This was released as a part of essie’s Holiday 2011 Luxeffects collection. It’s a flakie! 🙂 For those who don’t know, flakies are glitter like, but are irregularly shaped flakes that change colors with different lighting, and the colors truly pop when layered over a dark base color. Below are three more bottle pics, one with no flash, one with regular flash, and one with diffused flash, but came out darker than the one posted above.
Of the colors released in this collection, this was probably the most sought after polish as it’s a dupe for the now notoriously hard to find Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure (original formula, as it’s been re-released, but it’s COMPLETELY different). Other dupes are Nubar 2010 and FingerPaints Flashy. I personally don’t own Hidden Treasure, Nubar 2010, or FingerPaints Flashy, but from the numerous blogs that have comparisons of the four, I can confidently say that they’re dupes.
For me, this one was the only in the original Holiday 2011 collection that truly caught my eye and was the one that I HAD to own. The others looked nice too and considering they’re still around, I might get in the future, but they’re not priorities on my “to buy” list. As this is part of the Luxeffect collection, none of them are meant to be worn on their own as they aren’t opaque enough. The only ones that could get away of being worn on their own are the hex glitters. This one is no exception to that, as with two coats on a swatchicle, you can still see the nail quite clearly. In this swatch, the diffused flash shows off the blues and purples hues in the flakes. Normally, these aren’t seen that well as orange, green, and red are the dominant tones.
This and the rest of the collection are meant to be worn as an overcoat on top of another polish. There weren’t any issues with application, as the flakes went on easily, and the brush didn’t have to be used to place the flakes. The polish is on the thicker side, but it’s not so thick that it isn’t usable. With the thicker formula, it gives great coverage with a single coat. As a flakie, it tends to dry flat, and don’t leave behind a gritty feeling when dry, unlike other glitters can.
The flakie glitter is suspended in a suspension base, so the glitter doesn’t settle on the bottom, which can occur in some glitter polishes. Shaking the bottle isn’t necessary as the suspension base helps to keep glitter from settling. It’d only be necessary to shake it, I think, if it got too thick and then added nail polish thinner to it – the shaking to help distribute that thinner evenly.
The flakes mostly show red and orange, with hints of green and blue in the bottle, but the colors will vary depending on what base nail color is used. If you want the colors to truly “pop,” use it on darker colors. Colors like pinks and greens will bring out the yellows and oranges. Blues and purples will bring out some of the yellows, blues, pinks, and even hints of purple will show through. The image below shows how the color of the flakes are much more subtle in a lighter color than with a darker color, where it’s the star. In my Autumn Flakie post, I used this on top of essie Glamour Purse. In the picture with no flash, the flakies on essie Turquoise & Caicos are much more visible than the one with diffused flash.
The only major negative that I honestly have for this polish… is the fact that it’s been discontinued. 😦 It’s not impossible to find (at least for now) as I found mine at CVS (found it randomly hiding while I was looking through their essie display). I’ve also seen a bunch at my local Harmon’s, as well as on Amazon and Transdesign. The color that took its place is Stroke of Brilliance, the newest color in the line. It’s a mixture of steel blue hex glitter of varying sizes in a clear base. Essentially, it’s just a different color version of Set in Stone (silver hex glitter) and A Cut Above (pink hex glitter). Sad that they didn’t just add it to the collection, instead of taking Shine of The Times out.
- Dries quickly
- Unlike a lot of other glitter polishes, it dries smooth
- Can add some “pop” to pretty much any polish
- Only needs a single coat for good coverage
- It’s discontinued, so it’s harder to find
- Has plenty of dupes, so it’s not an original polish (Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, Nubar 2010, FingerPaints Flashy)
Overall Score: 5/5
- After thought: If you already own the original Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, Nubar 2010, or FingerPaints Flashy, it’s not necessary to get this one too. If not, I highly recommend getting this. It’s a very versitile topcoat, because it looks different on different colors – subtle on lighter colors and bold on darker colors.