Friday, November 21, 2014

Essie - Shine of the Times

It's been a while since I used an old favorite - Essie's Shine of the Times. I absolutely love this flakie topcoat, and it looks stunning over a variety of colors. Honestly what made me go for a flakie was seeing ILNP's new Ultra Chrome Flakies, which got me thinking how pretty they are, yet how long it's been since I used a lot of them!

Every time I used this polish, I am reminded of how gorgeous it is. I remember purchasing this bottle years ago now, as I believe it was part of Essie's 2011 holiday collection, specifically one of the Luxeffects. The flakes in it are a little small, but they are quite dense, so they build up quickly. 

I didn't want to use it over plain black this time (although it looks amazing over black!) so I applied it over a plum shade to be more seasonal. I applied two thin coats of Shine of the Times over two coats of Milani Hipster Plum this time. I am loving how the orange, gold, and green contrast with the deep purple. I think it actually looks even more surreal and classy than it does over black! I might have to try it over burgundy next.

I honestly love this polish and am quite sad that it can be difficult for people to find sometimes, as it is from a collection that is now almost three years old. However I sometimes see it stocked on Amazon and other online retailers, so if you see it, I recommend grabbing a bottle while you can!

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