For the last 8 days we've either been hosting family for Christmas or been travelling to see friends and today was my first day back at home with no company. I took some photo's last week of my favourite nail polishes I wore in December, but as I sat down to type up that post, the shining sun outside and the many Luxeffect polishes I borrowed from Austrian were calling me to swatch and photograph them. I decided to scrap my December favourites and post about these glitter toppers before New Year's Eve, since this is the absolute prime time to wear them. With the exception of the brand new Fringe Factor bar glitters that were released about a month ago, I have every single Luxeffect swatched. I decided to do them all over black because sometimes when I see glitter topper swatches, my opinion of the glitter changes based on the polish/glitter combination the blogger decided to choose. Black shows them all as they really are. I also used only one coat of each over the black so you can see how dense the glitter is.
Set In Stones
Stroke of Brilliance
A Cut Above
Summit of Style
Essie just released this burnished bronze glitter in 2014 and I really love it. Again it's the same style of glitter as the previous ones and it applies the same as well - easy with good glitter coverage.
Rock at the Top
This is the gold version of this glitter and the formula would be the same as the others, except I must not have closed the bottle properly the last time I used it (probably months ago) so the clear base has dried up. I had to scoop the glitter out with a tooth pick and mix with a clear top coat to be able to swatch. I also had to do the same for my Bordeaux sandwich. So here's a quick tip: Close your polish bottles tightly! I think I've gotten all the swatches I can get out of this bad boy and he needs to make a trip to the garbage can :(
Probably my all-time favourite Luxeffect because of how easy it is to wear. It's subtle, yet adds the perfect amount of pizazz to any manicure. It's very easy to apply and puts an even amount of purple/blue fine shimmer all over the nail. My bottle is half gone because of how much I've used it and it hasn't gotten thick or goopy or difficult to apply. It looks good over ANY polish you put it over.
As Gold As It Gets
This is another one of my fave Luxeffects. Its full of fine gold sparkles and gold shards instead of the kind of tinsel hexes in the other toppers. Again, it evenly covers and I find it looks great over any dark shade of polish.
Sparkle on Top
I think I'm just saving all my favourites for the end because I also love this top coat. It's full of these blue/green iridescent shards that look amazing over blue, black and green polishes. Because of the iridescence, sometimes I see pink in there so I'm now curious to try it over a pink polish. Like the others, this is easy to apply with even, dense coverage.
This isn't actually a Luxeffect but I thought I'd give it an honourable mention because it SHOULD be in this line! This came out years and years ago (not sure the actual year but it's SE number is 270...so the 1990's is my best guess). It's not one that you easily find on the drugstore shelves but I tracked it down on nailpolishcanada.com. It's full of small silver glitter with holographic glitter the same size that has this fun rainbow effect when the light catches it. It doesn't need to be in the sun to have that rainbow holographic effect either. It's just as pretty in indoor light.
These were first released in the 2011 Holiday collection and it consisted of only 5 Luxeffects: Set in Stones, A Cut Above, As Gold As It Gets, Pure Pearlfection, and the coveted Shine of the Times. Shine of the Times was this incredible flakie topper that was everyone's favourite when it was released but for some reason, Essie discontinued it. I don't own it but I do own Color Club Snow Flakes that I think it is fairly similar. Each year during the Holidays, Essie releases a couple more Luxeffects which is why the line now has 9 glitter toppers in it. I'm loving that Essie has a polish with holographic glitter in it and would be over the moon excited if they decided to make a Luxeffect made entirely of fine holographic glitter dust.
Which is your favourite Luxeffect? What is your favourite way to wear it?