Today I’ve got the beautiful new Cirque Heritage Collection to show you. Cirque Colors creates beautiful, cruelty free nail polish. Be warned, this is a picture heavy post.
About the Cirque Heritage Collection
From the Aztecs to the Inuits, Cirque Colors drew inspiration from the native cultures of the Americas to create a collection called — Heritage. This collection consists of 7 vibrant holographic lacquers that celebrate the richly spirited traditions and arts of these indigenous groups.
Sky Woman is a shimmering periwinkle, was inspired by the fabled creation story about the woman who fell from the sky.
The bright pink hue of Powwow embodies the dynamic music and performances honoring their heritage.
Luminous Owl is an homage to iconic printmaker, Kenojuak Ashevak.
Xochitl was named for the Aztec word meaning “flower”
Sani was the first-known Navajo silversmith.
Panacea is the greek goddess relating to medicine.
Cerrillos is an old mining town in New Mexico where Native Americans found turquoise to make iconic turquoise jewelry.
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A deep periwinkle with a rainbow holographic finish
A vivid turquoise with a rainbow holographic finish
A silver foil with a rainbow holographic finish
A flashy chartreuse with a rainbow holographic finish
An electric fuchsia with a rainbow holographic finish
A radiant orchid with a rainbow holographic finish
A warm coral with a rainbow holographic finish
L to R – Sani – Panacea – Cerrillos – Sky Woman
L to R – Xochitl – Powwow – Luminous Owl
Powwow is lovely.
I created gradient tips using all 7 colors on my nails. Pinky nail is Sani with a gradient into Luminous Owl. Ring nail is Cerrillos with a gradient into Sky Woman. Middle nail is Powwow with a gradient into Xochitl. Index nail is Panacea with a gradient into Cerrillos.
I think this one turned out the best.
For this mani I used Cerrillos as the base color on 3 of the nails. I did dots and about 1/3 of the middle nail with Luminous Owl. For the sun emblem on the middle finger I used Ica Valley. For the pinky I used Xochitl for the base and put 3 dots of Cerrillos. I really love the color combination of Cerrillos with Luminous Owl. It screams summer and tan to me.
Overall, I love the Cirque Heritage collection. I think the colors are beautiful. The formula was easy to work with on all colors. I especially like Powwow, Cerrillos, Xochitl and Panacea. The holographic finish is strong in every shade. I think the theme behind the collection is really cool, too.
What do you think of the Cirque Heritage Collection? Let me know!
Tags: Cirque, cruelty free
The colors are pretty, and spring-friendly. They’re a bit too frosty for my taste though.
Holos sort of have that with their finish. I can’t get enough of Cerrillos though!
Cerrillos is calling my name!
My next mani will feature Cerrillos
Love Luminous Owl!
These are all so pretty!
Wearing Cerrillos right now! Also it feels crazy/awesome to see my work on your page (I did the makeup for the press image)!
OMG it’s beautiful work!
Thank you!!! Its been great working with cirque, also did the makeup for the alchemy collection.
I need to see pix!
These shades are so lovely! I keep hearing about this brand, but haven’t tried it yet.
You need to try it!
This is such a beautiful collection. I love the multi colored mani!!
It seemed like a fun way to play with all the colors
Holos…. I can’t resist a coral holo. Love the fox ring, too!
Aww thank you! I got it on etsy
OO lalala! I want all of them!
I think you’d look great in Cerrillos or Xochitl
I’ve seen tons of reviews of this collection over the last few weeks. It is totally gorgeous, but I have been sort of biting my tongue about the “theme” until now. I don’t know much about the Cirque creator or her connection to Native American culture(s), but it makes me really uncomfortable that she is using indigenous cultures as the inspiration for the collection. White appropriation of indigenous cultures has a long history that continues strongly in the present-day (case in point: hipster headdresses at Coachella). To use Native American culture as the inspiration for a commercial product without acknowledging that legacy is to me, problematic. Indigenous cultures “From Aztecs to Inuits” have hundreds of years of experience with non-natives trying to define and appropriate their cultural heritages; I don’t see how this is a celebration of indigenous heritage as much as an expression of the ongoing western heritage of cultural theft.
For the record, I don’t claim to speak for indigenous people on this — these are my views as a white woman with an academic background in American Indian studies. I’d love to hear other thoughts.
Hi! I would recommend that you email the company owner. I do not know her ethnic background or heritage. I cannot speak on behalf of her or her intent.
I personally have a degree in Anthropology and while I did take some Native Peoples of North America classes, I would never attempt to speak on behalf of an indigenous culture. My knowledge is limited.
Hi @coreyander:disqus , my name is Annie and I’m the founder of Cirque Colors. Clearly, cultural appropriation means different things to different people and there is no general consensus on what can or cannot adopted by someone of another culture. This collection was developed out of an appreciation for a contemporary Inuit artist by the name of Kenojuak Ashevak, whose colorful prints are what inspired the original colorway behind this collection. During the initial conception, I thought the subject matter was a bit limiting so I expanded upon it and did more research about the different indigenous groups in North America. Great care was given to not take scared iconography and practices taken out of context (i.e. “hipster headdresses at Coachella”), but rather show that these groups have a rich and vibrant culture through the use of bright colors. The intent was to bring light upon these cultures and if people wanted to learn more, they can research the color names. It’s no different than a musician incorporating tribal beats in his/her song or a tattoo artist conjuring up Japanese-themed art for someone’s sleeve. It’s simply a visual interpretation of the various aspects of these native cultures.
First of all, congratulations on another beautiful collection. You always make extraordinary polishes and these are no exception. Given that this is a beauty blog, I don’t want that point to get lost!
To be clear, I don’t call your intentions into question at all and I appreciate that you considered the immediate cultural context of particular symbols when developing the collection. I am not opposed to cultural borrowing/exchange in principle and I agree wholeheartedly with your observation that cultural appropriation means different things to different people. This is just my take, for whatever it is worth.
My concern isn’t about whether or not cultural exchange is generally acceptable, but the specific ways that is carried out and the power relations that these practices express, which can range from exploitative to mutually enriching. I am also a strong believer in the importance of recognizing the historical contexts that structure social life. I don’t believe that it is possible to completely separate a particular action from the social context in which it occurs. Even something that is “simply a visual interpretation” carries with it the socio-historical context in which that interpretation is made.
With respect to indigenous cultures of the Americas, exploitation and erasure by non-natives is a huge part of that kind of historical context. Incorporating Japanese cultural inspiration into a tattoo, to use your example, doesn’t occur within the same historical context, which is why I don’t personally view that as the same. Rather, it is the long history of non-native people making money using native cultures (with good intention or ill) while the native people themselves do not benefit that I wish to consider.
As a non-indigenous woman who researches (and in that sense takes something from) indigenous communities this is absolutely something that I grapple with personally: identifying what actions I can take to avoid inadvertently perpetuating a long historical dynamic of uneven exchange between indigenous and non-indigenous Americans (or to mitigate those that can’t be avoided). I think that it takes more than good intentions to properly address inequalities of power and asymmetries of cultural exchange; I believe it takes a deliberate effort to recognize where they exist and take actions to push back against them or counterbalance them.
I hope you will take these comments in the constructive spirit with which I offer them. I think there is a lot of opportunity for this collection to concretely benefit the people whose heritage inspired it and hope you will consider how that could occur.
your nail art is so pretty!
Why thank you
I love all these colors and what you did combining them.
these colors are so pretty and I love your nail art.
Thanks Honey! I figured you would love Cerrillos
These holos are gorgeous!
Yes! I love vibrant holos
Man, oh man! These have some depth to them. Your nails are very pretty!
They really do! they’re not washed out
Gorgeous! I need Cerrillos!
Yes! It’s stunning
Those are some great colors!
I agree! The formula is great and the colors are stunning
Sani is my fave!
It’s a beautiful Silver
I love all the shades. Every. Single. One!
Which would you wear for the summer?
I want all of these!
Understandable! So pretty
They are all so pretty & their finish is gorgeous
I’m glad you like them!
I like your multi-color nails!
Those are all beautiful!
I’m so glad you like them
Lovely – especially Luminous Owl!
It’s a great Spring / Summer coral
love the looks you created
Loving the rainbow holographic finish on these polishes.
Me too! It’s dazzling outside in sunlight
Of course I need Cerrillos.
I think Sani is just beautiful.
I have my eye on Cerrillos !