I rarely write reviews anymore despite the fact that I had written over 150 on my previous account. I love this stuff so much that I had to write about it.
I was a charter member of the Nail Board on MUA when it first began. I have always loved the way my nails look when they're polished. What I always hated was the fact that they would always chip within a day or two. If I went three days without a major chip I was ecstatic.
I've used all of the popular NB base coats, top coats, and combos of them all. (Although I don't post on the NB regularly anymore, I lurk almost daily.) Nothing made a difference. No, I don't have weak, or thin, peely or dry nails. They are strong and healthy.
I found out about Vinylux when I went for a manicure at a local salon as part of a friends birthday celebration. The nail tech informed me that they no longer use OPI or Essie polishes and they they now only use CND Vinylux. When I told her I'd never heard of that, she explained that it's a system that does not require a base coat since the vinyl-like polymers adhere best to bare nails. She then applied two color coats (Fedora was my shade choice) and then the Vinylux top coat which she explained was the other key to making this system work. She also explained that the topcoat gets stronger when exposed to light. I asked what kind of light and she said "any" - sunlight or indoor lighting - it doesn't matter". Since I live in MI and we generally don't ever see the sun from November to April I was I was glad she didn't say "only outdoor sunlight". I was still extremely skeptical about this lasting any longer then any other polish for me based on all of my previous polish experience.
To my pleasant surprise, on day 7, I only had tip wear - not a single chip on any nail. I couldn't believe it. I am not one to ignore chips and wear raggedy looking polish. Anymore than one small chip and I take it all off. (I type at a computer most of the day and am house-cleaning the rest of the time, plus I am an avid hand-washer almost to the point of being obsessive about it.)
I figured this was a fluke so looked online to see where I could purchase this stuff so I could try it out on my own. I found great prices on Amazon.com from several sellers offering bottles for less than $6.50 with free shipping. I ordered four + the special top coat: Masquerade, Married to the Mauve, Daring Escape, and Dark Lava.
I prepped my nails like the CND instructions on their site say to for Vinylux and then applied two coats of color and one of the top coat. I applied my fourth shade last night and just like the other three and Fedora from the salon, my nails have looked great for 7 days. I only had a\ two tiny chips by the end of one week (on my thumb nails) but that time I didn't wrap the nail tips like I normally do. (I wanted to see if it would make a difference, and though I still had better wear then with any other polish, base, top coat combo, it was not chip-free like the other weeks.) It removes easily with polish remover at the end of the week and I have had zero staining of my nails despite not having used any sheer or neutral colors. Another thing I love about this is that it is completely dry in 8 1/2 minutes so I can do them right before bed and I do not wake up with sheet prints on them anymore. :)
To sum it all up - Vinylux is a game changer for me like others have said too. This has made me wear polish again on a regular basis and not just for special occasions like I had been doing the past few years. If you haven't tried it yet and like not having to re-do your nails every few days, definitely give this a try.
A good friend told me about this nailpolish and I was skeptical because I really love the one I have and have religiously stock up (NAILTINI). Anyhow, she thought the only to change my mind is to buy me one and of course in RED. I used it and on to my daily routines. 7 days later...still on. OMG! I am sold and beyond shock. Love it and will go out and literally buy 10 more shades for myself just because...
HOLY MOLY! Why haven't I discovered this stuff sooner??
I went to my local nail place a week ago to get a new mani after my previous one had chipped after three days (OPI polish)....I saw this stuff and decided let me give it a try.
Here I am, a week later, and NO CHIPS! That is a miracle for me, usually my nails don't hold polish well. They are kind of think and flake easily (from years of biting them). But this stuff is truly amazing.
I just ordered several colors on ebay along with the top coat...I feel like throwing out all my Essie and Opi polishes!
I'd almost given up on me finding a good polish that lasts until I stumbled across vinylux weekly polish. I treated myself to a manicure and it was the polish they used at the salon. I was in love instantly.
- Don't need a base coat!
- Lasts!!! (I have kept it on for a max of 5 days - I usually get bored and like to change my nails 2-3 times a week...keeping it on for 5 days was a struggle but I wanted to see whether it'd chip or not...it didn't!!)
- Colour appears on your nails the same as the bottle! (should be a given with every nailpolish but it isn't :( )
- Doesn't take too long to dry (usually i'm a seche vite top coat girl, and used to only waiting 5 mins max for my nails to dry...took slightly longer with this top coat but was worth it - NO SHRINKAGE!)
- Only need two coats (but I used three for my Romantique - semi opaque polish...so it didn't look streaky) but with the 3 other colours I bought, 2 coats was more than enough!
- Isn't too thick on your nails...not 'cluggy'. Reading other reviews i'm not sure whether I just got lucky and the formula for the colours I received were ok??
- With the semi opaque (romantique) you need three coats otherwise it appears to be streaky.
- Price!...paying $20 AUD per bottle.
Overall i'm super happy with my purchase (even though my bank account wasn't).
Great, long lasting polish!
This didn't last any longer on my nails than a regular polish. I've used it twice and around the end of day 2, into day 3, I the tips are chipping and peeling...I've taken it off both times on day 5, which is typically longer than I'd leave a chipping/peeling polish on my nails. The only reason I kept it on so long was because of the color, Romantique #142, which is the typical milky pink color, so the chips weren't hugely obvious.
I apply three thin layers over my freshly prepped nails (with a homemade concoction of 1:1 alcohol and actetone, which is super drying to my thin, peely nails). Application with Romantique was a little streaky and dried quickly which made it hard to work with and clean up the sides nicely. You cannot wear the base coat without the top coat; it doesn't cure well and the finish is not very shiny. However, the finish of the top coat is nice, a bit shinier than regular nail polish, but not as shiny as a gel polish (Gelish, specifically). I like the finish and fast dry time (much faster than regular polish...Vinylux is dry at *maybe* 5 minutes total). I DIDN'T keep applying the top coat once a day...maybe that makes a difference and my manicures were only "cured" by indoor light...I applied at night and was too lazy to break out my UV light to see if that might make a difference. The polish is as easy to take of as any standard cream nail polish.
I don't know how much the *real* retail is for Vinylux is, I bought mine off of Amazon for about $6.50 total for 0.5 fl oz, which is a reasonable price for the product...I might pay up to $8, which is what I pay for my HG, OPI Bubble Bath.
Would I repurchase? Most likely not. For everyday wear, OPI's Bubble Bath gives me a fast, foolproof manicure in one bottle. If I need a bombproof manicure to last me a full week, I'll break out the big guns and use Gelish
This polish is a game changer for me. I love the fact it doesn't chip!
A few things to note though:
You must use alcohol/acetone to prep your nails first ( cnd sell scrub fresh - is 50/50 acetone alcohol.
The darker reds do stain my nails.
I found I can wear a base coat underneath without compromising the length of wear. I use opi ridge filler to smooth my nails
Using three coats of colour is sometimes required , and I apply the top coat fairly thick. Then I get a high gloss almost gel like finish that lasts 5-8 days and is super easy to remove.
Normal polish lasts me 3-4 days only and shellac only 10-14 but shellac is so hard to remove
Over all this is my hg product for nail color.
I have tried a few different shades, not thrilled with any of them. Shades with 'frost' tend to be gloppy, those without tend to be uneven and steaky. I have come to realize I don't really want a week long manicure anyway, since frankly I enjoy the process of changing my polish. Regardless, I did not find that Vinylux lasted any longer than any other base/colour/top coat process
I had high hopes for this stuff. Nail polish never lasts more than a few hours on me and it's so frustrating that I often don't bother to grow my nails. So when I heard about the claims for this polish I filled my virtual basket with every colour going. In the end managed to calm myself down and just bought 1 colour - wildfire - and the top coat.
I got them today and painted my nails on my lunch break. By dinner the polish on one nail had peeled clean off and the polish on a few others had little chips / wear at the ends.
I'm really hoping that I applied it terribly and that it will work perfectly next time. I'll update this if I can get it to work.
So much for painting my nails once a week - I'm about to paint them for the second time today!
I guess I'm in the minority here because I CANNOT make this stuff work! I ordered several polishes online as well as the Vinylux top coat and was so excited to try this. I was looking forward to saving myself some money instead of getting shellac/gel manicures at the salon twice a month. The first time I used this, I tried the "Bloodline" shade, which is a beautiful medium red creme which I think would look good on all skintones. I was so excited because application was a breeze (no UV light needed) and within 15 minutes of applying two coats of color and the top coat, my nails were already dry! However, the very next day, I started to notice chipping on the ends and two days later, even more chipping. I decided to try this again with a different color "Lobster Roll" (a beautiful pinky coral) and by the end of the day, I had extreme chipping on the ends! I also noticed how badly it stained my nails (lack of a base coat) even though the directions say not to use a base coat. I guess it depends on your nails and the person, personally I'm not very hard on my nails at all, but I couldn't make this work. Such a let down as I've read positive reviews online.
It looks like Vinylux is one of those products that either works really well for you, or doesn't work at all. Unfortunately, I fall into the latter group. The premise sounds great - no base coat needed, two coats of colour, then one coat of the shiny top coat, and all quick drying with a week of wear. Too bad it didn't work out that way for me. I have to admit I was super impressed with the application. The consistency was great, covered almost perfectly in 2 coats (3 would've been better, but I'm not super picky), and it dried super super quickly. Like very super quickly. The top coat made it all shiny and gorgeous. From then on, things went downhill. It scuffed up very badly and chipped within a single day for me. Apparently the top coat is supposed to harden even more upon sun exposure, and I know for sure that I went out to walk the dog on a sunny day right after applying, but it didn't seem to help. I've tried it three times before, with three different shades, and it just doesn't work for me. I will give it another try using a base coat underneath, but I'm not holding my breath.