NOTD: First Manicure of 2014 with Cirque Colors Nail Polish

Happy New Year 2014! And what better way than a glitter manicure to welcome a new, fresh start? Here I’m wearing sponged, ombre, glitter manicure using Cirque Colors nail polish that I got at a recent Luxula blowout — Rp55,000 each, woohoo!

Left to right in the below bottle picture they are Ophelia (blue flakes in a clear base), Queen Majesty (purple and multicolor glitter), and Planet Caravan (a maroon and purple glitter in a dark chocolate base). They’re all gorgeous, especially Queen Majesty, definitely swoon-worthy. However, Planet Caravan was very viscous and hard to work with, and on its own too dark for my liking.

I tried the sponge press method for the pinky (lining up all three colors, picking them up simultaneously with the sponge and rolled on the nail), but it just wasn’t working out, what with the different textures and formulas of these three. So for the rest of the nails, it was done the ‘traditional way’, i.e sponging each color in layer, which is actually more to my liking, and faster!

Left to right: Cirque Colors Ophelia, Queen Majesty and Planet Caravan (click to enlarge!)
Left to right: Cirque Colors Ophelia, Queen Majesty and Planet Caravan (click to enlarge!)

In this manicure, I first swiped Planet Caravan over all nails in a thin coat. Queen Majesty was then sponged over 3/4 of the nail, and Ophelia sponged mostly at the tips with some dusting down 1/2 of the nail. I’m loving the effect. Something dusted over the blue may add some depth — oh well, next time.

Ombre glitter manicure using Cirque Colors Ophelia, Queen Majesty and Planet Caravan
Ombre glitter manicure using Cirque Colors Ophelia, Queen Majesty and Planet Caravan





Illamasqua Androgen Cream Pigment

Illamasqua’s summer sale on its UK website has been going on for a few weeks, and actually I’m not surprised it’s still on. There isn’t much good stuff. It’s the last week of the sale though, so if you haven’t already, go check it out. There is free international shipping for a minimum purchase of £50.

For myself, I got the cream pigment in ‘Androgen’ and the cream blusher in ‘Seduce’, mostly to quiet that inner voice telling me it is a good deal. Surprisingly given the height of postal traffic nearing Eid, my order arrived very quickly. This review is for Androgen.

Below is a comparison with Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge ‘Calypso Coral’ (an old version when it was still in the pot). Obviously they are quite different, with Calypso Coral being redder and with a dewy finish. Incidentally, my Calypso Coral is probably more than four years old, and it’s holding up quite well. I don’t use it often, but periodically I wipe off the top layer and drench it in alcohol for a few seconds. i do this randomly to all my cream blushes and old(er) lipsticks, to extend their life a bit. The ideal solution, of course, is to have a dedicated makeup fridge.

comparison calypso coral androgenLeft: Bobbi Brown ‘Calypso Coral’; Right: Illamasqua ‘Androgen’


Left Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral Right Illamasqua AndrogenLeft: Bobbi Brown ‘Calypso Coral’; Right: Illamasqua ‘Androgen’

Androgen is quite a lovely orange-y coral. It is solid to the touch, creamy upon swipe of a finger, easily blended and dries quite matte. Its lasting power on my oily skin is quite good with primer.


I also quite like it on the lips; there is a mod feel to the color. Androgen is also lovely layered under gloss. I haven’t tried it on the eyelids, but I think this would be a good base for peach, lighter browns, and orange eyeshadows. Will need to try that soon.

When I bought it, Androgen was priced at £10. Now it’s down to £7.50. For such a fun and versatile product, I think it’s one of the best values you can find in Illamasqua’s current summer sale.