Showing posts with label Cirque. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cirque. Show all posts

19 December 2014

Cirque Colors Mirror Mirror, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! Cirque Mirror Mirror, a silver metallic flake topper, is certainly unique amongst the growing number of metallic polishes available on the market. Which explains why this beauty has been selling out so quickly. I had hoped to time my review to a recent restock, but the polish sold out too quickly. So if you are interested in this I highly recommend following Cirque, and subscribing to their newsletter.

Cirque Mirror Mirror

Instead of showing you the usual swatches, I decided to do some nail art instead. I created two looks with this polish, one easier and one more time consuming. Both I think take advantage of the unique properties of this polish.

09 December 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Winter Wonderland: Day One, Holiday Water Marble

Hi everyone! When I tried the new Cirque Live It Up collection (see my review here), I knew I wanted to do some holiday nail art with these polishes. Of course this week's Digit-al Dozen theme of Winter Wonderland was the perfect opportunity. So I'm kicking off Digit-al Dozen week with a simple holiday water marble with glitter accents.

Holiday Water Marble

08 December 2014

Cirque Colors Live It Up Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have the latest collection from Cirque Colors for you tonight. When it comes to indie polish, Cirque is known for their high quality lacquers, packaging and promotional material. I love splurging on their polishes, and I've never been disappointed by this brand. So of course I jumped at the opportunity to review them. The Live It Up collection is a set of five glitter toppers, perfect for the holidays and New Year.

Cirque Live It Up collection

17 March 2013

Cirque Cape Liz and XX

Hi everyone! I have this simple mani today using two great polishes from the Cirque Objet d'Art collection. I've only tried a few Cirque polishes and so far I'm loving them! I can't wait to see what they come out with for their next collection.

Cirque XX and Cape Liz

For this design, I started with Cape Liz as my base, then I used a makeup sponge to apply XX to the tips of my nails. On my accent nail I did a fracture pattern with Enchanted Polish Bruised Nutcracker. This is a beautiful dusty blue holographic polish, and I really need to do a swatch of this one day. But keep reading for more on these Cirque polishes!

Glitter gradient with Cirque XX and Cape Liz 

Glitter gradient with Cirque XX and Cape Liz 

Cape Liz is a pale blue-grey, very similar in colour, but a tad darker than China Glaze Sea Spray. It has a very subtle iridescent shimmer. I used three coats here and the application was great. It does dry a bit dull, so I recommend doubling up on the top coat or using a combination of Gelous + top coat.

Glitter gradient with Cirque XX and Cape Liz (direct light)

XX is a gorgeous glitter topper, I really love this one! It's got a clear base and is packed with holographic glitter, over 20 kinds according to the Cirque website. The glitter is tiny to medium in size and there's hexes, squares, and diamonds. Although the glitter is holographic, there seems to be an overall pastel colour scheme to the glitter, making it perfect for spring. I had no problem getting some of the larger shapes out.

Glitter gradient with Cirque XX and Cape Liz 

Maybe it was the diamond glitter in XX, but I decided to add some variation with an accent nail. I love how this turned out, the holo effect in XX and Bruised Nutcracker really make this special. :)

What do you think of this? Do you own any Cirque?

11 February 2013

Cirque Hellebore (and a Tape Mani)

Hi everyone! Cirque Hellebore is my second experience with Cirque polish (my first was Fleur est Belle) and I have to say I'm impressed with both the beauty of their polishes and the great formula!

Hellebore is from the recent Objet d'Art collection and is a pistachio green glitter in a clear base. It's a mixture of micro to small sized glitter, and the variation adds interest to the polish. There are also flecks of pink and fuchsia micro glitter that you can see if you enlarge the photos, though it's subtle. It can be worn on its own - I used two coats for these swatches - without being too thick, or it can be layered over another polish. For a glitter polish it glides on so smoothly, and there was absolutely no issues with the formula. It also dries extremely quickly.

Cirque Hellebore

Overall, I really love Hellebore. It has a luminosity that, unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture in these photos. And the formula is impressive. But the colour doesn't work too well with my skin tone and it gives me the dreaded "lobster hands." I plan to keep it, but will probably only use it as an accent nail or to do glitter tips. I think it would also be nice layered over a contrasting colour.

Cirque Hellebore

I had the idea to combine it with Estee Lauder Smashed in a tape mani. Smashed is a gorgeous warm-toned purple that has an amazing shimmer with flecks of fuchsia, purple, and blue. The formula was also perfect - I used two coats and there was no issues with it being thin or streaky. I'll have to do a proper swatch of this sometime.

Tape mani with Cirque Hellebore and Estee Lauder Smashed

Cirque Hellebore and Estee Lauder Smashed

I love how the tape mani turned out, it would be perfect for a party or a special night out. But it's not really what I want to be wearing to school tomorrow. So I have to rush off and redo my nails before it gets too late. :/

What do you think of Cirque Hellebore? Do you think it works with the deep purple of Estee Lauder Smashed?

14 January 2013

Cirque Fleur est Belle

Hi everyone! I have a special polish for you today. Cirque Fleur est Belle (literally translated "flower is beautiful") is a polish exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures, an online polish retailer based in Singapore. Cirque is an indie brand based out of New York, and they collaborated with Mei Mei's Signatures to create this special polish. I was instantly intrigued when I first saw photos of this online, especially the swatches on Fashion Polish, and I was fortunate to be able to purchase this on the day it launched. A bit of a warning though, this is a picture heavy post (more so than usual at least), so make sure to click on the photos and view the slide show!

Cirque Fleur est Belle

Fleur est Belle is a dusty rose jelly with a gold shimmer that up close looks like tiny flakes. It has an intriguing mixture of glitter that evokes the beauty of springtime but without the conventional pastel colours that we are used to seeing in spring collections. As for the glitter, there are pink and gold hexes and squares in different sizes, and there's also large white hex glitter. The glitter takes on a layer of complexity when it's suspended in the jelly base. Some of the gold glitter has almost a green tone, which is appropriate for the polish and the spring theme, while the white hexes have a pale pink sheen.

Cirque Fleur est Belle

Cirque Fleur est Belle

I used three thin coats for these swatches, and the formula was good given that it is packed with glitter. The glitter has a tendency to sink to the bottom, so turning the bottle upside down for 10-15 minutes before using it, and shaking it between coats, is necessary. I did find it to be a tad thick and added a few drops of thinner. But the application overall was very good, and I didn't have trouble getting enough glitter on my nails.

Cirque Fleur est Belle
Cirque Fleur est Belle

What do you think of this? I'll admit that I was a tad worried that it wouldn't live up to my expectations, but when I had it on, those worries went away. I love how feminine this looks, and it has an ethereal quality with the glitter suspended in the jelly base. It's also very versatile and can be layered over other colours for different effects. A Lacquered Affair did a nice post where she tried different layering combinations, my favourite which is over a dark polish. You can see her post here.

Cirque Fleur est Belle

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, this polish is exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures, and is only available until June. So if you are interested I suggest getting it sooner rather than later. And it's currently in stock, so what are you waiting for?!
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