I have another edition of "Sunday's Are For Swatching!" for you and this one features an HTF (hard to find)/retired beauty...
This... is Essie's "Shine of the Times". This has been a lemming of mine for a very very VERY long time. And it's finally mine...
Essie - Shine of the Times (over black)
Shine of the Times is a flakie topper that Essie released in their Holiday 2011 Luxe Effects Collection. It was a pretty big deal when it came out. At the time both Sally Hansen and Nubar had had great success with flakie toppers that they had released and Essie was looking to step out of their "we only make cremes" comfort zone. So they released a line of interesting glitter toppers which included this beauty.
SOTT shifts between an array of colors depending on what color is is paired with. When over black, it you get a lot of red-orange and green shifting (I used KBShimmer Eclipse as my black base color).
Essie - Shine of the Times (over blue)
I decided to pull out another HTF polish to see how they paired (I know... I'm such a stinker!). This is Revlon Royal, an unbelievably gorgeous cobalt crelly. SOTT looks almost rose gold over blue.
Essie - Shine of the Times (jelly sandwich)
Last I wanted to see what it would look like in a jelly sandwich. So I layered it between Loaded Lacquer's Acai Berry (man oh man does that girls know how to make a good jelly!). Paired with this maroon, SOTT showed a lot of yellow and fiery orange.
In all of these swatches I only used one coat of SOTT. This polish really is jam packed with flakies and I didn't need very much on the brush to get the effect I wanted :)
Now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Since this polish is 3 years old a lot of ladies are "putting it out to pasture", which is a good thing if you're someone like me who missed the flakie boat! I happened to find this one in a girls destash that I ran across on Instagram. I've been seeing them pop up again on eBay and Amazon as well. They ARE out there, it's just a matter of how much you're willing to pay. Personally I purchased 3 polishes from this girls destash and offered her $15 and she gladly accepted (I got very lucky). Keeps hunting lovies!
Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway I am hosting with my MUA bestie Operatic Makeup! The giveaway closes at midnight tonight (PST)...
Until next time!