China Glaze Hanging in the Balance and Whirled Away

China Glaze Whirled Away over Hanging in the Balance Swatch

Here’s a whimsical nail look with two polishes from last year’s China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Worlds Apart collection.

MAC Electric Eel and Jewel Blue

Hanging in the Balance is a vivid ocean blue crème with a teal-turquoise slant. In tone (but not in depth – it’s deeper), it’s a cross between MAC Electric Eel and Jewel Blue eyeshadows.

China Glaze Hanging in the Balance Swatch

It looks incredible in real life but is impossible to capture on camera -none of the swatches online accurately displays that green tint. As you can see, it looks like a pretty albeit tame cool blue in this photo but it’s heaps richer, bluer and greener in real life; do check it out in person if you can.

China Glaze Whirled Away over Hanging in the Balance Nail Swatch

As for Whirled Away, this decorative polish contains black+white hexagonal glitter pieces and black bar glitter bits that dress manicures in an unusual and fun way. They apply randomly and can look like flyaway graphic flowers but it’s difficult to lift the pieces with the brush and you might end up over-coating just to make them show up, like I did. I’d probably use tweezers to pick out specific bits the next time I use this.

A caveat: The blue stains and the glitter bits are difficult to remove. It’s good for some mani merriment but it’s definitely not something I’d do regularly.

For a truly pretty look of this pairing, do visit Eugenia’s blog, Ommorphia, to see her version. :)

In Singapore, China Glaze polishes can be found at Dyon located at the basement of Scape, next to Cineleisure. Prices vary but these were 3 for S$20.


  • effortgirl says:

    ooh, nice! I had better luck ‘dabbing’ Whirled Away than actually painting (top to bottom) strokes. But I did still need to pick out the white bits out.

  • Jacqueline says:

    That is a gorgeous blue and I love the black accents. It is a good thing I’m not into nail polish hehe.

    • makeupmag says:

      Hi Jac,

      So sorry for my tardy reply – my daughter and I have been under the weather and the blog’s taken a backseat for a while!

      I think it’ll be a scary rabbit hole to fall down, when (I didn’t say ‘if’, haha!) you catch the polish bug. ;)

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