Love this whole collection, so I had to get them all!
Warning ahead: There are 24 pictures in this entry. After much editing, and swatching five nail polishes, so that's what I ended up with.
The Essie Luxe Effects collection is a concise collection of five shades, all sorts of glittery and shimmery goodness that are best worn over a base color, and in this entry, I am showing you how the colors look like over a nude base, and also over a darker base. Jennifer has this collection swatched over a black base color, so you can also check out her entry for how these topcoats look like. (link here!!)
Photos & Swatches:
I applied all the Essie shades over two coats of Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather & Fashion.
As Gold As It Gets - clear base with golden shimmery bits (some are very fine, and some are bigger) very subtle, and very cute, I would much prefer to wear this over a pale base or a bright red.
Pure Pearlfection - similar to As Gold As It Gets, except it is a white silvery shimmery bits in a clear base, and they are more or less of the same size - quite fine. This would look great over darker bases, in my opinion. Like a dark indigo blue, or a black base.
Shine of the times - a flakie yess! And it looks exactly like my Inglot 202, again, Jennifer has a great comparison entry (link here), and I also have compared it to my Inglot 202. They are 99% identical, you don't need both, for sure. What I love about the Essie one is how smooth, and densely packed the flakies are. One even coat is all you need for maximum shine/ effect.
A Cut Above - a pink glittery polish in a clear base, and it has big and small bits. It is very dense and smooth. I love love this kind of glitter topcoat over a creamy nude base color.
Deborah Lippmann's Some Enchanted Evening is a lighter pink, and it seems to contain some multi-color shimmer that is lacking in A Cut Above, still, when applied on the nails, they are 90% similar, and having one of either is sufficient. And the essie one seems really more dense.
And lastly -- this might be my absolute fave among this fantastic collection -
Set in Stones - varying sizes of silvery glitter in clear base. I don't think I have anything like this - I have holographic ones, but nothing that is just a silvery glitter. It would look awesome over Blue Satin, and any black creamy base. I think it would be awesome over a silver base too.
Deborah Lippmann's I Love The Nightlife -- is a darker silver and contains only single size big glitter bits in a base coat. Not the same, but I shall swatch them side by side anyway. Both are gorgeous in their own ways, and I love them all.
We placed our mega Essie order from 8ty8.com (not sure if this is the exact site, but google it to confirm), and many many thanks to Jenn and also Kim for ordering and collecting the nail polish! I also replenished some necessities, like my Nail Tek II base, and Seche VIte topcoats which I will not be showing in any haul entry.
Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking!