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essie® Gel Couture Nail Color
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essie® Gel Couture Nail Color

BY ESSIE #9 in Nail Polish

4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.57 / 5 based on 1,440 Reviews

Product Description

Gel Couture - Essie Gel Couture provides up to 14 days of color and shine in unique, couture-inspired shades. No lamp required. Easy removal.Step 1: Luxurious Couture Color:Pure color pigment technologyRich, streak-free colorNo basecoat requiredPatented swirl stem brush (exclusively in Gel Couture Step 1)Step 2: Flawless Gel-Like Top Coat:Protects color and magnifies shineUltra-glossy finishShatter-proof, hard shell technology extends wear and prevents chippingQuick-dryingFour families linked to key moments in couture:The Atelier: embodied by the neutrals (whims & pins)The Backstage: embodied by the pastels (preview peek)The Runway: embodied by the brights (runway reveal)The After Party: embodied by the deeps (after the after party)Benefits:Professional, salon manicure lookGel-like finishHigh-qualityProvides a protective coating to nailsTop coat consistencyLess color transferFaster dry-timeLess scuffing - Gel Couture

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essie® Gel Couture Nail Color
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Kym B.
Denver, CO
5 reviews
Review for: Top Coat, Sheer Fantasy more...
I absolutely love the combination of these two polishes that I received in my Finesse Vox Box! I've used Essie polishes before and so I know their polishes work well for me, but I haven't used colors like this (I use mostly darker, which is what I tend to prefer). I applied two coats of the sheer pink and then one coat of the clear top coat. I gave the polish a few minutes to dry between coats and it was pretty much dry about 20 minutes after I did the last coat. I didn't push into it, but I had to do a few things around the house and it didn't get messed up. 

This polish was really easy to apply -- the brush is nice and wide and I was able to put it on fairly thick and I didn't see any bubbles. I hate when I get bubbles in my polish so it's always a happy day when it doesn't happen. The polish also goes on nice and even without looking patchy.

I love this look because it kind of looks like I had a manicure (aside from my dry cuticles). You could use a white polish on the tips and go for a French manicure look, or just keep it natural. This polish makes my nails feel nice and strong, which helps because my nails tend to break easily. 

It has been six days since I first applied it and it still looks great. (The photo was taken on day four.) It's starting to peel away a tiny bit at the cuticles, but as long as I resist the urge to pick at it, I think the polish will look nice for a couple more days before I have to take it off (I can't stand having chipped polish on my nails). Anytime I can do my nails myself and have it last a full week, I'm a happy girl. I really don't spend a ton of time on my nails, but I do like them to look nice and I also like to keep them from breaking. On that note, I absolutely recommend these polishes from Essie. 
Kaicey W.
165 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Princess Charming more...
I was pretty excited about testing out this gel polish when I received it from Influenster. I usually don’t wear polish on my fingernails because I can never seem to keep it on. I have a terrible habit of picking at my nails and cuticles so one chip, and it’s game over for my manicure. I recently had gel polish applied at a salon and was able to keep it on for two weeks. So when I received this gel polish from Influenster a few days ago, I figured it was perfect timing! I can’t afford to have them professionally done every few weeks but I certainly loved being able to keep polish on my nails for a change.

I just applied the color a few hours ago so I can’t speak to the longevity but I will update in a few weeks with how long it lasted me. I do like the results so far, though. I was sent the shade “Princess Charming” which is an almost mauve, nude pink. Not something I would typically pick out myself but I was pleasantly surprised once I applied it to my nails. It’s a very natural shade that would be perfect for work. My biggest complaint with the product would be how thick the product is when applying. It is difficult to apply evenly and even with a light touch, it leaves streaks. Thankfully the topcoat helps meld it together and covers many of the imperfections. This may just be the shade I tried since other reviews mention it being thinner. I do love the round tip of the brush. It helps to get close to the cuticles without touching. I’m usually pretty bad about staying within the lines when painting my own nails but the applicator made it much easier for precise application. It dried quickly and even before the top coat, it was very shiny. It doesn’t seem to set to quite the same hard/thick layer as salon gel polish but I actually appreciate that since it can be hard to do some things with such thick nails. Overall, I really like the look of the manicure, especially for something I did at home, and I am definitely looking forward to purchasing in other colors. I’ve already got my eye on quite a few! I think with practice and becoming more familiar with the consistency of the product, this could easily be one of my new favorites. Especially since my current results are great even though I had some difficultly with application. I look forward to seeing how it holds up and will report back! essie® Gel Couture Nail Color
Amanda M.
Sunnyvale, CA
8 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Top Coat, Closing Night more...
*I got this item for free in the Finesse Vox Box in exchange for a review.*

I've never used this brand before (or even heard of it) so I didn't have high expectations.  I received the color Closing Night, which is a soft shimmer gray. If you like gray that's cool but I prefer bright colors. 

When I read that it was a gel nail polish, I had my doubts that it could be as good as a professional manicure but what do I know? I've never had one.

To start with, I don't normally pretty up my nails because I do a lot of work with my hands. My nails are very thin and chip very easily and whenever I work, polish always gets ruined quickly. 

I stopped bothering with nail polish because I spent so much time to get it to look nice and then a couple hours later, it would be completely messed up. 

I was surprised to find that this one dried so quickly in just only a few minutes as opposed to like 10+ minutes. I only put one coat of gray and one coat of the clear top coat.

It's so easy and fast to apply because of how the brush is wide. When I put the topcoat on after the first coat dried, I did end up getting like bubbles though (user error??) but I was able to mostly smooth them out.

Now it's the end of the day and it still hasn't cracked. I even tried scraping some off with my fingernails but it won't budge. Is this stuff for real? 

I think these polishes are a bit pricey because I'm a cheapo but I might actually save up to buy a color that I actually like.
Lindsey S.
Nashville, TN
1 review
Review for: Platinum Grade Finish Top Coat, Closing Night more...
If you have tried any of Essie's original nail polishes you know that their brush is definitely on the thiner side compared to other brands. The  essie® Gel Couture Nail Color line offers a wider brush which really covers the nail nicely and does a really decent job dispersing the color. The varnish itself isn't thick at all and needs two coats. The Platinum Grade Finish Top Coat has the same brush and covers well. It isn't as think of a top coat polish as Seche Vite and the shine is slightly less glossy but Essie's does give the nails a good shine without the thickness. The wear time is better than a standard polish but will chip if you are a constant nail table tapper (guilty as charged) that is more of a user fault than one of the products. The line has a good selection of colors and I would recommend. Product was sent for review via Influenster. All opinions are my own. 
Catie H.
7 reviews
Review for: Platinum Grade Finish Top Coat, Fairy Tailor more...
When I first saw Essie Gel Couture in Target I was intrigued yet skeptical... A fast drying two step no light gel nail? I’ve tried other no light gel nails and none of them measure up to Essie Gel Couture, this stuff is incredible. It lasts so long, IT DRYS SO FAST, the colors and shine is next level, and it protects your natural nails. My nails grow so long when I wear this polish(I’ve always had nails that peel and break). You have to get the color and the top coat for it to work which seems pricey but realistically is around the price of a single gel manicure. Application is a breeze and it removes like normal polish but wears like gel, and even fools nail techs. I had broke a nail while on vacation and went to get it patched at a salon and the girl told me it was an extra $10 to remove my gel polish, when I told her it wasn’t gel she was shook. I highly recommend you try Essie Gel Couture it’s a game changer. 
Christa B.
Mahomet, IL
261 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Platinum Grade Finish Top Coat more...
I received these products complimentary in exchange for my honest review. Just to be able to tell a difference I applied the top coat to one hand while the other was left with just the base coat. It definitely adds more shine but it was pretty sticky while applying and made the base coat peel off. The hand with only the base coat had no problems with peeling or chipping and was still quite sleek looking. If you like a more glossy look the top coat will definitely give you that but you have to be a little patient when applying to avoid messing up the base coat. Love how quickly the fairy tailor dries and the shape of the brush made it super easy to apply. For a more prominent pink two coats will need to be applied but it’s still a very classy look.
jennifer R.
Tallahassee, FL
40 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Princess Charming more...
I normally go to the salon to get my nails done. I don't mind paying for the clean, even finish that the technicians can easily do. When I tried the Gel Couture line I was so happy to see how easy it was for me to paint my own nails. The brush is soft and shaped perfectly to glide the polish evenly and mess-free. The polish was vibrant and dried so fast. I was able to do this on my lunch break in no time! This color was so beautiful and matches perfectly for Valentine's month! Can't wait to try more colors! So happy that I received a free product to try out. I would've probably never picked it up which would have me spending so much money each week, paying to have someone else do it for me. Now I can easily do it from my home! essie® Gel Couture Nail Color
Rianna H.
Columbus, WI
3 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Once Upon A Time, First View, Hang Up The Heels more...
I'm kind of in love with essie® Gel Couture Nail Color now! I first tried Hang Up the Heels and First View, which are both gorgeous, and thanks to my first ever VoxBox I just tried Once Upon a Time! It's a really gorgeous grey-lavender color. It looked a lot more grey at first, but after seeing it in different lighting and on my nails I can see the gorgeous dusty lavender shade even more. I love the feeling of these polishes and how long they stay on my nails. I used to keep my nails really long and always polished, but with my job my nails don't stay as strong and polish chips quickly. So it's nice knowing that when I do decide to paint my nails they won't look terrible right away!
Maria F.
53 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Sheer Fantasy more...
I bought this color from Essie because I wanted I clean simple look I could apply when I can’t go get my nails done. I had to give it a 4 since there was a con. I had to apply 4 coats to get at least some coverage, but not full. On the good side, even after applying the 4th coat the consistency on my nail wasn’t thick so I could continue adding if I wanted to. I have always loved the Essie brush, it is perfect to apply the product. The consistency of the nail polish is very light, hence why the shade is so transparent, making it even easier to apply. I love the packaging for the gel product and the overall look. I will update the review to let you all know how long the product lasted on.
Dana L.
108 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Nails are just something I can’t give a lot of time to. I’m blessed with thin nails yet my nail-beds are oily. Standard manicure nail polish sticks to my nails for maybe 2 days before starting to peel off. Acrylic nails start lifting away after 6 days (8 if I’m lucky). Seriously guys my cousin is a nail tech and my nails give her nightmares because she can’t figure out why *exactly* nothing stays put no matter who does my nails. Because of this it just doesn’t make sense for me to waste $15+ on a mani every 2-3 weeks.
Queue last Christmas. My roommate got me a bottle of the color “Model Clicks” so I gave it a whirl. This actually stays on my nails (by my standards). It doesn’t begin to chip for me until day 6/7 but it doesn’t completely peel away like other nail polishes do. It also dries super fast. After applying the polish my nails are dry within 15 minutes, there’s no light curing needed, & another big plus is that there’s no base coat needed so it’s just 3-4 coats (2-3 color & 1 top). Highly recommend! My favorite shades are 370 - Model Clicks & 70 - Take Me To Thread!
Sky G.
Somerset, Bristol
688 reviews
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Jessica R.
Bedford, TX
13 reviews
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Kelly G.
Amherst, NY
104 reviews
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Delaney D.
274 reviews
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Nida L.
Tallahassee, FL
25 reviews
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