I Tried the Essie Gel Couture Polish and This Is What Happened

I started getting my nails done at the salon on a regular basis when I could finally afford it. I would do a gel manicure every two weeks, and a regular pedicure every four weeks. I did the math and if you add that up (including tip) for an entire year, that is $1,270. Just for nails! Now I realize how crazy this sounds, because that is an insane amount of money to spend on fingernails and toenails. But as a woman interested in fashion and beauty, it was worth it at the time.

If I had all the money in the world, I probably wouldn’t feel bad about it. Unfortunately, I decided to be a lot more considerate of how I am spending my money in 2017. I unsubscribed from all my favorite retail stores, I barely eat out, I buy only what I’m going to eat during the week, and I stopped getting my nails and eyelashes done, except for special occasions.

I came across the new Essie Gel Couture polish that was recently launched and decided to give it a try. The main reason I don’t like regular polish is that it never stays on my fingers as long as advertised without chipping, and I have zero patience to watch it dry. This Essie gel polish was advertising a quick UV free dry, 2 week wear, and a gel-like finish. So I bought two different colors and tried it out.

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It is true about the quick dry. The online instructions say to wait 60 seconds in between each coat, and then a half hour after the top coat for the entire nail to dry. And I found that it’s pretty accurate. I tend to wait a full hour just to be on the safe side, but it does come out looking like gel polish, all shiny. I was very pleased with that.

The only downfall is that the polish lasted only about a week for me before the tips start chipping. Now I work at a desk, typing at work all day. I am not into much manual labor, but I always have an issue with chipping – which is why I always did the gel polish at the salon. A friend of mine said that hers lasts the full two weeks so I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, if anything. I’ve tried it three separate times and it’ll last between 5-7 days before it starts to chip.

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I tried the other color and the picture below shows it two days after I applied it.

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Take it or leave it. I don’t like putting in the time or effort of the at-home manicures and pedicures myself. It’s too time consuming. So I decided to just go bald for awhile. I feel a lot less put together that way, but it is what it is. I’ll leave the nail salon visits for special occasions.

Have any of you had better luck with other polishes lasting? Comment below or write me on Twitter -@knackeredchaos!


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