Essie Gel Couture - Sew Me - #30
Essie Gel Couture provides up to 14 days of color and shine in unique, couture-inspired shades. Create a gel-like wear & shine in an easy 2-step system.
All new essie shades with pure color pigments that lay down rich, streak-free color for a perfectly tailored fit. repeat with second coat. no base coat necessary.
finish with Essie cutting edge, high gloss top coat. this quick-drying top coat helps protect color and magnifies shine for an ultra-glossy finish without a lamp.
· Formulated for use on natural nails without a base coat.
· No lamp required for curing.
· Easy soak free removal.
· New breakthrough brush & stem.
Spellbound is from Essie's recent Enchanted Collection. It is a light moss green (I think in some lights it looks gray.) with lots of gold shimmer. Online this is classified as a metallic. In my opinion it is absolutely beautiful. This is the first time I have used a polish from Essie's Gel Couture line. I must say that I am impressed with the formula, ease of application and the wide brush.The formula was perfect and that was a nice surprise. In my experience Essie formulas can be really good and others are thin and difficult to apply. Spellbound was just right, not too thick or too thin. There was no running or pooling. The texture was really smooth and creamy. It applied evenly with no patchy spots. On my short nails it was opaque with one thicker coat but I did add two coats. With the 2nd coat the color deepened and the shimmer stood out even more. It just looked much richer.I loved the brush. It was nice and wide which made application a snap. The brush held just the right amount of polish. Typically Essie brushes are quite small so this was a nice surprise. I did mark the packaging down a lippie though because I do not like the bottle design on the Gel Couture because it makes storage difficult as it is an odd shape, though I do think that the bottles look cute.I paid around $9 for this polish, less than standard retail because I purchased Spellbound online. I would definitely repurchase this one as I love the formula and the brush. Ease of application was great too.I will update in a few days or wear, removal and staining. It should be noted that I used my regular base coat (CND Stickey) and my regular top coat (SH Insta Dri in the red bottle) with this polish.UPDATE: 02/27/2018 Great wear. Removed today because I wanted a color change, but there were no chips or cracks. Removal was easy & there was no staining.