Monday, February 13, 2012

Essie Shine of The Times: Get It While You Can


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!


4 comments:

  1. This polish is packed with flakies. That can be a con if you only want a subtle layer. I still like it though. The effect is very pretty to look at.

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    1. Agreed but I like the flakies to dominate the base color so I don't mind. The polish is a bit goopy so I wonder if that has to do with the concentration of flakes....

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  2. I love the flaky look! Essence nail polish started doing something really similar, it's only $1.99 vs. $8.00 for Essie. Either way it rocks!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up about the Essence dupe! :)

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