Nail polishes that rock: Essie Shine of the Times

I’ve developed a fondness lately for mind-blowing, color-changing nail polishes. Not exactly the best fondness to develop at a point in my life at which I’m trying to look like a grown-up, but what can I say?

I first saw Essie’s Shine of the Times topcoat on my nail blogger friend several months ago, and I’ve been meaning to buy a bottle of my own since. I finally managed to snag one on a trip to Walgreens with my mom last week (thanks, Mom!), and let me tell you, it’s so worth the wait.

Shine of the Times doesn’t look like anything special in the bottle, but when you paint it on (I used two coats!), the flakes all clump together to form something that I can only describe as a foil-like coat. Like the Forever 21 polish I wrote about a few weeks ago, this topcoat is impossible to adequately describe with words or capture with a photo. Depending on how the light hits it, it’s red, copper, gold or green. Layer it over an indigo solid like I did and you’ve got a complete rainbow. Amazing, right?

I’ve been wearing this polish for a week now, and I’m still impressed by it, as is everyone who notices it. So cool. If you like distractingly shiny polishes as much as I do you, Shine of the Times is definitely the way to go!

I couldn’t find a good link to buy Shine of the Times online, but it’s available at some Walgreens and Walmart stores for about $8. I wore it over an old Forever 21 Indigo polish, just to get every color involved, but I’ve also seen it recommended over a dark red. If you try it out, let me know what you think looks best!


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