It’s confession time!
I have a love/hate relationship with gel manicures. I love how long they last and I hate the damage gel polish does to my nails. But, I recently found an awesome gel polish alternative – CND’s Vinylux nail polish. My nails are on the thinner side, and all too often nail technicians end up digging into my nail bed or pulling off a layer of my nail with the gel polish when it is removed. Does anyone else have this issue?!
Despite the damage, I have been in a rhythm of getting a gel manicure for a few times in a row and then giving my nails some time to heal afterwards by not having any polish on them. But trying to time that schedule with life events gets annoying, especially because gel manicures require you to get a nail technician to take the polish off (note: I tried doing this myself and it was not pretty!).
The game-changing gel polish alternative
Manicures are an indulgence that makes me feel pampered and gives me time alone to relax, so what’s a girl to do?
Surely there’s a way to get a manicure that will last and not damage my nails. But for so long, I have looked for a solution without finding anything that worked. Until a couple of weeks ago, I found a game-changing product. It’s too good not to share! I went to a new nail salon and discovered CND Vinylux Nail Polish. This nail polish looks and lasts like gel nail polish, but acts like a regular nail polish.
Let me explain.
Applying CND’s Vinylux doesn’t involve the curing phase under UV lights that you have with gel manicures. It is applied just like a regular nail polish, and it come off the same way too. This is best part! There’s no soaking of your nails in acetone or asking the nail technician to stop digging into your nail bed as they scrape off the polish.
The only down side is that CND’s Vinylux does not stay for a full two weeks, like you can expect with a gel manicure. CND claims itself to be a weekly polish. However, I am pretty hard on my nails and I was able to keep Vinylux on for nine days with just a few chips around the edges of the polish.
CND Vinylux Nail Polish in Cake Pop
I love the Cake Pop color for late summer or early spring, too. It has a touch of lavender in the light pink, which makes it different from a lot of pastels out there. CND has a ton of other colors though, if this one is not your cup of tea!
Do you have a love/hate relationship with gel manicures? Do you have a gel polish alternative product that you use? I would love to know if you ever tried CND’s Vinylux polish or if you have found a different solution to the damage from gel manicures. Share with me what nail polish brands and shades you enjoy as well.
P.S. This has seriously helped strengthen my nails!
38 thoughts on “Prevent the Damage of Gel Manicures with this Alternative Nail Polish”
Thank you SO much for sharing this – sadly, I just broke down and got ‘dip’ nails because mine were so thin – they’re growing out already, so I’m going to have them removed and try this out – can’t wait to see all the colors!
Aw I’m so glad this is helpful! There’s a huge range on amazon you’ll see if you click CND the link above. There’s some really pretty colors for fall and winter especially.
CND have really good products and the Vinulyx line is great! You should try their treatment products as well.
Ah! I love this. I am going to try that brand and let you know how it works for me. Ps. adore your nails!
This nail color is so pretty, so soft and feminine. I also had not heard of the brand but will have to check them out.
I have never had a gel manicure, this is such a great post! I’ve always wanted to try something like them! I love that “cake pop” color! how fun!
Is Thisbe just for gel nails? I love the color is so pretty and girly! I don’t really wear gel or acrylic nails :/
This is a different product than gel nails! I like it because it lasts long and doesn’t damage my nails like gel does. 🙂
I can’t even polish mine without causing damage! I’ll have to give this a try.
I definitely have to try this! I also love the look and durability of gel polish but I hate the idea of damaging my nails. Thanks for introducing us to this product!
I have never gotten a gel manicure, I always go for the acrylics, but I’ve always wanted to try gel! I never knew it was such a pain, I can’t wait to find this nail polish and use it all the time!
I love that color. I have never tried the brand. It looks like a great product.
Ahhh I feel your pain I have the same problem my nails are so weak and have horrible breakage even after taking tons of vitamins to try to save them haha! I still haven’t tried vinyl but definitely need to now! Thanks for sharing
Gonna look into this. I’ve always steered away from gel because of weak nails.
I hope you’re as pleasantly surprised as I was!!
I’ve heard a handful of non-uv light gel polish but this is a new for me. Thanks for sharing. Good to know this one exists! 🙂
My nails must be similar to yours! I will be looking for this at the beauty supply store!
I get Gel manicures about once a month. This alternative sounds amazing!
I have the same problem, and actually stopped using Gel polish because of it. Thanks for sharing!
I haven’t tried gel polish, but after reading your post, I really want to! Your nails are beautiful!
Because of of the nail damage that is why I have stayed away from gel. With this line of nail polish I just might give them a try now.
I hope you do! I was pleasantly surprised how easy this polish went on and came off. 🙂
I don’t get my nails artificially done– or haven’t in 15 years. This is good for some of my friends though that live on them. Thanks.
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What a pretty color! I need a damage free nail solution in my life!
I have never tried that line before, but will check it out. And I am sold because your photo is stunning (may or may not have something to do with that gorgeous sparkler)!
Love your nails! I love the gel polish too.. it always seems to last longer than other polishes…
Glad you found a line you like- thanks for sharing your nails look awesome!
I’m in desperate need for a manicure! I just need to let my nails grow. Pedicures have always been my favorite.. wouldn’t mind one of those!
I’ve never had gel nails but I’ve always like the idea of their durability. Do you know whether this brand is cruelty-free and/or vegan? 💚
Thanks for stopping by! This product isn’t as harsh as gel polish, that’s why I like it so much. CND polishes are cruelty-free and they don’t do any animal testing. 🙂
Oh you’re so fantastic for giving me that information – thank you sooo much. Going to be on the look out now 💚
I LOVE that color! I will have to look into this!
Gel nails looks really lovely but I tried it twice and gave up. I have strong nails but after after every session I have my nails were very sore and got weaker so i decided not to do gel anymore.
I LOVE the Vinylux line! I tried the actual CND shellac’s at home before with the light and could never recreate it as well as the professionals do. And I don’t like having to spend money on manicures unless it’s for something special. So Vinylux has been a favorite recently! That color is great on you!
That’s true – it is a great way to save money! I have tried the light option too, but I really feel like there is less hassle with Vinylux. It’s such a great alternative to gel manicures!! 🙂
I love getting gel mostly because it dries so much quicker so I don’t get the smudges and they dont get that dirty film
I hear ya! I love it for those reasons too. I just have brittle nails, so I have to give my nails a breather sometimes. 🙂
I love gel nails! Yours look amazing!