It’s been several months since I’ve bought this nail polish set from Essence. I usually never paint my nails and if I decide to do so, I always go with a clear coat. Mainly because of one reason: You’re not able to see very good if it’s chipping. However, last weekend I gave this nail polish a try. Let’s be prepared for a none beauty review…
The product series is called the “gel polish” and is said to be a very long lasting nail polish. The system behind this gel nail polish is that you use the base coat before applying the coloured one and finishing by sealing it with the top coat.
The base coat is really easy to handle as the big soft brush will cover your entire nail in only three strokes. The consistency is smooth but as it is only a base coat you’ll hardly see any changes in shine on your nails.
The second step is applying the coloured nail polish. I’ve chosen a pastel pink colour (05 Sweet As Candy) which is not too dominant but still there’s a touch of colour on your nails. And exactly with this step the problems started. It is not covering at all. You need to apply in total three layers in order to achieve the same colour it has in the bottle.
Note: If you’re not aiming for a slightly transparent colour then you may want to, before applying the coloured one, apply a white nail polish to intensify the colour. I’ve not tested that yet, but I guess it should work.
The third step would then be applying the top coat in order to seal it. And before I applied it I waited at least for ten to twenty minutes that the four layers (one base coat and three coloured ones) could dry a little bit. This top coat gives your nails a really nice and shiny finish. And like with all other nail polishes the brush is smooth and covers a lot with one strike.
The last step which was on my list was dripping some droplets from the Essence Express Dry Drops. I’ve used them before and I was so excited about the good results. The nail polish dried within 10 seconds. The texture of this product is more comparable to an oil than to a liquid or a nail polish. You really just need two drops for each nail but it’s important to use it right after you applied your last layer of polish because it has to be still a little bit wet.
I was aware that I had in total FIVE layers of nail polish… Therefore, I waited over three hours. Almost four hours and you have to know that I’m a very impatient person. I hate just sitting and doing nothing. Even just watching television gets very soon boring for me.
But what happened after almost four hours? Although I was extremely careful I had huge dents on two nails. How’s that even possible? I have no idea. It was around seven o’clock in the evening as this happened and another thing you should know about me that I’ll be bitching around when I’m hungry. I get very aggressive and moody. And how would I be able to cook if I’m not able to use my hands? Therefore, there was nothing else left for me but to remove mine over four hours work including the waiting time within a minute with nail polish remover. You may think that this would never happen to me again, but sadly this was about the 9th time I invested hours for my nails and ended up with frustrating feelings in the bathroom, rubbing the cotton pad soaked with nail polish remover vigorous over my nails.
But there’s one really positive thing about this Essence nail polish series – it’s indeed a very long lasting one or I probably should say it’s hard to remove it… And the end result is pretty but only if it stays on your nails…
Philosophising About Nail Polish
While removing my nail polish I asked myself why do I even bother? I’m not and I was never the girl wearing painted nails, lipstick or make-up (my profile picture is another story concerning the eyeliner 😉 but this will be for another post). So why do I torture myself with this procedure? To be honest, I’m not sure. Probably because other women wear nail polish and I think it looks good on them. I once tried painting my nails red and I didn’t like it. I just felt that it was not me. Not quite sure if it’s not suiting me or if I’m not accustomed to such strong colours on my nails. But still, about twice a year I give it a try and whenever I reach out for a coloured one, I either don’t feel comfortable or it ends smudging all over the place.
Now some questions for my readers:
1. Do you paint your nails? How often? Or only for a special occasion?
2. Which colours do you prefer?
3. What are your tips/hacks?
4. Why do you paint your nails?
And I’ll be definitely waiting some months before I’ll give painting my nails another try 😉