Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Essie Gel Couture - new shades

Essie have featured a lot in my beauty routine over recent months, their treat love and color shades have been helping me get my nails back into shape after surgery. While I've always been a big fan of Essie polishes, I've never tried their Gel Couture range before now.

This package arrived the day before I was heading into hospital - a day where I was fasting and having to strip back to basics. For me having no nail colour on was weird enough, but not being able to try these new polishes right away was torture! 
So it's only since being in recovery that I've really been able to give them a proper try - luckily they were worth the wait!


The Gel Couture range is a simple 2-Step home manicure which leaves you with a long lasting colour with an absolutely  gorgeous shine... more on that in a moment.

The bottle stands out from the regular Essie line with its twisted shape that matches the brush design. Inspired by haute couture, the bottle mimics the swirl of a dress so definitely has a sense of elegance about it. I love how they slot next to each other, it's very satisfying to line them up. 

As the brush is curved it allows perfect, even application and ensures that just the right amount of formula is applied. This great if you don't have a particularly steady hand. 

They've made it super easy for you, with no base coat needed to you can easily add 2 coats of colour and a topcoat and you're good to go. There are times when I like to be a little more thorough and also give myself a treat with a file, hand cream and use some of their gorgeous Apricot nail and cuticle oil, which I have really been loving lately. 

I have 4 of the newest shades. The first is Matter of Fiction, a pale pink which is perfect for wedding season. I used 2 coats there and it still has a slight sheerness to it. 


Next is Lace is Morea creamy white with a subtle gold shimmer. It's really pretty when the light catches it. This is great for a really fresh, everyday manicure. I've tried to capture the shimmer in the picture of the bottle. 



Lady in Red is, as the name suggests a bold classic red with a blue tone to it. You just can't go wrong with a bold red nails with a matching red lip. 


I've saved the best til last. Bodice Goddess  is my favourite and you may have seen this one on my Instagram a few times. Just look at it! You would think those nails are done at a salon, not by little old me on my sofa while watching Netflix!  It's a dusky pink, almost a mauve which really looks gorgeous with that glossy top coat. 

Now, the top coat is the secret weapon; it really just takes the manicure to another level with the shine it gives while ensuring the colour is locked in. It helps to avoid any chipping and gives you the confidence that your manicure will be looking fresh for much longer.  

What's more...
Now that's not all!
(and other infomercial type phrases), these are easy to remove. Just like your regular nail shades, they come off with nail polish remover so you can change up the colour when ever you fancy. It's the look of  gel manicure without the hassle.

I personally will definitely be trying out some more shades from the collection. 

*these were kindly gifted to me but all thoughts are my own


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