Essie Luxe Effects Collection

Ah Essie, how do I love thee… yes Essie is one of those brands that has had my heart for a while and no doubt will continue to do so if it brings out sparkly little gems like this in the future. This is the Essie Luxe Effects Collection that I actually believe may have been out in the US a year or so ago, but has now hit the shelves over here for us lucky beauty lovers in the UK.

This post takes a look at four of the shades from the collection (the gold shade is not shown) but let’s take a closer look at the sparkly goodness!

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Left to right we  have: Stroke of Brilliance, A Cut Above, Pure Pearlfection and Set in Stones. Covering all your shiny-fingered needs.

Stroke of Brilliance is a chunky blue glitter – a very pretty blue too. Not too dark, not too bright. In some lights this shade as a slight lilac tint to it. This glitter is a clear base so would work best over a creamy colour – either a pale shade to make the chunks stand out or maybe another blue to give it some pop.

A Cut Above is a chunky pink glitter – and not just typical Barbie pink, but a sort of smokey/muted pink that’s girly without being over the top. Very pretty shade and would look lovely over a grey cream or a similar shade of pink cream.

Pure Pearlfection is as the name suggest, an iridescent pearly shimmer that will add a pretty, subtle dusting of sheen to any colour. This is the most universal and I think will work over most other colours.

Set in Stones is the most bling of these four, a chunky silver glitter with the most obvious metallic sparkle (the other colours are slightly muted so tone it down a little) this is the one I’ll be teaming with a silver and black sequin dress for a Christmas party… the more sparkle the better I say!

My top picks from the collection are Stroke of Brilliance and A Cut Above as I love the muted colour/chunky sparkle combo! Which is your favourite of these shades?

Available from Boots (£7.99)

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  1. December 2, 2013 / 9:20 am

    I picked up A Cut Above last week and have fallen in love with it! I’m currently wearing it over Rimmels Space Dust in Aurora (which is a similar muted pink but really dense fine glitter – almost matte looking) and omg it looks so pretty. So wearable but lovely and sparkly for this time of year 🙂 x

  2. Cornelia
    December 2, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    So pretty, I love these nail varnishes, I hope they are in my boots!

    Ineffable Beauty

  3. December 2, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    These are so pretty, will have to grab myself one or two of these.

    • Jen
      December 2, 2013 / 10:09 pm

      Gorgeous aren’t they – do you have a favourite!?

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