Essie Gel Couture Review,  Swatches & Wear Test

Essie Gel Couture Review Swatch Wear Test on Dark Skin
Essie released a new line of nail polishes, and I have to admit it is the packaging that drew me to this collection. 
Product claims:

Get a gel-like manicure at home

For up to 14 days of luxurious wear:
start by cleansing the nail with polish remover. no base coat needed.
step 1: apply 2 coats of luxurious gel couture color. allow 60 seconds to dry between coats.
step 2: seal with gel couture top coat for flawless gel-like shine.
no UV or LED lamps needed.

I got the shades Berry in Love from the Monique Lhuillier collection, Take Me To Thread from the original launch, and At The Barre from the Ballet Nudes Collection.

I also got the top coat.

Essie Gel Couture Swatches on Dark Skin –  Berry in Love, At the Barre, Take Me To Thread. 

Essie Gel Couture Take Me To Thread Swatched on Dark Skin
Essie Gel Couture Take Me To Thread Swatch (without top coat)
Essie Gel Couture At The Barre Swatch on dark skin
Essie Gel Couture At The Barre Swatch (with top coat)
Essie Gel Couture Berry In Love Swatch On Dark Skin
Essie Gel Couture Berry In Love Swatch (with top coat)

Essie Gel Couture Review: Wear Time

Essie Monique Lhuillier Berry In Love Swatch on Dark Skin
Essie Berry In Love Gel Couture: Day 7

The Gel Couture line promises up to 14 days of wear. With no chipping and high shine and all that good stuff.

I didn’t try it that long, but usually I can’t get to the end of the week without my nail polish looking a bit messy, fading, chipping, and getting very obvious tip wear.

I wanted something that would last the whole week and look semi-decent, and this delivered. As you can see from the photo above, I got a bit of new growth (there’s really nothing to be done about that) and very minimal tip wear.

But aside from that the polish still looked pretty great. I’m working on a new technique to reduce tip wear based on a recommendation from fellow blogger Unoma. I will let you know how it goes.

A few other things to note about this line, I feel like the curved brush really helps with a mess-free application.  The top coat is necessary. I’ve tried the polishes with and without the top coat, and there’s an obvious difference.

Essie Gel Couture- Fancy new wand and brush


Without the top coat I saw some minor bubbling, I noticed the colour wasn’t as vibrant and I definitely noticed the polish didn’t wear as well.

(I only do one coat instead of the recommended two because I paint my nails myself and I’m too lazy for 2 layers of top coat)

But even with just one layer of topcoat, I have noticed that it sort of fills in the bubbles and makes them disappear. I’ve also noticed it makes the polish more vibrant, adds more shine and makes it last longer.  So I’d definitely recommend using this specific top coat for the polishes from this line.

Even though Essie claims there’s no need to use a base coat with this, I’d recommend using a base coat for the darker shades because Berry In Love seriously stained my nails when I applied it without a base coat. The lighter shades didn’t stain my nails when applied without a base coat.
I really love these and I think they’re amazing quality.

Have you tried any shades from this line? What do you think?

2 Replies to “Essie Gel Couture Review,  Swatches & Wear Test”

  1. You’re like one of the only bloggers I’ve seen swatcing these shades on dark skin tones! Kudos! I have the shade Rock the Runway and Model Clicks and I love them!

    1. Thank you! I know right? It’s so hard to find swatches of these on dark skin. I had to buy at the barre without knowing what it would look like, and it didn’t turn out how I thought it would. These polishes are great. I’m thinking of picking up Caviar Bar.

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