Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Review & Swatches

If you’ve been reading my blog or watching my videos, you probably know that I love nude nail polish colors. I’m pretty classic with my nail polish shades, gravitating towards nudes, reds, peachy, pink or rosy colors, and even metallics. So, I was pretty  excited when Essie launched their Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection.

Essie launched their Gel Couture line last year at the Met Gala. The shades are all fashion-inspired. They now have a small ballet-inspired collection. Essie Couture Ballet Nudes come in six shades. Of course, I was so excited about this line that I had to purchase all of them! All of the colors are soft, opaque shades ranging from the softest champagne ivory to a pretty grey shimmer. I’m just surprised that Ballet Slippers isn’t part of this collection!

Essie Gel Couture is meant to be a gel-link manicure without having to soak off the polish. This polish can be removed with your favorite regular nail polish remover.

Gel Couture is said to last up to 14 days. I did a wear test in a previous blog post and YouTube video, and found that, while it probably can last 14 days if you’re on vacation and do nothing with your hands the whole time, it’s probably a safe bet to expect it to last a good week if you’re doing normal life activities and wash a dish here and there. It really depends on you and your activities. That’s perfectly fine with me because I like to switch out my manicure after a week anyway. Essie Gel Couture polishes definitely last nicely!

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I found that these shades look really good when I apply three coats. Since these polishes don’t require a base coat, that third coat can be used in lieu of the base coat. I usually have trouble applying light opaque colors evenly. I usually need to take colors like this to a salon and have a professional manicurist apply them  in order for them to look good. I was delighted to find that I was able to apply these polishes myself and have them look good with three coats plus the top coat.

I love all of the Ballet Nudes shades! They range from the lightest ivory to a shimmery gray.

Essie Gel Couture Satin Slipper

Satin Slipper is a gorgeous champagne ivory shade. It’s an almost white opaque shade. I love colors like this! It’s perfect for everyday and goes with everything.

Essie Gel Couture Lace Me Up

Lace Me Up is a misty rose pink shade. It’s very opaque and milky. It reminds me of a more opaque version of Ballet Slippers or even a lighter version of Fiji.

Essie Gel Couture At The Barre

At the Barre is a soft cinnamon nude shade. I love nude shades like this! This one looks so pretty and elegant!

Essie Gel Couture Hold The Position

Hold the Position is a coral peachy pink shade. This is a soft, feminine pink. It’s perfect for Spring!

Essie Gel Couture Perfect Posture

Perfect Posture is a periwinkle powder blue shade. It’s a very opaque milky blue. This color reminds me of the original Hard Candy Sky, the light blue nail polish that started it all (in terms of everyone wearing blue nail polish) back in 1995! I usually don’t go for blue nail polish, but I really like this one! It’s so pretty, I can definitely see myself wearing this shade in the coming year!

Essie Gel Couture Closing Night

Closing Night is a soft gray shade with a slight sheen to it. I haven’t been wearing much gray nail polish lately, so this will be something different for me!

If you’re looking for pretty, soft, elegant nail polish shades, give these colors a twirl! They’re perfect for everyday. My favorites are Lace Me Up and At the Barre. But I’ll definitely be wearing all of these shades quite a bit this year!

Let me know in the comments section what your favorite nail polish shade is!

To see my Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Review & Swatches video, click here.





  1. March 22, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I was just thinking of adding a spring nails trend post! You did a great job!

    • shaneejudee
      March 23, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you! 😊💅✨

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