Saturday, January 11, 2014
Essie Jazzy Jubilant and Essie Sparkle On Top (Luxeffects collection) review + swatches
'Tis the season for sparkle and shine, whether from twinkling snowflakes skirting windy drifts, or colorful fluttering confetti heralding the New Year in Times Square. It's the perfect time to add a little twinkle to the 'tips, no? With this in mind, I've been experimenting with Essie Jazzy Jubilant and Essie Sparkle on Top, courtesy of Essie. These two glittering topcoats are the newest additions to the Essie luxeffects collection!
As its moniker suggests, Essie Jazzy Jubilant is a celebration in itself! Multicolor glitter in electric blue, orchid, silver, and cherry fills this confetti-like concoction. Three different sizes of glitter give the top coat nice variation and depth.
Essie Sparkle on Top is filled with iridescent, luminescent flakes that brush on to give it an ice-crystal effect. The iridescence leans cool, flashing in pink, blue, and purple spectra. The formula is thicker, as there are quite a few flakes packed in!
When it comes to showcasing glitter, there's nothing I like more than starting on a winter-white base. I've made my comparison swatches atop Essie Blanc. I was surprised to see that Essie Jazzy Jubilant is quite similar to Wet n Wild Party of Five Glitters. Both have a comparable variety of glitter sizes and colors. I'd say Essie Jazzy Jubilant contains a greater percentage of large glitter, and has more of a Mardi-Gras flavor from its greater emphasis on green/purple rather than red/pink. I was quite keen to compare Essie Sparkle on Top to Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure (a well known flaky shade from back in the day). The former had much larger and visible chunks of flakes giving it a geometric icicle-like effect. The latter has smaller, more uniform flakes. Essie Sparkle on Top flashes more purple, while Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure flashes more pink in a green base (Though I'm not sure if it was always greenish; it might be from natural color deterioration over time).
Though I'm usually a creme polish person, it's fun to have some sparkly options in my collection! Essie Jazzy Jubilant is a very festive confetti, perfect for the new year (or even Mardi Gras, if you're looking ahead). I'm actually quite fond of the large icicle-like flakes in Essie Sparkle on Top. Over white, they make a nice crystalline effect that matches the snowy season.
Thanks for reading! What shades of sparkle are you wearing on your tips this season? Do you prefer glitter or flakes?
Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.