Apr 21, 2015

Testing Essence new The gel nail polish. Color, base and top coat [Review]

Essence The gel nail polish. Color, base and top coat [Review]

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Hello my sweeties! how are you today? It's time for another "wearing-test"! I have tried the recently launched nail polish range "The Gel nail polish" by Essence cosmetics, and their new base and top coats that promise 60% increase in durability. Curious to see how they performed? Keep reading then!


You know I have been looking for a way to make my manicures last a little longer, specially with the hectic times ahead once the baby will be born, changing a manicure oftenly will be nearly impossible. So far, I have tried OPI Infinite shine solution, and I wasn't seduced. Today it is time to test another brand that promises long lasting results, let's see what Essence has to offer !


As Essence recently replaced their "Colour & Go" nail polish range by "The Gel nail polish" range I have been tempted to try them, but when I saw they also launched a base coat and topcoat that promise "Extreme shine" and 60% more durability, I didn't think twice and grabbed 2 colours!

The first I wanted to try was the yellow creme #38 Love is in the air. My collection seriously lacks of midtone yellow cremes and they usually are a pain in the rare end to apply (what is with yellow nail-polish-diva-attitude?).

I have heard some good comments on this essence line. As my impatient a*s couldn't wait until the next day, I did my manicure around 10 pm in the evening :P  (that was on Tuesday 14th April).

I did not have great expectations really. But when I started to apply the base coat: WOW, it blew my mind. It really  acts like gel! I mean, the texture and density are very similar to gel, it also dries fairly fast and leaves the nail prepped to received the colour. In my mind I went like: "ok, too good to be true, so now the yellow will ruin it". But I was (oh) so wrong. The yellow creme applies like a buttery dream on nails, two coats are enough for a totally opaque and even finish, I am so impressed with the application! 

The top coat is also a pleasure to apply, but aren't all newly topcoats like that, hun? Nevertheless, it dried surprisingly fast, leaving an amazing shine. I cannot stress enough how great the application is with these.

Around midnight I went to bed. Wondering if it was really a wise decision going to bed two hours after applying the polish. next morning was hectic, and also lunchtime! I could not snap a picture of my hands before 4pm (on April 15th), that is 18 hours after the application (and all the chores I did in between). here it is:




Pretty impressive isn't it?
On Saturday 18th, after a little longer than three days (which is usually when my polish chips :P) this is how "love is in the air" looked:



If you click to enlarge you can notice a slight sign of tip wear, but not even near to what usually happen to my nail polish after three days. Did I take it off? Hell no! I am loving this yellow shade, so I decided to leave it on my nails until it chips.

So today, 21st April, almost 7 days after application this baby has not chipped. This is how the nail polish looks today:


Certainly the shine has diminished. But I thought that could have been fixed if I re-applied a coat of topcoat around the third or fourth day, which for the testing purposes I obviously haven't.

What can I say? I am totally impressed, specially knowing how affordable these polishes are, it is for me a total mystery how professional brands as OPI could be left behind by a drugstorebrand as Essence in the long-wearing department. So far, I can only say good  things about this range, if you see it: GRABB IT. And now I am off to buy some more Essence colours, I'm dying to try the white one!

Have you already tried this Essence range? and what about the base and top coats? Let me know your thoughts about it!!

Love,
Nati


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50 comments

  1. Yay! I love "Love is in the air" and I've tried a whole bunch of the new essence polishes and they are great! Love em! I haven't tried the gel tc and base coat yet. But I'm definitely trying that too. And that white one! just awesome, showed it on my blog this week! :D

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    1. Hi Gelic! Aren't they a dream to apply? I went back to the store and bought 5 more colours (including the white! one) ant btw I've seen your post and it is really amazing :D

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  2. Wow. Over seven days. I am impressed too. I love the color btw.. guess I have to check out their gel polishes then :) you've convinced me lol. Thanks for sharing!x

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    1. You're welcome! you def. need to try :)

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  3. I love this colour on you! I have used love is in the air only from essences colour&go line. So pretty for spring!
    From the new gel line I have tried frozen kiss, wich is actually on the blog today! :-D
    Impressive how long this polish lasts... I did not give mine a chance for that.
    Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you Pia, The gel nail polish is nice by itself! although what really makes it last are the special base and topcoat ;)

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  4. A parte che ancora non avevo mai visitato il tuo blog - che sciocca sono stata! Ma ora rimedio - sono davvero rimasta colpita da questa recensione. Più che il colore in sé mi interessa parecchio quel top coat. Se davvero asciuga così velocemente è da provare! Grazie per la recensione :)

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    1. Grazie a te Ere!! Adesso che lo dici dovrò provare questo topcoat, e anche la base, con smalti de altre marche per vedere che fa!!

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  5. Well, I have to tell you that I am very tempted to buy at least one color together with the base and top coat. I love what I see on your nails, the resistance doesn't matter so much to me, because I change my manicure quite often. Great swatch and review!

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    1. I know Andrea, when you change often it doesn't matter, but you know when you have to travel or when you have a busy week or for those rare occasions you know you can't change your mani... these might come handy!!

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  6. I often like Essence nail polishes. I have a Colour&Go version of this one, it's a lovely yellow.

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  7. yayyyy suena estupendo,tengo que ver que otros colores ofrecen, aunque no venden la marca acá.

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  8. Hola!! Te seguía por GFC, pero me faltó agregarlo a Bloglovin, por eso no veía tus posts...
    Me encantó este amarillo, ojalá se vendiera esta marca acá!
    Te mando un beso enorme :)

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    1. Gracias Carol! yo tb te sigo (por todos lados) bueno no tienen ésta pero tienen marcas locales muy buenas!

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  9. I usually don't like yellow shades, but this is very pretty. :-)

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  10. beautiful color dear and loved the fact that it stayed for full 7 days without even a single chip...

    www.crazyaboutcolors.com

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  11. That was a really interesting review - thanks for sharing!

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  12. nice post as always :)

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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  13. Gosh! It is just increidble how much nail polish lasts, and even more if take into account that belongs to the brand Essence, a really cheap one. It is important to know these kinda things;)
    xoxo

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    1. if you don't want to change your manicure often I think you should give it a try!
      xx

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  14. I definitely need to get my hands on this! I have been really impressed by Essence all this while so I have no doubt about your review on this too. Love this yellow on you and hopefully it'll look as lovely on me too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Hi Shireen! The new range has several "old" shades reformulated and this is one of them. But there are many colours to choose from, I'm sure you'll find one that you love!

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  15. I buy some of the new shades, without base coat and top coat.
    Your awesome review, made me want them. ♥

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    1. haha, ok, I guess I am sorry (?) nevertheless the base and topcoat are very good to be used also with other brands and they are not expensive, so I guess you could give it a try ;)

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  16. Me encanta ese tono de amarillo, es chulisimo

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  17. Wow it lasts well. Such a pretty yellow :-D

    I got a few of the gel colours, but I've not go the top or base coat. I will need to try them and see if they are still good without the top and base coat! :-)

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  18. I will for sure get the base and top and a few colours to try out, wonderful result!

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    1. for the price I did not think about it twice :)

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  19. I have also bought this base and top coat, but I haven't try them yet... Thank you for this review. ;)

    Btw the yellow is so cool!! ^___^

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    1. Oh if you do try them I'd love to know your experience with them!!

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  20. Bonita manicura, un color precioso. Besos

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  21. Basi e top coat spazzolati. Mica mi riesce di trovarli, sai? Mi armerò di pazienza! Graze per la recensione di questo prodotto!

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    1. Lo so Francine!! sono andata ben tre volte per trovarli, e la terza volta c'era la signorina che riempiva il display e mi sono messa dietro fino quando ha finito haha, una pazza scatenata sembravo, ma che cavolo! me li facevo fregare davanti agli'occhi ogni volta! comunque tranquilla perché sembrerebbe che sono parte della linea permanente ;)

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  22. ¡Que amarillo tan precioso!
    pero es que con tus uñas luce todo tanto, las mías son un desastre... se me rompen mucho y están llenas de capas... :(
    Besos y que pases un feliz día preciosa!
    Emma
    www.emmalovesfashion.com

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    1. Gracias emma, y por las uñas se me rompen un poco ultimamente! así que no creas...

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  23. I love yellow nailpolish! Love it a bit more pastel I think but this one's a beauty too!

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  24. I like it! It's a really fun sunny yellow.

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  25. Holy Ravioli I am definiltey buying this when I see it here. Beautiful nails and beautiful colour on you. Great review thanks much!!

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  26. AH, dovrò provare anche la base e il top coat, allora!!! :D Ottime notizie ^^

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  27. :O You're killing me, girl! This test is amazing! I need those products! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  28. The color is gorgeous and wow it wears so well ! I own plenty of Essence nail polishes from their regular line, but I haven't tried their gel ones! I think I should try them after reading your post! ;) x

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  29. Stunning color, looks amazing on you <3 I haven't tried them yet, but there's no doubt in my mind, I will try them and I will love them! <3

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  30. guardavo questa nuova collezione pensando "chissà come saranno". Grazie per la recensione...ieri ho comprato base, top coat, questo giallo bellissimo (io odio il giallo, ma questo mi piace troppo) e un fuchsia che per l'estate va sempre bene :D

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    1. Ciao Sara! Visto che il giallo va molto di moda questa primavera, penso che hai fatto bene! Proprio adesso sto provando la base ed il topcoat con altre marche per vedere che fa!

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  31. For the price of these base & top coat polishes, I think they're great! Have been wearing them a while now and am really impressed. Sure, they don't last as long on me as I'd hope for (my work is pretty demanding on my nails; besides me being so naturally clumsy..); if nothing else, the top coat dries FAST and to an awesome shine.
    BTW, I've been wearing them with other, regular polishes, and am still getting great results!

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  32. Really impressing :-) Nice post! :-)

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  33. Ero indecisa se provare o no questa combinazione (visto che di basi e top coat ne ho parecchi "di scorta" :D), ma dopo aver letto la tua recensione mi sono convinta: al prossimo giro negozi (sperando di trovarli) me li comprerò.

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  34. amazing yellow, i like your pictures !

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