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PART 1: China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Swatches & Review

Happy Saturday! Today I have six polishes from the China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Collection - the cremes and a jelly (?) Tomorrow I'll show you the glitters and shimmers. So let's jump right in.

Escaping Reality is a hot pink creme. You can never have too many hot pink cremes! We're only a few weeks into Fall and already it seems like ages since I've worn a color like this! Formula was great on this one. I used two coats and a coat of Seche Vite. Without the topcoat, it has a satiny, rubbery finish...which is cool...but I was on autopilot and mindlessly slathered on the topcoat!

Escaping Reality

Def Defying is a bright lime green creme. I'm not big on green polishes, but there's something about this one that I like. It looks clean to me. I'm wearing two coats plus Seche Vite.

Def Defying

Creative Fantasy is an unusual purple that's deep and bright at the same time. It totally surprised me. I was expecting this heavily pigmented creme finish and instead it was jelly-ish...so it will take three to four coats to build coverage. It dried to a rubbery matte finish but I've used Seche Vite in the pic. I loved wearing this polish. It has this translucent quality about it even though it's a dark color. I couldn't stop looking at my fingers. I even snuck my Creative Fantasy'd digits into the office with this on. If you know me, that's like the biggest praise I can bestow on a non-nude, non-sheer, non-pink polish!

Creative Fantasy

China Glaze calls Surreal Appeal a "rich coral creme". After what seemed like a 100 different camera settings, I finally gave up trying to show you what they meant. My pics look like a soft orange, but really it's a bright (like one step below neon) pinky coral. It's a very pretty polish, but I'm on the fence about whether or not this color is flattering on me. My advice is to google some other swatches if you want to see what Surreal Appeal really looks like! :)

Surreal Appeal

Hanging in the Balance is a bright, cerulean blue creme. I had a really hard time photographing this color too. It looks sky blue in the pic but really it has much more green in it. I'm kind of on a blue kick lately...so I loved this one. I gotta tell you, I rarely use a base coat when swatching polish. But fortunately I read some other reviews warning that this one was a stainer. Wear a basecoat! You know how nails will yellow if you wear polish all the time? And that yellow and blue make green? Um, yeah. Not to mention I was a big ole' hot mess putting this on. I messed up a nail, then tried to clean it up and messed up another one in the process. There were blue cottonballs and fuzz and smears everywhere. It was mani carnage!

Hanging in the Balance

Igniting Love is a firey red creme. It has a great formula - in my opinion, the best of the whole collection. Personally, I prefer cooler reds. But if you like a good hot tamale red, this is the polish for you. I used two coats here with Seche Vite.

Igniting Love

So out of these six polishes, my fave is Creative Fantasy for sure. What's yours?