I recently received seven of the eight shades from the summer 2017 CND Creative Play Sunset Bash collection. Some of the shades are very different in sunlight, shade and artificial light so I will be sharing them separately over the next week. But if you want a quick overview here they are! The one I am missing from my review is the pink, Fushia Fling.
The Sunset Bash collection has a range of blues and greens making you think of lush greens and beach days as well as the beautiful orange-reds that scream summer sunsets. These have a recommended retail price of $8.50 and are available without a pro license. They are part of a three step nail polish system but no LED/UV light is needed. Expect these to last a little less time than Vinylux but at an affordable price.
CND Creative Play Base and Top Coat
If you have read any of my recent posts, you will know that CND Creative Play has been my go-to base coat for a while. It has a slightly nude colour, applies evenly and dries quickly. The top coat is shiny but I generally use a quick dry top coat. While Creative Play top coat does dry fairly quickly, it is not as quick as my go to Seche Vite. It does give a longer lasting shine though and no shrinkage of the polish.
CND Creative Play Teal The Wee Hours (Sunset Bash Collection)
Teal The Wee Hours is a playful blue leaning teal that applies with a leather effect look if no top coat is used. Two coats needed for full opacity with no white undie needed for this almost neon blue shade. The first coat does apply quite patchy but evens beautifully on the second coat.
CND Creative Play Barefoot Bash (Sunset Bash Collection)
A pastel lavender shade, Creative Play Barefoot Bash is one of those colours that has the tendency to be chalky so CND did a great job with the creme formula of this shade. Full opacity with no visible nail line in two coats and a shiny finish even before using their matching top coat.
CND Creative Play Party Royally (Sunset Bash Collection)
A beautiful bright royal blue with a creamy finish, Creative Play Party Royally is gorgeous. It has full opacity in two coats. No major patchiness despite the bright shade and thick enough that it does not flood the cuticle while thin enough to get even coverage.
CND Creative Play Shady Palms (Sunset Bash Collection)
A pastel green shade, Shady Palms was the only creme from the Sunset Bash collection that needed three coats for full opacity. It does have a nice formula that doesn’t leave a chalky looking finish even without the matching top coat which helps even the look and give a long lasting shine.
CND Creative Play Tangerine Rush (Sunset Bash Collection)
Tangerine Rush can lean more red or more orange depending on lighting. This bright neon red-orange shade is super playful and summery. It was completely opaque in two coats with no white undie needed to show the beautiful neon colour. It does have a slightly thinner formula so watch for cuticle flooding as these kinds of colours can stain.
CND Creative Play Skymazing (Sunset Bash Collection)
The only pearl finish of the Creative Play Sunset Bash collection, Sky-mazing is a sky blue creme with a slight silvery shimmer that makes this colour so wearable. Opaque in two coats, the shimmer is barely these in most lighting conditions but gives it a beautiful finish.
CND Creative Play Express Ur Em-oceans (Sunset Bash Collection)
Finally, the only glitter of the collection. Worn here with three coats and no base colour, there is still some visible nail line in bright lighting conditions. Express Ur Em-oceans is a blue-teal based jelly with green, blue and golden based glitters screaming for an underwater manicure. This may work well with Teal The Wee Hours as a base to give better coverage but dried quickly and had little texture once top coat was applied.
Watch for full reviews of the CND Creative Play Sunset Bash shades this week. Which one do you want to try?