Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Bring bling to a whole new level."

I loved Essie's luxeffects that came out last winter and seemed to have become part of their "permanent" collection so I was excited to read that they added a new "color" to the assortment: Essie's Stroke of Brilliance.  It's a periwinkle blue in a clear base, the promo image is just killer, and needs to be in my collection like... uhh... YESTERDAY.  Essie recommends layering it over chinchilly, lapiz of luxury, and over the edge, but really, there's a million different colors to try it with.  I've heard rumors that this is at Walgreens, we shall see.  I'll update as soon as it's on my nails!

*Update* This topcoat is just gorgeous.  Like the others in the LuxeEffect line, it goes on smooth, not clumpy, delivers shine, sparkle, and longwearability... In fact, it's kind of a b*tch to get off.  One coat does the trick, but it layers easily for more glitter, if that sort of thing floats your boat.  It also dries quickly, which is a nice added bonus.  This is a fab addition to the Luxeffect line!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

“If eyes are the mirror to your soul, then nails are the mirror to your style” – Essie Weingarten

Oh Essie, I find you irresistible no matter what you do!  This collection is gorgeous... although I'm not sure of it as a "summer collection,"  I feel it'll be very chic for fall... especially "Penny Talk" and "Good as Gold".  I picked up 4/5 of them myself, all but the "No Place Like Chrome".  I'm not super wild about silver nails on me, [robot fingers] but knowing me I'll be powerless to complete the set.  What can I say?  I'm weak.
 The Shades: Penny Talk (a beautiful rose gold), Good as Gold (warm gold), No Place Like Chrome (classic silver), Blue Rhapsody (frosted blue), and Nothing Else Metals (metalic lilac)

The pros:
  • superb formula
  • fab shine
  • super quick dry-time
The cons:
  • fussy brushstrokes
  • need to work fast
This unique collection is absolutely killin' it.  Fashion forward and edgy, but oh-so-chic.  Go get it!  You know you wanna.

*Sidenote: No Place like Chrome now has a home *geddit* in my collection now.  It was inevitable.  Robot fingers be damned, it is kind of cute.