Hi loves! Hope you’re having a great week thus far, we are half way through it so if it’s not going as planned, at least it’s almost the weekend. Today I’m sharing a stunning collection from the new(ish) gel couture line by essie. This is the 2017 Ballet Nudes Collection.
essie launched the gel couture line last year, so I’m a bit late to the game and I am just now trying this lovely line. Let me just say that, it was worth the wait!!! These polishes are stunning.
They have a super cool swirl bottle which sets them apart from the regular essie line. The bottle was designed this way to be ergonomic because it holds up comfortably flat to the bottom half of your palm leaving your thumb and pointer finger free. This is especially easy for manicurists to do their client nails while holding the bottle of essie gel couture. I demonstrate this in my YouTube video.
The brush is another amazing new feature! It has a rounded tip, flat paddle brush!!! I’m so happy they decided to make the brushes this way. I love flat paddle brushes. The brush stem is also swirly! This was designed in order to guide the nail polish down the stem slowly and evenly avoiding you from flooding your cuticles. They really thought about everything when designing this new line!
The gel couture is a 2 step formula that is made up of 1. base coat + color and 2. gel couture top coat. So you don’t need a base coat when applying this polish because the color already has base coat in it. The gel couture top coat aids in the 14 day wear time. It is also formulated to be limited staining unless you have extremely porous nails. There are so many great things about this polish, let’s take a look at this gorgeous collection.
This is an ivory creme filled with iridescent micro shimmer. The formula on this one wasn’t my favorite. It was streaky and patchy even after 3 coats.
It is a pretty color and the shimmer is so nice however it’s not too noticeable on the nail.
LACE ME UP
This is a soft ballet slipper pink creme. They NAILED IT with this one! It’s literally identical to a ballet slipper. The color is perfect. The formula on this one was a lot better than Satin Slipper. I did 2 coats here.
Obsessed with how this is a perfect ballet pink shade.
HOLD THE POSITION
This is a flamingo pink creme with a drop of peach. WOW!!! I am in love with this beauty!! The formula is amazing. Buttery and smooth and opaque in 2 easy coats.
AT THE BARRE
This is a true nude creme. Delicious. Oh MY! I was actually surprised at how opaque and pigmented this polish was on the 1st coat. It’s so yummy. This is 2 coats.
This is a pale pastel lilac creme with a drop of grey. You guys know I love these polishes with a drop of grey. It just makes them look so dusty and dreamy! The formula was excellent on this one. Opaque in 2 easy coats.
This is a cement grey creme filled with blue shimmer flash. It was a bit sheer on the 1st coat but covers nicely on the 2nd coat.
The shimmer in this one was a bit more visible in 2 coats.
Check out my live application swatch video on my YouTube channel here:
My favorites here were all of the cremes that didn’t have shimmer. LOL I’m a creme girl so I loved Lace Me Up, Hold the Position, At the Barre, and Perfect Posture. The formula on Satin Slipper was mehh but the rest were great. Which one was your favorite? Have you tried essie’s gel couture line yet?
Essie Cosmetics is owned by L’Oréal. The brand has over 250 shades in the permanent collection, plus releases four seasonal color collections and two specialty collections every year. Essie is 3 FREE and sold in drug stores, salons, and beauty supply stores world wide.
essie’s gel couture line benefits include luxurious wear for up to 14 days, easy 2-step system, no lamp needed and easy removal. They retail for $11.50 USD each and are sold at big retailers like Target, ULTA, and CVS.