You heard right! Essie is coming out with a gel (aka No Chip). Releasing in salons in October, the 36 shade line has keratin technology infused with Vitamin B5 and E to condition your nails and keep them happy and hydrated. Why the long wait for Essie Gel when all competitors were releasing gel products? Weingarden did not want to release a gel manicure system until it was exactly how she envisioned it, with “all the things you love about a gel manicure, none you don’t.” I was invited back to New York to be part of the first ever Essie training team to play around with Essie Gel and learn more about the product. Click to read the full scoop on Essie Gel and why its different than the rest.
What do most dislike about gel manicures? A common complaint I hear in my manicure chair is a client may have received a manicure from a salon and complains of damage of nails, dehydration, or difficult removal process. I personally feel that there are brands on the market that definitely don’t damage the nails and do have easy removal process, one of my favorite products is CND’s Shellac. However, one common denominator that most no chip products have is that they do tend to dehydrate the nail a bit. Although conditioning can be restored with a good cuticle oil (granted that the client applies the oil on a regular basis between appointments) I have not found a product that has vitamins and hydrating elements built into the gel product like Essie’s.
Essie’s new gel line is starting with 36 colors but it won’t end there. Essie is known for their ample amount of color selection and they plan to keep that idea with Essie Gel. More colors will be released with new seasons and they also tried their best to match as closely as possible their most popular shades. With gel it is difficult to get an exact shade to match the lacquer line but there are near replicas of Essie’s most popular colors. If you love Essie’s “Ballet Slippers” you would try its match “Dance Class.” It is very difficult with the natural eye to see the difference in color, in my opinion they are near replicas.
Three things stand out to me about the Essie Gel; its keratin technology, removal process and its LED lamp. The LED lamp is the strongest LED lamp on the market, 25% more powerful than competitors. Not to be confused with UV lamps, the LED lamp is packed with tiny LED bulbs that never need to be replaced. Best feature of the lamp is that when you insert your hands into the opening and place your fingers into the designated finger grooves the lamp automatically turns on, you will never have to remember to press a button with this system.
The final thing I love about Essie’s Gel is the removal process! I could not believe how easy it removed, literally was completely off of the nail without any need of an orangewood stick. No buffing to break the seal, no scraping or pushing. Above Naja from Nail Talk Radio and LA Hair helps our trainer Gino wrap his finger with Essie’s removal solution and removal wraps. 15 minutes later its completely off of the nail! The keratin care technology and sublime oils condition nails while removing your gel manicure. Essie believes there is “no need to compromise, nails can truly have it all.”
I had such a great time playing with all the polish and meeting nail colleagues. It was an inspirational training full of education. I love the passion Essie Weingarten has about her product and natural nail care and I’m excited to be training others on Essie Gel. Already missing my Essie family. If you have any questions on the gel system please leave them in the comment section below.