product review: vinylux by CND

I have something to confess. A terrible habit that's plagued me for years. I bite my nails incessantly. If I don't have my nails painted, they are nibbled down to little stumps. It's gross. I'm trying to deal with it.

Phew. Feels good to have that out there. My current solution to this habit? Having my nails painted the majority of the time. And usually, I get shellac manicures. They last a long time without chips, but the process to take it off is kind of annoying. It takes a while and it's expensive yadda yadda.

But there's a new polish out there that claims to give you a whole week of polish without chips, you put it on without UV lights, and it comes off with just acetone. I couldn't get to the salon fast enough to try this out.

In Boston, the Pyara Aveda Spa & Salon offers Vinylux by CND for the same price as their regular manicure ($26). I went early on a Saturday morning to try it out. The salon itself is amazing. It's tranquil, though it's right in the heart of Harvard Square. My nail technician was chatty, but not too chatty (perfection, if you ask me), and she was super informative about Vinylux. The polish binds to your nail without a base coat, and the top coat actually hardens as it's exposed to natural light. That, she told me, is how it can last a whole week.

Whenever I get a regular manicure, it chips within two days, so I was skeptical of how long it would really last for me. My polish was dry in about seven minutes, and I could easily reach into my wallet without a terrible smudge.

I didn't get my first real chip until day five, when I was peeling some garlic. After that I got a few more chips, but nothing terribly substantial. Seven days after I got the manicure, this is how my nails looked:
Not too shabby for polish that easily came off with acetone and didn't stain my nails.

Overall, I'm definitely going to keep this manicure in mind when I'm taking a break from my shellac manicures. Your nails definitely need some breathing room, and this is perfect for that. You can buy the colors and the top coat in the salon as well, so you can do it at home.

Have you tried Vinylux yet?

Disclosure: I was provided a free manicure by Pyara Spa & Salon in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own!


  1. Prettyyyy! I've never been a biter, but a nail-picker, which is even grosser. Sorry. Reasons I find it beneficial for my health to splurge on manis :)

  2. I've never had a gel manicure and truthfully, I only get my nails done 3-4 times a year and I NEVER leave the salon without a gauge or mark. NEVER. I may have to give this salon a try since it's around the corner from my office - what color polish did you go with?

    1. You definitely should treat yoself. I chose Asphalt. It's got a tinge of blue that I really like :)

  3. Haven't tried it...but now am tempted to! Seems like it would work really well! Hope you are having a great week, Alex!

  4. I'm also a nail-biter -- have to try this! PS: Can't wait to see you at BeStyled tonight!!


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