Happy Thursday, have you had any snow where you are? We've had a little bit, but mostly it's been raining and to say I'm unhappy is a slight understatement. I so wanted to build some little snowmen and then come home and have a deep hot bath with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
Today on my blog I have a review of some gorgeous Essie gel couture shades. There are 6 in the full 'Ballet Nudes' collection and I was kindly sent 3 of them (I have to get the rest though, I'm obsessed).
I hadn't tried any of the Gel Couture range before, I believe it launched in 2016 and was a massive hit, thanks in part to the perfectly instagrammable bottles, Essie has definitely created a blinder of a bottle design here. As you can imagine I was keen to see what the fuss was about.
I wasn't disappointed.
This gel like polish has a beautifully buttery formula that slid onto my nail like cuticle oil, and application was aided by the most perfect of flat brushes. I needed only 2 coats for each colour, drying time was standard and they all dried to a smooth shine, to finish I added a topcoat. Although I haven't tested the wear time, Essie have said it can last up to 14 days, however proper application, a topcoat and continued care will be needed to ensure it lasts.
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This pale rose pink has a slight peachy tint and is really pretty. This is just the shade I think off when ballet is mentioned.
This powdery periwinkle blue is super soft and in some lights leans a little grey.
This storm grey has a very sparkly blue shimmer and the combination makes for a truly beautiful polish.
Out of these 3 I think my favourite has to be Perfect Posture. I even used it as a base for some nail art recently and know I will reach for it many times before Spring hits.
If you're interested in the Gel Couture Ballet Nude collection, they will be on sale from 20th January from your local stockist (find it here) priced at £9.99 each.
What do you think of these polishes? Let me know your favourite in the comments below.
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