review: essie gel couture.

Ever since Sally Hansen released their Miracle Gel formula I have become a fervent fan of at-home gel nail polish. Finally a retail brand found a way to cultivate the staying power and shine of a Shellac manicure without breaking the bank. I found myself gravitating towards these polishes so frequently that they became my go-to polishes 9 times out of 10. How could I possibly go back to a regular polish that chipped after 1-2 days when I found a polish that lasted more than a week without a chip?!

The only drawback with this line was that the colour selection wasn’t as wide as I hoped for! I found myself getting tired of the same old shades and hoping for a new collection to be released to satisfy my longing for a wider colour selection. So naturally when Essie released their Gel Couture collection, I rushed frantically to the nearest drugstore and picked out my favourite shades to put to the test. Essie’s colour range for their regular polishes is absolutely fantastic, so as soon as I heard about this release I knew all my gel polish problems would be solved! I purchased the shades Spool Me Over, a light apricot pink, and Touch Up, a soft medium mauve.

“Spool Me Over”
“Touch Up”

The Result
Overall, I’d have to say I’m definitely impressed. The application of the Essie polishes went on extremely smooth and after two coats both polishes were completely opaque, which is a score in my books! The polish is formulated to leave no stains behind, so a base coat is not necessary and I can attest to this being true from my experience. Although, if your nails are known to be easily stained, I’d recommend using one just in case. The Essie top coat adds an amazing shine that mimics that of a gel manicure from the salon.

The real standout feature of this new product is the unique shape of the brush. Rather than being a square brush, the tip is actually tapered to line up perfectly with your cuticle. I find this brush super easy to manoeuvre and it provides a very refined application which typically requires no more than 1 or 2 strokes to cover the entire surface of the nail. Another feature of the wand is the “swirl stem” which prevents any unwanted dripping from the base of the wand while you are painting your nails!

"Swirl Stem Wand
“Swirl Stem Wand”

Wear Time
Although I can’t attest to this polish lasting chip-free for a full fourteen days, I am happy to say I received a full 10 days without a single chip! My main issue was the inevitable gap forming near the cuticle where my nails were growing in, but this had nothing to do with the actual product itself. A common issue I found with the Miracle Gel was that after a few days, the polish began to “crack” in a sense and I’d begin to notice small lines forming across my nails in a super unflattering way. With the Essie Gel Couture, absolutely no cracks! Overall, totally on board for the new Essie Gel Couture! I didn’t think it was possible to find a polish I loved more than my Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, but low and behold the Essie gels have stolen my heart.

Colour Range
As if this line hadn’t already impressed me enough, they released FOURTY TWO shades to satisfy my need for new gel polish colours! YAS. The polishes are divided into four collections: Atelier, First Look, Fashion Show and After Party. If you’re a fan of other Essie shades from their regular polish line, I’m happy to inform you that I noticed many of the gel colours overlap with the regular polishes! Some may even be exact dupes. One thing I will warn is that I found the colours dried darker on the nails than they actually appear in the bottle, so just keep that in mind when searching for your perfect shades.

The Essie polishes retail from anywhere between 8-11 dollars at the typical drugstore! I’d definitely recommend purchasing the top coat as well because this is what adds the Shellac-like shine to the nails.

Have you tried the Essie Gel Couture? If so, what did you think!? I’d love to hear your opinions on at-home gel polishes below!

xo Olivia

  • Carly Ferguson

    I’m so happy to read this because I can’t stand regular nail polish anymore. I love getting gels at the nail salon, but it’s expensive and my nails seemed ruined when I take it off. Can’t wait to try this out!

    • This was exactly my problem! I had no patience for polishes that lasted me any less than a week. This worked perfectly, I’d totally recommend giving it a shot! xo

  • I’ve used essie in the past and have always been impressed with the way my nails look. I haven’t seen their gel couture products yet, but I’ll keep my eye out for them. Great tip about buying the top coat. I always use another brand, but sometimes it’s better to use the same brands throughout.

    • The top coat is amazing, it provides a shine like no other! Totally recommend. Thanks for reading Fatima! xo

  • fashionofphilly

    I seen a lot about the new gel couture! If i wasn’t going to the salon to get my nails done I probably would try it. The brush design is awesome. I hate when the polish drips down the stem!

    • The brush and stem are super innovative! I haven’t seen one like this before and it definitely works as well as it claims to! Thanks for reading! xo

  • I love Essie Gel Polish! I need to check out their new line of colors!

    • It’s amazing! You totally should. Thanks so much for reading Sarah! xo

  • Yes!! I actually shared my own review on the Essie Gel Couture polishes a week or two ago on my blog (and you should totally check it out!). I had the same concern about the lack of colours, but I’m sure they’ll have new collections that roll out soon.

    Something About That

    • I will def check yours out! Thanks so much for reading! xo

  • Sofia N

    I need to try this!! I love revlons new gel polishes šŸ˜€

    • You def do, I totally recommend! I have actually yet to try Revlon’s gel line but it’s next on my list, thanks for the recommendation! xo

  • 10 days is pretty good! Love the colors It is always so hard for me to pick one . . . I act like it is life or death hahah

    Life is just Rosie

    • Hahaha totally know what you mean! These colours are both gorgeous though so I would recommend checking them out if you’re unsure. Thanks so much for reading! xo

  • I need to try and get my hands on this product! Those colours are gorgeous and 10 days without chipping?! That is absolutely incredible!

    • Totally recommend! Such a great investment as an alternative for regular polish. Thanks for reading! xo

  • I must confess that I haven’t tried the gel polishes but this post makes me want to! I really love the Atelier colors in this line. They prove that “neutral” doesn’t have to mean “boring”.

    • Exactly! The Atelier collection is subtle but still has such unique shades. Thanks so much for reading! xo

  • Lauren Elizabeth

    I love my Essie gel polish! šŸ™‚ Your photos are great!

  • 10 days without chipping?? That’s amazing for an at-home gel polish! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • So glad you enjoyed! Definitely worth a shot- I love my gel polishes! xo