The Beauty Box : Essence The Gel Nail Polish

As we begin to say goodbye to our bold summery hues we step into fall and keep our boldness mainly to our gorgeous mani’s. This fall extend the look of your nails with Essence’s new collection of lacquers ‘The Gel Nail Polish’. You can use this great new product alone, or paired with other suggested Essence products for a great at-home gel look while causing minimal damage. Get salon-perfect nails in the comfort of your home while all your favourite TV shows return this fall.

 I’m excited to share Essence’s new generation of gel nail polish that is already in stores. The new, innovative nail polish formula offers a long-lasting manicure with a gel finish. The affordably priced collection comes in an array of 16 new and glossy colour using technology that ensures intensive colour combined with perfect coverage. Pair the colour lacquers with the gel nail polish base coat and then finish with the gel nail top coat for better results. The top coat will protect, seal and give your nails that ultimate shine all without using a lamp! The new base coat and top coat formula improves the durability of the new gel nail polish by at least 60%. Another plus side for this new, easy-to-use gel nail polish is that the finished result is ridiculously easy to remove using your average nail polish remover. Check out my manicures below and the results:


My first time using the gel nail polish colour I used 05 Sweet as candy on it’s own with no base coat or top coat. This polish alone lasted approximately 3 and a half days.


My next time using Essence gel nail polish I paired the 16 fame fatal colour lacquer with the recommended base coat and top coat. It dries in about the same time as your average nail polish, if not slightly faster, and gives you that ultimate gel nail gloss (although the polish alone does have a nice gloss too). This look lasted about a week with very minor chips, which is about 60%! I highly suggest pairing these products because it feels much less damaging to your nails than most gel nail polishes and lasts just as long depending on how often you use your hands of course.

The gel nail polish system (sourced from


1. simply apply the gel nail polish base coat and let it dry completely. 
2. then apply the gel nail polish in the colour of your choice and let this dry well, too.
3. for a perfect finish, all you need now is a coat of the gel nail polish top coat – and you’re done! 

remove using conventional nail polish remover.

Check out all the colours available below:


Essence is the #1 valued cosmetic brand in the world with an average retail price of $3. The brand features a wide range of products including lipsticks, eye shadows, mascaras, concealers, powders, nail polishes, pencils and brushes. Find Essence at your local Shoppers Drug Mart displayed similar to the photo below. Forgot your lipstick at home? Make a quick pit-stop and grab a new lipstick for just $2.99! Visit back soon to see some great new affordable mascara’s from Essence.


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