Essie Gel Couture ‘Ballet Nudes’ – 2017 Collection


While planning for an upcoming trip, I started thinking about what I was going to do about my nails. I usually go for a salon gel manicure but I wanted to know what alternatives were out there. I needed something longer lasting than a regular polish since I’ll be away for 11 days, so I finally decided to try out the Essie Gel Couture which recently came out with a new collection called the ‘Ballet Nudes’. Though I’ve always been a sucker for lighter nudes and pinks on my nails, the colors in this collection were all so beautiful and so perfect for this upcoming spring.

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For both shades I picked up (Lace Me Up and Perfect Posture), I applied three coats of color plus the top coat in order to reach full opacity and it overall it still wasn’t a super thick layer on my nails. The brush was the flatter, wider kind that I absolutely love because it makes the application so easy. They only thing I didn’t like was that while the twisted bottles look beautiful on display, they make storage a little more difficult.

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“Perfect Posture” is a gorgeous powder baby blue shade with slight hints of grey undertones. Definitely a  spring staple!

How long do they really last?  I’ve always had very weak nails, and nail polish never lasts long on me (maybe half a week before I start seeing chips). I was really surprised when I found that my nails still looked good after a week of wear. I did start seeing some small chips on the edges, more on my right dominate hand, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as a regular polish. However, I definitely don’t think it’ll last me my whole trip so I’ll need to bring them along to retouch.

Overall, I love the shades, the brush, and the formula. And while I wish they lasted just a tiny bit longer, I can’t complain because they’re definitely my new favorites!

Have you guys tried any of the gel couture polishes? What do you think?



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