Essence Gel Nails At Home



I recently tried the Essence Gel Nails At Home kit, and I haven’t been able to stop using it!

I have spoken to a few Beauty eds and Bloggers about it, raving about, and they did not agree. Shocked at the fact that they didn’t love it, I started investigating and came the conclusion that they weren’t using it correctly. So, here is the low-down, do’s and don’t’s to get you to loving your Essence Gel Nails At Home!

The first time I used it I must admit I struggled. I then went and re-read the instructions, and tried it again. By the third application I was a Pro!!! Most important to remember is that if you are using it for the first time you can not be rushed! If you are rushed you will mess it up.

With the Essence Gel Nails At Home Kit you can either do a NATURAL FRENCH COLOUR look OR absolutely any NAIL POLISH COLOUR you like, using any of the Essence nail polishes.

Below is my Fuss Free guide on how to Use the Essence Gel Nails At Home:

STEP 1: Plug in your Mini LED Lamp. It has a USB power connection, simply plug the USB into your computer/laptop. I plug mine into the back of my iPhone charger adapter.

image Mini LED Lamp R385.00

STEP 2: File and shape your nails and gently push back cuticles

STEP 3: Using the Essence Nail Cleanser saturate a lint-free cotton pad and wipe your nails. Make sure to wipe over the entire nail and remove any oils, nail dust etc. THE NAIL MUST BE 100% CLEAN!

image_3 Cleanser R47.95

STEP 4: Apply the primer to the ENTIRE nail, make sure to apply it right to the edges.

image_4 Primer R47.95

STEP 5: Apply the Peel Off Gel Base. It is SUPER IMPORTANT to apply it to the nail bed only. Do not apply it touching the skin or cuticle and make sure to get it all the way to the tip of the nail. It is a very thick formula that can quickly get messy. Remove the excess product from the brush and gently apply to the nail. Rather start with less and apply more product later if needed. I like to do one nail at a time, if you like and you got the hang of it you can do one hand at a time. Once you are happy stick your nails, one at a time, under the LED lamp. I like to slot my finger into the space under the lamp, and then switch it on. The lamp automatically goes off after 10 seconds, and, Viola! Your base coat is set. It is normal for the base coat to have a sticky residue.

image_1 Peel Off Base R57.95

For the next Step decide whether you would like to do the NATURAL FRENCH COLOUR or NAIL POLISH COLOUR.

For the NATURAL FRENCH COLOUR simply apply the French Gel Top Coat. AGAIN being very careful with the application and don’t let the polish touch your skin/cuticles. It is also a thick formula. Again rather start with less and apply more if needed. You don’t need to have a thick layer! I would say a medium coat is good. Once you are happy, stick your nail under the lamp for 10 sec. You will notice that the top coat also has a sticky residue. Soak a cotton pad in the Essence cleanser, and wipe off the sticky residue. Your french look gel nails are done!

image French Gel Top Coat R57.95

For the NAIL POLISH COLOUR look carry on here after Step 5

Step 6: Wipe each nail with the Essence Cleanser to remove the sticky residue from the already set Peel Off Gel Base.

Step 7: Apply ANY one of the Essence nail polish colours. You have to make sure that the nail polish is COMPLETELY DRY!!! If it isn’t you will end up with a terrible me I did it and I ended-up having to remove it all and start again.


Step 8: Apply the Clear Gel Top Coat over the DRY nail polish. Again remember apply this top coat very carefully. It is also a thick formula. Start with less product and apply more if needed. Do not let it touch the skin or cuticles and be sure to seal the tip of the nail. Set each nail under the LED lamp for 10 seconds. Once set remove the sticky residue with a cotton pad soaked in the Essence remover.

image_2 Clear Gel Top Coat R57.95

In the picture below you can see I did the NATURAL FRENCH COLOUR on my first three nails, and a NAIL POLISH COLOUR on the last two fingers. The box says it lasts up to 10 days, which I can believe because I wash my hands all the time, and mine lasted 6 days!


FINISH off your perfectly manicured gel nails with the Essence Gel Nails At Home hand cream. I have raved about this hand cream on Instagram and in my Latest Video. It is fast absorbing, smells great, and leaves my hands feeling really soft


TO REMOVE the Gel simply, slowly, peel it off!!!

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to ask me any questions!

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One Response to Essence Gel Nails At Home

  1. Liesl November 15, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi There, do you know if the Essence peel of gels are available in South Africa still?

    Many thanks

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