Cirque Colors Maison Collection Pt. 1

As alluded to in my previous post (and bragged about on IG), I won the mailing list giveaway that Cirque Colors runs whenever they release a new collection! As a result, here I am sitting on the full LE Maison Collection, itching to share all my swatches. It's a 10-piece collection, so in the interest of brevity (or maybe just manageability for me?), I've very arbitrarily split it into two 5-piece parts.

This first half will include swatches of: Velvetine, Succulent Garden, Plush Suede, Rothko Red, and Stoneware. Like I said, very arbitrary. Let's get on with it.

Velvetine


The polish I immediately put on and my first pick from the collection, Velvetine is a creamy denim-blue marked by a scatter of holo and a sexy copper shimmer. If you've ever seen the cold state of Vapid's Sweaters 'n Denim, this is similar to that, but the shimmer shifts a little bit between copper and gold, and the Vapid is missing the holo. Velvetine is my must-buy of the set and I think you can see why just by looking at these pictures. 3 coats and top, but I think most people would be happy with two.



Direct lighting



Diffused lighting (see the shimmer shift to gold!)

Dual lighting to show shift


I also have a quick comparison between Velvetine and Lacquester's Copper River.

Velvetine on index and ring, Copper River middle and pinky

As you can see, Copper River is lighter, lacks holo, and has a slightly rougher shimmer.



Succulent Garden


Succulent Garden features a dusty, soft green base and a bright pink to gold shimmer with a smattering of holo. I've been burned by shades like this before; pretty in some swatch pictures, but then you get it in person and the pink shimmer hides more often than not and you just have kind of a dirty greyish green creme. I am happy to report that is not the case with Succulent Garden. The shimmer is strong, you can see it all the time, and it is the perfect complement to the green base. I forgot to mention this earlier, but I love the Cirque formula. It's so smooth and silky, never any problems with streakiness or patchiness or that weird gummy feeling you get when you've overworked the polish and you accidentally started pulling up stuff that's half dried... Basically it's a beautiful, happy dream that I never want to wake up from. 

This is 3 coats and top but I think most could get away with just 2.



Direct lighting


Diffused lighting

Dual lighting



Rothko Red


Rothko Red is a oxblood to crimson red creme thermal. It's very sensitive (although it is new and fresh so it would be weird if it weren't) and perfect for the colder seasons. Since my fingers were kinda cold as I was putting it on, I had actually had some trouble getting it to stay fully in the warm state long enough to get a picture! The tips kept trying to turn dark on me. I expect to wear it a few times between fall and winter, probably with some cute gold stamping. I'm not sure if this is 2 or 3 coats with top. It's pretty opaque and applied smoothly and cleanly.



Cold state

Warm state 
Transition






Plush Suede


The third of the shimmers in Maison, Plush Suede is a light colored polish dancing on the line between purple and pink, with a coppery shimmer and a little bit of holo. I have nothing but praise for this finish and this formula, so you can probably guess that my thoughts on it are overwhelmingly positive! 3 coats and top.



Direct lighting

Diffused lighting


I also have a very quick comparison between Plush Suede and Femme Fatale's Rapunzel. Rapunzel has a pinker base, and a stronger, somewhat coarser gold shimmer as well as no holo. The shimmer in Plush Suede is copper, but it does shift a little to be closer to gold, so the shimmer is more similar when at an angle.



Direct lighting; Cirque on index and ring, FF on middle and pinky. Lumps are from my base coat, not the polish formula.

Indirect lighting



Stoneware


The final polish I bundled in with this half of the set is Stoneware, a peachy-speckled cream creme. The finish is similar to the Vapid Goddess collection pastels; I can't say I've really seen anything else like them. There's something very curious about this shade in that it looks blush pink in some light but leans more orange in others. I also think there are small gold metallic speckles in there, but the final finish makes them difficult to see and it feels like it's just a creme. I don't know, it's weird and my brain can't handle looking at it too hard. 2 coats and top coat.



Direct lighting

Also direct lighting

Diffused lighting


Okay! That's the first half of this collection! The second half will be available soon, but I swatched my favorites first. Will you be picking up any of these? Did you have a favorite in this set? Let me know in a comment!

6 comments

  1. I'm in love with this collection! Congrats on winning! Love your swatches and comparisons <3

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    1. Thank you! It's a really lovely collection and I'm glad to have it!

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  2. Those shimmers are amazing! I didn't know you had a blog, you have lovely swatches.

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    1. It's definitely a work in progress; I only started it back up recently. Thank you!

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  3. Gorgeous photos of all of these and your nails look amazing too! I think I might want all of these except the red (just because I don't wear red). I was not going to get the pink but it does look really pretty. The comparisons were great to see as well. :)

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, they've since been cut much, much shorter. Turns out I can't handle vacation without breaking multiple nails, some before even getting on the plane lol.

      The pink surprised me! I really love that particular finish, and it's in kind of this state between pink and purple that I'm a fan of.

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