This has probably been one of the most buzzed about nail polishes since it's release as part of Essie's limited edition LuxEffects collection. Shine of the Times is a flaky topcoat which is meant to be used over other polishes to give a multidimensional effect. The incongruent flakes of iridescence shines predominantly copper and green over a dark brown base seen above. My guy friends said it was "very cool" and that my nails reminded them of Poison Ivy. I don't often get compliments on my nails from straight guys so I'd say this is definitely an interesting polish.
I also tried this over a light baby pink base and as you can see there is a trace of gold shine. Over a lighter polish, Shine of the Times is much more subtle because there is not much contrast. Yet you can definitely see that there is a glitter overlay when your nails hit the light.
Formula wise, Shine of the Times is not very good. The formula is quite thick and sometimes when I am not careful I get too much on my nail in one concentrated area and I have to work quickly to distribute the flakes before the polish dries. This is no where near a good top coat because it does not provide a glossy overlay due to the flake particles and it takes a while to dry. I always add a layer of Seche Vite over everything to seal all the flaky goodness in. I am sad that this is limited edition because the color is so interesting but other brands make similar polishes such as Inglot. I am sure many brands will jump onto the flaky bandwagon soon so look at for those in the near future!