Here’s the thing: I am not well versed when it comes to nail polishes. There are so many shades out there that I thought it wouldn’t need much thought when it comes to buying one. Not too long ago, I was browsing around Luxola and came across a nail polish brand that I’ve never heard before. Upon Google-ing around, I learned that it’s an indie brand. I didn’t know that there are such thing, really. After seeing swatches, it didn’t take long for me to make my purchase. The brand in spotlight is Cirque. A little info about the brand:
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.
I have never purchased any nail polish that comes in a box, although my guess is high end brands like Chanel and Dior would probably do that. I think the boxes are quite nice. Each box is labeled by the shade name and printed with the ingredients as well. The glass bottle is well designed too.
By the way, Cirque nail lacquers are 3-Free, they do not not contain toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). They have very distinctive scents, something different from other nail polishes. Turns out, they contain contains high quality essential oils such as lavender and clary sage. The scent might linger for a while though, and while it doesn’t smell as obnoxious or heady like other lacquers, some people might not like Cirque’s scent either.
XX | Cape Liz | Hellebore
French Toast | Tibetan Nights | Dark Horse
I think the photos don’t do the actual product justice at all. You have to see them in person. The glitter ones especially, look very complex, and they sparkle beautifully. When applied, oh boy, I’m in love: they are just very different. FYI, this is the first time that I’ve ventured to other nail polish finishes other than plain creme. I always thought they were gaudy, but Cirque has changed my mind big time.
All of Cirque polishes are hand-mixed in small batches and individually hand-poured. But this is done with absolute precision and professionalism that I can’t even fault anything.
The glitters are a top coat-eater. They will need a few layers of top coat to achieve their maximum sparkles potential. Aren’t they all pretty? The green one, Hellebore is a stunner. The bronze-y French Roast is divine, it looks like a stone called Bronzite. And that deep midnight blue, Tibetan Nights, is just dreamy.
I’m not going to go into details with each shade just yet. You will see me doing more of nail polish posts after this. And for sure I am going to order more of Cirque lacquers
Cirque is available at Luxola.