Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review: Circus by Andrea's Choice Nail Color in Tightrope

Hello my fellow makeup junkies! Today I am reviewing Andrea's Choice Nail Color in Tightrope, which is part of the Circus line.

The color is a warm magenta, very pretty for the warmer months. I actually received this in my September 2012 Ipsy Glam bag. For those who don't know, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service, in which you receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-sized products a month. You take a quiz when you sign up and supposedly they try to cater to your features (hair, eyes, skin, etc.) but I'm not totally sure if that actually happens. Michelle Phan, a YouTube beauty guru, is a co-founder. Overall, I like it. Like any subscription service, there are good months and bad months, but I have discovered enough good products to stick with it through the bad times. It's $10/month and it's shipped right to your door, and you get a cute reusable cosmetic bag each month in which the products come. It's a fun thing to look forward to each month. To sign up, you can go here. I am not affiliated with this link and (unfortunately) I do not get anything if you sign up. I really wish they would start a loyalty program like Birchbox [which I am not a part of], but I guess they're not popular enough yet. 

(Left: Flash ~ Right: Natural Light. No top coat.)

First of all, no matter how many photos I took of this polish, it just did not photograph true to color. However, I will say that in real life, the polish goes on to be the exact color as in the bottle, so that's a plus. If you look on Google Images, it seems like everyone is having the same problem. If you want to get a good idea of the color, the picture I took of just the bottle (above) seems pretty accurate. 

Second of all, this has got to be the weirdest-textured polish I've ever seen. It doesn't quite dry to a completely matte finish, nor is it a jelly. It's just...odd. It's not that I didn't like it; I just couldn't identify exactly what it was. Personally, I like my nails shiny and glossy, so I put on a shiny top coat and that produced the effect that I wanted. Again, the don't pay attention to the color because it's not exactly correct, but you can see they're a lot shinier! 

(Left: Flash ~ Right: Natural Light. With top coat.)

When I first applied this to my nails, I really liked this polish. It applies really nicely and dries incredibly quickly. It was kind of astounding how fast it dried. By the time I finished the 1st coat on my right hand, the left hand was almost completely dry and ready for a 2nd coat. It was incredible. Perhaps that's because of it's matte-hybrid texture, but it was awesome, especially for someone impatient like me. However, after it dried, I realized how streaky it was. It's not really noticeable in the photos, nor to someone who doesn't just stare at their nails, but I noticed it and it bothered me. I've also noticed that this chips really quickly, much more frequently than other polishes, and the polish itself is quite fragile and prone to flaking and scratching (again, probably because of the freakish texture).

Overall, the formulation is odd to say the least, and I can't say that I like it. It was fun to try, but I think I'll stick to drugstore brands. These polishes are unavailable for individual purchase. The only way to get them is to purchase the Circus Collection (5-pack) for $30 plus $6 S&H, and I personally would not want that. If you want to discover the mystery of the weird polish,  you can probably find a single bottle on Amazon or Ebay, if you so desire. I think there are better nail polishes for cheaper, ones that you can buy in person individually, but that's me. The good news it, they're cruelty-free and made in the USA, so that's always nice.  But still, eh. I'm not impressed. It was fun, though. I always enjoy trying new products. 

Try any new nail polishes, lately?

With love,


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Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my own money. I am in no way being compensated for this review (Hilarious, truly).