China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection Swatches

Originally, I was going to split this collection into two posts but, to make up for my absenteeism, I decided to photo-bomb you all. The China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection is, I believe, China Glaze’s first foray into the indie glitter aesthetic. Out of 12, 3 polishes fit into that category. Since the indie glitter phenomenon happened while I was gone, my experience with them is limited. I don’t really feel qualified to pass judgment on how China Glaze’s interpretation of the trend stacks up in comparison to the originals. However, as far as the rest of the collection - overall, I liked it. My one criticism is that the collection isn’t as thematically cohesive as I usually prefer, but there’s something in it for everyone.

China Glaze Escaping Reality

China Glaze Escaping Reality is a vibrant, bright hot pink creme that borders on neon. It dries a bit matte as neon-ish colors tend to do. This swatch is 3 coats. It applied pretty well, especially considering that neons typically do not. This is 3 coats, but it would have been good at 2. This photo is a bit inaccurate – in real life, the color leans blue.

China Glaze Whirled Away

China Glaze Whirled Away is 1 of the 3 indie glitter-esque polishes in this collection. It’s thin black bar glitter, black medium hex glitter, and very large white hex glitter suspended in a clear base. Like I explained before, I’m not very experienced with these types of polishes. A few more learned bloggers have noted that the fish & dab method is best with these larger hex glitter polishes. That’s what I did for this photo and it worked pretty well for me. Once I had all the glitter placed the way I wanted, I topped it with a very thick coat of Gelous to fill the crevasses left by the dabbing. In this swatch, I layered Whirled Away over Escaping Reality.

China Glaze Water You Waiting For

China Glaze Water You Waiting For is probably my favorite from this collection. It’s composed of blue micro glitter, very small green hex glitter, and medium blue hex glitter in a blue tinted base. The glitter is buildable - this is what it looks like at 4 coats with absolutely no undie. I used 3 coats of Gelous to smooth it out.

China Glaze It's A Trap-eze

China Glaze It’s A Trap-eze is packed densely with a ton of glitter – I spotted aqua, green, purple, silver, yellow, red, and white. The sizes seem to be either medium hex and very small hex. All of that glitter is suspended in a bluish white base – not quite jelly but definitely translucent. This swatch is 4 coats of It’s A Trap-eze topped with 3 coats of Gelous. I didn’t like the look of this at 4 coats – it looked busy and clumpy. With polishes like this, I always think, the more coats, the better – and I always, always regret it. It was really lovely at 2 coats and I should have left well-enough alone. When I wear it again, I plan to layer a single coat over a light blue.

China Glaze Surreal Appeal

China Glaze Surreal Appeal is a vivid salmon-ish, coral pink creme. This is 3 coats. The application was finicky, thick but patchy at the same time. It all evened out at 3 coats.

China Glaze Running in Circles

China Glaze Running in Circles is a dazzling, glow-y grass-green glass-fleck glitter (woot! alliteration!) with a transparent grass-green tinted base. The shade leans a bit yellow and the flecks give it a foil-like finish. The photo simply does not do this color justice. This is 3 coats of color with 3 coats of Gelous. Running in Circles is a topcoat cannibal for sure.

China Glaze Igniting Love

China Glaze Igniting Love is a mango toned red crelly. I wore it as an NOTD. The color applied exceptionally well, glided on with minimal effort. I did 3 coats because I had VPL at 2. Although this color isn’t exactly unique, I really liked it. Orange based reds tend to be flattering on darker skin tones like my own. I go ages without wearing red but every time I wear a good red, I totally get why it is such a beloved nail color.  I know I rag on companies for releasing reds all the time, but I’ll eat my words and stop hating for a minute (but just one minute).

China Glaze Hanging in the Balance

China Glaze Hanging in the Balance is a very well pigmented bright medium sky blue crème. Gorgeous, but definitely a stainer so beware. This is 3 coats - because it’s so pigmented, it would have been perfect at 2. This photo is a bit inaccurate - it’s a more saturated blue in person.

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards is a glowy orange toned shimmery red. The brushstrokes disappear once it’s dry. This is 3 coats but it was good at 2. This color was my least favorite in the set and I felt like it didn’t fit the collection’s wacky, whimsical theme.

China Glaze Get Carried Away

China Glaze Get Carried Away is very small black and silver hex glitter, black bar glitter, and large black, copper, and silver hex glitter suspended in a black tinted base. It was tough to apply without using the dabbing method. This swatch is 1 coat of Carried Away over Bend Over Backwards and two coats of Gelous to smooth it out. Ommorphia put this over Def Defying which turned out to be a waaaaaaay better color combo.

China Glaze Def Defying

China Glaze Def Defying is a yellowed based Shrek green creme. For me, the application was finicky – it took about 4 coats to even out the patchiness.

China Glaze Creative Fantasy

And, finally, China Glaze Creative Fantasy a bright neon-ish purple crelly. LOVED the color - very flattering. The formula is thin so it took about 4 coats to get to this level of opacity.

*whew* *wipes sweat of brow* I have a huge swatching back log from the recent lack of posting so stay tuned for a lot of great stuff coming up soon. : )

What do you guys think about this collection? Which shades made it in to your stash and why?


Disclaimer: This collection was sent for review by China Glaze.


8 Responses to “China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection Swatches”

  1. Laura Says:

    I got It’s a Trap-eze because I love rainbow anything, glitter, and white polishes so it’s a home run for me. I love your swatches. Thanks for the post and putting the work into your site (and coming back to blogging!). I don’t usually post so I figured I should add the late thanks.

  2. Chia Says:

    I loved this collection, I never get tired of seeing swatches, I snatched it up asap :)

  3. Katy Says:

    I’m surprised you needed so many coats of Gelous to smooth out Running in Circles. I’m wearing it right now with just one coat of Essie Good to Go, and it’s very shiny and perfectly smooth. I found the finish and formula to be very, very similar to the Zoya chunky foil/shimmers (Charla, Ivanka, etc.), so I treated it like one of those. Maybe our bottles were different, but I thought I’d add my experience to the comments in case anyone was wondering.

  4. Grace Says:

    I passed on this entire collection. I like some of the bight cremes/crellies, but I just did a stash inventory and realized I actually had 335 polishes, not around 250 like I though, so… I’m pretty sure I’ve got a close enough dupe for each of them in there somewhere. As for the rest, I’m over the indie-glitter thing, or more accurately, I was never “under it” in the first place.

    Your swatches ARE making me feel like I really do need Creative Fantasy though… Any chance of a comparison with Grape Pop or Mismas?

  5. Steph Says:

    Laura – Thank you so much! And thank you for sticking with me. : )

    Chia – Woot!

    Katy – That’s weird – I wonder whether I’d have the same luck with Good to Go.

    Grace – Sure, I can definitely do that. I’m pretty sure I have Grape Pop.

  6. Ariadne Says:

    “Surreal Appeal” always calls to me, but I have yet to fall for it. I’m waiting to find it on clearance at Sally’s. Under those conditions “Carried Away” & “Trap-ezze” could also come home with me. ;-)

  7. JenniferS Says:

    First time posting and I love your blog! I purchased It’s a Trap-eze and Creative Fantasy from this collection. I love Trap-eze, however Creative Fantasy looks nothing like your picture on me, nor does it look like the color in the bottle. I was disappointed in this color.

  8. Jenni Says:

    You have always been my favourite blogger. I like a lot of these BUT way too many coats and far too much top coat so…not for me.

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