Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review on the thermal nail polishes from the brand Cirque Colours. Last month, I mentioned on my Feel Good Friday post that I was curious as to whether these actually worked. Not long after, I ended up caving and buying one of the shades to try out.
I picked up the shade Terra from Harlow & Co., my favourite indie polish retailer. Originally, I had wanted Luna, which shifts from aqua to purple, but they were sold out of that shade, so I picked up Terra instead. Unfortunately, all of their thermal polishes are sold out on Harlow & Co at the moment, but is still available on the Cirque Colors website. The thermal polishes retail for $14.99 USD on the Cirque Colors website, or $15.99 CAD on Harlow & Co.
According to the Harlow & Co website, Terra is a thermal polish with beautiful copper shimmers, and the shade is supposed to shift from blue when it’s warm to purple when it’s cold. I would describe the “warm” shade as cornflower blue and the “cold” shade as a bright violet. The website says this is holographic, but I would say the holographic quality is not very strong. It’s still a pretty shade, though!
The formula of the polish is smooth, and took 2-3 coats to become opaque, which is pretty typical for most of the nail polishes I own. Cirque Colors’ thermal polishes dry to a matte finish, which I’m not a huge fan of. I was worried that putting a top coat on would affect its colour-changing performance, but it does not. I later noticed that the Harlow & Co. website actually says it dries to a matte finish and that it actually suggests using a top coat on top.
Does this thermal polish work? Absolutely, and it’s very responsive too! The easiest way to test it out is by putting your hands under running water – it shifts colours almost immediately and it’s really fun to watch!
Ask anyone who knows me well, and they’ll tell you that I constantly complain about being cold, so I figured I could use my nails as an interesting way to indicate the temperatures I feel the most often in the span of a week. As my suspected, my nails are the cornflower colour (meaning I’m warm) pretty much only when I’m in bed, in the shower, and during an intense workout. Funnily enough, my nail colour spends the majority of the time in a state between hot and cold, which I didn’t realize the nail polish would do – I thought my nails would be one or the other colour. Most often, my nails are in a shade I would call “grape candy” – not quite blue but not quite violet, either.
Here I’m comparing my “usual” colour vs what it looks like when my hands are warm and cold.
Does it ever create a gradient effect on the nails like they do in the promo photos? Yes, but it doesn’t happen often, at least not for me, and I even have medium-long nails where the tips don’t touch my skin. It usually happens after I work out, when my body is hot but my surroundings are cold and I’m starting to cool down. Sorry the quality is not great, but it’s just to illustrate the gradient:
More often than seeing a gradient on each nail, I will see each of my nails a different colour, like in the photo below where each finger is a different shade. There’s also there’s a bit of a gradient on each nail, just not as clearly as in the shot above. I don’t know how this happens – I guess my fingers are different temperatures too, haha! It kinda makes for a cool look!
Another thing I noticed is that my hands must be different temperatures quite often, because there have been a handful of times when the shades on my left and right hands don’t match, kind of like the photos above where I’m illustrating the difference in shades on both of my hands. If anyone else in real life has noticed this, they didn’t say anything!
I absolutely recommend these thermal polishes, if nothing else than just for how fun these are! I think my husband was getting annoyed by how often I said, “Look at my nails!” every time they turned a different colour!