Today I have swatches of the brand new Stroke of Brilliance polish from Essie's Luxeffects line. In observance of the holiday, my job let us out an hour early yesterday which was just enough time for me to get to the beauty supply store I frequent. I'm on a strict no-buy, but I needed more Seche Vite (which I don't count as polish, but a necessity). At the check out counter this bottle caught my eye from way down at the other end.
Essie's website describes Stroke of Brilliance as 'platinum sparks' and states that it serves as a multi-dimensional top coat. The glitter in Stroke of Brilliance is blue, and I would describe it as a steel blue/dark periwinkle. It's made up of round micro glitter and medium hex glitter in a clear base. The formula was easy to work with and I found it to be dense enough where I only needed one coat to achieve the look I wanted.
For the swatches below I used two coats of Essie Smooth Sailing, one coat of Stroke of Brilliance and topped it with a coat of Seche Vite. Smooth Sailing did not photograph color accurate once I added the glitter top coat (aka my camera hates me lol). In person Smooth Sailing looks more blue and less purple.
I'm beyond impressed with Stroke of Brilliance. I also used my swatch sticks to come up with some layering combinations to see how this would work. I wasn't sure about a few of the combos I picked, but I loved each and every one of them in the end. For the swatch sticks I used white (Jordana White), black (Sinful black), a blue with gray undertones (China Glaze Sea Spray), yellow (China Glaze Lemon Fizz) and a pink (China Glaze Shocking Pink).
All swatch sticks show 2 coats of the base color and 1 coat of Stroke of Brilliance (no top coat)
If you are a glitter fan I would say this is a must have. The color is gorgeous and the formula is easy to work with. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the Essie bottle shape and I find their brush to be the perfect size.
Is anyone planning on picking this up??