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Hello lovelies,

 

Hope you're curious about the new Cirque Alchemy collection because I have five colours here!

 

"Occult practices and medieval experiments are the theme to Cirque’s latest release - Alchemy. This 10-color arrangement showcases the magic and mysticism behind the transformation process with colors ranging from saturated yellow gold to shadowy grays to a geometric-inspired glitter topper."

Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades

 

Chrysopoeia - marigold yellow packed with holographic particles. It's a very nice and strong holographic shade, it reminds me of the golden colour of Autumn leaves. It has a good and easy-flowing formula that was opaque in two coats. I'm wearing topcoat as well.

Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades

 


Mink - walnut brown full of rainbow holographic particles. Mink has slightly thicker formula but it was still easily manageable. I've applied two coats which were enough for full coverage. The polish dried fast and I've applied topcoat as well.

Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades

 


Arcane Fire - Cirque's description as deep ruby red with multi-faceted gold sparks suits this polish perfectly. For me the colour is amazing. I love vampy reds and when you add a sparkle, I'm sold! The base has quite jelly-ish formula but is well-pigmented so two coats were perfect. It applied easily and I've add some extra gloss with topcoat.

Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades

 


Lichen - olive green base with subtle colour shift to grassy green shades. Another beautiful shade from this collection that I adore. It is such an interesting colour! I can see the colour shift clearly in the bottle but it doesn't really translate on nails. It is well pigmented so I needed just two coats and topcoat.

Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades

 


Chainmail - gunmetal glitter mixed with holographic glitter, all in a clear base. Bling bling! That's all that might need to be said about this polish. It's very sparkly with holo bits and without topcoat it could be worn as textured polish. But I love it with topcoat more. I've applied three coats for ful coverage so layering it might be better.

Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades
Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades

 

I think this collection is another masterpiece and Cirque continues to surprise me. The formulas were great and fast-drying and the variety of colours and finishes makes the collection very versatile.

 

I also love all the small details such as print on the bottle, the box, stickers etc. that make Cirque polishes a pleasure to have. And have you seen the gorgeous promo shots?

Cirque Alchemy Collection - Review and swatches of five shades


My favourites from this half of the collection are without a doubt Arcane Fire and Lichen but I also loved Chainmail.

 

The Alchemy collection is available online at www.cirquecolors.com. Prices range from $13-15. For other retailers, please visit the “Stockists” page of the website.

 

 

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Hello lovelies,

 

I've got here three new shades from SpaRitual Illuminate collection for Holiday 2013. Two of them have been provided for a review, one I've borrowed from a friend to swatch.

 

The Illuminate collection consists of six shades in total and it "borrows luminous color from the master glassmakers of Italy. Cool electric hues reflect a rich heritage of craftsmanship. Iridescent shades catch and play with light. Recycled glass beads magnify vibrant colors. Bellissimo."

 

 

Intellect - blue jelly packed with fuchsia, silver flecks. The shade itself is very pretty, especially because of the fuchsia flecks but very sheer. I'm wearing three thicker coats and topcoat and I can still see my nail line showing a bit. Otherwise it applied easily.

 

SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches

 


Intuition - grape purple base with blue glass flecks. This is my favourite out of all three shades, the purple is very pretty and the base has a slight colour shift. It is also very sheer and I needed three thick coats to achieve the opacity in the pictures.

 

SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches

 

 

Intention - red jelly base with red and gold glass flecks. The red base is leaning towards orange and tomato red tones, it's very fresh looking colour. I'm wearing two thick coats in the pictures but three would be better. Apart from the low pigmentation, the rest of the formula was good and easy to work with.

SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches
SpaRitual Illuminate Collection Holiday 2013: Intellect, Intention and Intuition - Review & swatches

 


When I saw the promo pictures of this collection I was very excited to try the shades. They looked very sparkly and partly duochrome. Unfortunately the sheerness is a big minus for me because I won't love any polish that needs more than two thick coats for full opacity. On the other hand they are great for layering and they do indeed look great over black. Check out review from Spit & Polish where she layers these over black.

 

 

You can get the SpaRitual polishes at:
UK: SpaRitual UK website,
US: SpaRitual US website
....and at Feelunique.

 

Have a lovely day and see you tomorrow with some nail art!