November 25, 2013

Cirque Alchemy Collection Polishes [Swatch] & [Review]


Today, I have two of the polishes from Cirque's lovely Fall 2013 Alchemy collection to show you.

First, here is Cirque- Arcane Fire:


Arcane Fire is a brownish, crimson base with bronzey-gold flakie shimmer and, in the bottle, what seems to be holographic particles. 

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



So the particles in this do seem to be a bit duochromey as opposed to holographic- although I had absolutely no sun in the day I wore this with which to really test that out.



Formula: It's on the thicker side, but not too thick.  Goes on very smoothly, and the first coat is nearly opaque. I used two coats to be sure. Seriously good formula. If all commercial polishes had this formula, I'd never complain!
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Next, Cirque- Magnum Opus:

 Magnum Opus is a taupe-y, steely grey holographic finish with a healthy tinge of lavender. 

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:



The holographic effect is visible indoors!

Outside, shade:


Sun!



This is a pretty vibrant holo!

Formula: It's on the medium-thin side, consistency-wise, and is also a bit viscous in a way.  Not necessarily a bad way: it just clings to itself a little bit? Application is very, very nice for a holographic, and I had no issues with pulling or cuticle drag! Also, it's opaque in two coats- can't complain!
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Overall, I am really happy with these two, with my favorite being Arcane Fire. They both have great formulas to boot.  Not much else to say!

2 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to try Cirque polishes. What beautiful photos. You know how to sell 'em!

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    1. You should! They are one of my favorite indies, for sure!

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