Essie Couture Gel Range | Product Review

Nails are always something that have fascinated me. I know it might sound very weird but hands are something I notice almost at a first glance when I meet someone and I guess that is why having my nails done has always been such an integral part of my beauty routine. Although I can do my own nails, I must admit I have lost practice! There used to be a time when I could do a french manicure on myself but for the last 7 years, ever since I started working and had a bit of money to splurge I have been visiting Marcela’s Nails in Kensington religiously and getting my nails done by the wonderful and very talented Josefa.


The salon is tucked away in a quite street, and has a very latin cheerful vibe to it. Every nail technician is very skilled,  but Josefa and I have created a very special bond, and very week when I go on a Friday it almost feels like meeting up with a friend. Its an hour that I dedicate to myself, where I can de-stress and get pampered knowing I will walk out with perfect looking hands every time.  I am actually quite fussy about how I like my nails shaped and how my cuticle looks and I have to admit that till date Josefa is the only one who has fully understood me!


As you may have guessed from what you have read so far I am a creature of habit and this is not only for the salon I go to but also for the shades I use on my nails. My preferred ones are always sort of milky nudes or pinks or a very subtle french with a milky pink base and a very faint line on the tip. These colours although they look beautiful, don’t usually tend to last very long as in order to be opaque (I hate sheer shades on my nails) they  have quite a thick texture which makes it chip fairly quickly.

Josefa is definitely very talented and when she does my nails they always last much longer than when anyone else does them, but even so I have to admit that most of the time my nail colour only stays intact for 3 or 4 days, so I am always on the hunt for a nail polish that will prolong this. When CND’s Vinylux polishes came out I was super excited to try them, however they ended up chipping quicker than when I used normal polish. This is not to say that the Vinylux range isn’t good, because it has worked wonders on my mom (who has nails which are very prone to chipping), but it just didn’t really work on my nails, so since then I have just been sticking to using my normal Essie polish.

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However, recently Essie came out with their version of CND’s Vinylux and it is the Essie Couture Gel Range and ever since I tried these I have been completely hooked. Firstly the colour selection is incredible especially if you are a nude lover like me. They have quite a few nudes and light pinks and my absolute favourite has to be the shade ‘Lace Me Up’ a very opaque milky pink almost identical to Essie ‘Peak Show’, which I was wearing non stop for almost a year until it was discontinued a fe months ago. However, the range is not just limited to nudes, and they do have some stunning reds, corals, pinks and pastel blues and greens, so there definitely is something for everyone.

This range has definitely impressed me not only because I love the colours but actually because of their longevity. I have been using these for about 3 weeks now and I have to say my manicure has lasted much longer than with any other non-permanent polish till date. My nail colour remains intact for a good 5 to 6 days despite down housework, cooking, etc… and it hasn’t dried my nails. My nails are very prone to getting ridges and cracks due to dryness which is one of the reasons why I can’t use Shellac or other gel polishes very often, but with this nail polish they are in perfect shape.


The colours I have tried have a great consistency and give you a completely opaque look in 2 coats. The brush is slightly wider than on normal Essie polishes so if your nails are quite narrow like mine you might need to do a bit of cleaning up around the edges but other than  that they are amazing. They don’t need a base coat and the special top coat that comes with the range doesn’t need to  dry under a lamp, which is great if you are doing your own manicure at home.

Overall I am super impressed with the range and if you are looking for a polish that looks, feels and lasts like gel but doesn’t dry out your nails and needs no lamp or special removal method then I think you may have found your match!


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