Do you think a chip-free manicure is the stuff of dreams? Not anymore. CND, the maker of Shellac, has come up with a new nail polish that the company promises will last seven days.
The polish, called Vinylux, is offered in an array of colors. My go-to shade is Blue Rapture, but there are other nifty fall colors such as Burnt Romance or Dark Dahlia. Another selling point is that the polish can be used without a base coat — you simply apply two coats of color and one top coat.
Lisa Benjamin, a nail technician at Emerge Hair Salon & Michael Skin Care in Henrico County, encourages her clients to use the top coat to ensure a seven-day, chip-free finish. "Vinylux dries quickly with normal ambient light, so it does not require a UV light like Shellac or other gel-based systems," she says. "The longer your nails are in ambient light, the more durable your manicure becomes."
I tested that theory and found that it worked: Even with my hands in water and haircolor every day, my mani stayed fresh.
Vinylux sells in salons for about $10 per bottle. It can also be ordered online through Amazon or various beauty websites.
Crystal Rivenbark is a Midlothian-based stylist and cosmetology instructor .