September 16, 2012

Cirque Colors Dark Horse Polishes- Part 2

Here is the second part of my Cirque Colors Dark Horse Polishes swatch and review.


Cirque Colors- Never Nude





First of all, you would think a polish called "Never Nude," would be some shade of faded denim.  But, I get where Cirque was going with this.  It is a very neutral champagne-like color. (Except in the sun!)

Artificial light, 3 coats:




Outside, shade:



The base color, in my opinion, walks the very fine line between classy-edgy and gloriously tawdry.  I like it a lot, but it clashes with my skin tone.  It would look great on someone with olive-toned skin, or just darker skin in general.

Now, sun shots!




It's a nice holo!



Initially, I had to actually underexpose a lot of my shots because the holographic effect was so strong  it was blowing out all the highlights. Yowsa!





Imagine how great it would look on someone with warm undertones!




Window-filtered daylight:



Formula:  Good.  Not patchy and doesn't drag, easy to apply.  Needs three coats for opacity.  Also sets quickly.  I did get quite a bit of tiny bubbling, and I'm not sure why.  I didn't shake the polish or anything.


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Next up:

Cirque Colors- Tibetan Nights





I saved the best for last!





Tibetan Nights is a deep royal blue jelly base with silver and medium-blue microglitter and tiny silver and medium-blue bar glitter.  There are also tiny silver hexes.  I'm not normally a fan of bar glitter, but the bars in this are very small and it really adds interest to the polish- I love it!

Artificial light, 4 coats:




This polish is so neat because it's like a jelly sandwich in a bottle.  It has a lot of depth, and is one of those polishes that looks like it glows from the edges and within.

It's quickly moved to the top of my 'blue favorites' mental list!









Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:




Sun:




This is my favorite of the Dark Horse polishes I chose, which, in a collection also containing Epoch, is saying a lot! 

Up close:





Formula: This had a decent jelly formula.  Not too thin, didn't flood cuticles.  Does require about 4 coats to achieve good depth of color, and you will want that many anyway to build up different layers of glitter. Still some VNL after four coats as well, but not noticeable in most lighting conditions.

It did seem to want to stain the skin around nails and cuticles, like a lot of dark blues will.  Not horrible, but something to think about.

Verdict:  If there was ever a polish worthy of applying 4 coats, Tibetan Nights is it!


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Cirque Colors come in .45oz bottles.  The brush is the typical round style, and on the smaller side, but it fans out really easily which is the most important aspect to me.  They are also scented with lavender and clary sage essential oils. 

All Cirque polishes are 3-free. Polishes in the Dark Horse Collection range from $12-$16.

You can find Cirque on Facebook or their website.
 

11 comments:

  1. Wow Tibetan Nights! I regret not getting it when I got my Cirque polishes now! So gorgeous. That shot with the sky looks amazing

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    1. Thank you! It was such a nice clear day, haha!

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  2. It's beautiful... i think, i fall in love. :D

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  3. WOW! You have beautiful photos! I am going to share your blog with a few of my nail blogging groups on FB:)

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    1. Wow, thanks! :) That was a rush of traffic all of a sudden! I'm not on Facebook yet as Polish Hound, but maybe someday soon.

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    2. I thought you deserved a shout out:) Keep up the awesome work!

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  4. I am so glad Essie shared your blog on PaA! You have beautiful swatches and I love the shape of your nails!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much. I bit them to the quick for 20 years so, that means a lot! I have experimented with nail shapes, and I think this one holds up the best on me.

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  5. Got here because of Essie's post on PaA too, and I must say I'm in love with your swatches, you have great pictures in here!

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