I have a really pretty bunch of polishes for you today from Cirque Colors :) Cirque Colors contacted me and I was floored. I've been following this brand for a long time and I've been coveting their products to see her contact me was like *mind blown*. Anne, the creator and CEO, asked me to review their Spring collection called the Awakening Collection and I absolutely couldn't say "no" because I was so excited!
The Awakening Collection has 5 colors, all great for transitioning from Winter to Spring. She also released a matte top coat, which can be used on these polishes to add a unique twist to a finish that's become quite popular recently :)
- Gaia - black with pale gold shards of shimmer
- Hatch - off white, slightly gray, with a darker gray shards of matte shimmer. The shimmer is smaller in this one.
- Love Stone - peachy pink with a delicate gold shimmer.
- New Moon - slate gray with a delicate gold shimmer.
- Qi - bright blue with a delicate gold shimmer.
- Matte Top Coat - mattes out colors really nicely.
The formula for these was great. They were all opaque within 2 coats, however adding a 3rd coat doesn't make the polish too thick or sticky. I have 2 coats on all of my finger swatches, and 3 on all of my wheel swatches.
Gaia, Love Stone, New Moon, and Qi all had a slight jelly finish to them - they dry very shiny, and have a slight squishy-ness to them. They're mostly cremey though. I like that the shimmer doesn't disappear or sink at all into the polishes, which I've had happen with other shimmers. Gaia is great; I've had issues particularly with black shimmers and Gaia performs marvelously.
Hatch has a creme finish and layers great. It doesn't lose it's shimmer particles either, and looks really quite cool both as a shiny and matte color. I prefer it shiny, because with the matte it looks a little too egg like but it's very cool nonetheless. I feel like it'd layer great with other effects on top as well :)
The Matte Top Coat is awesome. It takes a little bit longer for it to dry than the other matte top coats that I've tried, however this mattes out colors completely.
You can purchase Cirque Colors here, on their website, but here is also a list of Stockists. The colors retail for $13 each, the matte top coat is $10.
Check out my video for a full review and my thoughts :D
And for now, swatches!
Matte Top Coat