Whenever I make a quick trip to CVS, my local drugstore, I somehow always end up in the nail polish aisle. There’s something about those row-after-row displays of pretty colored polishes that just draws me in! I normally stick to perusing what’s new with OPI or Sally Hansen polishes, however on my last visit, I wandered over to the essie Gel Couture display as I was drawn to a beautiful white pearlescent color called ‘Lace to the Altar’ (here). I’m not heading to the altar anytime soon, but the color was just too beautiful to resist and I thought it’d be a great spring/summer color to add to my collection.
This was my first time trying essie’s Gel Couture line, which claims that you can have up to a 14-day gel-like manicure with no UV lamp necessary. The display seemed to be pretty picked over, so I felt safe in splurging on the $11.50 price tag. I’m glad I gave it a try because I have nothing but great things to say about ‘Lace to the Altar’ for a few reasons!
- One of the first things that I noticed was that the brush is wider than the regular essie nail polishes that I own, which I thought made for an easier application.
- At first sight, I was slightly expecting the color to stay sheer, but it only took 2 coats for me to reach the opacity that I wanted. The first coat was fairly sheer, but as soon as I applied the second coat I could not see any of my natural nail showing through.
- The drying time was pretty fast; I’d say it took about 30 – 40 minutes before I could go back to not worrying about any smudging.
- In terms of the last step, I actually skipped on buying the line’s recommended top coat because I just recently restocked on my Seche Vite, so I cannot speak to its longevity with the “Step 2” top coat from the Gel Couture line. With using Seche Vite as the top coat, I got 5 days of wear from the polish before the tiniest chip appeared on one finger (so tiny that you wouldn’t notice it unless you were looking closely at that specific nail). I made it to 7 days before a noticeable chip actually happened. I typically get bored of polish color on a weekly basis, so this was perfect for me as I normally would’ve been changing the color around that 7 day mark anyway.
If you are racing to the altar yourself and are looking for that perfect pearlescent polish for your big day, or if you just like shimmery white polishes in general, I definitely recommend ‘Lace to the Altar’! I’ll be trying more colors from essie Gel Couture in the future, so please let me know if you have any recommendations!
With Seche Vite top coat: