I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to nail polish and not content with owning the majority of what Barry M has to offer (seriously, their polishes are amazing and can go a whole week without chipping), I’ve recently turned my attention to the amazing indie brands coming out of the US at the moment. New York based brand Cirque have recently launched their 12 piece ‘Arcus’ collection and when I saw the amazing glitter polishes online, I knew I had to have them I my life!
Lullaby is packed with various shapes and sizes of satin-finish pastel glitter suspended in a clear base. The above photo shows two coats over Barry M nail polish in ‘Black’ (np47). I absolutely LOVE this nail polish – normally I’m not overly keen on glitters with chunky pieces in them as I have fairly small nails so the larger pieces don’t tend to sit flat and have a habit of catching and coming off but I had no such problems with ‘Lullaby’ to the point where I managed to go five days without a single chip! It looks so pretty on the nail, especially contrasted against a darker base coat and the satin-finish of the glitter really catches the eye. The glitter distribution is great although I had to move some of the bigger star shaped pieces around to get them into a better position. I really wish I’d bought two bottles of this as I know I’m going to be wearing it a lot this A/W!
Kaleidoscope is another satin-finish but this time with multi-coloured brights in a clear base which, according to the Cirque website, contains over 30 different types of glitter. Again the above photo shows two coats over Barry M ‘Black’. The colours in this one remind me of the circus and children’s birthday parties and whilst I love the colour combination when it’s in the bottle, on the nail I’m not sure it’s really ‘me’. Possibly I need to try it over a different colour or add more layers for extra intensity but I’m not sure how often I’ll be reaching for this polish. Once again the glitter distribution is good but unlike the big pieces in ‘Lullaby’, I found that the larger pieces didn’t sit very well on my nail (despite a couple of layers of a top coat) and after a couple of days a few of them had come off.
Out of the three polishes I bought from the collection, I thought Electric Circus would probably be my least favourite but, despite my initial hesitance, it really grew on me. It’s another satin-finish in a clear base but this time has smaller sized neon glitter pieces in red, yellow and blue. As the glitter pieces were smaller, it needed three – four coats over the Barry M ‘Black’ to build up a decent amount of glitter (unless I was just unlucky with the distribution) but once layered up, I loved the subtle, spray paint effect it gave.
Of the three colours, ‘Lullaby’ is hands down my favourite as it’s so lovely on the nail and very different to anything else I own. I’m going to persevere with ‘Kaleidoscope’ though as it looks so amazing in the bottle, there must be a way of making it look equally show stopping on my nails!