Rated 4.22 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Amazing
Amazing product. I do highly recommend Essie Gel Couture. Every 2 weeks I visit my salon. I was going for years to the same place till the owner decided to sell it & moved away. Ever since, it's been a nightmare. Polish peeling the very same day, crooked nails, lumpy nails ~ you name it!! I literally tried every salon near me & not only gave them a second chance but a third & a forth & I said ENOUGH!! Something has to give. Not only was it a waste of money but time as well. Soooo I walk into Ulta & straight to the nail polishes I go. I have always loved Essie & OPI. I saw the new Essie Gel Couture collection & said to myself "ok let's try"!! I'm beyond impressed. I cooked/cleaned/ went in the pool. A full week so far & no chips at all. Amazing product. My nails are short (just a preference for now. I got tired of long nails) I've been telling everyone about this new polish. So easy to use. 2 coats of color. I let them dry for a few minutes before each coat. Then 1 coat of the clear top coat. It really does dry in less than 15 minutes into a beautiful professional salon quality manicure. It's super shiny & just beautiful. Make sure you buy the clear top coat that accompanies this line. Nails are left shiny & strong. I bought many other color since. I want to try them all. I did a little color swatch & they are all creamy & beautful. Some have a little sparkle or frost~ really pretty. They are really easy to remove too. A few swipes of remover & it's off. No messy removal like at the salon & no damaging scraping. Try it ladies. I hope you find that you have the same results as me. Here's to beautful nails!!!
Most Helpful Critical Review No big deal
It's no different than "regular" polish. You can get the same 3-day wear with a different brand for a good top coat. There is no brilliant shine. There is no gel-effect. The thick brush they have is the same type of brush that you see on Sally Hanson's brushes.
Reviewed by 834 customers For the price, I'm not impressed.
Katie from Fraziers Bottom, WV
There's nothing special at all about this Gel Couture system. I have long, natural nails and I love red nails. I like that this doesn't require a base coat and the red I got is a pretty color. It seems to dry reasonably fast but my nails are still covered in imperfections. And while easy to apply, I admit I like the brush, it is not fully opaque (or even close on several of my nails), after two coats and I did not have time for a third coat to dry. Onto the gel-like top coat that isn't gel like at all it acts the same way as a regular top coat and even though my polish was dry it dragged off some of my color the same way it did over regular Essie polish requiring me to clean the brush. The only thing Gel about this system is the price tag.
First time buying Essie brand and it's great!
Beachgal from Portland Or
I really like the Essie brand with the gel system. I've always used OPI gel but I really love the color which is a bright red for the holidays. Not too dark and not pinky just a pretty red. And it's been two weeks and my nails still looks fresh!
Use it all the time
Sj from Ny
I use no base coat or topcoat finding less coats are better. Lasts about 5 days. Goes on smooth do not use a light it's not needed
dmking29 from Monee, IL
I was very pleased with this gel formula. It stayed on for a little over a week with no chipping. My daughter even said it looked like I got a manicure!
Great for at home last longer than normal polish
Shelly from North Carolina
A great polish, I switched to doing my own nails during Covid and this was recommended and definitely works. Its a bit harder than normal polish allowing longer lasting polish, also has a great shine. Comes off with normal polish remover ironically easier than normal polish.
Andy from CA
Stays strong for about a week without chipping using a base coat, 2 layers of the gel polish, and a clear top coat
Nice but not long
Gigi from Florida
This goes on nice and with only one coat but it is not long lasting salon quality
Loni from Arizona
I did a lot of research before purchasing essie Gel Couture and found mostly glowing reviews (I'm looking at you tati). USE WITH GEL COUTURE CLEAR TOP COAT, DO NOT CURE WITH LAMP, NO BASE COAT NEEDED, NEW ROUNDED BRUSH MAKES PAINTING EASY, REMOVES LIKE REGULAR POLISH, WILL NOT STAIN NAILS I painted two coats of color and a coat of clear. I had tip wear (chips at edges) within 24 hours. To be fair, I wash may hands a lot at work and wear gloves for 8 hours, plus I wear my nails really short and find capping them (painting clear coat along edges to seal manicure) too messy so I skip that step. I love traditional gel that is cured with a lamp but hate the removal, and since this looks and feels like gel I don't mind repainting after a couple days. Plus, I used Model Clicks (very deep burgundy) and it did not stain my nails! Overall' didn't love it and didn't hate it.
Went on beautifully!
Nina from SC
I wanted a grey nail color for fall, something lighter than the deep charcoal I sometimes wear. I wish I got a grey that was a little bit darker, but it's pretty. It applied really nicely and 2 coats were sufficient. I love Essie Couture polish and this one was no different!
Suzrob from Louisville, KY
Great polish. Stays on my nails over a week
Holy Grail Product
Sarah from TN
I've never used a nail polish this good. It really does last a LOT longer than any other. So glad I found this!
Heather from NY
This chips on me almost immediately each time I use it, even with a base/top coat. Such a waste of money.
great for toes, not so great for fingers
Riley from Montana
The colors are gorgeous. They'll last forever on the toes, but my fingers peel within a day or two. Pretty much whenever I shower, and it doesn't matter if I wait 2 hours or 24 hours after painting. Same result... peeling from the sides. I guess at least it all peels off in one solid chunk for easy removal? I don't think the price is worth it, seeing as literally every other nail polish lasts forever on the toes. Honestly, if you get anything from this line, just get the top coat!
New favorite polish!
Victoria from Parker, Colorado
I didn't think that this would actually look like a gel manicure and I was surprised! I'm not good at painting my own nails, it always looks like a toddler took a marker to her nails. This is the first time I've actually really been happy with my work!! I used a base coat, two coats of "Caviar Bar" gel couture, and the gel couture top coat. I really love how glossy the final result turned out! I've seen some reviews that it's streaky; a couple nails initially did have lines when I applied the first coat but after round two plus the top you can see how it looks just like gel!
Worst Nail Polish Ever
Kristen from Arlington Heights IL
If I could give this nail polish zero stars I would. This is by far the worst nail polish I have ever had on my nails and I let my daughter paint my nails when she was a kid with the toy like nail polish she had as a 7 year old. It is both streaky and way too thick. It dries horribly and unevenly under the UV light. The color itself is great and I wish it would have worked but it was horrifically bad. I doubt I will ever buy Essie nail polish again that's how bad it was.
Rock the Runway
gotcaveman from Georgia
Best. Color. Ever. I have very fair skin and it's hard finding a red that doesn't make me look dead. This is THE perfect shade.
Highly Recommend from Missouri
I use this polish with INM Out the Door Top Coat and OPI Drip Dry. The polish lasts a little over a week so it's perfect for self care Sunday routines. Best non-gel polish that is easy on the nails! Highly recommend.
Great nail polish
Irislee from Bronx NY
Love this particular brand because it does last long . And the color is beautiful.
I would buy this product again
Ginger from Long Island ny
I use essie gel all the time.
Bassgirl from Cookeville TN
I have used many different nail polish brands and this essie is the only one that does not chip
It's alright as a 2-step
Momma KK from Washington
This is good as a 2-step process, meaning the gel couture colored followed by the top coat. Step-1 (this polish), is not streak free. You have to glob it on and move really fast for it to be streak-free and I mean like a nail done evenly in 3-4 seconds. Even with a second coat and top coat, the streak is obvious. Now the Step-2 portion is wonderful! But not this step-1.
Best Gel Nail Polish Ever !
Senior southern belle from Titusville, Florida
I love how long this gel system lasts. No longer do salon manicures..this is so easy to use even for a beginner. I wish there were more color choices.
aprilfromMN from Minneapolis, MN
Ok this stuff looks really good for 2 days max... Then it start to get little cracks all over. So, if you need something last minute for a day or two, it'll do. Otherwise, just invest in real gel polish.
Love the brand and the colour
Jes07 from California
I love this shade and the essie brand. This is gel colour so it lasts longer too. I hate having to paint my nails frequently so this is perfect for me. It is a beautiful colour and has a lovely sheen to it.
I love Essie gel polishes
carrie from goodyear
I think Essie gel polishes are better than OPI polishes. They last longer and don't chip easily. I especially love the top coat which is shiny and helps the polish last. Only negative is that I wish there were more colors available to choose.