Take me to the Ballet

Essie Gel Couture range, which launched successfully last year, is bringing us a new collection of six magnificently neutral, long wearing creme nudes, this January. With shades named aptly for the ‘Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection’ ranging from a misty rose pink, to a soft shimmering grey.

We took the chance to wear all five (out of six) of the shades shown, altogether to get the most from the pastel delights, and giving us a potential outfit matching shade on at least on nail per hand!

The Shades: 

Satin Slipper: a feminine silky champagne ivory. Lace Me Up: A misty rose pink. Hold the position: A fierce Coral rose pink. At the Barre: Soft Cinnamon Nude (not worn), Perfect Posture: A Periwinkle Powder Blue & Closing Night: A soft shimmery grey.

Satin Slipper, is one of our faves, Its a great soft colour to wear, all year round, and especially now, as we endure the chilly cold into the early spring, giving a rest too from the party glitters and Christmas reds! Plus we are huge fans of the coral – Hold the Position, and the Periwinkle – Perfect Posture. We only need to add a couple of colour coats, and one top coat, and this beautiful collection lasts easily for a week, with no UV or LED curing, no chips and glamorously glossy nails. (Plus, you can remove them with normal polish remover, no fuss, no stain, On Pointe nails.

Available instore and online at Boots & Superdrug from Friday, 20th January 2017.

Time for a little TLC

That’s TREAT, LOVE, COLOUR by the way! Essie have launched this new one step care and colour collection for those of us that want to give out nails a rest, but can’t be without our fresh manicure! The collection contains collagen, camellia extracts and visually brightening pigments to leave our nails strengthened, moisturised and looking brighter and healthier.

Available in three shades, Laven-dearly (for neutralising uneven nail tone) 

Sheer to you for a gorgeous natural look – the pink blends seamlessly into your natural nail tone

Tinted Love – soft peach glow giving you a delicate romantic look

Don’t you just love the fact you have a polish that lasts a week ( we tested it!) and soft pastels to make you feel
Like you’re with your mani when you’re without it and simply treating your nails!

Treat, Love, Colour, Rrp: £8.99, Essie


Available now in store and online from Superdrug and Boots

Prep for this season with new essie colours! 

This autumn, nail salon expert essie has created a riot of colour with the essie Autumn 2016 collection. Rebecca Minkoff, essie global colour director, was inspired by the cultural surroundings of Tokyo so this limited edition collection is a whirlwind of style, eclectic cuisine and spectacular colours fit for a Geisha.

There’s a reason why the fashion savvy flock to the #1 street style destination in the world: taste, flair and Japan’s uncanny aptitude for mixing fashion metaphors. essie has captured the modern and traditional sides of the city with a collection that reflects the changing autumn foliage and the tastes and energy of Tokyo; and we know you’re going to love it!

The six shade palette creates a perfect balance between trendsetting colour and classic looks:

We tried:

  • Maki Me Happy – a crimson-wrapped berry that puts a smile on everyone’s face A punchy berry shade perfect to wear though Autumn and winter, add some statement glitter to one nail to make this your Christmas Party go-to shade! 
  • Kimono-Over (Hero Shade)– an inviting damson plum, that’ll make you ready for everything 

    A fab colour and great dark shade as an alternative to black, team with your plum lippie and other simple make up for that stunning evening glamour look!

Plus you can get these four shades too!

  • Playing Koi – a bold flirtatious orange rust that’ll ensure you never fish for compliments again
  • Now And Zen – this timeless sage grey has you styled cool,                   calm and collected
  • Udon Know Me – this mysterious stony blue will make you never want to say sayonara
  • Go Go Geisha – with this nonstop antique blossom pink, you’re in perfect company

“Waking up on a beautiful autumn morning is just magic – especially in Tokyo. I wanted the essie Autumn 2016 collection to be a snapshot of my experience in a beautiful city at one of my favourite times of the year.”

Aim to Misbehave with essie’s limited edition 1000th shade

Welcome to the party-starter of the Rio 2016 Collection, Essie’s 1000th shade, ‘Aim to misbehave’, £7.99 is a gloriously scandalous vibrant metallic yellow, which

puts you on the same wavelength as any bold trendsetter, and is the hero of nail salon expert Essie’s limited edition Rio 2016 Collection.

Inspired by Rio’s carnival of colour, this collection features 6 of Essie’s boldest colours to date. 

Aim to Misbehave; a scandalous yellow that will have your nails misbehaving. 

(Thisis such a fun and bold shade, perfect for your parties and a perfect addition to your summer holiday wardrobe!)

Sunday Funday; turn everyday into a ridiculously good time with this beautiful, coral crush.

Aruba Blue; escape to paradise with this frosty sapphire.

Bahama Mama; anytime is the right time for this tropical beauty.

Pure Pearlification; this over-the-top top coat instantly creates a lacquered shine to rival the real thing. (Review: This is beautiful and adds jazz, celebration and fun to any colour you’re wearing, with a fabulous long lasting gloss!)

Jazzy Jubilant; this hyperkinetic chromatic glitter top coat is part jazz-age shimmer, part space-age glamour.

Naughty Nautical; sail the sexy seas and chart a course for adventure in this shimmering, brilliant blue-green, naughty never looked so nice.

Like every VIP studded soiree, the 1000th shade celebration won’t last forever. This limited edition shade loves to play hard to get, being available exclusively at Superdrug stores and online from 27th July, – 23rd August 2016 so grab it while you can!