essie Gel Couture Bridal Collection 2017 by Monique Lhuillier

I finally got my hands on the entire essie Bridal Collection for 2017 and I can’t wait to share it with you. Instead of coming out with a bridal collection of six regular essie polishes, essie decided to come out with six new Gel Couture polishes in collaboration with Monique Lhuillier. Monique Lhuillier is a bridal designer and she collaborated with essie to come out with these gorgeous colors just in time for bridal season! Take a look below to see what this collection entails!

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Polishes from left to right and top to bottom: ‘Dress Is More’, ‘Lace To The Altar’, ‘Blush Worthy’, ‘Sage You Love Me’, ‘To Have & To Gold’, and ‘Berry In Love’.


First up is ‘Lace To The Altar’, an elegant ivory accented with iridescent pearls. I am seriously in love with this polish and would 100% wear it on my Wedding day…now I just need to find someone to marry in order to make this happen. This took three thin coats to reach literal pearl perfection.



Next we have ‘Dress Is More’, a creamy white thats dusted with pink. This is a jelly polish that is perfect for a bride who just wants a simple and classic look on her big day. It took three coats to reach this opacity but also looks gorg with less coats if you want a sheer look!


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Introducing ‘Blush-Worthy’, a feminine peony pink speckled with gold. At first I was a bit nervous about the large glitter in this polish and whether or not it would make the formula clumpy. I was proved wrong when this polish applied easily without any issues! The gold flecks throughout this polish are to die for and it adds a modern twist to a classic polish.



‘Sage You Love Me’ is a soft dusty gray with a kiss of green. This polish is breathtaking and is perfect for that bride who isn’t afraid to add a bit of color to her wedding look. I used three coats but this could have been done in two. I’m seriously obsessed with this color and never want to take it off. This one is a must.



Next we have ‘To Have & To Gold’, a chic vintage rose gold. I was nervous at first that this polish would leave streaks when dried but it did no such thing! This is definitley a show stopping polish and can be worn all year long in my opinion. If you are a gold fan this polish is definitley for you.


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Last but not least is ‘Berry In Love’, a deep, dazzling plum red. I love how this one isn’t as dark as most of my berry polishes and only needed two coats to become this rich gorgeous color.



Here is a photo of all six polishes so that you can see them side by side.

Below I have comparisons of the polishes from the Bridal Collection to polishes in my own collection.

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As you can see neither of these polishes come close to ‘Lace To The Altar’. ‘She Said Yes’ has a small shimmer and is a cream colored polish and ‘Private Weekend’ is a truer white with larger sparkles embedded into the polish. In my opinion ‘Lace To The Altar’ is much prettier than both and the shimmer/glitter embedded within is a lot more prominent.

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Next I compared ‘Dress Is More’ to ‘East Hampton Cottage’ and ‘Pre Show Jitters’. Yet again neither of these two polishes even come close to DIM. PSJ is a lot more opaque and has a creamy formula. EHC has a slight shimmer and is also not a jelly polish.

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Here is ‘Peek A Boo’ compared to ‘Blush-Worthy’. They both are light pinks with mirco shimmer, however ‘Blush Worthy’ is a tad bit darker and peachier with bigger specks of shimmer.

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I took all of the ‘sage’ colored polishes in my collection to compare and this is what I came up with. Obviously ‘Absolutely Shore’ is a lot lighter and doesn’t even come close. ‘Maximilian Strasse Her’ and ‘Who Is The Boss’ are both in the same family but are both a tad different. If they were mixed together ‘Sage You Love Me’ would be the color that they would make.

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As you can see ‘Getting Groovy’ and ‘Good As Gold’ are both a lot more true gold toned rather than rose gold toned like ‘To Have & To Gold is. ‘Penny Talk’ is the closest polish and is in the same color family it just doesn’t have the shimmer embedded in to the polish that ‘To Have & To Gold’ has.

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Lastly we have ‘Berry In Love’. I compared it to ‘In The Lobby’ and ‘Bahama Mama’. Both polishes were much darker and vampier toned than ‘Berry In Love’.

I love this collection because they truly have a color for every type of bride, from someone looking for a classic look to a bride who wants a show stopping polish, this collection has it all! My top three favorites were ‘Sage You Love Me’, ‘Lace To The Altar’, and ‘To Have & To Gold’. I didn’t have any dupes in this collection so I was glad that I ended up getting all six of the polishes. What did you think? Would you wear any of these on your big day? Let me know on Instagram @essiebuff.



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