Review: Essie Luxeffects – A Cut Above

Full disclosure here – I’m normally not a glitter polish fan. But I couldn’t resist this beautiful pink glitter from Essie. A cut above is described by Essie as a Shattered Pink Diamond Glitz.

Image courtesy of Essie

The polish itself is octagonal pink glitter suspended in clear polish with smaller pieces of round pink glitter. I also found that there are tiiiny red pieces of glitter that flash occasionally. You could wear the polish on its own, or layered over another polish (the luxe effect, I presume!). Essie recommends layering it with wicked, a blackish-plum, or neo-whimsical and poppy art pink, both lighter pinks.

For this week’s manicure I layered a cut above over Essie’s penny talk, which is a metallic rose gold. I got fairly full coverage with two coats of the polish, but three was pushing it in terms of thickness. I also applied two coats of a topcoat, which I found was necessary to smooth down the glitter. With the topcoat, the polish is a little gritty but smooth enough that it won’t snag on clothing. I’ve heard that removal is difficult but so far I haven’t had to try it out – it has peeled off on its own so far. Lucky me!

(Click to see it larger. And apologies for the crappy pictures. I was chasing the light and this polish is HARD to capture)

You could also use this polish as an accent only on your ring finger, as I did here, or on your thumb. I got the idea from Pinterest, and it seems even the fashion mags are getting into it now.

Paired with Essie’s Penny Talk

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Overall, I love the polish. It is a nice touch if you want to accent one nail, and it is beautiful layered over another polish. It’s glitzy, but not discoball shiny, so it is work appropriate (at least at my work. If you are a surgical nurse or a corporate lawyer, it’s probably not going to fly). The formula is pretty good to work with, it is thick but not so thick that it is difficult to apply. Just a wee bit goopy – not enough to make it a problem. You can achieve opacity with two coats.

I would classify it as a re-buy, and I’ll probably check out the other colours in the Essie Luxeffects range.

You can pick up Essie polishes at drugstores between $8-$10 dollars.

We were not compensated for this review


We’re Taking Bets On How Long These Last

We love New Years resolutions. There is something so nice about a fresh start, and a blank slate. There is so much possibility.

Of course usually it all goes south for us on January 7th, but that is okay.The beauty of a fresh start is that you can decide to start something anytime! So you can just restart those resolutions on the 9th, and it will all work out in the end. Besides, its the journey that counts and not the end, correct? Unless you have a goal like quitting smoking or losing weight or reducing debt. Then the end is definitely more important than the journey.

Luckily for Stephanie and I, our resolutions are all about the journey!

Irene’s Resolutions:

  • I resolve to finally commit to getting my pants tailored. It turns out I have a waist to ass ratio never before seen on a human girl, which results in a lovely bunching in the groin region of pants. This especially happens with non denim based pants. Always appearing to have a weiner at work is not a cute look.
  • I resolve to stop using Jersey Shore slang in an attempt to be humourous and/or ironic. I think some people are taking me seriously. That’s unacceptable.
  • I resolve to try to be less annoyed when people claim to not know who Lisa Vanderpump, Scott Disick or Ben Flajnik are. They know. They totally know. And you know what? If you really don’t know, it doesn’t make you better than me


Stephanie’s Resolutions:

  • I resolve to keep my nails neatly manicured. No chips! Such a small thing and yet I fail at it alll the time, because I’m lazy. No more laziness! None!
  • I resolve to always make my best effort to watch the Bachelor, just so I know what eveeeeeevryone on Twitter is talking about. Seriously, our tweeps loves them some Ben Flajnik. I watched American Pickers on Monday (boyfriend choice) and afterwards I had no idea what anyone on twitter was talking about. It will not happen again!
  • I resolve to always wear clothes that make me feel fabulous.

So, what are your resolutions for 2012?

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