When MiniLuxe – an amazing Boston-based nail salon – asked me if I’d like to try the Essie gel polish line, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only do I love a quality manicure (MiniLuxe is top notch), but I’m a huge fan of Essie products and have amassed quite the collection over the years. I used to paint my nails religiously (every two days), but I got my first gel manicure this summer and have been hooked ever since. I even bought an at-home gel kit. Anyways, a few months ago Essie released a collection of 36 gel polishes that are close matches to the brand’s most popular colors. Exciting news for fellow fans.
Overall, I am very happy with how the manicure has held up (I’m on day six now with no peeling), and the color I chose – called Fashion Crowd – is really similar to Mint Candy Apple. I thought it would be fun to try something a little different, since I’ve been wearing mostly reds and corals this winter. Doesn’t the minty green look pretty with these Trader Joe’s roses?!
Now, the only downside I’ve found with frequent gel manicures is that they can really damage your nails (mine are definitely prone to splitting). Luckily, Essie gels are formulated with Keratin and vitamins B5 and E to help condition nails. I can’t comment yet on the health of my own nails post-removal, but it’s nice to know that the polish aims to protect and not destroy. As for the manicure experience, MiniLuxe never disappoints – and as a bit of a nail technique snob, I can really appreciate the technicians’ attention to detail. The salons (with eight locations around Boston) are also bright, clean and full of sparkly little items to buy (like bangles, hair accessories, etc.). Plus, the prices are good and they have the best selection of polish brands and colors.
You should probably go and book yourself a little Monday evening treat (you deserve it).
(complimentary service provided, but all opinions are my own.)