Beauty Review: CND’s Midnight Sapphire, Dark Amethyst and Sheer 24K Sparkle Collection

December 1, 2011 • Beauty, Fashion Blog

The holiday season has officially kicked off and with it, brings all the festive frolicking that comes with the merriest of seasons. This year, CND invites you to sprinkle some cheer onto your nails with their limited edition collection of three best-selling hues. CND’s “The Look” box for Fall/Winter 2011 serves up two deliciously rich jewel-tone hues, Midnight Sapphire and Dark Amethyst, which provide the perfect polished touch to any glitzy ensemble. Having been popular on the  fall 2011 runways, each shade works on its own for daytime and complements any skin tone. For evening, a “jolly” occasion, (or just because you feel like it), the Sheer 24K Sparkle, a gilded leafing Effect, can be painted on top of the colors  for that dazzling, mega-watt shine.

CND's Midnight Sapphire

In addition to creating the perfect holiday nail look, the colors are also 3 Free — tulone, formaldehyde and DBP free. The rich and creamy texture glides on to create a seamless, two-coat look that dries in a few minutes. The CND state of the art brush boasts clear, triangular-shaped nylon hairs for a flawless application, extremely helpful for a nail painting klutz like myself!


CND's Dark Amethyst

Ive already tried Midnight Sapphire and Dark Amethyst on their own separately, each one resulting in a sleek, surprisingly neutral shade. Dark blues and purples are arguably the biggest nail colors for fall and winter and these are clearly at the top of the heap. Both the shades and consistency of the colors were appealing, and with a fresh top cat application, lasted well into a second week. As for the uber-decorative Sheer 24K Sparkle, they gold leaf chunkiness of the effect provided almost full coverage when applied on its own. I did like it over a nude nail, which downplayed the color and actually made it more wearable for day. But over the jewel toned hues, the gold stood out like a solid gold latticework and definitely earned me a few double takes.

CND's Sheer 24K Sparkle

With the gift-giving season upon us, sets like these just can’t be beat. Two of the season’s hottest shades, packed into a user-friendly bottle with a standout gold leaf effect to boot. What more do you really need to get you through to spring?

CND’s Collection of Midnight Sapphire & Dark Amethyst Colors and Sheer 24K Sparkle Effect, $29.00. Available at select salons and beauty supply stores. For a list of available stores, visit

FTC Disclosure: Product samples received for review.

-Alia Rajput

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