When it comes to nails, I’m a file and polish girl. Having done the Shellac thing for quite a while, but not being able to resist peeling them once they begin to lift meant I was left with weaker, brittle nails (completely my own fault I know). I also get bored easily with colours and so generally have a standing weekly file and polish date with the nail rockstars at Nails on Wicklow St.
My Tuesday night ritual involves an hour of legs at the gym (insert relevant profanities here) followed by my nails date in town which I love - nothing makes you feel more put together than freshly manicured nails (and matching underwear!). The thing is, when things get hectic and my free time is at a premium, my nails dates go out the window and more often than not I’m left with a chipped polish situation, my pet hate.
Being a long-term Essie fan, the new twisted artsy bottles of their new gel couture range immediately caught my eye. Not that this should matter in terms of product effectiveness, but the absolute prettiness. Gel couture is a two-step longwear polish system that requires no lamp to bond and lasts up to 14 days with a gel-like finish. The kicker for me is that it can be removed with regular nail varnish remover.
Long-lasting nail perfection is as simple as two steps... Step 1 - apply two coats of your chosen colour, which in my case is this beautiful minky neutral from the ‘Atelier’ collection called ‘make the cut’. Step 2 - finish with the magical, long-wearing, gel-like topcoat for a seriously glossy and hardwearing finish.
Having tried polished with similar claims in the past, I can safely say Essie gel couture delivers in all areas. Within the first day of applying this polish I got not one but two compliments on my ‘Shellac’ (gel-like finish is on point). A few days in and I’m chip free, a rarity for me. There’s also a new swirl-stem brush which is a welcome benefit when getting that professional finish if detailed polish application just ain’t your thing.
I find Essie do the most beautiful colours (especially if pastel nails are your thing) and the gel couture collection boasts a whopping 42 shades, grouped into four categories: Neutrals, Pastels, Brights and Deeps. Colour-wise they’ve covered all angles and there really is something for everyone - I can feel a bit of love affair coming on with these!
I picked up my Essie Gel Couture polishes from McCabes pharmacy, priced €14.95 a bottle.