You’ll remember seeing OPI If You Moust You Moust on here not long ago.
After wearing it (and surprisingly loving it) for a little while, I decided to slap on a flakie top coat to give it some bling.
What you see is Essie Shine of the Times layered over the pink. As you’ll notice, it gives it sweet peachy flakies.
I was going for a softer look, but if you layer it over black or a vampy hue, it’ll be much more in-your-face.
(Check out my swatches over various other colours later on in this post to see what I mean.)
Essie Shine of the Times Pictures
Essie Shine of the Times Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 3 coats of OPI If You Moust You Moust (provided by PR)
- 1 coat of Essie Shine of the Times
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Scintillating opalescence
- Name: Essie Shine of the Times
- Collection: Essie Luxeffects Collection
- Colours Available in the Essie Luxeffects Collection: Shine of the Times, As Gold As It Gets, A Cut Above, Pure Pearlfection & Set in Stones
- Amount: 13.5 mL (0.46 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Natali Products.)
- Where to Buy: Natali Products (available for industry professionals), NailPolishCanada, Nailsupplies & Head2Toe Beauty
Essie Shine of the Times Review
Shine of the Times by Essie is a flash of opalescence that’s a funky mother of pearl. The colour I notice the most is orange, but at some angles, I can see red, green and yellow.
This was a shade that made me jump up and down for Essie because just like Essie Mesmerize, Shine of the Times signaled a shift in the company. They’re now experimenting outside their comfort zone and bringing customers edgier shades. I’m all for that!
If you already have Nubar 2010, Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, or FingerPaints Flashy, you probably don’t need Essie Shine of the Times because it’s extremely similar to the point of being practically a dupe.
This is a flakie polish. The flakies don’t feel gritty because they lie flat on your nails.
Application & Formula
It was very easy to apply Shine of the Times by Essie. I didn’t have to use the brush to place any of the flakes – they went where I wanted them to go.
The formula was on the thicker side, but it wasn’t so thick like dried glue that it was difficult to use. The thickness made it easier to get a good coverage of flakies with just a single, dense coat.
Layering Shine of the Times over OPI If You Moust You Moust doesn’t show off all the colours. If you really want to get the most drama from it, use it over a dark shade. But, if you want to bring out the orange and yellow, other colours like pink and green will draw them out.
I really liked the way it looked over OPI DS Temptation and SpaRitual Earth Matters.
Final Verdict: 10/10
If you don’t have any of the dupes for this, I recommend you get it. Shine of the Times by Essie is not only fun to look at in the bottle, but it’s also fun to play around with over various polishes.
What’s your favourite flakie polish? Did you get anything from the Essie Luxeffects Collection?
— Mary (@SwatchAndLearn) June 11, 2012