Essie Gel

Let’s talk nails. For years I got gel manicures. I loved them, but after a few too many I found that my nails were getting brittle and breaking, and no amount of vitamins and treatments could counter the bi-weekly acetone soak. I decided to take a break for a while and look for ways to do my nails at home.

I tried a variety of “gel” polishes, and found that the Essie ones were my favorites. This is largely due to the unique brush, which allows you to get super close to the cuticles without getting polish all over them. Even if you’re a little *ahem* challenged in the DIY manicure department, they’re relatively simple to use.

Here’s my favorite part: the brush. Seriously, it makes it so easy to apply polish. It’s so flat you can cover a good part of the nail at once and you can get right up next to the skin. (Oh, does the top coat have it too? YOU KNOW IT DOES)











So, how does it stack up in terms of gloss and endurance? I will say the gloss factor is on point- especially at first, they have a shine that rivals salon manicures.

The lasting ability, however, is not quite there. On me, they look great for a few days, but then start to wear. It’s definitely not the weeks of you get out of a true gel manicure. That being said, it lasts waaay longer than traditional nail polish, which I often find pointless to even apply because it chips so quickly. I can put this on before a weekend getaway without worries about nail maintenance, which is all I really ask for.

While not the perfect solution to at-home gel, it’s one I’m happy with, as evidenced by the fact I own far too many colors!

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