[dropcap]I[/dropcap] don’t especially like this photo. I find small things like nail polish really hard to photograph. It’s the whole glass bottle vibe: shiny and weird edged and just not quite right. I’m working on it. It’s chill. Anyway, where was I? Ah yes. Budget nail polish that literally does not budge, at all. It’s an absolute miracle, in my opinion. Having publicly said that I’ll never sway from Essie, I’ve been truly proved wrong. I’m sorry. I’ve just found something so much better.
I’ve always loved Essence’s gel topcoat. It comes in a silver chrome bottle, goes on thick and stays on forever. That, however, was as far as I ever went in terms of their nail collection. I had a top coat that made all my chipping problems go away, and that was that.
So there I was walking around Wilko, looking for nothing in particular, thinking about how all my nail polish was in Durham and here I was at home with bad nails and no money. Obviously, having just thought that, I went straight over to the Essence counter. I picked up one, went home and used it, went straight back the next day to grab three more. At £1.60 each, why would you not?
I picked up Essence’s gel answer to budget nail polish in four colours: three nudey pinks and a khaki (much to my mother’s disgust). The exact colours, left to right, are Perfect Match (75), Olive You (84), Sweet Candy (05) and Forgive Me (13). I’ve been wearing Perfect Match for just over a week now and have zero chips, and before that I wore Olive You for exactly two weeks before it was time for a change. Can you believe that?!
It’s a miracle. An absolute miracle.
Sure the range of colours is far smaller than Essie or anyone fancy like that. And some of the colours can be a bit ‘childish’ if you catch my drift. Honestly though, that top shelf of the Essence counter is a hidden gem, and I can’t wait to pop back into a Wilko sometime soon – I’m so pissed off that the one in Durham closed down.
For super budget nail polish, I cannot recommend Essence gel collection highly enough. They really are onto a winner.0