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French for "Flower is Beautiful", "This petal pink evokes images of the warm tropics and pink flowers that emanate whimsical femininity." - Mei Mei's Signatures
HAPPY NEW YEAR, lovelies!
Hope everyone had a positive welcome to a brand new year of good health, wealth, success and good polish days!
I'm glad to finally be back with a new post, in this new year, with a new exclusive polish launched on Mei Mei's Signatures on 1st January, 2013.
Mei Mei's Signatures is an online nail polish retailer of mainstream and indie labels based in Singapore, with international shipping. Cirque is a B3-free artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish based in New York, made in USA using high-end ingredients, by Annie Pham. The inclusion of organic lavender and clary sage essential oils for a subtle scent gives Cirque polishes a unique flair.
Fleur est Belle is a limited edition collaboration shade between Cirque and Mei Mei's Signatures, which will be 'in bloom' exclusively on Mei Mei's Signatures from 1st January to 30th June 2013 (Singapore Time).
I'm a sucker for pretty and unique packaging. Quality matters ultimately, but I find it hard to resist something I deem aesthetically appealing. A Cirque bottle is exactly that. A Victorian noir-esque label placed at the edge of a rectangular bottle was all it took to set itself apart. On one side of the bottle is a label with company information, directions, ingredients list and caution, which lends a professional look.
Fleur est Belle is a warm-toned pink jelly base with gold shimmer, packed with large yellow gold and white hex glitter, medium hex and square pink and gold glitter, and small hex pink, gold and white glitter.
Despite being packed with glitter and shimmer, the formula glided on easily over the nails, with the glitter spreading itself pretty evenly. The fluid viscosity of the jelly base meant that application was streak-free and easy to manipulate below the cuticles, albeit sheer.
One coat Fleur est Belle, without base or topcoat.
Upclose: One coat Fleur est Belle
I had some difficulty with the large hex glitter. Being heavier, they slided off the brush too easily. The polish is buildable, so with subsequent coats, ample amount of glitter covered the nails.
For comparison, here's Fleur est Belle in varying number of coats:
Index - 1 coat, middle - 2 coats, ring and pinky - 3 coat, no topcoat
The inclusion of gold shimmer adds depth and glow to the polish, and I don't think it would have been complete without it.
Here's 3 coats on all 4 nails, topped with 1 coat of Seche Vite:
I'm a glitter lover, but the significant presence of gold shimmer has me captivated!
The jelly base sandwiched the glitter well so it wasn't gritty despite the amount of glitter. 1 coat of topcoat sealed everything in beautifully.
Out of curiosity, I had it mattified.
3 coats Fleur est Belle topped with 1 coat China Glaze Matte Magic
The jelly look is more apparent and the gold shimmer still glows through.
Two Is Better Than One...
Having a sheer jelly base meant that Fleur est Belle had potential to change the look of any shade of base polish it is layered over. Here are some variations:
Fleur est Belle gradient over 2 coats a-england Iseult, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite
1 coat of Fleur est Belle was layered over bottom half of the base polish, a-england Iseult. A second coat was slapped on to the tips, 1/4 down the nail.
Fleur est Belle over 3 coats Megan Miller Caribbean, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite
I was trying to achieve a vintage floral look working with these 2. In the same manner as the previous, Fleur est Belle was applied as a gradient over the dusty, faded green of Caribbean on the index, middle and pinky, and in 1 coat over the ring finger.
1 coat Fleur est Belle over 3 coats Megan Miller Caribbean, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite
Fleur est Belle over 2 coats a-england Guinevere, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite
This pairing could possibly be my favourite. It feels like a scene from a magical garden of fairies, but that's just me. On the index finger and pinky is the same gradient effect. On the middle finger is 1 coat of Fleur est Belle over 2 coats of a-england Guinevere. On the ring finger is a freehand stripe of Fleur est Belle down the middle over Guinevere.
1 coat Fleur est Belle freehand stripe over 2 coats a-england Guinevere
Fleur est Belle over a-england Guinevere
Love this look so much, I just had to include the above for another view.
I love the gold shimmer in Fleur est Belle and wanted it intensified. Hence, the idea of layering it over a rich shimmer of gold/ bronze/ olive that is a-england Beauty Never Fails.
Fleur est Belle over 1 coat a-england Beauty Never Fails, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite
I'm not really liking the cloudy effect of Fleur est Belle over Beauty Never Fails. The index, ringer and pinky features a gradient, while the middle finger is 1 coat of Fleur est Belle over 1 coat of Beauty Never Fails. Both polish seem quite lost in each other (or trying to outdo each other).
Hmm. Okay, next.
This pairing has a little klutz story. I meant to layer Fleur est Belle over a black creme. I gathered the polishes in a hurry, without looking at the labels, and grabbed a-england Lancelot, described as the blackest red, instead of Camelot, a pure black creme. You could imagine it happening, right?
I only realised as I was applying it on my nails. But the effect was what I was going for anyway.
Fleur est Belle over 2 coats a-england Lancelot, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite
Fleur est Belle gradient over Lancelot on the middle finger and pinky, and 1 coat Fleur est Belle over Lancelot on index and ring fingers. I'm liking the stark background Fleur est Belle is layered over. It has a feel of floral prints on black Japanese kimono silk. I can't explain why, but that's just my interpretation of this combination.
1 coat Fleur est Belle over 2 coats Lancelot, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite
You really get a glimpse of the amount of gold shimmer packed in this beauty here.
I love a good brush. It can really affect one's application. Coupled with a good formula, Cirque's brush of reasonable thickness makes application neat.
From left: Cirque and OPI brushes
Although not as wide and long as an OPI brush, the brush is able to cover the polish over the nails in 3 strokes (perhaps 4 for a large thumbnail?). I like that it is not too soft, or it ends up being wonky.
The limited edition Fleur est Belle is priced at SGD17.00, as are other Cirque polishes on Mei Mei's Signatures. Fleur est Belle will only available on Mei Mei's Signatures, and until 30th June 2013. Shipping via regular mail is free within Singapore, and international shipping is available, except to Italy. All other polishes paired with Fleur est Belle are also available on Mei Mei's Signatures.
What is your take on Fleur est Belle, or any Cirque polishes, if you've tried any?
Cheers to a fantastic new year, lovelies!
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Disclaimer: Fleur est Belle was sent for review, while all other polishes were purchased by me. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.