says:

      According to the ingredient list on both the polish and the top coat, it’s nothing that I know to be toxic. They’re both 5-Free products

  22. RockChalk says:

    I’m also curious about the Weekly Top Coat vs. Weekly Polish. I notice the description says that the top coat is what hardens over time (which is why it’s the only one in a dark bottle, of course). I wonder what the color looks/wears like without top coat, and if top coat can be applied over a different brand/formula than Vinylux. I know THEY wouldn’t recommend it, but you know us consumers…someone will be trying it.

  23. Bridget says:

    I bought Gilded pleasure which is a Chanel Peridot dupe and Masquerade which is a really pretty burgundy.

    Already applied Gilded Pleasure and I’m happy it actually is multi chrome. its so annoying when it looks multi chrome in the bottle but doesn’t change colours on the nails at all!
    I actually put the timer on for eight and a half minutes after I finished painting them and as soon as it beeped I touched my nails and they were definetely dry so, so far so good!

    I’m really excited to see how it lasts. I’ve got really high expectations so I hope this CND product doesn’t disappoint!

    • Michelle says:

      I’ve been wearing Electric Orange and Seaside Party for a few days now and they’re wearing really well. So far, impressed

  24. Emily says:

    Hi ladies!
    Just wanted to let you all know I tried Vinylux! It is an absolute MUST TRY! I love love love it! It’s almost exact like going to the salon and getting your nails shellacked, only better, because you don’t even have to leave your house! Yay! I am so glad they brought this to the market! I hope you all enjoy as much as I am!!!

  25. Patty says:

    Can a consumer remove this at home? If so what product should they use? Thank you.

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Patty! You must have missed the part of the post where I mentioned that you can remove VINYLUX with regular nail polish remover. It’s just as easy and quick to remove as regular nail polish.

  26. Danielle says:

    Tried it! Too good to be true chipped in 2 days, showed ridges in nails. Very disappointed :-(

    • Michelle says:

      I’m so sorry that happened to you. Did you have it applied by a professional or at home? I’m on my second week of testing and I’m very happy with it so far. Though if you do have imperfections in your nails, they can show through.

  27. bridget says:

    I wore gilded pleasure for a whole week. I did have 3 chips (on my thumb, pointer and middle finger of dominant hand) that happened I think on the 5th day. but unlike regular nail polish it didn’t deteriorate quickly after the chips came, they were the same size on the 7th day. I was also impressed I experienced no shrinkage unlike other fast drying top coats and no staining. I am now wearing masquerade which will be the real test on if it stains. so atm I don’t think its like the best thing ever but I do really like it and will repurchase – infact I bought limeade today :)

  28. Jenn says:

    Just bought a trial kit at the professional beauty supply store. As a stylist, my hands are always in water so…. We shall see. I will report back in 7 days

  29. belle says:

    very jealous that it was released in the USA much sooner then Canada I was so impatiently waiting for today!!

    The reason that there is no base coat is because each colour molecule in the polish is surrounded with a protectant to prevent stainage as a regular base coat would do.

    I did buy a few colours today mostly red so only time will tell.

  30. Sheila says:

    So has anyone done removal yet? I’m wondering if it comes off as easily as they say.

  31. vicky says:

    Hi ive just invested in some vinylux. waiting its arrival.. i know you put two thin coats on but i wonder do you need to let them dry before putting the next coat on… got used to the nail still being tacky with shellac i suppose

    • Michelle says:

      I didn’t wait between coats. I did a full manicure as usual. I polished all ten nails and then went back with the second coat and then right back again with the top coat.

  32. Angie Alfaro says:

    I tired it already lasted a day! Am hoping I did sommething wrong!!!!!

  33. Paul says:

    Hi, is Vinylux the death of the nail bar industry, if it does what it claims and offers the same range as shellac then why will clients pay heavily for a shellac when they can do the cheaper job at home and not even have to have it removed at a salon when they can do it themselves…

    • Bridget says:

      I don’t think so at all!!

      Shellac is aimed at people who want their nail polish to last TWO WEEKS.

      Vinylux, in all honesty, is just an improved nail polish formula. In my opinion. so far in my experience with it I can get 5/6 days of wear. maybe with a couple of tiny chips (where I think my nails aren’t in as good condition I think) and I get visible nail growth. but the chips don’t keep going they stay pretty much the same if I left it on longer. I wouldn’t want it to last longer TBH anyway I get bored of it! thats who Vinylux is aimed at, people who want nail polish to last well but like to change it often. I hate the idea of the same colour for two weeks so obviously gel polish (on my fingers at least) is not for me!

      with regular polish, even with a good quality base coat, nail polishes and top coats I’d get a chip in about 3 days and it would disintegrate very quickly once the first few chips happened.

    • Karen says:

      Hm, I already thought the same way. But mostly my clients want to lean back, have a nice talk and let me do the things I do. They don’t have the time and the passion to do it on their own. But some of them may think like you say! And they will see, that a nice manikure with Shellac lets the nails stronger and smoother. We will see!

  34. Viviana says:

    I have it on my nails now and 2 days in its amazing! Love the color selection and my salon sells the kit with 4 mini polishes and top coat for $24.99

  35. ritaer says:

    Hi! Can you try this amazing topcoat with another brand polish? I’m thinking about order, but I don’t want to buy the whole set! Moreover, colors are too boring for me,or I already have few dupes of such shades!

    • Michelle says:

      Yep, I’m already on it. Testing it over a few different brands. I’ll be posting a full report soon

  36. Karen says:

    4 mini polishes? In Germany we have only the original sizes. Is there anything else in other countries?

  37. Slyweeks says:

    I’ve used this on several clients now as well as myself and am blown away. I can never get 24 hours without regular polish chipping and I’ve gone 3-4 days twice (before getting them messed up with remover at work) and they’re gorgeous. Not for ridgey nails as the product is thin and shows imperfections. My clients have had chip free wear for 7 and 12 days so far. It’s not for shellac wearers that want 14 days of wear. There is a demographic for this product for sure. I wore Hollywood for 4 days with zero staining upon removal w/ Expert Touch. It comes off just as easy, if not easier than regular polish because its thin. It dries ridiculously fast as well. Many people need a nice 5-7 day mani for an event but dont have time or don’t want to pay for another salon visit to get it removed. Others hate the UV light, or acetone removal. I’m quite impressed and have purchased the whole line. Just for pedicures alone the up charge will bring $$$!

  38. HLS says:

    I am very interested in this polish. I just tried gel mani’s and a few weeks ago finally the Shellac. It still chiped on me (my thumb). I think I like get mani’s for travel but want to switch back to regular polish. I hope this will be a happy meduim! Love your blog!

  39. Wanda says:

    Received yesterday the brights summer kit, use first Pink Bikini a really big fail!! use like the video without BC and no waiting time between coats, streaky and patchy as hell…removed, then use Lobster Roll, nice formula, no streaky and patchy and the TC give a great “shellac shine” officially my first day I will post in my first chip…

  40. Bj Shandler says:

    I have to admit was extremely skeptical when I first heard about the polish…Tested out on myself first! All I can say is AMAZING!!!! I have put it on multiple clients and guess what?! NOT 1complaint. Not only does it wear great but when you take it off your nails are not dried out at all from not using a base coat!!! (-: Thank you CND for giving me something to be so passionate about!!!!

  41. Linda says:

    I have had the polish on for three days. Not one chip. Looks as good today as when I applied it. Very impressed so far. I think it took it longer than eight and one half minutes to dry. But, I am really liking this polish. Usually my nails are chipped the very next day. This is quite amazing.

  42. michelle says:

    I had a professional apply it last Friday on Thursday of this week there were a few minor chips. I went out and bought wildfire and the top coat. i was sure that I would need a basecoat. I watched a Youtube put out by CND and followed the steps. First, my manicure from a week ago (which was also red) came off with low acetone remover. I did the steps of my manicure filed, pushed back my cuticles, prepped the nail surface with CND ScrubFesh and polished away – no base coat and applied the top coat. I am done getting manicures at the salon – it is a great product! Way to go CND!

  43. michelle says:

    I would really like to know if I can use any polish and then their base coat. My favorite polish color is Essie Mademoiselle – I would really like to wear that someday soon.

  44. Marla says:

    Are you charging more for a Vinylux manicure?

  45. Juliette says:

    This product is truly amazing. I have been disappointed over recent years as CND failed to bring out any regular polish colours and I’m not a salon manicure girl. Tried this for the first time a few weeks ago after buying the starter kit and it actually lasted on my long nails for 3 weeks!!! Now, I always respect my nails and wear gloves for household chores but I generally have to redo my polish after 9 days max. This did not chip or scuff and my only reason to replace was due to grow out. I love this and hope Creative will bring out a more comprehensive colour range in due course.

    Very highly satisfied girl!

  46. Julia says:

    Ten days no chips and I do not baby my nails, do dishes by hand, clean house, etc without gloves. Did have done at a salon, not sure if that makes a difference or not. I will continue to use it!

  47. Celia says:

    Most of my clients polish lasted 7 days. Since I have fragile nails my polish only lasted 3 days, even though I did not clean or work for 3 days on clients. I noticed the matte colors are not fully pigmented and streaky so I put on a third thin coat. On some clients the polish would not completely remove even with strong acetate. I called Cnd. They said do not buff top of clients nail to remedy this problem and if a client has ridges use a third coat of color. Press acetone remover pad from side to side of nail for 5 seconds. I will try their suggestions and see what happens.

  48. Anett says:

    Wow, just bought myself these polishes today. It is by far the easiest to apply that I ever tried, looks flawless with almost no effort. Dries a lot faster than I am used to. Can’t wait to see for how long it lasts on me. Usually I am pretty proud if a mani is ok for four days!

  49. Mandy says:

    I LOVE this product! I have had a few manicures with the vinylux and each has lasted 2+ weeks. I have been begging my salon to get more colors. Ridges in nails show with the lighter colors. I can take it off at home if I want. It makes my nails stronger so they actually grow longer. No roughing of the nail surface so it won’t weaken nails like acrylics and gels. I cannot say enough good things about this! I am hooked.

  50. Thresa says:

    I tried Vinylux Grapefruit. A nail tech applied it for me. Unfortunately, even with 2 coats of the top coat, it still chips a little on my index finger on the right hand on the 2nd day (I’m a rght-handed person) . But the polish stays on the left hand fingers all week. I guess I worked very hard with my right hand so the polish chip easily.

  51. Josie says:

    Where can I buy this?

  52. Vikki says:

    i own the salon/spa and we are taking off my vinylux polish right now..2 techs took 1/2 hr. to take off using CND Shellac remover, expert touch remover from OPI, and straight acetone…none worked great. Loved the way it wore ..so well infact that i went several weeks. didn’t feel the need to put more top coats on weekly. Thank heaven we didn’t we may never have gotten it off. HELP1 WE HAVE THE COMPLETE VINYLUX COLLECTION but the gals are bummed it will be that long to take off.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      A half hour?? That sounds crazy to me. I would contact CND about that.

    • Anett says:

      Really? I too my vinylux off in just as fast as any other polish. Just the same as opi or chanel… Ordinary remover, two minutes…

    • Bobbi says:

      Probably was hard to remove from your nails because as you said, you left it on for several weeks. It is 7-day polish and my guess is that the special topcoat, because it hardens more as the days go by (as advertised), hardened too much to allow you to remove easily. I have used this polish for several weeks now, changing my color weekly, and have had no problem removing it. I use the CND Shellac nourishing acetone remover. Also, you can take a very fine grit emery board and GENTLY scuff your polish before using the acetone don’t get down to your actual nail, just scuff the polish a bit. Polish will come off with no trouble.

    • Gwen says:

      Used acetone but my natural nails are discolored now
      What to do?
      It was red and had been on my nails 10 days

  53. lisa says:

    Tried the Vinylux – was able to remove with little effort using the recommended CND Power Polish Remover.

  54. Lisa says:

    Where can I purchase the polish?

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Lisa! There is always purchase information at the bottom of my posts. I linked to a couple online retailers. Otherwise, use the salon locator on CND.com

  55. Beth says:

    Have you, by any chance, tried drying it with the UV lamp? Does it speed it up? I ask because the big seller for Shellac is the instantaneous dry – getting out car keys is no longer a challenge.

    Thanks!

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Beth! I haven’t tried that but next time I use VINYLUX I definitely will and report back. Though a real 8.5 minute dry time is still leaps and bounds above most traditional polishes

  56. Nikki says:

    I had mine dons yesterday, I don’t know i the tech hasn’t hot experience but it doesn’t look great :-(

    A bit bubbly, or rough looking, maybe she put it on too thick ?

    Unlikely to do it again, regardless of how long it lasts.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      I’m sorry you had a bad experience. I’m not sure what would cause it to bubble or be rough. Sounds like she didn’t get proper training. What a shame

  57. Lori says:

    I can sympathize with the salon owner who said it took a 1/2 hour to remove her polish. I am a licensed cosmetologist & picked up 3 different colours last month at RDA. I’ve had Midnight Swim on my toes for 2 weeks now (without the topcoat, even) & not a single chip, but that’s pretty typical for my feet. The same day I did my toes I put Rock Royalty on my fingers (love the colour) & was disappointed that it chipped a bit within the first 24 hours, but aside from the initial chipping, last the full week & came off quickly & easily when I was ready to remove it. At which time I replaced it with Water Park.

    I have been sitting here trying to get Water Park off of my left hand for at least a 1/2 hour now. Ridiculous! Perhaps some shades are more resistant to removal than others? I don’t know, but I can tell you I’ll be repainting with my plain old, loyal China Glaze once I get this stuff off!

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Wow, thank you for sharing your story. I haven’t worn it long enough to have that happen. I’m also not in the sun that much either.

  58. Kathy says:

    looking for a store in Michigan to purchase Vinylux Polish. Do not see at enad of each post where there is a request for a store

  59. Julie says:

    I love Vinylux! I wore mine for 2 weeks, with minimal look of wear (no chipping) and had no problems with it coming off with plain old nail polish remover. I wear pinks and dark purples if that helps :-)

  60. Sonia says:

    Tried this brand for the first time and I love it. I wore Black Pool for 3 weeks on my toes. no chips and the shine stayed. I’m really impressed. Same color on my hands and lasted for a week. I took it off cuz I get bored after a week for my hands but no chipping. Went back to the salon this Friday to change the color and it already came off on my hands. I guess it has to do with the technician because the last one had no idea how to apply it. Im trying it again today and will see how it goes !

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Yes, the technician definitely makes a difference. It just sucks that your experiences were so vastly different. Good luck!

  61. Carly Bennett Stenmark says:

    I was curious if there was any damage to the natural nail ?

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Carly! VINYLUX is like a regular nail polish so it won’t damage the natural nail like a gel or acrylic potentially could.

  62. Diane says:

    I Luv the polish just have one question , after application do you need to sit in natural sun?

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Diane! No, you don’t. It dries quickly on its own without the addition of UV exposure. It’s just that as you wear it, if it’s exposed to UV light, it will harden even more. I’ve heard some people report that wearing it on their toes for 3-4 weeks hardens it to the point that it can be difficult to remove. I’m sure that’s not as much the case in winter when our toes are in closed-toe shoes.

  63. Alice says:

    I tried Vinylux in a dark red color and it stained my nails. I read that it is not supposed to stain your nail. I am a little apprehensive to put it on my clients.

  64. Sabrina says:

    I really want to try this now, from the reviews of it really lasting atleast a week.

    I have long natural nails and would be putting a clear base coat on first as always before putting any colour on (can anyone recommend a suitable base coat?). Has anyone tried this and does it still last a week? Also would anyone say it makes your nails harder? This would be a great bonus.

  65. Sabrina says:

    I really want to try this now, from the reviews of it really lasting atleast a week.

    I have long natural nails and would be putting a clear base coat on first as always before putting any colour on (can anyone recommend a suitable base coat?). Has anyone tried this and does it still last a week? Also would anyone say it makes your nails harder? This would be a great bonus

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      It really isn’t recommended that you wear a base coat as the VINYLUX polish is formulated to adhere to the nail. It’s recommended that you wear a sheer VINYLUX shade as a base if you are concerned with staining.

  66. Carol Withers says:

    I love it and it came off just like other polish. I can’t find an ingredient list.

  67. Laurie says:

    Hi – I use the Vinyl Lux top coat over regular OPI polish and it works really well too. While I have slight chipping at the end of a week, I use to be lucky if my manicure lasted 3 days without significant chipping, so I’m thrilled. My only question/concern is that the Vinyl Lux bottle says that the top coat should not come in contact with skin??? I don’t know how you could put any nail polish on without coming in contact with the skin around a nail. Do you know what this caution relates to or what can happen if Vinyl Lux is on your skin? Thanks.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      I polish just inside my cuticle so it doesn’t touch the skin. I think that as long as you remove any of the VINYLUX that touches your skin right away, it shouldn’t be an issue.

    • dawn says:

      Where is everyone buying this product? I cannot find it.

  68. Cheryl says:

    I work in a salon and have been doing nails for 20 years. I have been using Vinylux on my clients for 2 months now. The product is wonderful. I have noticed that with my weekly manicure clients,the product is easily removed with acetone. However, I have bi weekly clients and the clients have had no chips at all, but the product was much harder to remove. As for my pedicure clients, they come every 4 weeks, and it is even harder to remove. I put acetone on a cotton ball and hold it on the nail for a few seconds, and that makes it easier to remove. The bottom line is, the longer it is on, the harder it is to remove. I love the product, and will continue to use it. I give it 5 stars!

  69. Sharon says:

    How “healthy” is this product? My daughter told me it didn’t have some of the toxic ingredients that other nail polishes contain. This product sounds great but I prefer to use polishes that are more on the “natural” side. So how does this compare?

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Sharon! I guess it depends on your definition of “natural” The majority of nail polishes sold in the US are 3-Free, meaning they don’t have Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP. And in most cases they don’t contain Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor, though that varies. There are some brands that market themselves as being “safer” or more natural than others but, unless it’s water-based polish, they all have very similar ingredients. It’s more marketing ploy than fact.

  70. shirley says:

    Do you have to wait till first cost is dry begore applying second coat. Also do you shake bottle before applying.
    I bought vinyl lux this summer and have not tried it yet.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Shirley! The first coat doesn’t have to be completely dry before you apply the second. Usually, by the time you are done polishing all ten nails, you can start on the second coat. And I don’t shake my bottles, I roll them to avoid air bubbles.

  71. justin says:

    If polish color almost out . Can i use the thinner

  72. marilyn says:

    I have very weak, soft nails…Will this product help mine?? In the past, when I’ve used OPI, for instance, when polish is taken off, nails are softer..could this be my saviour??

    • Hi Marilyn, when you say your nails are softer after wearing OPI, do you mean the regular nail polish or gel polish? VINYLUX is like a regular polish so it shouldn’t damage your nails. Shellac is the CND product like OPI GelColor.

  73. Peggy says:

    I use my standard OPI base coat, two coats of OPI color and the CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat on my natural nails; always making sure to wrap the ends. Color and shine lasts 9 days for me. Comes very easily with standard polish remover.

  74. Annie says:

    I got my nails done yesterday at the nail salon with Vinylux. I’ve tried it before and was very happy with the results. Today, though, was the real test. This morning when I woke up, I thought, “Great, I just got a manicure yesterday and I’m going to spend all day today cleaning. I should have waited to get my nails done.” Well, I have been cleaning all day and there is not one chip on my nails. I won’t lie…my manicure doesn’t look as fresh as it did yesterday. There are a few light scratches, but I really abused my nails today and am so glad I used Vinylux!

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