Hair and nails can be the best accessory to any outfit, and nothing is quite as discouraging as discovering a chip on freshly painted nails. I’ll be honest, I’ve been a gel manicure kind of gal on my fingernails for a few years now, but as my life is getting busier, I’m finding that I want to spend less and less time sitting in the chair at the nail salon for an hour. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very nice to have an hour of quiet where I can turn my brain off, but I’m always trying to find the right concoction of products for a long-lasting home manicure that won’t chip on day 2!
More important than the polish application itself is the prep work. I thought it would be most helpful to demonstrate each step, so you can watch that below!
How sad is my color coat and top coat lid? Essie sent a few colors from their Gel Couture collection and upon opening the package I realized that the beautiful red shade had broken and covered everything. I spent a bit of time with a cotton ball and nail polish remover to remove the spilled polish from the area where the cap twists on and off so it wouldn’t stick, but then I moved on to another project (probably laundry, to be honest).
So, yes it’s unsightly, but I wanted to show you how the new Gel Couture applies AND wanted to show how nice the finish is. It is thicker, in my opinion, than regular nail polish, but still very easy to apply.
the bracelet I’m wearing is from Maya Brenner and I wear it every single day. ::heart eye emoji::
*the polishes in the photo are original Essie polishes. My gel couture polishes aren’t exactly photo ready, as you’ll see in the video! Sorry for any confusion. Also, it is not required that you use a base coat with Gel Couture, I just had great results with it!
More of my favorite summer nail polishes here!