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It's almost spring, which is not only allergy season, but also brings the start of wedding season. I can't see myself attending any this year as there are no newly engaged in my life, but that doesn't mean I can enjoy the soft and pretty shades that make up the new Essie Gel Couture Bridal Collection. Bride or not, there are some really pretty spring shades and a few twists to keep things interesting.
If you're new to the Essie Gel Couture range, I recommend checking out my first post (here) where I chat the formula, how the range works, and my wear experience. I've also got the core shade chart, so you can see what the range offers. Ready? Onto the Bridals...
Lace to the Altar is a pearly white with iridescent shimmer. I thought it would be a sheer, and it kind of is, but it does build to an almost opaque finish with two coats. There is a touch of visible nail line (VNL) but it's just barely visible in person.
Dress is More is a sheer, milky white with just a whisper of pink. It's not groundbreaking, but it applies pretty easily (aka streak free) and two coats gives a modern, clean look.
Blush-Worthy is a soft, cool pink with tiny silver and gold glitter and flakies within. The base has a crelly (cream + jelly) formula that is on the sheer side. As such, I needed three coats for full coverage. The formula is otherwise easy going.
Sage You Love Me is a soft, greyed sage green cream. Most years the Bridal Collection includes a blue shade, and while this isn't blue, it's quite pretty and that bit unexpected. The formula is a little bit thick, but applies perfectly in two coats.
To Have & To Gold is a shimmering gold foil with hints of silver and copper. It's gorgeous! I love a good foil finish and this is exactly that. Two coats with barely any brush strokes visible. This is my must have shade from this collection.
Berry in Love is a medium depth berry red cream. It's not the must unique shade, as Essie does berry-burgundy-plum shades pretty frequently, but it's a good looking shade with excellent formula. Two coats fr dull depth and even coverage.
Essie Gel Couture Bridal Collection Lace to the Altar, Dress is More, Blush-Worthy, Sage You Love Me, To Have & To Gold, and Berry in Love 13.5 ml $11.50 USD / $13.99 CAD
Overall, this is a pretty solid collection. The shades are definitely reminiscent of what I would expect for Bridal, but with that twist to keep it from being tired and typical. I find that the Gel Couture range does last longer than typical Essie on my nails (Essie tends to chip rather quickly on me) and I really like the flat brush shape. What do you think? Need any of these shades in your life?