Today I have six of the twelve China Glaze polishes from their new Cirque du Soleil collection. This collection is so bright and fun. It may seem a bit weird to release a collection like this during the winter but it's here just in time for the new Cirque du Soleil movie and the bright colors are just what I needed to perk myself up this winter.
So I don't end up repeating myself through the whole post, except for the glitters, each swatch below started with OPI Ridge Filler base coat, topped with two smooth and easy coats of polish and topped with HK Girl topcoat. The formulas for each polish was spot on.
I thought Surreal Appeal reminded me of Essie Camera. I was wrong. No dupes here! Here's the comparison anyway in case you were curious. Camera is much more red and darker.
Def Defying is a lime green creme. I think this is a greener version of OPI Did It On Em from the Nicki Minaj collection but I sold that in my blog sale because I hated it. I don't hate Def Defying though. It manages to be fun and bright and not make me look like a total crazy person when I wear it.
Running in Circles is a cilantro green shimmer. This baby is packed with goldish green glass flecks. Glass flecks are my favorite kind of shimmer and I love this green! It's so sparkly it confused my camera! It seems to be a bit different from the rest of the collection too, don't you think? Of course, I only have half of the collection so maybe it just seems different against these bright cremes.
It's a Trap-eze is definitely the winner from the collection. This kind of glitter combo is something most of us have only seem come from indie lines. It's so great to see a main stream salon brand listening and paying attention to what we want! The polish is LOADED with glitter making application a touch on the tricky side. I used three coats for the photos below only because I still had a few bald spots from the glitter pulling after two coats. Because there is just so much glitter in the milky base, I had to be careful with placement and I ended up with some stray glitters along my cuticle and at the tip of my nail. Nothing a little clean up brush and some acetone couldn't fix! I topped everything off with a coat of Gelous and a coat of HK Girl to smooth everything out and add some shine.
And last, but not lease, is Whirled Away. This polish is a clear base filled with different sized matte black and white glitters. A great topper for these bright colors! I didn't have any problems picking up the larger glitters with the brush but it's best to apply them to your nail with a dabbing motion instead of a usual brush stroke. That way they are much easier to place where you want them. Below is one dabbed coat of Whirled Away on an accent nail over each of the cremes and shimmers pictured above.
Pros- The formula for each of the cremes and shimmers was a DREAM to work with.
Cons- I wasn't expecting the application issues I had with It's a Trap-eze for some reason. Looking back, I suppose it was to be expected with SO MUCH GLITTER.
Overall- It's nice to see a collection come out during the winter time with such a different feel to it. Definitely not for everyone though, so I think a collection like this works better in the summer. Of course, it wouldn't line up with the movie then!
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