Essie Gel Couture provides up to 14 days of color and shine in unique, couture-inspired shades. Create a gel-like wear & shine in an easy 2-step system.
All new essie shades with pure color pigments that lay down rich, streak-free color for a perfectly tailored fit. repeat with second coat. no base coat necessary.
finish with Essie cutting edge, high gloss top coat. this quick-drying top coat helps protect color and magnifies shine for an ultra-glossy finish without a lamp.
· Formulated for use on natural nails without a base coat.
· No lamp required for curing.
· Easy soak free removal.
· New breakthrough brush & stem.
Doesn't strengthen my nails or lengthen wear as a base coat. A a top coat it takes ages to dry, isn't that shiny, doesn't resist scratching. Waste of time. I went back to my Essie Million Nails as a base coat/strengthener, and Essie Good to Go as a fast dry Top Coat.
As a base coat, it definitely does its job. After five days, it isn't chipping but it's not looking perfect either.As a top coat, i'm not sure. I've been using opis top coat for as long as i can remember and i prefer the high opi-shine. But i think essie is ok too! It doesn't dry super fast but it doesn't take forever (which i tink opi takes). I prefer essies brushes compared to opi's och china glaze's. The strenghtening part I can't say anything about. I can't feel any difference. If you are looking for a great allround polish I would recommend it! If you want a really high shine top coat I would recommend something else. And it isn't near as fast as seche white, but I don't like the shrinkage from seche white so I don't mind. I think this is a good product, not more or less.
Terrible! It takes longer than my other base coats to dry and my nails chip within 3 days
I used this as a base coat; the worst I've ever tried. My polish never dried properly, it stayed kind of tacky for hours afterward. Also, the polish I used (OPI Live And Let Die) is very dark and normally has kind of a satin finish with subtle sparkles, but with this as a base coat, it was much shinier and just looked black. Needless to say, I won't use it again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.
I'm reviewing this as a base coat only. I prefer quick-dry top coats. This is my HG basecoat. I've tried all the popular basecoats like Orly Bonder and CND Stickey and find them to not perform as well as the Essie in terms of maximizing the amount of time my mani or pedi stays in good shape. I apply All in One, then let it dry for 5 minutes before applying color. It does a really good job of preventing staining--I've used it for four years and can recall three instances of staining. I don't fault the Essie for that because I know some polishes will stain unless you use multiple layers of basecoat. So if you have tried the popular basecoats and find them to underperform, give this a shot!
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