The sophomore collection from New York City based nail polish line Cirque is nothing short of amazing. If you're not familiar with the brand, Cirque is an artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish made in New York by Annie Pham. The premiere Dark Horse collection received high praise from nail polish lovers around the world and established Cirque as a breakout independent brand to watch. When I heard Annie was creating a new collection, I could not wait to see what she would come up with next!
Cirque’s sophomore release, Objet d’Art, consists of 11 opulent colors that exude luxury and decadence. Inspired by works of art, such as Hirst’s “For the Love of God” and McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibition, the collection features a multitude of finishes from vibrant micro glitters to sparkling neutrals, all suited to creating an art piece on one’s own canvas.For the Objet d'Art collection, Annie created eleven new polishes! In this post, I will review Book of Shadows, Cape Liz, Curiosity, Cypress, Lonesome George, and Planet Caravan. A few of the polishes dried matte and were photographed with butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat, which I will note.
Book of Shadows
Book of Shadows is a metallic lavender with a bright foil finish that doesn't show any brush strokes. The formula was on the thin side and I used (3) coats. I love this look - it's a really flattering shade and a great alternative to a true silver foil.
Cape Liz is a stormy desaturated sky blue with pink, blue, and icy white iridescent shimmer (which was difficult to photograph). I love how the flecks appear frozen in the polish and add elegance. The formula was thick but not opaque. I used (3) coats here as the light box was a bit unforgiving, but in real life I would wear (2). Shown with topcoat.
Curiosity is a bright cherry red with golden flecks. On the nail, the flecks appear less gold and instead look like glassy red flecks. This was quite pigmented and I used (2) coats. Curiosity dries almost to a matte finish and I used (2) coats of topcoat to add shine and smooth out some of the bumpy flecks.
Cypress is a rosy-peach holo that glows from within. I think this is most intense holo of Cirque's holo polishes! The formula was thin and I used (3) coats. Cypress would look lovely on ladies with cooler skin tones - with my coloring, I felt it accentuated out the redness in my fingers.
Cypress, direct sunlight
This photo taken in the sun is the most color accurate swatch:
Lonesome George is a leafy green ("Jungle Green", in Crayola crayon-terms) holo. This one was quite pigmented and I was pleased with the results after (2) coats. The holo isn't as strong as Cypress but still adds a lovely effect. Green holo nail polish seems to have a cult following and I think the fan base will love Lonesome George! Shown with topcoat.
Lonesome George, direct sunlight
*GASP!!!* Planet Caravan is a magical (dare I say... psychedelic?) polish with large pinky-purple duo-chrome flecks that flash orange in a deep purple base. I was very happy that this polish looks as wonderful on the nail as it does in the bottle. The formula was great and I used (2) coats. Planet Caravan dries to just about a completely matte finish and is shown here with topcoat.
Here is a close up shot of these six polish bottles:
And that's not all - here are FIVE more polishes in the Objet d'Art collection! Update: click here for part 2. Are any of these polishes going on your wish list?
Cirque polishes can be purchased online: http://www.cirquecolors.com/objet-dart-collection/. Book of Shadows, Cape Liz, Curiosity, and Planet Caravan retail for $13. Cypress and Lonesome George (the holos) retail for $15.
Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop nail polish colors that transcend those of conventional brands. By experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials, a distinctive handcrafted product was born. Cirque products are 3-free, which means it does not contain the toxic trio of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate. They are also scented with lavender and clary sage essential oils to lend hands a subtle scent as the polish dries.
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