Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Essie Gel Couture Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes Collection: Review and Swatches

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Essie Gel Couture Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes Collection: Review and Swatches
Released mid-2016, the Essie Gel Couture range is getting some brand new shades with the Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes Collection. Inspired by the romance and elegance of ballet, this collection offers up a lovely spectrum of spring pastels and everyday nudes. To see some swatches, click.......

At the Barre:
This is a sophisticated caramel nude. The formulation is very buttery and lovely so I only needed two coats for the swatches below.
Essie Gel Couture Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes At the Barre
At the Barre, two coats with no top coat.
Closing Night:
A very unique elephant gray packed with iridescent blue shimmers, Closing Night is definitely one of the most interesting shades in this collection. The formulation is slightly runny but I was able to get away with just two coats.
Essie Gel Couture Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes in Closing Night
Closing Night, two coats with no top coat.
Hold the Position:
This is a lovely soft pink. The formulation was very smooth and decently pigmented. Two coats were almost enough for a complete coverage but I did need a third coat for a few of the nails.
Essie Gel Couture Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes in Hold the Position
Hold the Position, two to three coats with no top coat.
Lace Me Up:
A pale pink pastel, Lace Me Up is not a super original shade and the formulation is quite sheer and patchy. I used three coats for the swatches below.
Essie Gel Couture Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes in Lace Me Up
Lace Me Up, three coats with no top coat.
Perfect Posture:
This is a pastel periwinkle blue with a very smooth and even formulation. The coverage is still on the sheerer side so I had to use three coats on a few nails for the swatches below.
Essie Gel Couture Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes in Perfect Posture
Perfect Posture, two to three coats with no top coat.
Satin Slipper:
A soft cream cashmere nude with a subtle splash of pearlescent shimmers, Satin Slipper is rather sheer. I used three coats for the swatches below but still found the coverage to be a bit lackluster. The formulation is not very even either so you can't really go for the super sheer, barely there one-coat polish.
Essie Gel Couture Spring 2017 Ballet Nudes in Satin Slipper
Satin Slipper, three coats with no top coat.
Availability:
The Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Collection is available at salons and Essie retailers worldwide starting January 2017.
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