Friends! It’s me! (Ha! Who else would it be, right?) and here I am inside your screen with a full ½ of the the 1-year anniversary collection from Essie Gel Couture! It’s the Essie Gel Couture Gala Bolds Collection and a whole 6 shades (of 12) are launching here in Canada on July 11, 2017.
Oh yes, you read that right. Canada gets 6. Of 12.
I’m just going to come right out and say I think that’s dumb. DUMB.
But hey, at least I've got 6 to show you, so that’s something, right?
Oh! Wait! I know what we can do! Let’s call it something so we Canadians can feel special! Let’s call it the Essie Gala Bolds: Canadian Edition!
If you’re one of our jillions of US or global reader-friends, though, I'm sorry – this is all I've got.
essie gala bolds gel couture swatches & review
Essie PR Stunt Gel Couture – Gala Bolds Collection 2017 (above). That’s 3 coats and I’m pretty sure I see some stealthy gold micro-shimmer in the bottle. I just can’t get it to pop on the nail – even with top coat. She dries down a tiny bit darker than the bottle shade and she’s soft and pretty and has that magical “Yessie” brush in it. Oooh… I loves me dat brush!
Essie Last Night’s Look Gel Couture – Gala Bolds Collection 2017 (above). Again, that’s 3 coats to a really gorgeous salmony rose. I don’t see any shimmer in there, just a stunning straight up crème.
Essie Living Legend Gel Couture – Gala Bolds Collection 2017 (above). It’s red. It’s two coats. I got nuthin’ else.
Essie Living Legend + OPI Thoroughly Modern Millie (above). Wait! Yes I do! I got this OPI that I can slap over it to make it into something that’s not just red! (It's true - I often have random OPI shades from 2003 on my desk).
Essie Beau-tie Gel Couture – Gala Bolds Collection 2017 (above). Oooh! I ain’t seen a purple like this in forever! It’s a little dusty, a whole lot shiny, and goes on splendidly in 2 easy coats. There’s no top there, either. I know! It’s perfect!
Essie Fashion Face Off Gel Couture – Gala Bolds Collection 2017 (above). Essie calls this a “smoky gray with a soft pearl” and really, that’s exactly what it is. Here, in this light, there are also hit of blue.
Essie Fashion Face Off Gel Couture – Gala Bolds Collection 2017 (above). In other lights, it’s a soft, pearly, shiny grey. She’s a lot on the sheer side and this is 3 coats where I could have done 4. And yes, before you ask, I did try to layer it but I couldn’t find a perfect pair of underpants.
Essie Star Studded Gel Couture – Gala Bolds Collection 2017 (above). And lastly, a crazy melted golden gold. Hahahhaa!! Wow. I’m so good with wordage today, huh? Maybe molten is the word I’m searching for? How many coats? Just two.
And there you are! A full half of the first anniversary collection of Gel Couture! What are your thoughts, fellow nail nerdies? Anything there grab you and make you go #GimmeThat?
Availability: The Essie Gala Bolds Gel Couture Canadian Edition launches across Canada July 11, 2017. You’ll be able to get all 6 (of 12) shades in-store at beauty destinations all over the place. I don’t know what country has what shades, or when it launches in other places, so I’ll just provide the usual linky stuffs for you for when it comes online: amazon.com, amazon.ca, ulta.com (Ulta ships to Canada now, but beware of conversion, shipping and customs fees, k?)
See ya’ll soon!