Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cirque Colors: The Metropolis Collection "The Devil Wears Cirque" and "Tavern on the Teal"

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New for December 2014 from Brooklyn-based indie nail polish brand Cirque Colors are two new cream nail polishes released as part of The Metropolis Collection: The Devil Wears Cirque and Tavern on the Teal.


The Devil Wears Cirque


The Devil Wears Cirque is a gorgeous "fancy" red. I struggle with finding the words to describe reds, but it's medium toned red that falls between fire engine red and brick red. The formula is lovely and applied ever so slightly like a jelly. One coat covers beautifully but I wore two (I saw a slight translucency with one coat). But, that slight translucency adds a brightness that makes The Devil Wears Cirque glow from within. I'm wearing two and love the glossy finish.



Compared to Zoya Rekha and Livingston, The Devil Wears Cirque is slightly darker.


Tavern on the Teal


Tavern on the Teal is a dark bluish green (almost evergreen) cream nail polish. When I picture the color teal, the lighter Windows 95 desktop background comes to mind but a quick Google image search reminded me that dark teal is a thing. Tavern on the Teal is a touch greener than a true teal, but regardless, it's the kind of color that is impossible to show you without some color editing wizardry :) Like The Devil Wears Cirque, the formula of Tavern on the Teal is also a bit jelly-ish with a touch of translucency. I'm wearing two coats. Heads up: this color will stain when you remove it.



Compared to Color Club Gossip Column, Tavern on the Teal is a touch greener.

The Devil Wears Cirque and Tavern on the Teal are wonderful additions to Cirque Colors' line up. The formulas are so pigmented and easy to control and will make you forget this is a hand-made brand!

The Devil Wears Cirque and Tavern on the Teal retail for $13 each and are available now online at CirqueColors.com. Refer to the Stockists page for participating retailers.


About
Cirque Colors™ is line of hand-blended nail lacquers based in New York. The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Founder/Creative Director, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. All nail lacquers are 3-free, which means they do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). They are also scented with a blend essential oils that leave a light floral aroma after the polish dries. Made in the USA. For more information, please email info@cirquecolors.com.

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Zoya Entice Fall 2014 Nail Polish Collection - Swatches & Reviews


Zoya Ignite collection provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

For fall 2014, Zoya released twelve new nail polishes in two collections: Ignite & Entice. The six nail polishes in the Ignite collection (reviewed here) are delightfully shimmery while the Entice polishes all have cream finishes. Let's take a look at the Entice collection!


Nyssa


Nyssa is a creamy milk chocolate brown cream nail polish. Brown really is the "it" color of fall 2014, isn't it? Nyssa has a hint of dustiness to it - it's more dusty than OPI Icebergers and Fries but not as dusty as a polish like Milani Teddy Bare. The formula was on the thin side and just "meh". I'm wearing two coats and top coat.



Geneviev


Geneviev is a dark cool stormy grey. The formula was surprisingly thin for such a dark polish but the second coat covered up the first thin coat decently well. I'm wearing two coats and top coat.



Margo


Margo is a rich reddish plum cream nail polish. The formula was great - hooray! It's nicely pigmented and easy to apply. I'm wearing two coats and top coat.



Veronica


Veronica is a rich berry cream that's redder in color than Margo. It's like a berry version of a brick red (brick berry?). There was no top coat needed for this glossy smooth finish! The formula is AMAZING - it's super pigmented and very easy to control. This formula is everything I hoped for in Nyssa and Geneviev (*hopes Zoya fairies are listening*)



Claire


Claire is a dark oxblood cream nail polish, because fall. The formula was thin and not fantastically pigmented. The second coat was thick and almost syrupy :/ On a positive note, the finish was super glossy. Claire is such a gorgeous color - if the formula were as stellar as Veronica, this would have been a contender for one of my top polishes of the year. I'm wearing two coats.



Ryan


Ryan is a vivid and deep navy blue. The formula was super pigmented and easy to apply (like Veronica). Bonus: Ryan didn't have that strange smell dark blue nail polishes often have! But before you run out to buy Ryan - and by run out, I mean open up a new tab in your browser - Ryan is really close to Sailor. Sailor is a touch lighter and Ryan is a little more saturated, but they are close enough that you may not need both.


The colors of the Entice polishes are fantastic but I would have loved this collection even more if all six polishes had great formulas.

Zoya nail polishes retail for $9.00 and the Entice collection is available online. In New York City, Zoya can be purchased at several locations including Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St) and Ulta in the Rego Park Center. See the full list of retailers here.

Zoya Entice collection provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cirque Colors: The Metropolis Collection "Knickerbocker"

Cirque Colors Knickerbocker

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If November was a color, it would be probably be brown. Turkey, fallen leaves, and leather boots... brown. It's fitting that for November 2014, the latest cream color released in Cirque Colors' The Metropolis Collection is a super dark/just shy of black espresso brown named Knickerbocker.

Knickerbocker is so richly pigmented that it's almost a one coat brown. The formula isn't too thick, but I did find that it thickened slightly on the brush as I painted my last few nails. I'm wearing two coats. Knickerbocker dries with a nice shine but I added a coat of Cirque's Liquid Laminate top coat for a super glossy and smooth finish.

Cirque Colors Knickerbocker

Cirque Colors Knickerbocker

Knickerbocker is very similar to Zoya Angelina and Essie Little Brown Dress.

I can picture Knickerbocker going so well with many of Cirque's glitter nail polishes (especially the rose gold glitter Stella and the brown/orange/black glitter French Roast)! I'm also picturing a neat gradient using the brown holo, Mink.

Knickerbocker is another great addition to Cirque's growing line up of cream colors. I wonder what new color December will bring!

Knickerbocker retails for $13 each and is available now online at CirqueColors.com. Refer to the Stockists page for participating retailers.


About
Cirque Colors™ is line of hand-blended nail lacquers based in New York. The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Founder/Creative Director, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. All nail lacquers are 3-free, which means they do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). They are also scented with a blend essential oils that leave a light floral aroma after the polish dries. Made in the USA. For more information, please email info@cirquecolors.com.

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Peanuts by OPI: Swatches & Reviews

Peanuts by OPI: Swatches & Reviews
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New from OPI for Halloween 2014 is a four piece collection inspired by the classic Charlie Brown cartoon "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown":

Peanuts by OPI brings to life Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip characters for Halloween 2014. Inspired by “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the four new limited edition nail lacquer shades include seasonal yellow and black crèmes, as well as two black-based glitter hues.
“‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ is a classic, beloved film,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “Peanuts by OPI celebrates the fun, youthful nature of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy with four limited edition nail lacquer shades designed to capture the spirit of Halloween. With two crème and two glitter options, you can switch between a cheery yellow or chic black look, or try adding a layer of glitter for a unique finish.” [from the press release]

Let's take a look!


Good Grief!


Good Grief! is a dandelion yellow cream nail polish inspired by Charlie Brown's signature yellow shirt. It's not as highlighter yellow as it decided to photograph :) While the first coat gave me some trouble by being a bit patchy, the second evened things out nicely. This kind of yellow nail polish isn't really my jam, but I appreciate the inspiration behind the color. I'm wearing two coats. Oh, and in case you have it - Zoya Darcy is a very similar shade of yellow.



Who Are You Calling Bossy?!?


Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? is a jet black cream nail polish inspired by the color of Lucy's hair. The formula is thin but strongly pigmented. It's almost a one coat black but because the formula was thin, it was a touch patchy. If you want a solid black finish, go with two. TL, DR: ...Bossy?!? is an average black nail polish that isn't great but at the same time isn't awful.



To Be Or Not To Beagle and Where's My Blanket???



To Be Or Not To Beagle (pointer & pinky fingers) is a satin glitter made up of colorful hexagonal glitter, smaller black glitter, and black bar glitter in a clear base. Here's a nice example of bar glitter that isn't too offensive :) I was quite pleased with the amount of glitter I was able to pull from the bottle and deposit on my nails - I didn't have to fish for any shapes, either. I'm wearing one coat on my pointer and pinky fingers over Good Grief!

Where's My Blanket??? (middle & ring fingers) is a satin glitter made up of black, yellow, and orange hexagonal glitter, small black glitter, and even smaller black glitter in a clear base. The glitter was more sparse than ...Beagle. I'm wearing one coat on my middle and ring fingers over Good Grief!

The cream nail polishes in The Peanuts by OPI collection are somewhat forgettable but the satin glitters ...Beagle... and ...Blanket??? are worth taking a look at. I guess we will have to wait another Halloween to hope for an appearance by "The Great Pumpkin" orange nail polish ;)

OPI nail polish retails for $9.50. In New York City, my favorite places to shop for OPI include Ricky's (various locations), Harmon Face Values (675 6th Ave), and Duane Reade (various locations).

Peanuts by OPI: Swatches & Reviews

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Harmon Face Values in Chelsea Now Carries China Glaze

Big news, New York City nail polish lovers! Harmon Face Values, aka Chelsea's beauty mecca, now carries China Glaze nail polish. Unlike OPI and Essie which are as easy to find as Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, China Glaze has been historically difficult to find in NYC. Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island have Ulta and Sally Beauty but until now there were only a few beauty supply stores left in Manhattan that carried the brand. Beauty 35 and Gideon's Drugs carried China Glaze for a short time but the brand disappeared from shelves in 2012.

Harmon had a nice selection of permanent China Glaze polishes, similar to what you'd see at Ulta or Sally Beauty, and they retail for $7.50 each. There were no seasonal collections and to be honest, if I decide there's an older China Glaze polish I need in my life I'll probably wait until I'm near Ulta with coupon in hand. But I'm hopeful that this means China Glaze's seasonal collections may show up, especially since this particular Harmon has been great for stocking new collections. And not to start any rumors as this is purely speculation on my part: maybe this means China Glaze will be available at Bed Bath & Beyond as well. You know, the ones with the Harmon beauty sections inside?

Anyway... tl;dr: you can now find a selection of permanent China Glaze nail polish at Harmon Face Values. They cost $7.50 each.

Harmon Face Values is located at 675 6th Ave between 21st and 22nd St. Not in NYC? Check out the website to see if there's a store by you!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cirque Colors: The Metropolis Collection "La Vie Boheme" and "Concrete Jungle"

Cirque Colors La Vie Boheme and Concrete Jungle
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Last month, Brooklyn-based indie nail polish brand Cirque Colors launched The Metropolis Collection, "a monthly release series of creme-finished nail lacquers highlighting the great city of New York." [from the press release]. The first color in the series, NYFW, was a huge hit and I (as well as I'm sure many!) eagerly awaited the next color. Much to my delight, for October Annie released two new creme colors! Let's take a look at La Vie Boheme and Concrete Jungle.


La Vie Boheme


La Vie Boheme is a super saturated dark plum creme nail polish. Depending on the lighting, the color will range from looking like a dark black cherry to a dusty eggplant purple. La Vie Boheme dries a shade darker than it appears in the bottle. The formula is very thick (probably due to the extreme pigmentation) but I didn't find it difficult to apply. Coverage is almost perfectly opaque in one coat - I'm wearing two plus Cirque's Liquid Laminate top coat. Because it's so pigmented, you'll have purple fingers when you remove it. VIVA La Vie Boheme!

Cirque Colors La Vie Boheme

Cirque Colors La Vie Boheme

La Vie Boheme is as dark as Zoya Toni and Monica. While the hue isn't exactly the same, it falls in between the two but is closer to Toni.


Concrete Jungle


Concrete Jungle is a cool grey cream nail polish that's neither light nor dark. The hue is very slightly blue-leaning, but it's pretty much a grey-grey. The formula was packed full of pigment and a little streaky. I'm wearing two coats plus Cirque's Liquid Laminate top coat. Grey nail polish was a big trend several years ago and has since "faded" a bit, but Concrete Jungle has definitely rekindled my love of grey nail polish!

Cirque Colors Concrete Jungle

Cirque Colors Concrete Jungle

Compared to two similar grey nail polishes in my collection, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk and CND Asphalt are close but are both a shade darker than Concrete Jungle.

The release of La Vie Boheme and Concrete Jungle brings Cirque Colors' creme nail polish count to five. Annie has certainly established she can consistently create high quality creme nail polishes. I'm already looking forward to November's color/s!

Cirque Colors La Vie Boheme and Concrete Jungle

La Vie Boheme and Concrete Jungle retail for $13 each and are available now online at CirqueColors.com. Refer to the Stockists page for participating retailers.

Cirque Colors The Metropolis Collection

About
Cirque Colors™ is line of hand-blended nail lacquers based in New York. The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Founder/Creative Director, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. All nail lacquers are 3-free, which means they do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). They are also scented with a blend essential oils that leave a light floral aroma after the polish dries. Made in the USA. For more information, please email info@cirquecolors.com.

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Zoya Ignite Fall 2014 Nail Polish Collection - Swatches & Reviews

Zoya Ignite Collection
Zoya Ignite collection provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

For fall 2014, Zoya released twelve new nail polishes in two collections: Ignite & Entice. The six nail polishes in the Ignite collection are rich and full of complex shimmer while the Entice polishes all have cream finishes. Let's take a look at the Ignite collection! These polishes dry slightly gritty so I'm wearing top coat in most if not all of my swatches.


Autumn


Autumn is a metallic copper nail polish with flecks of golden shimmer. Don't let the word "metallic" turn you off - this is not the streaky or frosty kind of metallic! The shimmer is quite visible - it rises to the surface and doesn't get buried in the base color. The formula was great and coverage was opaque in two coats. As overused as the term is, I will reluctantly admit that this nail polish screams "pumpkin spice". In the words of Doge: much fall, very impress, wow.

Zoya Autumn


Teigen


If you casually follow Game of Thrones (say, for example, someone you live with has read all the books and tries to explain to you what's going on but you don't really pay attention), you might think that Teigen is the name of one of the characters. It's not. Teigen is a berry pink nail polish loaded with golden shimmer. Some of the shimmer flecks appear gold on the nail and some pick up pink tones. The formula is great and I'm wearing two coats.

Zoya Teigen


India


India is a rich reddish purple nail polish with a ton of complex shimmer. In the bottle, the shimmer appears primarily golden but on the nail most becomes tinted reddish. The formula is easy to apply and I'm wearing two coats. I know Sansa is getting all the attention in this collection, but just look at India!

Zoya India


Sansa


Sansa is a deep grape purple (like the color of the grape Jolly Rancher) nail polish with a complex golden shimmer. Some flecks of shimmer appears gold and some pieces pick up some of the purple base color. But the shimmer doesn't get buried under the purple, which is true nail polish magic! The result is very luxurious. The base color has a semi-jelly transparent quality to it. The formula is sticky and doesn't glide on, but it is opaque in two coats. Sansa lives up to the hype!

Zoya Sansa


Yuna


Yuna a cool greenish-grey nail polish with gold flecks of shimmer. I even see a flash of green in the sparkle. I had my doubts that the sparkle would get swallowed in the grey and not show up on the nail, but it does! More of that nail polish magic. So much win. The formula was easy to work with and I'm wearing two coats. Isn't Yuna a really interesting polish?

Zoya Yuna


Remy


Remy is a super-saturated blue nail polish with golden shimmer. On the nail, the shimmer becomes tinted blue. This polish = looking into a bottomless & mysterious crystal clear cave water hole (is there a word for "cave water hole"?). The formula is easy to use. I'm wearing two coats.

Zoya Remy

Many times I've been disappointed by nail polishes that, in the bottle, appear to have amazing shimmer only to find that it doesn't translate to the nail - classic nail polish catfish action. But, the Ignite collection delivers on shimmer. While I think to a degree the shimmer will always look better in the bottle because it clings to the sides, at no point did I find myself thinking "meh, it looked better in the bottle" about any of the Ignite polishes.

Bonus bottle pictures, because SHIMMER!!!

Zoya Ignite

The Ignite collection is all around a great release. The colors are rich, the shimmer is impressively complex, and the formulas are solid. Even for the gal who has it all, there will be a few must-haves from the Ignite collection!

Zoya nail polishes retail for $9.00 and the Ignite collection is available online. In New York City, Zoya can be purchased at several locations including Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St) and Ulta in the Rego Park Center. See the full list of retailers here.

Zoya Ignite collection provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.