Saturday, 21 May 2016

Essie Gel Couture

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This week I was invited by one of my favourite nail brands, essie, to have my photo taken by one of my favourite fashion photographers, Rankin. The collaboration is to celebrate the launch of essie's new Gel Couture polishes which launch in the UK on the 1st of June.
A first for essie and a permanent addition to their product line-up, the 25 Gel Couture shades have a gel-like formula offers a thick, glossy, long-wearing finish. The twisted bottle is distinctly different to regular essie polish...
and the brush wand itself is also twisted.

They opened a special Colour Portrait Studio for one day only in London to celebrate colour, and beautiful nails in collaboration with Rankin, giving competition winners the change to come and be pampered, and have their own portrait taken by Rankin.

“Colour plays an important role in my photography, as does making the subject feel confident in front of the camera. The Colour Portrait Studio with essie has been the ultimate expression of both of these.” - Rankin
The Gel Couture polishes are blessed with my favourite essie feature, the wide brush, which makes the product easy and smooth to apply regardless of nail-painting expertise. You can literally apply a coat of polish in a few seconds. As you would expect from essie, the colour selection is totally on point with a great selection of nudes, brights and pastels. It's a two step system so you don't have to apply a base coat, just two layers of colour followed by the Gel Couture top coat.
There are some stunning mauve/lilac/nudes that I totally fell in love with and the baby pink shades are gorgeous too. For the shoot however, I wanted to go for something a little different seeing as the whole day was about colour, so I chose this unusual pastel green shade called 'Zip Me Up' It's actually a really flattering green which are hard to find and because it's so white-based I think it would look amazing with a tan!
I've shot with Rankin before and it's always a great experience so I was really excited about the shoot. I'm usually such a nervous subject when it comes to photoshoots but Rankin works so quickly and makes you feel at ease so the shoots I've done with him before have always been my favourite (plus the images are always so beautiful, it's easy to understand why he's such a big deal and has shot some of the worlds most beautiful people including The Queen, Kate Moss and Adele!) It was a total laugh as per usual and I love the final portrait above! I also wore my new favourite silk bomber jacket from New Look (here) which ended up going really well with the barbie pink background.
It was such a fun experience, so a huge thank you to essie for inviting me along for the day! I'm really excited for you to try the new polishes too, they are so lovely! I actually also have a selection of 5 shades and the top coat to give away to one lucky reader this week too! If you'd like to win, all you have to do is comment below telling me what your favourite essie colour is and why, don't forget to leave your twitter handle or email address as a means of getting in touch. The giveaway closes at midnight GMT on Saturday 28th May 2016. Only open to the UK & Ireland due to shipping restrictions. If you are under 18 please ask permission.

The essie Gel Couture range will be available in Superdrug, Boots, Debenhams and online at boots.com and superdrug.com on the 1st of June for £9.99 each. For more info, visit essie.co.uk!

@essieUK #essiexrankin #GelCouture

- Giveaway now closed - the winner is C Dolly! 

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  1. My favourite Essie nail polish shade is Bikini So Teeny as it is one of my favourite shades of blue & is gorgeous with my skin tone! Twitter: @HelloMayXo Email: hellomaybenquiries@gmail.com

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  2. I love Essie and can't wait to try then! Seems like a must have since they come out on my birthday....

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  3. Once again a brilliant blog post!

    My fave colour has always been bahama mama. Something about it just makes me feel special. Like when you find an outfit that suits you perfectly! Somehow that colour feels like that to me.

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  4. These photos are lovely! It must have been such an exciting experience. The shades of the new range look great and it is a concept totally new to me, although I'm not sure I'll get used to the twisted bottles! I love the original packaging so much haha.

    Julia x
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  5. I love pedal pushers, it's a gorgeous blue/grey

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  7. My favorite Essie color has always been Salt Water Happy. It's my favorite shade of blue and it really does make me happy wearing it! I'm fair skinned and blue eyes so I find it very flattering. makes_scents@hotmail.com @Sherri_Rowe440
    Thanks for the generous giveaway Fleur!

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  8. I'm very excited about these polishes! Essie is my favourite nail polish brand. My favourite colour is Splash of Grenadine. It's a lovely raspberry pink colour

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  9. I can't wait til these new shades come out in stores! My favourite shade is Mademoiselle. It makes you look like you have perfect nails! My twitter handle @liviafsoriano. What an exciting giveaway! :) X

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  10. My favourite shade is Cocktail Bling because it's just a bit different ��

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  11. WOW loving the new bottle design for this range it's perfect and excited to see the range of nudes available x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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  12. When I heard you had a chance to try these I couldn't wait to hear your review! Essie is my favorite nail polish brand so I can't wait to get my hands on some of these myself!

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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  14. My favourite Essie nail polish shade is 'Ballet Slippers', a classic pale pink shade with sheer finish. It gives my nails a healthy graceful look, which fits nicely with its name. Not to mention very work appropriate as I work in financial services. Twitter: @theprettypetal5 e-mail: theprettypetalsblog@gmail.com

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  16. Midnight Cami is my favourite! It's the perfect shade of dark blue, giving that sexy but stunning pop to a lot of everyday outfits I wear to uni ;) email: choonyingw@gmail.com

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  17. My favourite Essie polish is liliacism, perfect spring colour!
    Twitter: rebsyeahh

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  18. Parka Perfect is my favourite Essie shade, greys are a year round favourite of mine and this one is perfect! x

    Twitter: @ofbeautyand

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  19. My favourite colour is chinchilly because it is a beautiful colour, it is striking and yet somehow natural at the same time...plus I used to have degu's which are like chinchillas so the name appeals to me.
    Danica@our-teaparty.com

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  20. Maximillian Strasse Her is my favourite colour as I bought it in Munich while on my year abroad (where Maximillian Strasse is in fact located!) so it reminds me of being there :) email - soldfield94@googlemail.com

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  21. Look amazing Fleur! would have to say my favourite shade is Mint Candy Apple!
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  22. I'm so excited about these polishes! I love Essie. My current favourite Essie shade is Spin the Bottle. Twitter is @jaynebecca

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  24. I'm so excited! Essie is my favorite brand when it comes to nails, so I can't wait to give these a try. MY favorite colour Cute as a Button.
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  25. My favourite Essie colour is definitely Mint Candy Apple. I love pastel shades & this colour is just perfect for this time of year :)

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  26. Essie is definitely my favourite nail polish brand- I'm a bit of a nail polish noob so the wide brush is such a plus for me. These bottles are so pretty!
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  27. My favourite Essie polish has to be Chinchilly, it's a lovely midtone grey colour that just looks great with any outfit because it's so low key but just makes you look so put together! And it's fab for all seasons!
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  28. Essie is my favourite nail polish brand and I think my favourite colour would have to be Fiji, such a beautiful pale pink. Can't wait to try these out!
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    Ella xx

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  29. You look gorgeous, Fleur and I'm loving the new bottles! x
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  30. My fav Essie nail polish is Sunshine State of Mind, such a fun colour for summer!! xx
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  31. My favourite Essie shade is Russian roulette - matches my little fiat 500! Twitter - @KirstyFergusson

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  32. my favourite essie shade, and the first essie nail polish i ever owned, is sunset sneaks - such a perfect pink-coral shade which for me epitomises spring and summer and goes so well with everything! love this post fleur! emily x
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  33. I can't wait to try these! A wide brush is a must-have for me. I hate thin brushes. Lovely pics by Rankin. : ) xxxx

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  34. My favourite has to be "play date" a playful lilac. Would love to try the gel formula twitter-lucylovesnails

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  35. Hey!! My favourite is definitely bahama mama as I feel like it's a perfect shade for all times of the year! Love the bomber jacket :)

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  36. Thoses colours are absolutely stunning & it must of been such an amazing experience for you to get professionally photographed!!

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  37. Has to be Essie Fiji - Goes with every outfit �� Email: rachelchallenor@msn.com

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  38. Ballet Slippers is my favourite shade as I love pastel pink colours like that. This range sounds really great! :) x

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  39. Plumberry for me, only a recent discovery but a perfect shade of deep berry. Really like that Bomber jacket!
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  40. Love the behind the scenes shots, looks like you and the crew had fun :)

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  41. Ooh, I"m super excited for these for these polishes to come out! My favourite Essie polish is Romper Room, its such a pretty pale pink that looks great all year round!

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  42. I'm so excited for the gel range! I love Essie! My favourite shade is 'Mademoiselle' because it's a shade that goes with every outfit, every make up look and it makes my nails look amazing!
    Twitter: @LauraJaneRose

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  44. My favourite essie colour is 'miss fancy pants' because its the perfect chic grey! My email address is lilyminton72@gmail.com

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  45. My favourite is 'eternal optimist' as it is such as classic shade and goes with any outfit! My email is bethalice13@hotmail.co.uk x

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  46. Oh this is so exciting! Need to grab one ASAP as I love Essie so much. Plus the new packaging is just unlike any other nail polish brands! x

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  47. My favourite Essie Polish is definitely Funnyface. It's a gorgeous bright pink that always makes me like its summer no matter what the weather is doing outside.

    @cookiesandjam - Twitter

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  48. My favourite colour is nice is nice because it makes my man hands feel sophisticated!
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  49. I'm so excited for these and love the new bottles!

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  50. Eeeekk cannot wait to try some of these out! xox

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  51. Fleur, it would mean the world to me if you checked out my blog! You are one of my biggest inspirations for creating it! ❤️❤️
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  52. Fiji will always be a winner!! Also leading lady, but I think that was a limited edition colour and mines getting old and gloopy :(

    Charlottedolyak1@hotmail.co.uk

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  53. I love Essie, can't wait to try them myself

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  54. I looooove No Place Like Chrome! I wear it all the time and my work has yet to say anything :P Amandakilgore3@gmail.com

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  55. I can't wait to try them:) BTW you look so amazing!!

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  56. Essie polishes are my favorites so I'm sure I'll love this line! I especially like the green you're wearing, it's so unique x

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  57. Hi! My favourite colour is Urban Jungle as it's a lovely off white colour for the summer. Goes great on the toes when wearing sandals to show off a tan!
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  58. My favourite essie polish is "Brides to be". It's my go-to everyday polish for when I'm not supposed to be wearing polish at work! It's the perfect nude for all occasions and also acts a great base for other colours! :)

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  59. I love Essie nail polishes! I can't wait to try these! x

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  60. I can't wait to be trying these!
    You are so gorgeous Fleur! ;)
    By the way, your bomber jacket is gorgeous, love it!

    Laura
    http://furiouslychic.blogspot.ch/

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  61. My favourite Essie shade is 'cute as a button' as its such a nice bright pink that goes so well with a tan in the summer!❤️ @NashyMaheen306 nashramaheen@hotmail.co.uk

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  62. My favourite is Splash of Grenadine, it's the perfect Spring shade, a lovely pinky-purple. I'm on my third bottle now!

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  63. Gorgeous Fleur! Love the colour and your outfit :)
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

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  64. SO in love with all these shades! (heart eyed emoji)

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  65. I’m so excited for these! My favourite Essie shade is Fiji, it goes with everything and always looks so put together. I’m hoping there is a similar shade in the gel couture range!

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  67. Without doubt Topless and Barefoot, the perfect nude. @pldaniel1 thank you for such a great giveaway Fleur x

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  68. serious nail envy and essie withdrawls in budapest. loving all the faux gel ranges coming out now.

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  69. Mint Candy Apple. It's the perfect blue/green combination and looks good on everyone!

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  70. My favourite essie polish would have to be the classic nude - van d'go

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  71. I'm loving the new bottle. Although I'm not so fond of gel nail polishes, but the shades are lovely!

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  72. All of the colors are so beautiful

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  74. I love Essie nail polishes so much and all of the colours in this new range look amazing! Can't wait for it to come out x

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  75. I love essie's Bikini so teeny really lovely colour for spring and summer! :) @lauraarjanee

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  76. Jamaica me crazy was the first Essie polish I bought and I still love the colour.
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  77. The Twisted Bottle effect is stunning! So different to Essie's usual packaging! I've actually never tried Essie so can't say what my favourite Shade but would love to try! :) X.

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  78. I love Essie Fiji because as you say it's white based so looks great with a tan! The new collection looks amazing! My email is daniellesbeautyblog@gmail.com

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  79. I've only tried a couple Essie nail lacquers so far... but the new shades look very pretty.

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  80. I definitely need these in my life!

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  81. Love the look of the new gel polishes! My favourite colour has got to be Chinchilly which was actually one of my first Essie polishes, but still my absolute favourite! @deeblue

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  82. My favourite Essie polish changes all the time depending on the season! However, at the moment I'm loving Tart Deco. It's so summery and looks amazing with a tan!

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  83. these shades are so pretty! looks like you had lots of fun xx

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  85. Hello Fleur! Beautiful nails, loved essie's new Gel Couture polishes!:)x

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  86. Great review! My fave color is definitely "nice is nice" because I absolutely love lavenders, especially in the spring/summer season!

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  87. I've fallen in love with Cocktail Bling. .. a perfect blue for spring :) The peach shade in the Gel Couture photo looks amazing!! *hides purse*. Fab post :) Twitter - @hisueblog

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  88. I've fallen in love with Cocktail Bling. .. a perfect blue for spring :) The peach shade in the Gel Couture photo looks amazing!! *hides purse*. Fab post :) Twitter - @hisueblog

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  89. I've fallen in love with Cocktail Bling. .. a perfect blue for spring :) The peach shade in the Gel Couture photo looks amazing!! *hides purse*. Fab post :) Twitter - @hisueblog

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  90. Favourite colour has to be Bahama Mama, it's one that you can wear all year round!
    Twitter: @charlover_84

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  91. My favourite colour is Summit Of Style (does that count if it's a glitter?), as it can be worn over pretty much any colour and makes it look more glam and interesting. And it can be worn all year round!
    Twitter: @Gemma221B (I really need to think of a new username, I made it a few years ago!)

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  92. My favourite essie colour is Salt Water Happy, the name is also so cute!

    Twitter: @charlpears

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  93. My favourite Essie shade is Spin the Bottle as it is the most perfect nude! The wear and finish is amazing too, Essie make up most of my collection.

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  94. These look awesome, as does your photo Fleur! One of my favourite shades is Mod Squad because I'm a massive pink lover and I think it's such a happy shade to brighten even the darkest of days!

    Jenny xx (@Jennycole04 on Twitter)

    www.ramblingsofajaffacat.blogspot.co.uk

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  95. Essie is my absolute favourite nail polish: the quality is amazing and the colours are to die for. I have so many favourites, but if I have to choose just one, I have to go with "Mint Candy Apple". I love it because the mint shade is perfect on both fingernails and toenails for the spring/summer season and it looks great with so many outfits :)

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  96. My favourite Essie polish is deinitely muchi muchi, it's my go-to go with everything colour :) lyndsey.prouse@gmail.com

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  97. My favourite Essie polish is after school boy blazer. Although technically a winter colour, I can wear it year round by layering a lighter colour/glitter over it to make it instantly summer appropriate!

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  99. Hi fleur! I just wanted to say thank you, just received my email to say I won the giveaway! Can't wait to receive these new polishes!!
    Love your blog and your channels and hope you're doing June de force this year!! X

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  100. That funky packaging though... I'm loving it!
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