An Introduction to Essie

Nail polish was the first make up items that I got into. I’ve had an on and offer relationship with it over the years. Now, I’ve reached a point in my life where I feel naked without a manicure. With my nails painted it feels like I can conquer the world! It also makes any outfit look more put together and classy, which is perfect for a lazy girl like me! Recently I decided to give my collection an overhaul and bin the polishes I’ve had for years. After recommendations from friends I decided to give the Essie Gel couture range a go. The polishes are a little pricer than the standard range so I added a couple of shades from that range to see if it was the topcoat that made the difference or the new formulation. Without further ado here’s a brief introduction to Essie!

An Introduction to Essie

Essie Fairy Tailor paired with the Gel Couture Top Coat

Essie Fairy Tailor

Essie Fairy Tailor is a gorgeous pale pink nude shade. I imagine that it is a flattering shade on all skin tones. It is the perfect nude if you’re a pale as me – I struggle to pull off most traditional nude shades. The formula of the Gel Couture polish is like nothing I’ve used before. It is easy to use and layer up, it’s almost like latex on the nail. It’s a hard one to describe but it’s not a traditional style polish. I painted two layer to achieve the above colour. You could go with three but I’m impatient!  I painted the Gel Couture Top Coat over the top, it glided on nicely and bonded well with Fairy Tailor.

The combination of the two gel couture polishes is incredible. The lasting power is insane! Normal polish with a base and top coat chips within 2- 3 days on me. This lasted eight days before I decided to remove it. I am definitely a convert to the Gel Couture range and I need more shades in my life!  At £9.99 each they aren’t the cheapest but they are well worth investing in if you want gel look nails that last a week or more.

I decided to see if it was the top coat that made all of the difference to the staying power or whether it was the combination of the two Gel Couture Polishes.

Essie As Cute As A Button and the Gel Couture Top Coat.

Essie as Cute As A Button

For some reason this shade is looking darker in pictures than it actually is. In real life this is a bright pink toned coral shade. Essie As Cute As A Button is bright and packs a punch! I love how bold it is. Formula wise it’s ok, it isn’t too different to a standard nail polish. It applies well, I used two coat in the image above, before applying the Gel Couture Top Coat. The finish and staying power just was not the same as the combination of the two gel couture polishes together. Yes the top coat gave a high shine finish and it lasted 5-6 days on my nails, but it just wasn’t the same. There’s something magical about the new formula of polishes!

I have this shade on my toes at the moment, paired with the Gel Couture Top Coat. It has lasted two weeks which is pretty impressive for an at home pedicure.


Essie Watermelon paired with the Gel Couture Top Coat

Essie Watermelon

This was the shade that I was most excited about; but it was the shade that was the most disappointing! Watermelon looks like a bold fuchsia pink in the bottle. It has more of a red undertone when you put it on your nails. Nonetheless it is still a pretty shade. I used two layers and the Gel Couture top coat in the above image. Unfortunately, I had chips 3 days in and I decided to remove the polish 4 days in.

Overall, I am incredibly impressed with Essie nail polishes. The formulas are longer lasting than a lot of other nail polish brands that you can find in Boots. Yes they are a little pricer but they are worth it in my opinion. The formulation appears vary between the shades so the ‘normal’ Essie range is a bit hit and miss. The Gel Couture range is the stand out range for me though. The formula is incredible, the shades are stunning and for me you can’t put a price on having to do your nails once a week! I’ll definitely be purchasing more shades soon.

Are you an Essie fan?


Apologies for the disparity between images - I have a new camera, so the nail swatches were shot on my iPhone and the image of the bottles were shot on my canon G7x Mark II

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