July 6, 2015

Cirque Colors Vice Collection [Swatch] & [Review]

Hey everyone! Welcome to a new week! How ya doin'??

Today I have swatches to share with you of the Cirque Colors Vice Collection, which is a limited edition set of 5 neon cremes and 1 holographic top coat, releasing this Thursday, July 9th, but available for pre-order now!  More bottle shots are here, and I also have some watermarble nail art featuring the set if you're so inclined!

In all swatches I've shown 1 coat of the holo top coat, We Trippy (above), layered over the middle and index nails, and you'll get a good view of how it looks layered over each color up close, as well! These neons are not swatched over white- they are plenty bright on their own! (And, I'm also in the camp that thinks a good neon shouldn't need white underneath!)

Let's get started!

First, here is Cirque Colors- Vitamin D:

Vitamin D is a neon coral-peach creme. So pretty, and I am sure many will be drawn to this shade the most!

Artificial light, two coats:

We Trippy over Vitamin D:

Formula: It's thick, but surprisingly workable for a color like this. It can drag if you go back over an area way too many times, but it does self-level slowly a bit. It dries down quickly, and with a thicker second coat this was opaque! Pretty nice, and I'm especially pleased with the pigmentation!

Next Cirque Colors- Nympho:

Nympo is a hot fuchsia pink creme that dries a hair darker and more warm-toned than bottle color.

Artificial light, three coats:

We Trippy over Nympho:

Formula: It has more of a crelly texture than Vitamin D, and goes on so smoothly, self-leveling. Slightly sheer, but dries down very quickly and builds nicely. I would have stopped at two coats if I weren't swatching- it was even and mostly opaque with just slight VNL!  Great texture!

Here is Cirque Colors- Lean:

Lean is a super bright purple that is fairly balanced between being warm and cool-toned- at least to my eye! If I had to pick, I'd say it "leans" slightly warm? Ba-dum-chk!

Artificial light, two coats:

We Trippy over Lean:

The holo particles in We Trippy definitely seem to stand out more against a darker base!

Formula: It's creamy, pigmented, and nearly opaque in one coat! The viscosity is perfect, in my opinion, and I used two easy coats for swatches! A+!

Next, Cirque Colors- Miami-Dade:

Miami-Dade is a bright cyan: a blue that leans ever-so-slightly to the green side. Beautiful!

This is beautiful in the bottle, but somehow even more gorgeous on the nails!

Artificial light, two coats:

We Trippy over Miami-Dade:

^The second shot above shows the lighting coming in at an angle that doesn't cause holo madness, but I wanted to show the particle sizes in this topper! You can see that there are some sparse, slightly larger holo square glitters in there, and they do twinkle a bit separately from the matrix of holo shimmer!

Formula: It's on the thicker side, and is a little prone to cuticle drag if you use too many strokes during each coat. The first coat is streaky, but it builds well and the second coat clings nicely, so is a bit easier to apply. Two coats were opaque for me!

Finally, Cirque Colors- C.R.E.A.M.:

C.R.E.A.M. is a neon lime green creme. So bright!

Artificial light, two coats:

We Trippy over C.R.E.A.M.:

Formula: It's a bit streaky on the first coat, but goes on pretty nicely and self-levels a tiny bit. It's a pretty good texture and viscosity for a color like this. A second, thicker coat was opaque, but I think most people will need a third to obscure streaks, especially if your preference is for thinner coats.

Overall, I feel like this is an extremely well-curated set of neon cremes! There's sort of one from every color family, and all of the shades were quite pleasing to me aesthetically! As neons, these all dry to some form of satin-matte, but I've shown them with top coat for a finished look. Formula-wise, Lean was perfect, and Vitamin D and C.R.E.A.M. were probably the most difficult, but still really nice for colors like that, in my opinion. I didn't struggle with them!

The holo topper We Trippy, which is beautiful, gives a lot of versatility to this set of neons as well! There's probably a lot you can do with it aside from simple layering, but it did look nice over each color, I thought. I do think that the holographic effect is more noticeable on top of the darker shades, especially Lean, but it's pretty and delicate on the lighter ones as well. It's got a great density for giving a soft linear holo look in just one coat, and went on really easily. It does make the base color slightly...milky-looking in comparison to nails without the topper. I think you can see that in swatches. There's no getting around that, but for the most part We Trippy delivers holo goodness without changing the base color too much!

I'd love to know what you think!

Cirque Colors | Stockists | $13ea| limited edition

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.

July 1, 2015

Cirque Colors Neon Vice Watermable Nails [Nail Art]

Hey everyone! I can't believe it's the first day of July! How??

Anyway, today I have some watermarble nail art with the upcoming Cirque Colors neon Vice Collection for Summer 2015!  I knew I was going to try to marble these as soon as I saw them!

If you're looking for even more bottle shots, they can be found in the mail-time post, here. I'm working on swatches today, so those should be up in a couple of days!

Onto the nails!

This was done over a white base (KBShimmer- Eyes White Open), and I used every polish in the Vice set, including the holo topper called We Trippy. So, the little flecks and particles you see distributed throughout the marble are from that!

These polishes marble very well! They spread nicely in the water and I was able to get about 11-12 rings before they stopped spreading. With that many rings, the centermost ones were very small, but it still worked!

Up close:

I did end up with a lot of water spots (^and a smudge on that nail tip where I was being a clutz). I thought I let my nails dry totally before top coating, but I guess not! The good news is that those water spots are totally invisible in person, and you'd never know if it weren't for the macro lens! These nails were done under...duress, and while I won't go into it because ~interpersonal drama~, I'm quite proud of myself for the outcome despite what was going on! Nail zen!

These were really fun nails to wear, and I couldn't stop rubbernecking! I do wish I'd topped them with the We Trippy holo top coat instead of adding it to the watermarble, though. I don't know why that didn't occur to me!

The limited edition Vice Collection is available for pre-order now, and ships July 9th, from Cirque Colors or their Stockists$13/ea

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.

June 30, 2015

Kickass Manicures of the Month! [Feature] [Nail Art]

Wow! It's already time for another installment of Kickass Manicures! Can you believe it? Like always, the nail blogosphere was chock full of amazing nail arts, so it was difficult to choose!

Don't forget to follow the links back to their originating posts, and let these ladies know how talented they are!

In no particular order:

Pink and Lilac Rose Nail Art from Copycat Claws

Can you believe this is Copycat Claws' first time painting freehand roses?! I think they look amazing, and the color choices are spot on! And, of course, I love the base color: Emily de Molly- Tread Lightly! This is just such a pretty look!

Blue Gradient Stamping from The Nailasaurus

Um. This is so graphic and AMAZING! I love how the smaller gradient diagonals are echoed by the larger ones on the middle and ring nails! The color palette of soft blues and white is so pleasing too. This is just perfection!

Succulent Inspired Nail Art from Wondrously Polished

Lindsey does incredible hand painted manicures, and is an expert at pairing colors and hand-painted shapes. These nails were inspired by a print fabric, but I have to say that I like her version better! So pretty!  I love how each nail is different, but the entire manicure is cohesive!

Grey Watermarble with Studs from The Adorned Claw

Look at this gorgeous watermarble! I love grey polish, and this just steps it up a notch with the silver accented French tips and triangular studs! I don't think I've ever seen a watermarble with French tips before, actually. These are kickass nails!

Stone Marble Nails with Born Pretty Store Accent from Nails World

I fell in love with these nails as soon as I saw them! It's great how neutral but interesting they are, and the little shiny, metallic hints are perfect. The cabochon from Born Pretty Store is a great accent too!

That's it!

What do you think of my picks?
Did you see any other noteworthy nail art this month?

June 29, 2015

Mail-time: Cirque Colors Vice Collection!

Hey everyone! Welcome to a new week! (Weekend, we will miss you...)

*Ahem.* On a better note, I have some awesome mail-time that'll give you a little jolt!

Behold: the Cirque Colors Summer 2015 Vice Collection!

From Cirque:

Summer is heating up and our vices are out on the prowl. Whether it's "coffee and cigarettes" or "sex, drugs, and rock n' roll", we know your look wouldn't be complete without one our of limited edition neons on your tips. Introducing The Vice Collection -- a sizzling summer release of our brightest cremes to-date. Pair it with our sparkly holographic top coat for the ultimate quick fix.

This collection of 5 neon cremes and one special holographic topcoat is limited edition, and launches July 9th. These are available for pre-order now though, and they'll ship on the launch date!

I will let Ham take it from here!

Sure, dog, just plop right down in the middle of the polishes!

So dignified:

total carrot fixation

Bottle shot time!

These are very bright, and so fun to photograph!

Out of their boxes!

L to R: Vitamin D, Nympho, Lean, Miami-Dade, C.R.E.A.M

The names are a little risqué, huh?! I actually grew up in Broward Co., Florida, and I think these colors capture the spirit (and pop cultural perception) of Miami & surrounding area very well!

The holographic topcoat is called We Trippy, and it has scattered pieces of slightly larger holo microglitter to keep things extra bling-y!

A little closer:

I think this is such a well-curated neon color palette!

We Trippy:

I've already got some nail art going with these, so that's coming up shortly, and I will be swatching them as well. Soon!

Cirque Colors | Stockists | $13ea | limited edition

Which is your favorite??

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.