Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cirque Arcus Collection Part 1: Vesuvius, Sanguine, Helios, Erda, Bejeweled, and Queen Majesty

Cirque Arcus Collection
Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.
Inspired by hues of the rainbow, The Arcus Collection consists of 12 brightly-colored nail lacquers just in time for the summer. The first half of the collection explores the primary and secondary colors of the spectrum in variety of finishes from a fiery holographic red to a regal purple micro-glitter. The second half of the collection focuses on multi-colored “toppers”, such as whimsical squares, punchy neons and polychromatic sparkles, designed to be used over existing colors.

Cirque's much anticipated third collection released almost a year to the day since the debut Dark Horse collection is all about color. Consisting of polishes that use brightly colored pigments, iridescent particles, and holographic effects, the twelve new nail polishes in the Arcus collection celebrate the rainbow in a few different ways. In this post, I'll be reviewing Vesuvius, Sanguine, Helios, Erda, Bejeweled, and Queen Majesty (here is my review of Electric Circus, Kaleidoscope, Le Invader, Lullaby, Magic Hour, and Iris).

Cirque Arcus Collection

Newly revealed with the Arcus collection are streamlined bottles and new packaging. The new bottles are similar to the old bottles but are slightly slimmer all around (you still get the same 0.45 mL of product). The Cirque emblem is now screen printed on the bottle. I adore the original black labels but understand that the new labeling is more efficient for Annie :) The new design overall is still very sleek looking and maintains the brand's image.

Cirque polishes now arrive packaged individually in a black cardboard box. There is a sticker with the name of the polish on the top of the box so you will easily be able to locate a particular polish (especially if you keep them in a drawer!) I love the new packaging - it looks and feels very high end.

Cirque Arcus Collection packaging


Let's take a look at the polishes!


Vesuvius


Annie describes Vesuvius as a "strawberry red with a rainbow holographic finish", and I sure can't think of a better way to describe it. The application is great and on par with Cirque's other holos (Fascination Street, Lonesome George,etc). There are no formula flaws that can typically plague holo polishes such as patchiness or holo clumping. Vesuvius is opaque in just (2) coats.

Cirque Vesuvius


Sanguine


At first glance, Sanguine appears to be a metallic orange. Upon closer examination, you will see a color shift from orange to pink to yellow. Sanguine is quite a chameleon! The formula is quite sheer but this makes it a great layering polish (note to self: try Sanguine over black!) Sanguine dries to a streak-free satin finish and is opaque in (3) coats.

Cirque Sanguine

Cirque Sanguine


Helios


Helios is a gold glitter nail polish with a touch of holo glitter to liven things up. The coverage is very even and easy to apply. While not a one-coat glitter, adding a layer of Helios over another polish would be a most excellent upgrade. I'm wearing (3) coats.

Cirque Helios


Erda


Erda is a shimmery metallic cool forest green with a hint of duochrome action. It's not dramatic, but there is a slight color shift from green to a deeper and bluer green. Erda is sheer but easy to apply and dries semi-matte. I'm wearing (3) coats.

Cirque Erda


Bejeweled


Bejeweled is a welcome addition to Cirque's holo family! This denim blue holographic polish has the best pigmentation of this half of the Arcus collection and is just about opaque in one coat. Like Vesuvius and the other Cirque holos, there are no formula flaws that can typically plague holo polishes such as patchiness or holo clumping. Love!

Cirque Bejeweled


Queen Majesty


Queen Majesty is a royal concoction of purple, fuchsia, and blurple glitter in several sizes. The composition reminds me of Cirque's blue glitter Lapis from the Objet d'Art collection. While coverage is not dense, Queen Majesty applies very evenly. This regal polish would look great layered over another color. I'm wearing (3) coats.

Cirque Queen Majesty


Here are a few pictures of Vesuvius and Bejeweled in full sun:

Cirque holo Vesuvius and Bejeweled

Cirque holo Vesuvius and Bejeweled


I'd love to hear what you think! Which colors are going on your wish list?

Cirque polishes can be purchased online: http://www.cirquecolors.com/arcus-collection/. Sanguine, Helios, Erda, and Queen Majesty retail for $13. Vesuvius and Bejeweled retail for $15. In NYC? You can purchase the Arcus collection and Cirque polishes at International Playground (13 Stanton St).

About Cirque
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.

For more information about Cirque, please contact: info@cirquecolors.com. Be sure to check out Cirque's Facebook page for news and updates.

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

18 comments:

  1. Wow Vesuvius is gorgeous! So is that purple glitter. And I guess all the rest as well... haha! Wow I love Cirque <3 Great swatches =)

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    1. Thanks! I know it's hard to pick a favorite when they are all special :)

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  2. I love the artistic and elegant packaging of Cirque polishes! I love Vesuvius,Queen Majesty, Erda and Bejeweled

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    1. The packaging is a great upgrade! I was sad to see the side labels go but the new labels look great too :)

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  3. Um, I want them all? These are gorgeous :D

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    1. Wait until I show you the rest of the collection!

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  4. Bummer, I really loved the old bottle/label she was using. These are gorgeous though!

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    1. Me too... but now Annie has more time to work on the line (instead of hand labeling bottles!)

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  5. Wow!...i loove all the colours...pleas bring them to kenya

    http://megillathadasa.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-blog-reading-list.html

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    1. Have you tried meimeisignatures.com? They ship internationally, not sure about Kenya though!

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  6. they're beautiful...i blogged about the few i picked up at the sample sale...i'm kicking myself for not buying "erda". i agree that "helios" would make a stunning topcoat! i found my "queen majesty" was difficult to work with, and a little sticky, possibly because it was a sample? anyway, glad to hear you did not have any problems! also i like the new packaging, it's a little less personal without the sticker but it does look very high end :)

    can't wait to see your photos of the glitter topcoats!awesome post as always x

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    1. I have to check out your post! Ah yes I feel like with sample sales there is always either regret about not buying something, or regret after the fact about buying something that may have just been an impulse ;) I was a little sad about the packaging too, but realized that Annie can now focus on growing her business and creating new polishes instead of spending all that time labeling lol!!!

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  7. Fabulous shades! Queen Majesty is my fav. It would be perfect for glitter gradients and such a gorgeous shades. Need!!

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    1. Yes I can't wait to start playing with Queen Majesty more!

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  8. Ms. Gotham, any comparison thoughts between Bejeweled & Hits Apolo, or the new Nabi navy blue holo? Just curious, cos l can really only afford one...beautiful post, beautiful blog! :)

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    1. Hi juniperglimpse, I'm sorry but I don't have either of those polishes :/ They both look beautiful too and close enough that you probably don't need all of them :) Good eye!

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