CND is , but at a tech you CAN and SHULD retail the colors and effects ,I think there's no brand that's exclusive unfortunately - even Jessica polishes you can get from feelunique.com - albeit dearer.
You have to look at it this way - the client sees the price in Boots or whereever and thinks "she's using an expensive brand"
I completely agree. As soon as Essie was bought out it was obvious that they would go consumer.They sell it in Walgreens here too and of course it is way cheaper here in the states already before they put it into a drugstore!
I would be mad if I used it in the spa, luckily I don't. I am also phasing out OPI for the same reasons, it is available everywhere including all the grocery stores so it is like poping over to the mid/low range stores like Tesco and Morrisons to pick up some OPI.
I vote with my feet.