Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CND Summer 2017 Rhythm & Heat Collection: Review and Swatches

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CND Summer 2017 Rhythm & Heat Collection: Review and Swatches
Inspired by the exotic colors of the beautiful Carribean seascape, the brand new Summer 2017 CND Rhythm & Heat Collection introduces six exciting summer hues that will keep your nails dazzling under the sun. To see some swatches and read my reviews of each shade, click......

Ripe Guava:
A rich berry cream, Ripe Guava is far from the most pigmented nail polish I've tried. Nevertheless, this shade has the most opaque and even formulation out of the collection. I used two coats for the swatches below.
CND Summer 2017 Rhythm & Heat Ripe Guava: Review and Swatches
Ripe Guava, two coats with no top coat.
Mambo Beat:
A hot reddish orange, Mambo Beat is decently pigmented and smooth. I used two coats for the swatches below.
CND Summer 2017 Rhythm & Heat Mambo Beat: Review and Swatches
Mambo Beat, two coats with no top coat.
Shells in the Sand:
This is an incredibly sheer baby orange. Soft hues like this tend to be a bit sheer but this one seems extra thinned-down. I needed three coats for a barely opaque coverage.
CND Summer 2017 Rhythm & Heat Shells in the Sand: Review and Swatches
Shells in the Sand, three coats with no top coat.
Palm Deco:
A rich forest green, Palm Deco is a dark enough shade that I expected its formulation to be rich and pigmented. Unfortunately, the sheer trend continues with this pretty green. I was able to get a decent coverage with two coats but I had to make the second coat very thick.
CND Summer 2017 Rhythm & Heat Palm Deco: Review and Swatches
Palm Deco, two coats with no top coat.
Splash of Teal:
A gorgeous light denim blue, Splash of Teal is also on the sheerer side. With that said, the formulation was smooth and even enough that I was able to get away with two coats.
CND Summer 2017 Rhythm & Heat Splash of Teal: Review and Swatches
Splash of Teal, two coats with no top coat.
Sugar Cane:
This is a pastel baby green that leans slightly yellow. The formulation is extremely sheer and patchy. I used three coats for the swatches and even then the finish wasn't perfect.
CND Summer 2017 Rhythm & Heat Sugar Cane: Review and Swatches
Sugar Cane, three coats with no top coat.
Overall I am surprisingly disappointed with this CND Collection. I have praised the brand many times in the past for their smooth and pigmented formulation but this collection was a bit of a letdown. With so many bold and rich summer shades, the formulation should have been an easy no-brainer. Maybe CND is going for a lighter, more translucent finish but I don't think it quite worked out here.

Availability:
CND Vinylux is available at select salons worldwide. The polishes can also be found at www.tradesecrets.ca and www.nailpolishcanada.com.
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