LtoR: Stitch by stitch, Touch up, Take me to thread, Signature smile, Model citizen, Sit me in the front row, Nail topcoat gel couture
I've recently found myself getting back into nail polish, and whilst enjoying my original beauty obsession I've been on the search for a formula that doesn't chip or peel after just a few days - please tell me I'm not the only one who can sit there and peel once you see the polish lift a little? So on my search I came across the newly released Essie gel couture range, and as a fan of gel polish I couldn't wait to try them and see how they compare to the real deal!
Now I will admit being a fan of gel nails I was yet to come across a at-home nail polish that really lived up to the real deal, well that was until I tried this range...
The Essie gel couture range is an extravagantly sophisticated collection, complete with 25 brand new colours that promise up to 12 days wear - without the need for a base coat or LED light - applied in an easy 2-step system. Apply two coats to bare nails and then apply the specialised, quick-drying top coat to lock in the couture manicure for a gel-like manicure, without the hassle of curing and the painfully long soak-off removal.
The application is a dream, all you need is two coats of colour and one of the top coat and you're good to go. The brush makes application so much simpler, the wider, flatter shape helps to create the perfectly curved salon like cuticle line, and three strokes are all that's needed to fill the nail.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical after hearing the 12 day wear claim, as many on the high street seem to offer this but I can never get more than five days wear out of them, easily making them comparable to just normal nail polish. However I have really put these polishes to the test, with the shades lasting more than the advertised 12 days and easily up to 14 days without chipping or lifting - which is amazing! Especially as they kept the shine throughout without the need for any additional top coats, the only type of wear to the nails was at the tip, just a faint line - if you know what I mean. What's better? The fact that you can just use a regular nail polish remover and you're ready for a fresh mani, making the perfect fuss free gel manicure!
The shade range is absolutely amazing, and after trying several shades I am yet to come across one that doesn't deliver. I don't know about you but as much as I love Essie I have come across a couple of shades that are streaky, chip quickly and to be honest a bit of a let down. However this isn't the case with the gel couture range, the only thing I have come across is a couple of the shades requiring three coats, but all still live up to the 12 days wear.
I couldn't do this review without talking about the new shaped bottle, which is just so cute! A bugger to store amongst other nail polishes, but I love the twist on the regular bottle, and even the brush wand is twisted, which I find helps keep dripping nail polish at bay.
Overall Essie have done it again, their range of gel polishes definitely stand out amongst the rest and considering I've tried a fair few these definitely come out on top. These retail for £9.99 but if you're lucky Boots and Superdrug are offering these for buy one get one half price which is the perfect way to try a shape with the top coat for less than you'd pay for a salon gel manicure - but with the same flawless finish that you'd expect!
Have you tried any of the Essie gel couture range? I'd love to know which shades your recommend!