I've been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks, but here it is: Essie Shine of the Times compared to Color Club Snow-Flakes... And just to mix it up Essie Shine of the Times compared to Color Club Snow-Flakes compared to Zoya Chloe. WILD CARD! Originally I was going to use Finger Paints Flashy, but I completely forgot that I skipped out on it because I already owned a orange/green colour shift flakie. So in its place is Zoya Chloe.
Flakie polishes were all the rage at the end of 2011 headed into 2012, but I personally am still not over them. I love flakies because they lay flat and the colour shift is so damn cool. I wish people would stop calling some glitters "flakies", when they are really just ripped up shards of glitters. Anyway, here we go:
So just judging by the bottles at first glance, it's hard to tell the difference between Essie Shine of the Times and Color Snow Flakes. If you look closely, however, you'll be able to tell right away how dense Shine of the Times is. The reflecting colours are reflecting as a whole cohesive polish, rather than in bits like you can see in Color Club Snow-Flakes and Zoya Chloe.
Here is one coat of each flakie polish over top of Quo by Orly Little Black Dress. From left to right: Essie Shine of the Times, Color Club Snow-Flakes, Zoya Chloe and Essie Shine of the Times. As you can see, Shine of the Times is significantly denser. Lot of different sized flakies, big and small. Our wild card Zoya Chloe is the same density as Color Club Snow-Flakes, however, you can see already that it has a small amount of a different colour-shift flakie. Amongst the orange/green flakies, there is a small amount of green/blue.
Now here's two coats of each flakie polish over top of Quo by Orly Little Black Dress. From left to right: Essie Shine of the Times, Color Club Snow-Flakes, Zoya Chloe and Essie Shine of the Times. Huge difference. You are seeing full coverage of the nail for Essie Shine of the Times. It is dominating. The two coats of Snow-Flakes and Chloe come close to the density of one coat of Shine of the Times, but even then, it's obvious that Shine of the Times is density king in this group.
Here is a comparison of the colour shift between Shine of the Times, Snow-Flakes and Chloe. The only difference is Zoya Chloe, which contains a very small amount of green/blue flakies. I think I prefer to have the flakies match, unless we're talking about my unicorn, Cult Nails Clairvoant aka Unicorn Puke, or Finger Paints Twisted, which both are rainbow coloured flakies.
Lastly, this comparison would not be complete without matte-ifying everything. Using a matte top coat over flakie polish is very popular because it brings out the colours and shapes significantly. As you can see, Shine of the Times is almost on an entirely different playing field than Snow-Flakes and Chloe. If I was going to go for full coverage, I would stick with Shine of the Times. If you are looking to preserve your base colour, but would still like an extra glimmer of something, Snow-Flakes and Chloe can kick it up a notch.