Monday, July 9, 2012

Cirque Nail Lacquer

Back again with a new brand to show you friends :) Cirque nail polish is a new "indie" brand that strikes me as a tad more professional than others, more along the lines of Cult Nails and BB Couture than the brands we see on Etsy. (Not saying one is better than the other, sheesh, just different) I was impressed by the creative design, color options, and website when I first heard about them from a few of my favorite bloggers, Nails and Noms and The Polished Perfectionist. I had to order from them and try the goodies for myself of course.

Cirque is an artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish made in New York.  The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum.  Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials.  The debut collection, Dark Horse, is a 12-color arrangement that is diverse in its hues and finishes -- similar to the creative energy that abounds New York.

My first pick is Ophelia, a glitter polish with multisized and shaped icy pale periwinkle glitter with pink and green shimmer in the clear base. I really thought this looked like a glitter Lynnderella would put out. And since I'll probably never get my grubby hands on one of those, I had to snatch this up. Freaking beautiful. I did try it on it's own but it's more of a layering polish. Here it is as a (sort of?) gradient layer over Nails Inc. Baker Street which I showed you the other day.
Three coats, alone

My other choice for my initial order is French Roast, a brown and bronze glitter polish that reflects bits of gold, copper, and red. BEAUTIFUL. This is three coats, it applies nice and evenly, no application troubles. I am cooking up a good layering combo for this guy next. This swatch has a top coat as it dries quite matte.

You can get Cirque nail polish on their website for $12-$16. I know they also sell at a New York street fair if you're in that area. What do you think of Cirque? I expect lots more of this brand of polish to make it's way into my helmers soon haha :)