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Hello lovelies,

 

I've got here another nail polish collection, this time it's CND VINYLUX Forbidden Collection. It consists of six mini bottles of nail polish and one mini Weekly Top Coat. The collection is packed neatly in a cardboard box and plastic insert...

CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches

 

 

About: “The new fall collection was inspired by CND’s top seasonal nail trend – Forbidden, a dark, dangerous, edgy look that encourages women to embrace their inner femme fatal,” says CND co-founder Jan Arnold. “Featured during our Fall/Winter Fashion Week designer collaborations in New York and London, the new colors and CND Additives inspire Nail Professionals and women around the world to bring runway to realway.”

 

So let's have a look at the individual shades:

 

Steel Gaze - olive green sparkly base with gold and silver glimmer. Steel Gaze has an easy-flowing formula but it's quite sheer. I have applied three coats and one coat over black on the ring finger. you can see that there is a slight difference in the colour.

CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches

 


Night Glimmer - greenish brown base with silver particles. I must say I'm not a big fan of this colour, it's that strange brownish shade that is quite hard to describe. The formula of the polish was quite thick yet still manageable. I've applied two coats for full coverage and the CND Weekly Top Coat.

CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches

 

 

Blue Rapture - blue-grey creme. This blue is very unusual and I like it! The formula was great and very easy to work with and two coats provided full coverage. I've applied the CND Weekly Top Coat.

CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches

 

Burnt Romance - burnt orange brown creme. Burnt Romance is another quite unusual shade. It is clearly brown but it has strong orange undertones. It applied well and the formula wasn't thick but the pigmentation was a bit lower. I needed two thicker coats and topcoat for perfect finish.

CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches

 

Tinted Love - red-based purple creme. Gorgeous berry purple, one of my favourites. The formula was almost perfect with good pigmentation and easy application. I've applied two coats and topcoat again.

CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches

 

Dark Dahlia - blackberry creme. I know Dark Dahlia looks like black but it is a very dark blackberry purple and I love it so much! All I needed were two coats for perfect coverage. It applied well and dried fast. I've done a lace nail art with this shade, check it out here.

CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches
CND VINYLUX™ Forbidden Collection - Review & swatches

 


Another lovely Fall collection on the market that made me go 'aaaah' :) All these shades are also available in Shelac in case you're interested. My absolute favourites are Tinted Love and Dark Dahlia.

 

The polish and topcoat come in mini bottles of .125 fl oz / 3.7 ml size. You can purchase this collection directly from CND but you need to have a pro account. If you don't, you can get it from Amazon.

 

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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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