Today's nail mail is something I have been waiting for since they first started sneaking onto blogs, my picks from China Glaze's Cirque du Soleil collection which I ordered from evil bay America.
I don't want this to be another "boring" set of swatches so I've tried to limit the number of pictures!
L-R Hanging in the Balance, Creative Fantasy, Def Defying
L-R Get Carried Away, Whirled Away, It's a Trap-eze
When they arrived I had naked nails, so I leapt on them and used it's a trap-eze, the milky white glittery one.
Later I cleaned off my index and middle fingers and tried one layer over OPI's My Boyfriend Scales Walls, less intense glitter, but still fab.
Next I tried Get Carried Away over a single layer of Bridal Veil, two pics here as I love the way the hex catches the light on the first one.
Now onto the dupes, the moment I unpacked the new CdS polishes and saw the new colours, two old colours sprung to mind, W7 Neon Green as a dupe of Def Defying and Aqua Baby as a dupe of Hanging in the Balance.
Now the dupe pictures is where everything started going wrong....
I noticed black on my fingers only when I started to edit the pictures, the green stained my cuticles on removal and the camera didn't get the picture quite right. These two greens look identical in real life! On camera the W7 on my middle and little fingers look slightly whiter based, in the bottle they look different but on the nails they are identical.
Now onto the two blue shade, at this point I had mouldy looking green cuticles, then on removal of these I got smurf fingers (joy!!!!)
These two are very slightly different, but with flash it's less obvious. Index and Ring are Hanging in the Balance, middle and little fingers are Aqua Baby which is slightly more dusty blue.
Finally is what I am wearing right now, Creative Fantasy. This is the one everyone has said needs about four coats to be opaque. I managed this in two coats, perhaps it is because I use a matte base to start with that I got a better coverage? As I'm sure any one into their polishes will have already seen this is a rubbery matte finish. I prefer a gloss so here it is without top coat then with top coat.