So it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on the new Essie Gel range. I’m a nail polish addict, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I’d like to think that I’ve tried most nail polish brands out there. I love Butter London, OPI and Barry M, but my heart and bank account is mostly devoted to only Essie.
When they released the new Gel Couture range, they really had my attention. I feel like every brand has tried really hard to achieve greatness by going down the gel polish route. They claim that it will be just the same as real gel, just easier to remove and cheaper. But I think I speak for everyone when I say that usually the “gel” polishes are just the same as the normal everyday polishes that don’t claim to be the same as gel.
The only one that has come close is Essie Gel Setter top coat. That one’s a real gem.
If anyone is confused right now, let me break it down for you. These gel polishes I speak of aren’t Shellac or any of those fancy polishes that require a UV light. They aren’t fake and they aren’t dangerous or extremely difficult to remove. They’re just normal polishes (removed with normal polish remover), that strive to have the same longevity and shine as Shellac.
So, back to Essie. They released this new range a couple of months ago but I tried to resist the temptation to buy, because honestly, I don’t need any more nail polishes – my collection is getting slightly ridiculous. But me being me, I caved in one small moment of weakness and bought my very first Essie Gel Couture. To make myself feel better about the whole situation, I thought I’d make my purchase worthwhile and tell you all about it.
To make the Gel Couture fully effective, you need to buy a colour and a top coat (the white bottle). Each cost £9.99. But think about it, once you’ve bought the top coat, you don’t need to buy it again…
I went for a classic light pink shade, called Couture Curator. As soon as I applied my first coat, I knew I was about to fall into a deep, never-ending love. The polish is so thick and so easy to apply. Despite the thickness, it doesn’t take ridiculously long to dry.
After two coats and 10 minutes of drying time, I then applied the top coat. This is just as thick and lush as the colour polish. It seals the colour in and adds some extra shine.
My nails have stayed put for almost a week now, and they look as if they were painted this morning. No chip, no peel, no shine or colour loss. I actually think that they’ve protected my nails underneath from breaking, as there have been a few heavy-handed moments when my nails would have normally just snapped in half.
I’m soooooo pleased with the Gel Couture range. I would give it a firm 10/10 and recommend to any other polish junkies like me. It gives the “gel look” and it genuinely lasts. I am now fighting the urge to buy another colour. Pray for me.