Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Swatches - essence Circus Circus TE

Late, but there you go. One of essence’s ‘old’ trend editions. Technically it was out in December (in Germany, we get ‘em later at Austrian DM stores), but my local DM had an almost full display a bit over a week ago.

I’m a bit ambivalent about the format. For someone who keeps all their cosmetics in a single bag the double-ended bottles will be practical and useful. My setup, however, is not really all that suited to something that I can’t store upright in a drawer. Also each colour is just 4 ml (.13 fl. oz). The double-endedness makes for a heavy ‘cap’ while painting. A snap mechanism to separate the two colours and mix ‘em up (for travel or whatever) would have been great.
Overall I had no issues with any of these or their plain round brushes. The crèmes are smooth and even and the glitters fairly dense. No bubbling, dragging, anything. So I’ll just talk about colour below.

Since the polishes are meant to be layered - ‘colour3 nail polish’ - that’s how I swatched them. All swatches were applied as follows:

  • index finger: 2 coats of the crème/metallic
  • middle finger: 2 coats of the crème/metallic with 1 coat of the glitter
  • ring finger: 2 coats of the glitter

01 my sparkling acrobat

The plain black crème is very pigmented, almost a one-coater.
The other side is a clear base with fine and square chunky yellowy golden glitter.

02 don’t feed the tiger

This is the only set without a crème base colour, instead we have a metallic gold. It’s sparkly, but not quite a foil. This is definitely a two-coater and shows faint brush marks.
On the other side we have fine golden and chunky square black glitter in a clear base.

03 applause, applause

Though I’m not usually a red polish kinda gal, I do like classic reds and this is one. It’s a simple red crème, slightly on the warm side. If you’re nails are very smooth and you take some care applying this you can get away with one coat.
Once again we have a clear base with fine and chunky square glitter, the red looks a bit mismatched in the bottle, but works nicely when layered.

04 cotton candy

The slightly mauve-y, yet bright pink crème was what drew me towards these polishes, I don’t have enough pinks these days. This, too hovers between a one-coater and a two-coater.
Now let’s all gasp, for this glitter is a bit different than the others! *gasp* The base is pinkish and it’s just fine, bright pink glitter. Like applause applause, this looks a bit odd in the bottle, but quite pretty on the nail.

I love layering and see the appeal of these sets (and in case you haven’t seen the upcoming new core line releases yet, there’s a bunch of of colour3 polishes in the near future), but the base colours are a bit too generic. Who doesn’t have them yet? The upcoming ones look a bit more interesting, thankfully. Also, the chunky square glitter is not really my cup of tea. I have this issue with visibly square or rectangular glitter. Bar/string glitter gives me metaphorical hives. Ew.

But as for these particular polishes: they’re good quality and definitely worth a look if you like glitter and basic colours.

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