Hey nail enthusiasts!
Here’s a few more swatches from the brand new 2 step “at-home” natural gel-like nail polish collection from Essie Gelcouture. – No Base Coat Required!

Surrounded By Studs by Essie Gelcouture is a deep indigo blue.  Another really great shade that applied evenly and opaque after the first coat.

My only gripe with this color is due to it’s highly pigmented formula when removing it, there may be a bit of blue residue/staining left behind on your skin.  Not to worry though, just use a few extra clean cotton balls drenched in nail polish remover and it will come right off.
Other than that I’m still really happy with the larger rounded edged brush.  I’ve found that applying Essie Gelcouture nail polish is really easy given the shape of my nail beds and length of my nails.


Make the Cut – Essie Gelcouture
A favorite of mine, Make the Cut is a nude greige with a subtle casts lavender undertone.
I found this color to be a perfect neutral to wear day or night.  I even wore it for a recent wedding in florida and was complimented on the shade!

I’m wearing 2 coats below with 1 coat of Essie Gelcouture Top Coat & no base coat.


My favorite part of this 2-step system is how quickly the top coat dries!  I would have to guestimate on the generous side it takes about 2 minutes for total drying time without worrying about smudges!

I even washed dishes right after applying Surrounded by Studs and had zero smudges!
This is huge for me and for anyone who’s in a rush!

I have heard skeptics say that they don’t like the idea of not wearing a base coat, but i haven’t had any issues thus far.  My nails are not weak after removing and there are no signs of dehydration from the polish directly on my nail beds.

If you haven’t tried it.. what are you waiting for… Give it a shot & let me know you’re experience with Essie’s new Gelcouture Natural Nail polish line!

Essie Gelcouture is available at as well as Ulta Beauty Stores & salons nationwide!  $11.50/ each

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