Thursday 7 March 2019

Essie Surrounded By Studs Gel Couture Nail Polish Review

It's been ages since I last shared a review on one of my many, many nail polishes - seriously I have loads and it's becoming a problem. Though I've said before my nail polish collection is already huge, I can't help myself buying more and one that is a pretty recent addition is the shade Surrounded By Studs which is from the Gel Couture range by Essie.
Essie deep navy blue nail polish in the centre. Star ornament to the left hand side, a silver essie polish to the right side, pink flowers in the background
I know we're kind of coming out of Winter now, something I'm not willing to accept, please can Spring and Summer hold off a little bit longer pleaseee, but I just love the darker tones when it comes to nail polish and in the colder months it's all I wear. I'm all for the red polishes, plums, black and now, blues like this one. I spotted this a while ago and luckily it was one of my birthday presents so I've got quite a lot of wear out of it since then.

The obvious thing I like about this the most is the colour. Whilst I have a lot of darker shades, I had nothing like this and I'd been after a pretty navy colour for such a long time. I'd spotted quite a few but none were quite right until this. It's a dark blue with a slight shimmer and I think it just looks beautiful on. It's a really sophisticated colour and a perfect choice if you don't want to quite go for a black nail polish but want something deeper for this time of the year.

Now onto the quality which for me is the most important thing. I absolutely hate buying a new nail polish to find it's streaky, needs coat after coat or chips within days but I've had no issues with this. It has quite a wide brush so it evenly coats all of the nail in one go and I find two coats is plenty. As this is part of the Gel Couture range, it's a gel nail varnish meaning it's supposed to last far longer than just a normal polish would, over 12 days in fact. There is a specific gel top coat that Essie do which I actually have because of the 2017 advent calendar and of course that helps with it's lasting power but I have used a normal top coat before too and that works just as well. When it comes to removing, for a gel nail polish it's surprisingly easy. I just use a basic remover and cotton pads and it does the job within seconds.

I really have no complaints about this which is part of the reason I wanted to share! It's a stunning colour, with longevity and the bottle is beautiful. I love that the Gel Couture range all come in a twist style bottle, just a little touch but it makes them stand out. I can't currently find this on either Superdrug or Boots, the two main places I usually buy my Essie polishes but all of the Gel Couture polishes tend to be £9.99 which I think is reasonable for the high quality of the products.

I'd love to know if you've tried anything from this Essie range?

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Hannah said...

I recently got rid of a lot of my nail polishes, but this one seems s good! I'll be sure to check this range out, to see what other colours they do xx

Hannah | luxuryblush

Tiffany Timms said...

I really need to have a good sort out of mine! Xx

Joy Corkery said...

That’s a lovely colour. It’s hard to beat Essie for long lasting polish.

Tiffany Timms said...

Very true xx

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