Thursday, 25 September 2014

CND Vinylux Modern Folklore Swatches & Nail Art (Part 1)

CND are one of those brands that I've always wanted to try but just never got around to...until now!  I've been lucky enough to get three colours from new Modern Folklore collection to try out and create some nail art for you guys.  The Modern Folklore collection incorporates what you would expect in an Autumn/Winter collection, the darker reds, purples, greys, oranges but they're metallic so it adds a little bit more luxury to the overall effect of the polish, perfect for making a bit more of an impact with a standard colour choice.  The collection itself is inspired by FabergĂ© eggs and embellished handmade craftmanship so they've hit the nail on the head (pardon the pun on that) with their colour selection.

The first colour I'll be showing off is Crimson Sash* and I've also used Indigo Frock* for the nail art some pop on under the cut to see more pictures and read what I think of the polishes :-)

Crimson Sash is a gorgeous metallic crimson/burgundy that I see as the perfect autumnal shade for the woman who only wears red polish.  The above swatches are with two coats of the polish, followed by a layer of top coat.  The polish is gorgeous and pigmented and in reality, I could have gotten away with just the one coat but I always go for at least two for security.

Since it was my first time using a CND polish, I didn't know what the brush would be like and I have to say, I loved the application of this polish.  The polish itself was lovely and smooth but the softness of the brush allowed for better control of the polish, meaning that there was very little clean up to do at the end of the manicure, so if you're a person who is always making a messy job of painting your nails, I'd definitely recommend trying the Vinylux range out.  Be careful though because the polish can load up on the brush so make sure you get rid of the excess before applying to the nail.

To go with the royal, embellished theme of the Modern Folklore collection, I went for some baroque/flock wallpaper style nail art.  I actually used the latest Dolce & Gabbana show as inspiration and Mr. Candiipant's classic tutorial is a good starting point for getting a look similar to this.  I really like layering creme shades on top of metallics or shimmers because it really makes the detailing stand out and appear more 3D.  Like I mentioned before, I used Indigo Frock for the detailing and I have to say, I think it's more of a blue-toned charcoal grey than a dark indigo but once I swatch it myself, I'll know for definite.

If you're someone who likes to stick with the same polish for a while but doesn't want to shell out for Shellac then Vinylux is marketed as a weekly polish, so it's an alternative to Shellac or gel that a lot of people will like.

Crimson Sash, and the rest of the Modern Folklore collection are available to buy from SweetSquared for professional customers in the UK and Ireland and are available as a salon service and for individual purchase in select salons nationwide.  Find your nearest salon here.

I'll have swatches of the other two shades I have in the next few weeks (Indigo Frock and Plum Paisley), do you have any suggestions for nail art you'd like to see with these polishes?  Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on all of the following sites, until next time :D

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*these products were provided for review but all opinions are mine


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