Essie Luxe Effects – A Cut Above


 This marks the first of many ‘snow globe’ nail looks you will see over the coming months, when the cold weather kicks in I love glitter over a pale coloured polish and the combinations are endless! A Cut Above has been an Essie top coat I’ve lusted after since I discovered Essie almost 2 years ago.. it had been part of a previous collection and I couldn’t find it anywhere so imagine my excitement when it relaunched for the holidays 2013. The whole christmas collection ‘luxe effects’ is a copy of 2011’s launch and the only thing I can think is that they’ve reformulated it for the diffusion line in Boots and Superdrug because it’s not usual to relaunch something in that timeframe. Either way I finally got my mitts on the chunky rose gold glitter so who cares?


Unlike some glitter top coats this gives a really even distribution of both chunky and smaller metallic pieces so it’s perfect eveytime. You could probably build it up to an opaque glitter look but ugh.. who has time for that? Besides I think this is more effective anyway! If you really wanted to go for the gold on gold look I’d suggest applying it over the Essie Foil in Penny Talk – perfection! I have another similar swatch coming of a Maybelline polish that is this and so much more so if you’re umming and ahhing and would rather have something opaque watch this space cause that’s cheaper and you might even prefer it.

Available online here for £7.99

Miss BB



  1. Kadie
    18 November, 2013 / 10:24 am

    As soon as i saw this post i thought Maybelline – Brocades, not tried the essie one but bought the Maybelline one last week and love it. So far i’ve worn on top of a nude beige and a pearl pink, i prefer the pink but it’s really cool how the colour changes depending on the base coat 🙂 Bargain as well since both boots and superdrug have 3 for 2 on at the moment across most make up.

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  3. 18 November, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    They also launched 2 new shades in the Luxe Effect line so that might be why you’re seeing these again (although they never disappeared from shelves here in Canada).

    • missbudgetbeauty
      18 November, 2013 / 8:29 pm

      oh really? I thought it was a direct copy.. which are the new ones?

  4. 18 November, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    Love, love, loveeeeee this!

    Fee x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      18 November, 2013 / 8:28 pm

      haha I thought you would

  5. 19 November, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    I love this blog post! I must go and buy myself that nail varnish as soon as possible I think its love…

    I’d love you to take a look at my new blog!

    Laura xo

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