Putting CND nail polish to the test

by Bionic Beauty on 23.May.2010 · 8 comments

CND (Creative Nail Design) recently sent me a few of their newest nail polish colors and “special effects” top coats for consideration on Bionic Beauty. Since I’m all about being open and honest, below you’ll find swatches of each color along with my thoughts…

Asphalt (#542) – A true dark gray creme polish with no shimmer. This looks amazing with both gloss and matte top coats. I did have some problems with getting it to apply evenly and it took three coats to achieve a uniform color; but it’s my favorite color of this collection!
Bionic Beauty swatch and review - CND nail polish in Asphalt
Marshmallow Rose (#508) – This is your standard “barely-there” almost nude polish. It has a hint of pink making it great for cool-toned women. It would be a good choice for a French Manicure look.

Bionic Beauty swatch and review - CND nail polish in Marshmallow Rose

Smoochie (#518) – I’ll admit my photos of this color came out horrible no matter what settings I used! The color is actually more of a dark hot pink, than the red shown. It’s a nice color, no shimmer, and would work well for this summer’s bright nail trend.

Bionic Beauty swatch and review - CND nail polish in Smoochie

Desert Suede (#530) – Another cream polish, Desert Suede is aptly named. It’s basically a khaki with slight mustard under-tones. I think it would be best on ladies with warmer skin tones.

*Edit: Vevster and I were chatting this morning about CND nail polishes and she made an excellent point about Desert Suede.

“Also Keep in mind that desert suede shade is amazing on women of color.”

Since her comment was SO spot-on, I decided to edit this article to include her thoughts. I do really think this color would be lovely on someone with darker skin, or with more warm tones. I just have too much darn pink in my skin.

Bionic Beauty swatch and review - CND nail polish in Desert Suede

Oilslick (#541) – This is a true solid black. Not very creative, but then again most dark “vampy” polishes these days aren’t true blacks.

Bionic Beauty swatch and review - CND nail polish in Oilslick

Gold Pearl (#550) – A translucent pearl effect top coat. As you can see in my photo, it creates a frost look that flashes almost neon-green in bright light.

Sapphire Sparkle (#561) – Another translucent top coat that adds a turquoise glitter effect to your nails alone or over another polish color. It’s very similar to Sinful Colors’ “Pearl Harbor” ($2.49 at Walgreens).

Bionic Beauty swatch and review - CND nail polishes in Sapphire Sparkle and Gold Pearl

Super Matte top coat – Save your bucks ladies. This matte top coat is not matte. It took the gloss finish down a bit, but barely to a semi-gloss; it also made the polish color underneath look milky. The wear was poor compared to Essie’s Matte About You or Orly’s Nails for Males (Don’t miss my matte top coat comparisons).

Overall, I wasn’t too impressed by CND nail polishes… maybe it’s because I had high expectations since I love their infamous “Stickey” base coat. They seemed to take unusually long to dry even when I applied my favorite quick-dry top coats. The colors also left me wanting… there just weren’t many “stand-outs” (I do love Asphalt though!). The length of wear was average- I got about a day but I’m really tough on my nails. For reference, a long-wearing polish for me would be rated at three days.

My fave CND Stickey Base CoatBionic Beauty review - CND nail polish and Sticky Base Coat is available at Ulta for$8.

Have any other Bionic Beauties tried CND nail polish? What was your experience?

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.


1 Vevster May 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

I like cnd polishes. The opaque ones are truly opaque and I like that they delineate between warm and cool colors. I have a handful of them!

2 Bionic Beauty May 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Hi Vevster, I know we’ve been chatting about this on Twitter today, but I figured I would post this here too so BB readers can know more of my thoughts.

I liked these CND polishes okay, but not nearly as much as Rescue Beauty Lounge or the new Sally Hansen Complete Salon polishes. Although RBL is crazy pricey, so I only have a few (3 actually).

I *do* plan to order more CND nail polishes, so color recommendations are welcome! I am kind of wondering if I got a wonky batch with the ones above. Plus I absolutely ADORE their Stickey base coat… one of my two favorite base coats- EVER! 🙂

So I’m open to color suggestions I should try (from anyone!) when I order some new CND polishes.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

3 Vevster May 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm


The CND colors are broken down into cool /warm/neutral and sheer opaque. Try some of the cool ones! I’m a warm toned person so most of my shades are warm and prolly wouldn’t suit your pink undertones.

I’m going to go and check out the Sally Hansen polishes now.

4 Bionic Beauty May 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Thanks! I’ll let you know which colors I order next! 🙂

5 hartley May 24, 2010 at 5:15 am

The nail polish shades are beautiful. Personally I prefer Asphalt shade.

6 Bionic Beauty May 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Hi Hartley, We have the same tastes then! Asphalt is my favorite too, but I am a sucker for grays.

7 april roxas April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hello. I am very interested with this nail polish. I read somewhere in the internet that you have to be a professional to put this on because you need a special UV something… is this true?

I am planning to buy this soon and I like it to put it on myself vs. going on a salon.

Please let me know!

8 Wanda Mahelona March 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

So much contoversy on the safety of the ingrdient in the shellac polish.
I am inquiring due to the danger in the polsh. Our company sent usto attend classes in Hawaii. Please we need answers. For our sake and the publics use.
Sincerly Concerned, Wanda Mahelona

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