Essence The Gel Nail – Wear Test with Electriiiiiic

So I picked up two, well three in the end, of the new Essence Gel Nails range that has just been released.  You can see what the stands look like on this Spotted post.  And I’ve been giving them a test drive whilst visiting family over Easter.

First up are the top and base coat needed to make the Gel nail polish, Gel Nails…. these are £2.50 each. These are the two polishes I bought originally – one the left the Jelly is Bubble Gum and one the right, the blue shade is Electriiiiiic The instructions are quite clear, base coat, then gel nail polish and the finally the top coat.So following these instructions I put on the base coat.  It dries quickly to a waxy finish.  Even when its dry, it is slightly tacky to touch.  it is recommended that you wait until each layer is dry before doing the next one.  Then I applied one coat of Electriiiiiic.

Formula was good, similar to the regular Colour and Go polishes, it was not opaque with one coat.  I then waited until the first coat was dry, before adding a second which evened out the colour and provided better depth. After a few minutes drying, I applied the top coat.  This is quite gloopy and takes a bit of getting used to, I did flood my cuticles once and then didn’t apply enough on another occasion.  However, once on it does dry quite quickly and is touch proof in about 4 mins and rock hard within 10.

So, here we go, a long line of images showing you the polish at the point of application, 2 days later and then 5 days later.  I couldn’t manage more than 5 days as I was itching to change my polish!

First up, after the original application –  

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Here is the polish after application on the way to work – you can see the glossy finish.

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I found that the first small chips appeared quite quickly.  This may be because the sides of my nails are weaker and I have a little bit of splitting and peeling on one or two of them as well.

This is 2 days post application –

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As you can see only a little bit of tip wear on my thumb.

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Here you can see chips on the sides of several nails but overall, unless you inspected in great detail, I don’t think you could actually notice.  The glossy finish from the first day is still apparent.

Finally, 5 days post application

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You can clearly see the chips on the sides of my nails now, they have gotten larger over time.  The shine is still evident despite having been on for five days.

First thoughts – I am quite impressed with the wear time of this polish. It will be interesting to see if this is repeated with other shades in the range (another review coming up in a week or so..)  What I do like about the range generally is the price point, £2.50 for the top and base coat and £1.60 for the polish, and the fact that the whole range has been done as The Gel Polish.  I didn’t try it on its own, but I would imagine it would be similar to a regular polish.

The top and base coats are a little bit smellier than regular polishes, so work in a ventilated area away from anyone who is sensitive to smells.  The finish is also quite impressive, it  is super shiny and remained so throughout my wear test.

I haven’t tried any other gel nail combo so I have nothing for comparison, but I would say for a weekend away, or a period of time when you know you will not be able to change your polish, this might be for you!

Have you tried other gel polishes?  Let me know what you think the comments, could you try the Essence Gel Nails?

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Spotted! New Essence The Gel Nail

I was in quite a large Wilcos and having seen a new leader for The Gel Nails, I thought it best (for you my dear reader natrually) to pop by the Essence stand and see if the Gel Nails had actually landed. And they had! Along with some of the other new products….

So first up, just to say that this Wilcos has two bays making up it Essence display, so you may need to either visit a stand alone pop up or a larger store to get a bigger range.

As you can see, the whole top row on this bay and the next, is given over to the new polishes.  Every polish is the Essence core range is now a Gel Polish.    Here you can see is still includes the special finishes, such as the matte one you can see above.  Here you can also see the base and top coat needed to make the nails Gel.  The price point is excellent, polish is £1.60 and the top and base are £2.50 each. Also new to the stand, and I’m only focussing on the nail items here, are updated top coats.  From the left, holo glitter, sparkle sand, satin-matt, pastel ombre and the (not new) crackle top coat.  NB if you want to see all the new products, you can on this page on the Essence Website. Above you can see the wider range of pastel shades – these are not gel polishes, it appears to be the core range with the little colour cap that match the polish inside.

And finally, just another shot of the two required base and top coats for the Gel Nails.  This does mean that

I did pick up a few things, namely two gel polishes, the top and base coat for the gel nails, the ombre nail topper, the holo glitter topper and a foil transfer liquid (not picutred).  I have one of the gel nails on now for a wear text, so pop back in the next week or so, or sign up to alerts either by following me via email or through one of the links below.

Anything catch your eye?  Have you picked up any of these new items yet?

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British Nail Bloggers – Top & Base Coats

Over at the British Nail Bloggers Facebook group, we decided to all take part in a quick group post looking at top and base coats that we all use.  Its been really interesting to see what other bloggers use as their ‘go to’ base and top coats.  Having been painting my nails for the best part of 20 years, I cannot recommend a good nail regime to prevent staining and promote good and healthy nail growth.

So, without further ado, here are my all time favourite base and top coat in a group shot.  First up, G&G Stuck on Blu!  Its blue, it dries super quick (and clear) and I just love it.  Doesn’t dry out my nails and if you are worried about staining two coats can be used.  I have also used this over other products such as Nail Envy and never experienced a problem.

You can purchase this either from Glisten & Glow (based in the US but international shipping is available) or the UK Stockist Rainbow Connection UK.

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My top coat of choice is G & G HK Girl.  I’ve been happily using this for over a year.  I find that I don’t experience shrinkage and that the drying time is just excellent.  Also, its not a smelly as Seche or some of the other top coats out there.

Stockists as before, but below you can see the big bottle I bought, and I reckon I will get a good 5 – 6 bottles out of this.  Its been a godsend!

You can purchase this, both regular bottles and larger ones, either from Glisten & Glow (based in the US but international shipping is available) or the UK Stockist Rainbow Connection UK.

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Honorable mentions have to go to my beloved Essence Studio Nails Better Than Gel Nails base and top coats.  These are just great and work super well together.  I find them particularly good for pedicures or for any polish that doesn’t seen to like HK Girl (and I’ll be honest here, its only about 2 polishes and I change my polish nearly daily).  Only downside, you cannot see where you are in the bottle and you could find yourself half way through your nails and you are out.

Essence is well stocked in mainland Europe, and if you are off on holiday I suggest you just pick up a couple of these for the €3 or so they cost so that you don’t have to worry about packing your faves.

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So there you have it, a very quick post, showing you my faves.  Apologies for the oddness of the colour of the pics, I appear to have messed up my phone settings!  I think its fixed now….

Do swing by and see what the other bloggers have been up to! :et me know in the comments your hits (and misses too!)

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