Essie's Turquoise & Caicos & China Glaze's Whirled Away!

I purchased a couple of the polishes from the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil collection a month ago (I posted it on Instagram), but I completely forgot about them until I chanced upon swatches recently. I loved Whirled Away the moment I saw it but I had no idea how to wear it. 

I looked through the swatches on Google and decided that I liked it best over a pastel/light colored base so I whipped out Essie's Turquoise & Caicos 

Turquoise & Caicos has to be one of my favourite mint green/turquoise nail polishes. It's SO gorgeous & the formula is pretty great. The first coat may look sheer and patchy, but the second coat evens everything out. I have no problems with the formula at all. 

I had a bit of trouble applying Whirled Away though. In all the swatches I've seen, all the "glitter" pieces seemed to be well distributed & even. However, when I tried to paint it on, it was pretty hard to get the pieces to go on evenly. I actually had to fish out the white hexagonal pieces and put them on using a dotting tool.

I really love how unique Whirled Away is and I love how these two polishes look together. Whirled Away is definitely worth the extra effort it takes. 


  1. That was my first ever Essie polish. Definitely a keeper. And that China Glaze one! I'm surprised I like it - there's something about those little sticks of glitter that makes me cringe, but I love it suddenly!

    I HATE when glitters don't work though. I'd never have the patience to fish it out. I just slap on coat after coat and then complain when it peels off the next day... ehg. I applaud your manicure, it looks awesome!

  2. Wow... WOOOOOOW holy monoley. Whirled Away is eyegasmic. I think I'm putting it on my new nail wishlist, because that mix of sparkle is like nothing I've ever seen before. And you're absolutely right, it looks gorgeous over pastels. <3 Great post!