Essie Shine of the Times Swatches & Review (Layered over OPI If You Moust You Moust)

Essie-Shine-of-the-Times-Swatches-Review-PicturesYou’ll remember seeing OPI If You Moust You Moust on here not long ago.

After wearing it (and surprisingly loving it) for a little while, I decided to slap on a flakie top coat to give it some bling.

What you see is Essie Shine of the Times layered over the pink. As you’ll notice, it gives it sweet peachy flakies.

I was going for a softer look, but if you layer it over black or a vampy hue, it’ll be much more in-your-face.

(Check out my swatches over various other colours later on in this post to see what I mean.)

Essie Shine of the Times Pictures

Essie Shine of the Times Swatches & Review



Natural Light

Essie Luxeffects Shine of the Times Swatch & Review



Natural Light


Essie Shine of the Times Swatches

All swatches have:

Flash Photos







Natural Light Photos


Essie Shine of the Times Pictures, Photos & Review

Shine of the Times by Essie Swatch & Review

Essie Shine of the Times Pics, Photos & Review



Scintillating opalescence

Key Notes

  • Name: Essie Shine of the Times
  • Collection: Essie Luxeffects Collection
  • Colours Available in the Essie Luxeffects Collection: Shine of the Times, As Gold As It Gets, A Cut Above, Pure Pearlfection & Set in Stones
  • Amount: 13.5 mL (0.46 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Natali Products.)
  • Where to Buy: Natali Products (available for industry professionals), NailPolishCanada, Nailsupplies & Head2Toe Beauty

Essie Shine of the Times Review


Shine of the Times by Essie is a flash of opalescence that’s a funky mother of pearl. The colour I notice the most is orange, but at some angles, I can see red, green and yellow.

This was a shade that made me jump up and down for Essie because just like Essie Mesmerize, Shine of the Times signaled a shift in the company. They’re now experimenting outside their comfort zone and bringing customers edgier shades. I’m all for that!

If you already have Nubar 2010, Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, or FingerPaints Flashy, you probably don’t need Essie Shine of the Times because it’s extremely similar to the point of being practically a dupe.


This is a flakie polish. The flakies don’t feel gritty because they lie flat on your nails.

Application & Formula

It was very easy to apply Shine of the Times by Essie. I didn’t have to use the brush to place any of the flakes – they went where I wanted them to go.

The formula was on the thicker side, but it wasn’t so thick like dried glue that it was difficult to use. The thickness made it easier to get a good coverage of flakies with just a single, dense coat.


Layering Shine of the Times over OPI If You Moust You Moust doesn’t show off all the colours. If you really want to get the most drama from it, use it over a dark shade. But, if you want to bring out the orange and yellow, other colours like pink and green will draw them out.

Essie Shine of the Times Swatch & Review

Left-Right (Flash): China Glaze Liquid Leather, OPI DS Temptation, China Glaze Harvest Moon, SpaRitual Earth Matters & Zoya Indigo)


Natural Light: Same order as above

I really liked the way it looked over OPI DS Temptation and SpaRitual Earth Matters.


  • Gorgeous iridescent flakies that flash yellow, orange, red & green
  • Can be used to dress up almost any polish
  • Requires just a single coat for dense flakie coverage

  • No longer original since there are so many dupes out there (Nubar 2010, FingerPaints Flashy & Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure)

Final Verdict: 10/10

If you don’t have any of the dupes for this, I recommend you get it. Shine of the Times by Essie is not only fun to look at in the bottle, but it’s also fun to play around with over various polishes.

What’s your favourite flakie polish? Did you get anything from the Essie Luxeffects Collection?



12 thoughts on “Essie Shine of the Times Swatches & Review (Layered over OPI If You Moust You Moust)

  1. Melissa

    HI Mary,
    Happy Monday. Love your nails, still would not wear the pink on mine. I could find different polishes to put Essie Shine of the TImes over. I haver plenty of dark colors. Love you site have a great day. :~)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      One day there’ll be a pink that beckons to you. 😉 Eventually, polish sways us all…heheheh!

      Hope you’re having a wonderful day, too!

      1. Melissa

        Mary, you’re right. There is one pink that I do like. It’s Pedal Faster Suzi! from the Holland Collection. Enjoy your week.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MariJo!

      I guess a lot of times it has to do with my mood, too. Sometimes I want it to be soft, but other times, I want the over-the-top, in-your-face, poke-you-in-the-eye-and-don’t-say-sorry look. 😛

  2. beachgal

    I also prefer this flakie topper over softer shades than over vampy shades – least most of the times in the yr. I was glad that Essie made their LuxEffects part of their core line. My fav of the LuxEffects is the Peal one. It gives a great soft look to base shades and not at all like old pearl/frost formulations.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Oh, I didn’t know this was part of their core line. That’s fantastic news!

      The Pearl one sounds cool, and thank goodness it isn’t like old frosty formulas that are so dated…haha!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lisa Mueller!

      Thanks for stopping by again and leaving me another nice comment. 🙂 I’m always honoured to see a personal message from you. Hope you’re having a lovely day!

  3. Marta

    For a self-proclaimed flakie lover I have a hard time coming up with layering options for my flakie bottles. I think this looks LOVELY over a vibrant pink! Great combo and great photos to capture the flakies… they are gorgeous to the eye but sometimes can be quite camera shy (lol, that sounded like a grade 5 rhyming poem) lol
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Oh, even if a polish or combo is camera shy, I’m sure that if you were the photographer, the polish would be working it like the rent is due tomorrow! 😉 You’ve got mad skills.


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