I picked up 2 out of the 5 Luxeffects polishes from Essie this past week. Reason is they only had 3 out of the 5 but I wasn’t sure I really needed all of them. I ended up going with As Gold As It Gets and Shine of the Times and left Pure Pearlfection. I’m still not convinced I need need it. I have kept reading about how much shimmer it creates but I do have three other clear shimmer polishes that I like and am not really looking for any more at this time. I know they aren’t pearlescent but that doesn’t matter to me.
I had originally been looking to pick up Nubar 2010 but the closest place I found that sold it is almost 2 hours away. That long trip for one nail polish is ridiculous . . . or is it? So I figured I should find something similar that they sold around here. This is how I found the Essie Luxeffects polishes. After searching around on the internet I realized that the two I really needed to have were SOTT and AGAIG.
As Gold As It Gets
I love this polish over a few different colours but I do think my favourite ones to put it over are black and red. While you can see it on white I don’t really think it stands out too much and it’s not something I’ll probably be doing on my nails. This is a polish that really comes out looking amazing on certain shades. The flecks of gold aren’t too big nor are they too small. By adding one coat of it over your polish you can see it no problem but of course this depends on how much of the flecks you want. I was fine with just one coat. Now if you wanted to wear it by itself I would definitely recommend at least two coats as the base is clear. This polish will definitely add a nice shine to your nails.
Shine Of The Times
Like I’ve read on almost every blog I’ve come across, this is very, very similar to Nubar 2010. I love the way the colour changes as the angle and the lighting changes. A few months ago I bought Nails Inc.’s The Wyndham Collection and fell in love with their Wyndham Overglaze Top Coat and since then I’ve been looking for other polish like that. In that case the flakes were blue-green and looked amazing in any light.
That’s also how I feel about this polish . . . I think it looks pretty good under any light though I’m particularly in love with it under bright lights.
Another thing I love about this polish is that it looks good on other colours, not just black. Don’t get me wrong, I do love it over black but I think that my two favourite combinations are SOTT and purple as well as SOTT and white.
I love that the colour slightly changes based on the base colour you’ve added but you still get hints of the greens and oranges. From what it looks like, the purple bring out more of the red and orange in the flecks while the white makes it seem like the flecks are almost pastel colours. I wasn’t a big fan of the red and pink under this polish cause it seemed more like the flecks were more red, yellow, and orange and the combination didn’t really make me happy at all.
I’m quite satisfied with both nail polishes. I love the way they look and love the way they apply. Once dry, they still feel pretty smooth unlike some other fleck and glitter polishes I’ve used. They have a pretty glossy finish which I love. One coat us enough to give you quite a bit of flecks but you can always add a second coat if you’d like more. When used by themselves they do require at least two coats as they do have a clear base. They are a little thicker than I thought they would be but not so thick that they affect how the polish is applied. It’s actually quite nice to put on.
Overall I’m glad I bought them and to tell you the truth, it’s the first time I’ve purchased Essie polishes. They’ve never really called out to me but these drew me in. I might have to go out and try other Essie polishes now.
That’s all for now! I shall talk to you all later!