Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Striped nails with 'Hatch' and 'Cin Cin'

Along with the Cirque Colors Metropolis cremes that I recently blogged about - Whitney, Don't Forget the Cannoli, and Chelsea Girl - I also bought a few polishes from their recent Speckled and Sparkled collection. For this relatively simple design I've used 'Hatch' and 'Cin Cin'.

Striped nails with Cirque Colors 'Hatch' and 'Cin Cin' from the Speckled and Sparkled collection
Cirque Colors 'Hatch' (white & grey) + 'Cin Cin' (gold)

Read on for a video tutorial and more photos, including close-ups!

I started with Cin Cin as my base colour. It's a champagne or cool gold colour, with a ton of holographic sparkle under sunlight. It was cloudy when I took this photo, so the rainbow holographic effect isn't so apparent, but it is slightly there:

Macro swatch of Cirque Colors 'Cin Cin' (indoor lighting)
Cirque Colors 'Cin Cin' - three coats + top coat

I needed three coats for full opacity, which was slightly disappointing given Cirque's outstanding formula with their creme polishes. I wonder if I got a bad bottle - the consistency of the polish was very thick, almost gloopy, which made it difficult to apply evenly. Perhaps a couple drops of nail polish thinner will sort it out.

Here's a short video of how I got the striped design:

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The only thing I had to edit out of the video due to the 15-second Instagram constraint is that I added a layer of quick-dry top coat (Glisten & Glow 'HK Girl') over Cin Cin and let that dry completely (just 15 minutes) before I added the striping tape. This is because tape or nail vinyls can peel up polish that isn't completely dry. 

Striped nails with Cirque Colors 'Hatch' and 'Cin Cin' from the Speckled and Sparkled collection

And a close-up:
Close-up of striped nails with Cirque Colors 'Hatch' and 'Cin Cin' from the Speckled and Sparkled collection

Hatch is Cirque Colors' signature 'speckled' polish - the grey-black flakes give this white polish an interesting look. It was also very easy and smooth to apply. As you can see, it had no trouble covering up the gold underneath, although I did have to use a fairly thick layer to make sure the white was opaque.

EDIT: I managed to take a close-up of Cin Cin under sunlight! Look at that holographic sparkle!

Macro swatch of Cirque Colors 'Cin Cin' (sunlight)

It was quite a relief to do this simpler design after four designs in a row that used reverse stamping! Let me know what you think in the comments below, and you can also follow me on Instagram.


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