Hello essie lovers! I know it’s been a while but I’m back! Again, a little bit on why I’ve been so MIA the past couple of months: my fiancé and I bought our very first house (that we are completely re-modelling) and we are also getting married this October!! So obviously this collection is very special to me – I always wondered what the essie bridal shades would be the year that I got married and now I finally know! I also love how they’re more “fall” appropriate shades (although I’m a firm believer that you can wear any shade, any season) – it’s as if essie and I are always on the same track. 😉

This year essie’s bridal collection comes in gel couture form and it’s also in collaboration with designer Monique Lhuillier! Besides being very special to me for personal reasons, this collection is essie’s first ever bridal designer collaboration… pretty exciting! Let’s find out a little bit more about the collection before we dive into swatching:

“From the moment a woman lays her eyes on her engagement ring, her manicure becomes the centerpiece of countless photos, special wedding moments. to help ensure she has a picture perfect manicure for every occasion along the way, essie is thrilled to introduce the new, limited edition essie gel coutureTM bridal collection by Monique Lhuillier. Monique Lhuillier, acclaimed couture bridal designer, has collaborated with essie to create the modern bride’s “something new” in six feminine and romantic longwear shades—ranging from traditional pinks and sheers to the more daring berry reds and soft sage crèmes. dreaming up a vision of romantic femininity, the essie gel couture™ bridal collection by Monique Lhuillier features the designer’s signature blush pink colour and incorporates elements of her favorite laces, bridal bouquets and whimsical aesthetic. “I was so happy to partner with essie for the gel couture bridal collection,” says Monique Lhuillier. “I created shades that fit every bride, perfectly complementing their dress and beauty. On my wedding day, that meant a traditional soft pink based manicure to complement the intricate detailing on the bodice and skirt of my dress. For some brides, that means a pop of berry red or metallic gold to balance a simple, elegant silhouette. This collection has something for every bride, bringing that ‘perfect fit’ feeling right down to her fingertips.” Lhuillier’s approach to couture bridal designs ensures her brides feel beautiful and glamorous. the designer incorporates luxurious fabrics and silhouettes to flatter a woman’s body with the perfect fit, paying close attention to every detail. this same attention to detail is intrinsic to the essie gel coutureTM bridal collection, offering an assortment of lust-worthy couture colours and top coat that perfectly apply to the nail in just two easy steps.”

“Experience bridal couture like never before. with every blush-worthy detail crafted to perfection you will instantly understand why dress is more. designed for you by Monique Lhuillier to fall berry in love, each bridal creation is a masterpiece full of elegance and flare that you will want to have & to gold. so before you sage you love me and lace to the altar, let’s enter our world of couture and get ready for your big day.”

‘lace to the alter’ “whether you walk, run or sashay down the aisle, you’ll love getting caught up in the rush of this soft elegant ivory sheer accented with iridescent pearls.” Okay a sparkly shade that becomes opaque with two coats?! This *might* be my favourite out of the whole collection!! Not only is ‘lace to the alter’ stunning on it’s own, it looks equally as nice (if not better!) layered over other shades.

‘dress is more’ “keep it simple? not this bride-to-be. in this sheer creamy white that’s dusted with pink, more is more when it comes to wedding nails.” This is definitely a classic bridal shade (not meant to be fully opaque), shown here is two coats. ‘dress is more’ is a soft sheer neutral perfect for any bridal season.

‘blush worthy’ “big day, fab dress, and this feminine peony pink speckled with gold – it’s blushing perfection for bridal nails, before you say “I do.”” Ahhh. This. Is. Gorgeous. ‘blush worthy’ reminds me of a blush toned jelly polish with fairy dust sprinkled throughout! SO elegant! I applied two coats here.

‘sage you love me’ “shout it from the rooftops: this soft dusty gray with a kiss of green undertones is the perfect match to your wedding bouquet.” This truly is a gorgeous sage shade, and the formula is perfectly opaque and even with two coats.

‘to have & to gold’ “love at first sight! from your wedding day forward, this chic vintage rose gold is yours for keeps.” LOVE. What a goregous rose-gold! It’s like ‘penny talk’ but amplified! Although it looked great with two coats I applied three for more impact.

‘berry in love’ “over the moon for the honeymoon? this deep, dazzling plum red makes sweet hearts beat even faster.” One of the things I love most about this shade is that it applied so evenly, which is usually rare for deep berry toned shades. Shown here is two coats.

What do we think?! Do we love? Do we have a favourite? Personally, my favourite’s are ‘lace to the alter’ and ‘blush-worthy’. Oh and I need your help! Should I choose one of these shades for my bridal manicure or go with another essie bridal (or core) shade? Please let me know in the comments below!! (My theme is blush & burgundy and there are pops of sage in my bouquet, my wedding is in the fall – October 1st)

The essie gel couture Bridal 2017 collection will be available at salons and beauty retailers worldwide starting April 18, 2017 for $13.99 each. To see swatches of the Resort 2017 collection (out March 21st worldwide), click here. For more information on all things essie related please visit essie.ca.

♡ Lauren