Happy Monday and let’s welcome the last unofficial week of summer. Last week I had the pleasure of booking a manicure with Manicube, a service provided by my employer, where once a week, nail technicians come to the office to do manicures and pedicures for the staff. Pretty sweet perk if you ask me, although I think it may also have something to do with the fact that my office is located at the end of the world AKA the West Side Highway. I’m usually lucky if my manicure lasts two days. This is mostly because my hands are usually in water since I’m always cooking, cleaning, or doing something that would require me to wash my hands frequently. So if my mani lasts for three or more days, I’m basically ecstatic. In any case, I booked the Long Weekend Mani – a manicure that is supposed to last for at least a week, provided your hands aren’t always in water. They nail color that was offered for this service is CND Vinylux. The color I chose was Lobster Roll. It’s a deep orange-red that works well with my skin tone and even though it’s bright it goes with any ensemble I might put together. Much to my surprise this nail color does not require a base coat. I asked the nail technician and she said that it was because the base coat was built in to the nail color. Okay great, that’s one less step that I have to worry about. She then applied two coats of the nail color, allowing about 30 seconds of drying time between each coat and finished with the special CND Vinylux Top Coat. I waited for ten minutes and then I was completely dry. The entire manicure was 20 minutes. Now that’s fast.
I have to say the polish was very shiny, very much like vinyl. I liked it. Day 1 my nails looked like this.
Day 3 wasn’t so bad, very minor chipping and it still looked shiny. I was impressed because it broke my two-day mani lifespan.
But by today, it was pretty much a wrap.
My review. I think if my hands weren’t always submerged in water or if I used gloves while cooking (except no real cook does that, so that’s not really an option for me) this mani would have probably lasted around 5-6 days. I’m not sure that it actually lives up to it’s claim of being a weekly nail polish. However, despite the chipping, the color remained vibrant, so I guess that’s a plus. Would I use this formula again? Probably if I had a special occasion, but for a weekly manicure I think I might still stick to Julep.
Until next week…keep your digits stylish…