You may or may not have heard about Essie’s newest collection of polishes being released (already available online) in stores soon. It’s called Luxeffects and features polishes meant for layering, or giving a certain effect. My first choice from this collection was Shine of the Times, for obvious reasons.
It’s a flakie, and the reason why so many nail junkies are going ga-ga for this color. It’s nice to see Essie stepping up it’s game like this. The dimension here is out of this world. The formula itself is pretty thick. It’s easy to use, but it requires a little more patience. It’s worth the slightly extra effort for the effect that you get.
In order to show what this polish can do, I decided to test it over several different shades, textures and formulas.
The first ones I chose were Zoya’s Danielle (for a muted opalescent effect) and two darker shades, one that is a cream and one that is a jelly.
Shine of the Times looks pretty on it’s own, and sparkly. Zulu brings out the the gold and Honk if you Love OPI brings out the coppery-pink tones. Zoya Danielle is almost the same as wearing it alone, except that it covers your nail a bit.
Of course I wanted to try it over other darker shades, a cream black (ELF Black), a dark sparkly blue like Essie Midnight Cami, over a metallic shade like Chanel Graphite and over something lighter and only slightly metallic, Deborah Lippmann Believe.
I really liked this over Believe. Super pretty! I don’t really wear black nail polish so I doubt I will ever be wearing the ELF combo, but for those who do like black, it makes a really unique effect over it. I didn’t care for it over Midnight Cami personally, but I could see ladies sporting this. Chanel Graphite surprised me as it added a whole other dimension to it. I stopped at a Chanel counter with this combo on and the sales woman remarked at how gold Chanel Graphite looked on me. I let her in on my secret and she loved it!
Overall, Shine of the Times is a unique polish to my collection that makes just about every polish look…cooler. Are you into flakie polishes? Do any of the Luxeffect polishes appeal to you? Dish!