China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection Swatches & Review

China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away

China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away collection is limited edition and was inspired by the Cirque du Soleil film which is coming to theaters December 21st.

I am lucky enough to have seen a couple Cirque shows in person. The first time was in 1994 and it was called Alegria. The company I worked for took us for the holiday party. It was held in a tent and it was the first time I had ever heard of this show. I was amazed! Then a couple years ago I saw “O” at Bellagio in Vegas and that was 10 times more amazing than the first time. I highly recommend seeing a show in person.

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China Glaze Surreal Appeal
Surreal Appeal

Surreal Appeal is a bright warm coral/pink. Gorgeous bright cheerful shade. Very spring-like. It was a little thick yet also a wee bit uneven. I used three thin coats to completely get rid of unevenness.

China Glaze Escaping Reality
Escaping Reality

Escaping Reality is a bright blue-based pink. Nearly neon, but not quite. This one tends to dry matte-ish, but a top coat makes it look like a normal pink. This was two coats.

China Glaze Def Defying
Def Defying

Def Defying is a vivid yellow-based lime green creme. I love this shade! Super bright and shiny and totally even and perfect in two coats.

China Glaze Igniting Love
Igniting Love

Igniting Love is a bright warm red creme with slight orange tones. Super shiny and just two coats.

China Glaze Hanging In The Balance
Hanging In The Balance

Hanging In The Balance is a medium blue creme. Gorgeous saturated shade, even better in person. This was two coats.

China Glaze Creative Fantasy
Creative Fantasy

Creative Fantasy is a grape purple jelly. It’s really uneven and a bit watery at first but after three thin coats (wait awhile in-between each one or you will regret it) it’s a nice bright yet rich shade.

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards
Bend Over Backwards

Bend Over Backwards is a bright red shimmer. A very holiday-esque shade and even in two coats.

China Glaze Running In Circles
Running In Circles

Running In Circles is a bright green shimmer. This is a really great formula, totally buttery and smooth and perfect in two coats. Another great Christmas shade!

China Glaze Water You Waiting For
Water You Waiting For

Water You Waiting For has a blue base and is jam packed with various sizes and shapes of blue, green and purple glitter. Great coverage in three thin coats and not too chunky or bumpy feeling.

China Glaze It s A Trap Eze
It’s A Trap-Eze!

It’s A Trap-Eze! has a white base and is just completely packed with blue, green, white, orange, silver, pink, yellow and purple multi-sized glitter pieces. This isn’t like any other glitter I own and I absolutely LOVE IT! It’s truly amazing and somehow not so much of a pain to apply! It is really, really thick but somehow when I applied it, most of the glitter stayed where I applied it and didn’t move around with the second coat. The glitter lays nicely and doesn’t get to chunky or cluttered looking (unlike the last one below…). I just adore this one and I’m sure it’s a fan fav. This one is the only one that really screams Cirque du Soleil to me. This is two coats.

China Glaze Whirled Away
Whirled Away

Whirled Away has a clear base and includes black bar glitter, medium black hex glitter and large white hex glitter. I swatched it by itself so you could really see the glitter. This one is kind of a pain because the glitter is so large it tends to move around quite a bit when you apply it. I placed most of these pieces otherwise it would have mostly all been at the tips of my nails. Cool looking, but still a pain! This is two coats.

China Glaze Get Carried Away
Get Carried Away

Get Carried Away has a black base and micro black glitter, medium black hex glitter, medium silver hex glitter and medium orange hex glitter. They call the orange glitter a red but it looks completely orange to me, not red at all. Anyway I really disliked this one and here’s why. The base color was watery and uneven so it was hard to get it looking decent without three coats. The glitter is all so dark it just winds up really chunky and clumpy looking. The glitter moves around a lot, so again, you wind up with glitter on top of glitter. I was really frustrated with this one! Not a fan. This was three coats, waiting a few minutes in-between each one.

China Glaze Worlds Away Collage

Overall: A really great collection with a couple exceptions. I didn’t think all the shades were completely unique, but there were some truly great ones here anyway. The most unique one and the one to get if you could only get one would be It’s A Trap-Eze! My favs were It’s A Trap-Eze!, Surreal Appeal, Def Defying and Hanging In The Balance. I would pass on Whirled Away and Get Carried Away unless you have extreme patience.

Availability: Limited edition and available now at Sally Beauty and Ulta.

Pricing: $6.00.

What do you think about Worlds Away? What did you or are you going to be picking up?


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  • December 17, 2012

    They’re all gorgeous except the black glitter ones. I’d definitely get a couple of them if we got the collection here.

  • December 17, 2012

    I ordered 3 of them – Water You Waiting For, Whirled Away and It’s A Trap-Eze!. Can’t wait to try them)
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  • December 17, 2012

    I like Def Defying! Some of the glittery ones are really cool, but they could be a pain to work with and I know I’ll never reach for them!
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  • December 17, 2012

    I so wish that purple was more opaque. But that coral color is amazing for spring/summer!

  • December 17, 2012

    Wow. The colours are gorgeous. I especially love the glitter ones. x

  • December 17, 2012

    I think Creative Fantasy in my favorite. I wanted to love Get Carried Away, but it just doesn’t work :(

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  • December 17, 2012

    I bought half the collection and enjoyed a lot! Altought i agree Whirled Away and Get Carried away are some kind of pain.
    The Cremes are so pretty, so colorful is a true circus :)
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  • December 17, 2012

    I am interested in trying some of these colors. Very unique. What are you waiting for, running in circles and it’s a trap-eze look the most interesting. Thanks for the swatches!

  • December 17, 2012

    I need to get my hands on “Its a Trap-eze” ASAP!

  • December 17, 2012

    I’m totally lemming for It’s a Trap-eze and Water You waiting For..of course when I went to pick them up at Ulta, they were sold out! Oh well, just another excuse to go back..
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  • December 17, 2012

    i really like trap-eze and def defying.

    • December 17, 2012

      “O” was amazing!!

  • December 17, 2012

    Whirl Away is so cool looking, I would suffer through the application for it.
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  • December 17, 2012

    I love love love It’s A Trap-Eze! :)

  • December 17, 2012

    Great swatches!
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  • December 18, 2012

    I really want to go see the movie hen it comes out. But oh gosh! Those nail polishes are gorgeous! Got to get my hand on some.

  • December 18, 2012

    Blah, I went to three different stores today looking for It’s A Trap-Eze! One didn’t have the collection yet and the other two were sold out. Must find it….

  • February 3, 2013

    I just bought surreal appeal and its GORGEOUS!!! I cant wait to wear it, but i just did an application of “Ingrid” and it fit the dreary weather we are having :) Its beautiful too though! Thanks for the swatches!! I will look for trap-eze-everybody is SOLD OUT