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China Glaze Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection Swatches

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Hi guys! Hope you all had a great weekend, mine was nice I’m sad it’s already over. Today I have swatches of most of the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Collection to share with you! Apparently this collection is inspired by the Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D movie coming out towards the end of December. I had no idea they had a movie coming out, that’ll be something I’ll have to see. I’ve seen a few of the Cirque shows and they are always amazing, I’m sure the film will be awesome.

I’ve been waiting for this collection, practically stalking my local supply shop for them. They finally got them in last Wednesday so off I went to hoard them all. This collection brings us 12 new polishes, I ended up picking up 8 of them. The 4 I passed on were all red or pink, they just didn’t look that unique to me and those are 2 colors I need no more of. Well really, I don’t need any more of ANY colors but I don’t like reds or pinks enough to justify buying even more of them lol!

Creative Fantasy is a dark almost neon purple. In the bottle this looked neon, which is why it came home with me. On the nail it ended up being much darker than I expected it to. I do like the color it’s just not what I thought I was buying. The formula was just okay, it was a bit sheer and patchy. I used 3 coats to even it out. This did dry a bit matte, I used top coat for the photos.

Creative Fantasy vs Sation Miss Emo Shun All. In the bottle these looked nearly identical, on the nail however they aren’t dupes at all. The Sation polish is lighter, more blue toned and much brighter. I tried to photo this in the sun to show how much brighter the Sation was but my camera was having none of that haha! Formula wise, Miss Emo Shun All was much better, it was more opaque and a lot easier to apply. I used 2 coats of the Sation and 3 of the China Glaze, I also used top coat for both polishes.

Def Defying is a chartreuse green creme. Love this color, I have a soft spot for chartreuse because my Grandpa hated it…so I love it. Is that weird? The formula was nice, a little streaky on the first coat but a thick-ish second coat fixed that right up. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Def Defying vs OPI Did it on ‘Em. As soon as I saw Def Defying it reminded me of OPI Did It On ‘Em from the Nicki Minaj Collection OPI put out earlier this year. I thought for sure they would be dupes. I was very wrong though, they ended up being much more different than I thought they would be.  Did It On ‘Em is way more yellow, when it’s next to Def Defying it doesn’t even look green at all! I used 3 coats of the OPI and 2 of the China Glaze for the photo below.

Get Carried Away is a sheer black base with silver and red hex glitter along with black bar glitter and small silver and black glitter. There is a whole lot going on here! You can use this on it’s own or layered, personally I like it better layered but that’s just my preference. The formula was just okay, it was thick and chunky…definitely one that will benefit from thinner. I used 3 coats for the photos below, both photos are in the shade.

Hanging In The Balance is a bright blue creme. I really like blues like this even though it’s probably not the most unique shade ever. The formula was nice, not thick and it flowed nicely on the nail. However, this stained…badly. If you get this I would do a couple coats of base coat to help avoid it staining your nails. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Hanging In The Balance vs OPI Ogre The Top Blue. This is another that I thought was for sure going to be a dupes. In the bottle they looked almost identical but on the nail Ogre The Top Blue is a couple shades lighter. I think they are probably close enough that you don’t need both. I used 2 coats for each polish for the photo below.

It’s A Trap-eze is a milky white base packed with multicolored glitter. The glitter colors I’m seeing are white, pink, green, gold, blue and orange but there are probably some other colors hiding in there. Is this unique? I tend to think so but only because it differs from other multicolored glitters due to the white glitter in the mix and the absence of silver glitter which seems abundant in other glitters like this. I have a lot of multicolored glitter but none of them have white glitter. It might not be unique enough to justify *needing* it but it’s one I’m happy to add to my collection! On it’s own I used 2 coats to get it opaque. It was a little thick and chunky to apply but it’s so packed with glitter that I’m not sure there is a way to remedy that.

It’s A Trap-eze works for layering also if you do thin coats. I feel the need to layer it over everything now, next on my list is to put it over is Creative Fantasy…I think that will look beautiful! I used 2 thin coats over Hanging In The Balance for the photos below.

Running In Circles is very finely milled green glitter in a green tinted base. The green glitter has a nice golden flash to it! I died a little when I put this on, it is SO gorgeous! It’s one of those polishes that just glows. It didn’t look that fantastical in the bottle but it’s easily one of my favorite greens of the year, I won’t be surprised if this makes my 2012 favorites list. It kind of reminds me of China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, it’s nowhere near being a dupe but it it just gives me those same happy vibes. The formula was great, much more opaque than I expected! I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Water You Waiting For is a mix of blue and green glitter in a slightly blue tinted base. I really like the mix of glitter, it has very finely milled glitter along with some bigger pieces. It makes it interesting to look at in low lighting. The formula was great, not thick at all and the opacity was really nice. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Whirled Away is black hex and bar glitter along with big white hex glitter in a clear base. This was easily the polish I was most excited about from the collection, I even almost bought 2 bottles. Glad I stopped myself from doing that because man am I disappointed. This polish is kind of a mess, I appreciate what China Glaze was going for here but this is just…no. I don’t know why I dislike this so much since individually I like all the components but it’s just something about the mix of glitter that turns me off, I don’t like the way it looks on the nail and the formula was a pain. I have a lot of black and white glitters from a variety of indie sellers (because I am obsessed with them) and well, this is easily my least favorite of everything I own.

The formula was a huge let down like I mentioned about. It was hard to get the glitter onto the nail, the white hex glitter was especially elusive…I had to fish it out of the bottle. Even dabbing this on like I do with other difficult glitters was a chore. Maybe I had so many issues because I had instant buyers remorse the second I started trying to apply this which made me give up…who knows.  I used 2 “coats” over Def Defying for the photos below. Please excuse the bubbles in the photos, it was from my top coat and I disliked this glitter so much I didn’t feel like re-doing the manicure. Sorry :/

Overall I didn’t end up liking this collection as much as I thought I would but there are a couple winners in here. My picks are Running In Circles, Water You Waiting For and It’s A Trap-eze.

According to the China Glaze Facebook page the official launch date for the Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection is December 1st. However, you can already find it online…I’ve seen it on Transdesign.com, it also looks like NailPolishCanada.com will have it soon. If you have little independent beauty supplies (i.e. not Sally’s or Ulta) near you they might also already have it out also!

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Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches

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Good Morning guys!  Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha

Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)

First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.

The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before.  The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.

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Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

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Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.

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Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!

Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!

Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!

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piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial

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Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.

Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here.  The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.

Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.

Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade.  If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.

Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.

All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like LlaroweHarlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.

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