Essie Luxeffects Nail Polish Swatches

I collected a few of these over time. Some are from the initial launch and a couple are from the newer, rereleased collection.

The swatches were applied as follows: one coat, two coats, over OPI Alpine Snow, over Sinful Colors Black on Black.

Pure Pearlfection:


A Cut Above:


Set in Stones:


As Gold as it Gets:


Sparkle on Top:


Shine of the Times:


A Stroke of Brilliance:




Overall, I quite like these top coats. Two coats work better than one, IMO. The only two I would pass on (if you were considering buying them) are Pure Pearlfection and As Gold As It Gets. These two are kinda wimpy on the glitter aspect. I find them to  be unremarkable. However, if you like the subtle effect of the shimmer, you might like them. Personally, for $8 I would expect more POW! to the shimmer effect.

Shine of the Times is a must -have. I own 5 bottles. Yes, I am obsessed. No, I there isn’t a 12 step program for my problem. 😛


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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6 Responses to Essie Luxeffects Nail Polish Swatches

  1. sylirael says:

    I really like the colour of the glitter in A Stroke of Brilliance 🙂

  2. I like A Stroke of Brilliance on top of the white base coat, that looks great.

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