Essie Gel Couture Polish Review and Swatches

July 27, 2016

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You may have already seen me sing Essie Gel Couture's praises on Instagram, but it's so good I thought it warranted a blog post too. Shout out to my friend Kara who made me realize I need it in my life. I am by no means a beauty junkie, but I do pretty much always have my nails painted because my hands are manly and I think it makes them look a little more femininešŸ˜‚ Anyway, I've tried my fair share of nail polishes but never really dabbled in at home gel polish for some reason. I've always liked Essie because their colors are so on point but didn't buy it much because their brushes are pretty terrible. So tiny and no control. Thankfully that is not the case here! Honestly the brushes alone make the Gel Couture worth it. They fan out and you can do pretty much your whole nail in one stroke (seen below). 
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I'm not sure what it is about the brush but I made the least mistakes of my life when using it, and I am one messy nail painter!
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This color is "Spool Me Over" and it's a beautiful peachy pink. They're more expensive, but honestly so worth the price. Once you buy the top coat it will last you a while too. 
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Above is "Rock the Runway" and it's a beautiful true red. This is only one coat in these pictures! So pigmented and opaque which I love. 
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But the very best thing about this polish is the staying power. I kept it on for almost two weeks with no chipping (I know!!) just some grow out as seen below. 
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The top image is the day I painted them, the middle is 7 days after I painted them, and the bottom is 10 days after. I played several hours of volleyball and applied a ton of sunscreen with this polish and there's very little evidence of that. You can see they lost a little bit of their shine, but that's to be expected after 10 days. Even though I love to have my nails painted I hate the actual process of painting them, so this is a dream come true. I joked to Kara that I never want to wear anything else, but it's pretty much the truth. The above color is "Stitch by Stitch" and it's a beautiful bubblegum pink. 

I may be totally fan-girling over this because I've never done gel before, but either way I would highly recommend! 

Do you have a nail polish you swear by?

xo Catherine

ps: this post is not sponsored, honestly just love this product!

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