As I’m sure you will have all seen by now, essie have launched a two-step gel-like polish system inspired by couture, essie Gel Couture.
I’m a bit behind the curve on this one, as it took me a while to get my hands on the top coat, and I obviously couldn’t test the system of I only had half of it.
It works the same way as the Rimmel, Sally Hansen and Revlon ones; two coats of colour, with no need for a base coat, followed by one layer of top coat.
Clever technology fuses the colour layers with the top coat to create a durable, shiny finish, and natural light acts as the curing agent (rather than LED lights).
I was interested to see how this version compared to the Revlon one (by the far the best out of the other three – the Sally Hansen one stained my nails and the Rimmel one was just a gloopy mess to apply.)
There are 21 gorgeous shades that are divided into four colour families, each inspired by couture, naturally.
The twisted bottle is a nod to a swirling couture dress, a shape that is mimicked in the brush stem inside – it helps to deposit the correct amount of polish onto the brush for a smooth, even application. The brush itself is rounded at the end and fits snugly into the curve of the nail, ensuring a professional looking finish.
I got eight days of chip-free wear (the say up to 12), before I got a chip on my left index finger, and another three days before any other chips appeared. The formula stayed super glossy and didn’t stain my nails.
It didn’t last quite as long as the Revlon version does on my nails (two days shy of it), but I have to say it still beats it just because I prefer the essie colour selection.
The collection is available in selected Dis-Chem, Clicks and Foschini stores for R169.95 for the colour polishes and R179.95 for the top coat.