Monday, November 25, 2013

Essie Luxeffects photos, swatches, review

Dear essie, I am much obliged for the launch of these five new topcoats, just in time for Christmas.  You know me so well and I feel that this collection was made for moi.  I heart glittery nail polishes more than any 30-something lady should and I'm not afraid to say it!


At Christmas, you can get away with all things bling without anyone batting a glittery eyelash, and the Luxeffects collection shows that to be totally true.  Five multi-dimensional topcoats are available now for you to adorn your nails and bring your manicure to the next level.

A collection of topcoats is perfect for the party season and let me explain.  We're all busier than ever, rushing around trying to shop for Christmas while trying to finish everything up in work before the year's end.  We have parties galore happening and are out more nights than we're in, and don't always have time to remove our current nail polish and start again as more often than not, we're heading out straight from work.  One of my tried and tested ways of getting an extra day or two out of an old manicure is to lash on a top coat.  You're ready to go in minutes and it'll look like a brand new mani.  We like that.  essie heard my call and Luxeffects are here to help make my life a teeny bit easier over the next few weeks!


As Gold As It Gets is described as "gilded lame paillettes" and in my terminology, it's a clear base, packed with flat gold flecks of different sizes.  I've paired it up in the photos with essie Twin Sweater Set from the autumn 2013 collection which you can read more about here.  Red and gold, you can't get more Christmassy than this eh?  And because we're dealing with gold flecks rather than glitter, it's a less obvious, in your face topcoat and you could totally get away with this in the office.

Essie Twin Sweater Set topped with Essie As Gold As It Gets
Essie Twin Sweater Set topped with Essie As Gold As It Gets
Essie Twin Sweater Set topped with Essie As Gold As It Gets
Also on the more subtle end of the spectrum is Pure Pearlfection.  This soft, shimmery topcoat makes everything it sits on look softer, more etherial and beautiful.  The pale angelic looking topcoat has teeny weeny bits of red and green shimmer that show up depending on how the light hits the nails.  I've paired it with The Lace Is On, from the autumn 2013 collection and it softens the bright magenta polish beautifully.

Essie The Lace Is On topped with Essie Pure Pearlfection
Essie The Lace Is On topped with Essie Pure Pearlfection
Essie The Lace Is On topped with Essie Pure Pearlfection
Right, it's time to disco ladies!  Set in Stones is the closest you'll get to having a disco ball on your nails!  This clear base is packed full of different sized silver glitter and is one of the most densely packed glittery topcoats I've ever used, as are the two following it below.  The photos show one coat of the topcoat and like any polishes that have chunky glitter, I'd advise you to swirl your brush around in the polish after applying it on each nail.  That way, the brush picks up more glitter.  More glitter that'll go on your nails and potentially blind your friends when you're out that night, but who needs to see properly? It's silver glitter baby!  I've topped essie's After School Boy Blazer with Set in Stones because I thought the dark navy would make the perfect backdrop to the topcoat...

Essie After School Boy Blazer topped with Essie Set in Stones
Essie After School Boy Blazer topped with Essie Set in Stones
Essie After School Boy Blazer topped with Essie Set in Stones
Sticking with After School Boy Blazer as a base, I've teamed it up with Stroke of Brilliance.  Again, this has a clear base and has squillions of pale blue glittery pieces that complement the base perfectly.  I wore Stroke of Brilliance on my ring fingers last week with After School Boy Blazer and that's grand for work and all, but I wanted to bling it up and have it on all my nails!

Essie After School Boy Blazer topped with Essie Stroke of Brilliance
Essie After School Boy Blazer topped with Essie Stroke of Brilliance
Essie After School Boy Blazer topped with Essie Stroke of Brilliance
Finally we have A Cut Above.  Like the two above, this clear base with pale pink glittery bits is a stunner and not for the faint hearted.  I've topped The Lace Is On with it and it tones down the magenta polish, but adds so much sparkle and interest.  I think this would be gorgeous over a really dark base too, but for now, I'm liking how pretty and girlie this combination is.

Essie After The Lace Is On topped with Essie A Cut Above
Essie After The Lace Is On topped with Essie A Cut Above
Essie After The Lace Is On topped with Essie A Cut Above

Glittery topcoats are a hoor's boot to get off and I've long accepted that.  I've read people's suggestions, tried them and none of them worked.  So let's face facts, you will essentially exfoliate your nails taking glitter off, but oh it's so worth it!  In the world of nail polish, less is not more.  More is more!

'Tis the season to embrace glitter, glitz, bling and all things sparkly and the first place to start is with your nails.  Go to thine local essie counter and pick some of these up folks and bedazzle the living daylights out of your nails this Christmas!  They'll set you back €9.95 each and if I had to pick my favourites, one would be As Gold As It Gets, followed by Set In Stones, and now that I think about it, I'm rather partial to Stroke of Brilliance…. Ah feck it, I love them all and will be rocking them for the foreseeable future!

Which is your favourite?
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15 comments

  1. Stroke of Brilliance would be my pick for the festive season! The silvery blue glitter is much more unique than just plain silver. :D

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    1. Loving Stroke of Brilliance too, twas the first one I tried out in the collection :)

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  2. All very pretty think I like the first one the best!

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    1. It's a gorge shade, very festive altogether ;)

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  3. They're gorgeous! Love A Cut Above. Essie have done some lovely glitters lately! I cannot wait for the Essie Encrusted Treasures Collection to get here, there's some gorgeous glitters in there too!

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    1. I had to google the Encrusted Treasures collection, very interesting!!

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  4. As Gold As It Gets is so pretty, lovely pics Karen!
    I find the foil method works great for glitter, has to be pure acetone though which dries the living daylights out of my nails so I have to lash on the lotion afterwards!

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    1. Yeah I usually have to do acetone and foil too, but the effort of life! My nails have finally recovered from peeling, flaking and other horrible things, but I'm lashing on the oil like there's no tomorrow too :)

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  5. Adore Set in Stones, never seen so much glitter in one polish!

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    1. I know! It's a fab blingy polish innit? :)

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  6. Tough to choose but I think I'd go for stroke of brilliance and it is just stunning with the navy blue base!

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  7. A Cut Above is gorgeous. but Pure Pearlfection actually made me gasp at the prettiness. WINNER

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  8. I love me a bitta glitter, it's worth the scouring off after!

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  10. Ooh, they're gorge! I love the little gold flecks. A Cut Above is lovely too. I'm raging I didn't pick up more Essie polishes when I was in the states, they were only $8 a pop! Got a lovely deep red and ballet slippers, which I'm not too fond of. Which I'd have looked for these!

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