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


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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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Tara H.
130 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Pre-Show Jitters more...
I used to get gel manicures at the nail salon, but due to cost/time I’ve decided I’d rather just do it at home. I tried Sensationail which was good for a while, but I hated how hard it was to remove the polish. I also tried the Essie gel setter topcoat, which was just OK.

Then these came out. At first I purchased the kit that comes with one polish and the topcoat. The first time I tried I wasn’t impressed. It did not last as long as it claimed, so into my bin of polish it went.

Last year I tried these again and fell in love. With a little trial and error I have realized that you really need to take your time with this polish. With certain colors you need three/four coats, and it’s super important to wait some time in between layers. It’s time consuming, but personally I’d rather be home than stuck in a salon chair. I just paint my nails while watching tv and it’s not so bad.

I have a toddler and a baby and I wash my hands constantly during the day, as well as dishes, bath time, etc. Despite that I can’t believe how well these wear. Around day 5-6 I start getting the fading on the tips of my nails. After a week they start chipping. This is the longest wear time I’ve ever gotten from any other polish I’ve done at home.

My favorite shade is Pre Show Jitters. It’s a beautiful creamy pinky white that looks fantastic when I have a tan in the summer. It’s so clean and classy looking. I absolutely love it. For winter I have been loving the shades Model Clicks and Berry In Love. I have about ten shades now and will continue to purchase more!
Kaicey W.
194 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
Jordan G.
Los Angeles, CA
15 reviews
Review for: Closing Night more...
I was really not expecting to like this polish as much as I do. Most at-home gel polishes I’ve tried chip basically as quickly as any other traditional polish. But this one I was very pleasantly surprised by! I had it on for at least a week and a half before I saw any chipping at all, and the chips that did appear after that were pretty minor. What was also great, was that when I did take it off, it came off just as easily as normal polish! Much less of a hassle than salon gel.
For me, it didn’t have the look of salon gels, with that perfect, thicker smoothness. But it is for sure my favourite at home polish. I even went and bought another colour, and am sure I will buy more. The only little complaint that I have, is that in the bottle, it appears to have a lovely shimmer to the color, that didn’t really transfer to my nails. I personally don’t mind that it didn’t have the sheen it appeared to, but some people may think the colour they’re getting is different than what it really is.

Loved it, and would definitely recommend to others looking for a good at-home no light required gel polish.

essie® Gel Couture Nail Color
Kym B.
Denver, CO
44 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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. 
Jennifer A.
34 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Top Coat, Take Me To Thread, Dress Is More more...
Take Me to Thread: These arrived just when I needed to paint my nails! & I wish I would have taken a photo of the brush! I'm not crazy about the shape of the bottle because it's hard to hold. Cute but challenging. The brush is great though. It's not shaped like a typical nail polish brush that has a round barrel with all the bristles at the end that come to a blunt stop. This is is more of a flat, wide brush that is curved. There was a slight learning curve on how to use it. Mainly just figuring out how much pressure to apply but it turns out it takes almost nothing to glide across your nail bed. The curve makes it super easy to get near your cuticles. I wasn't too in love with the nail color at first but after wearing it I realized it's something that fits right in and I love it. In my opinion this particular color looks a bit darker in person but its nothing too drastic. Its like a purplish-gray.The nail polish doesn't last more than a week on me before it starts to chip or wear down but that's nothing new because I tend to wash a lot of dishes. I typically try to do my nails every week or week and a half. **this product was sent to me for free by Influenster for reviewing purposes only**-----Top Coat:The shine on this is absolutely beautiful! I haven't had any problems with peeling of this product or my polish. After about a week of wear the shine on this does kind of dull down but not too much. Much like the polish this applies very smoothly and quickly! I believe the brush has a lot to do with the application and because of that painting my nails was a lot quicker. As any other time I use nail polish I always apply a base coat or two thin ones before going in with two coats of color and a top coat. I always apply thin coats so my nails don't feel heavy from so many layers. I will say though that I almost always forget to seal the tips of my nails with the top coat which is why I think that my nail color only lasts about a week. This is though my favorite top coat! It also works so well with other nail polish brands! I'm always in search of a glossy looking top coat and this is it!! **this product was sent to me by Influenster for reviewing purposes only**----Dress Is More: I wanted to say that this one behaved VERY differently than Take Me To Thread. It still applied very smoothly BUT this one was no where near opaque. This was a very sheer color! I had bought this one looking for a white or an almost white nail polish color and because the one I received worked so well I thought this one would be too. I was wrong. I believe this color may have been a bridal collection so I don't know if that has to do with it being sheer or not, or if maybe I just got a bad one. Either way I wasn't too happy considering I bought something sheer looking for it to be opaque, but that was my mistake! lol Its kind of like looking for a blinding highlight in a subtle glow. Those are two different things, and if its not for me, then its not for me. So, if anyone is looking for a sheer color, Dress Is More, is right up your alley! If you want something opaque the this is not your cup of tea. lol
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!
Catie H.
34 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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. 
Tiana V.
218 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Wearing Hue more...
Was really excited to try this since I never really wear nail polish, and I didn’t want to spend the time/money at a salon. I read great reviews and YouTube tutorials all saying that this lasted for two weeks. I painted my nails with this before my vacation, and 4 of my nails were already chipped before I got on the plane. One nail in particular had cracked but not fallen off so it kept catching on things. I figured I’d just take off the flake so it would stop bothering me AND IT TORE OFF PART OF MY NAIL.
I’m so disappointed in this. I’m looking at the other 6 good nails I have and the color is so pretty. Really wish this lived up to expectations
Mallory C.
Kingsville, OH
447 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Review for: Twill Seeker more...
After picking the @essie shade Twill Seeker up a million times at Target and putting it back down I finally decided to purchase it. This nail polish is a part of their long wear line and is described as a pewter with sage luster. To be honest I disagree with the description. To me it’s a dark, muted purple with a green duo chrome. In the bottle this shade is absolutely gorgeous!! It doesn’t translate on the nails as nicely. It’s still a really pretty color and when it hits the light just right you can see the green sparkles but if you didn’t know it was there you’d never notice. I was left wishing the sparkle color shift was more prominent. That being said though this was extremely quick and easy to apply. Everything dried down faster than my usual nail polish which I really appreciated. I’m one of those people who cannot wait for their nails to dry so that aspect was nice. It didn’t last any longer than my usual nail polish does. Within a few days it started chipping though it still looks pretty decent a week later. All in all I wish the color shift was more extreme (I probably won’t reach for this color much) but I will definitely be buying more Essie long wear nail polishes.
нannaн c.
36 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Fairy Tailor more...
I was so eager to have this on my nails, I adore blush colors. I used a Formula X base coat (not because it’s my favorite but because it was readily available) This is a sheer polish. Do not expect opacity because it is meant to create a light wash of color. After my second coat I was so happy with the way it smoothed over and it seriously looks like a gel manicure. You can still see the whites of your nails through it which I love. Perfect wedding mani. I added some star stickers for fun and used the Essie Gel Couture Top Coat. Each coat of polish dried extremely fast. The brush is my favorite kind for easy application. I am very picky about about nail products and Essie has never disappointed me. Pro tip: let every coat of base, polish, and top coat dry completely in between. 2 coats of polish is best. Update: lasted over a week without any chipping. *I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes*
Sky G.
Lockleaze, Bristol
690 reviews
What is your favourite nail colour?
Jessica R.
Bedford, TX
13 reviews
How long does this really last?
Melanie C.
310 reviews
Do you prefer bold or nude colours?
Jessie B.
Paradise, CA
6 reviews
I currently use the essie base coat with 2 coats of color and the essie gel setter top coat..that lasts about a week for me sometimes less if I'm using my hands a lot. My question is how long does this last? Pretty much is it worth replacing my collection?
Delaney D.
284 reviews
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