16 Jan 2013

Cirque Polish and Hellebore Glitter Gradient Mani!

Hi all!

I feel a little guilty, I've bought 4 bottle's of polish in the last week and a half. Haha seems my polish obsession is back full swing now that my nails are growing to decent lengths and don't look horrid anymore!

I bring you the brand Cirque, a independent brand out of New York and they smell amazing! No, I haven't lost my mind from huffing nail polish, she infuses lavender and clary sage essential oils into the nail polish that leaves a lovely subtle smell!

I recently purchased Hellebore and Fascination Street from Cirque, and they are gorgeous. Let's get straight to it.

Fascination Street and Hellebore

Fascination Street is from the Dark Horse collection and is a vibrant indigo polish with a rainbow holographic finish. Opaque in 2 coats, it dries to a slightly matte finish and the holo is out of this world. Seems to loose a bit when Seche Vite is applied.

Hellebore is from the Objet d'Art collection and is a dazzling spring green glitter polish with sparks of pink and fuchsia. You can see the pink in the bottle quite clearly, and if you look closely enough you can see it on the nail.

Now, onto the mani. I decided to do a glitter gradient after seeing all the ones that Chalkboard Nails did in one of her posts. Now last time I did a glitter gradient I did it from the bottom of the nail, but because my nails aren't really the same length I decided to do it from the top. I love how soft and feminine it is, certainly a bit different for me but I do enjoy a girly manicure occasionally :)

I did 1 coat OPI Nail Envy as a base, 2 coats OPI Skull and Glossbones and sponged on 2 layers of Hellebore. Finish off with 2 thick coats of Seche Vite and your done!

Now I must make this known. I. Really. Don't. Like. OPI. Nail. Polish. I honestly don't understand the hype. $20ish for a bottle of polish that seems fairly hit or miss. I picked up 4 OPI's from a deals website because I thought I'd give them an honest try since everyone seems to rave about them. I was really underwhelmed to be honest. Oh and I had a small chip on my pointer finger 3-4 hours after applying Skull and Glossbones. I'd rather spend $21 on a Illamasqua polish I know is going to be perfect in 1-2 coats and not chip for at least 3 days. Anyway! Onto the pretty pictures.

You can definitely see the pink/fushia sparkles in the right light, but they are a little hard to capture on camera. This mani is so stupidly sparkly, I keep catching myself staring at my nails!


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  2. LOVE the swatches I have seen of Cirque polishes but dont own any yet. :(

    Living in the US, OPI isn't nearly as expensive for me... 8 a bottle unless it's a special polish. However, I agree with you, I dont understand the hype over this brand. The only OPI I have that I like is DS Extravagance. I bought Russian Navy last week because swatches of it looked so pretty on other people but....formula was CRAPPY and after two horrible attempts I gave up. That one may be headed for the trash unless some thinner can help. That said, i won't be buying another OPI anytime soon.