November 19, 2013

I Love Nail Polish- Cygnus Loop [Swatch] & [Comparison]

Today, I'm excited to show you Cygnus Loop, one of the most popular and recently talked about polishes from indie brand I Love Nail Polish.

Cygnus Loop is a warm purple-indigo-deep blue multichrome that is strongly gold-orange-crimson at sharp, oblique angles.

Artificial light, two coats:

Very shifty! Pretty!

Window-filtered daylight:

The color shift in this is endlessly entertaining, and is as pronounced as the shift in Birefringence, if not more so.

Outside, shade:


Formula: It's very similar to Birefringence; it's on the medium-thin side, and the first coat is a bit streaky. Second coat is opaque, but you have to pay special attention when wrapping the nail tips, since this is a thinner formula.  Painting in straighter lines will minimize brushstrokes, but like Birefringence, they weren't too noticeable when it dried down. Did also chip quickly.


left to right: Cygnus Loop, Birefringence

Of course Cygnus Loop needs comparison to I Love Nail Polish- Birefringence, since they're both multichromes that look super similar in the bottle.

In all of these photos, Cygnus Loop is on the left, and Birefringence is on the right. Artificial light:

You can see that Cygnus Loop is much more strongly blue-indigo, while Birefringence's main color is mostly aqua-teal.

At a different angle, you can see that Cygnus Loop is all around warmer than Birefringence:


(Cygnus Loop, bottom; Birefringence, top)

Outside, sun:

So, yea they're very similar, but not the same (as the meme says)! My favorite? It's really hard to say, actually...but maybe Birefringence by a hair?

What say you?


  1. Ooooh, pretty! I really want its counterpart from Dance Legend, but they got sold out so quickly from my local supply...fingers crossed for the restock!

  2. Your photos ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I need this one, more so than any out of this collection.

    1. "this one" = Cyngnus Loop. The name gives it the edge.

    2. Thank you! You DO need this. :enabler:

  3. These are AMAZING!! Your swatches are beautiful! I'm glad you liked them ;)

    1. Well thank you for making such gorgeous polishes!