Nails get fruity with Essie Looks to Thrill!
This cantaloupe orange from the Gel Couture line would make even the strawberries and blueberries turn green with envy like a gooseberry!
With the base coat built right into the colour, this Essie Gel Couture shade also has a wider brush to promote a smoother, faster application that fellow nail junkies will appreciate.
To learn more about how it differs from regular Essie nail polish, click to read my Essie Gel Couture Launch Event Recap!
See the rest of this post for all the specific details on how Essie Looks to Thrill performed.
Essie Looks to Thrill Pictures
Essie Looks to Thrill Swatches
All swatches have:
- No base coat
- 3 coats of Essie Looks to Thrill
- Essie Gel Couture Top Coat
Artificial Light Photos
Natural Light Photos
- Light & vibrant ambered melon creme (Yes)
- Gel-like shine (Yes)
- Name: Essie Looks to Thrill
- Collection: Essie Gel Couture Collection
- Launch Recap: Click here to read my Essie Gel Couture Collection Launch Event Recap!
- Amount: 13.5 mL (0.46 fl. oz.)
- Retail Price: $13.99 CAD
- Disclosure: This post contains a press sample provided by PR.
- Where to Buy: Select Shoppers Drug Marts & beauty destinations across Canada
Essie Looks to Thrill Review
With just enough saturation, Looks to Thrill by Essie has enough punch for a bold summer manicure that isn’t too bright.
More vivid than a peach, this orange brings a citrus twist to your nails in style!
The simple creme finish allows the colour to be the true star of the show without needing any bells or whistles in the form of shimmer. The advantage of this finish? It’s easy to remove, so you won’t need to scrub your digits raw.
It also is very shiny, even before you apply a glossy top coat, so it lives up to Essie’s claims that it has a gel-like shine.
Application & Formula
Since the Gel Couture brushes are wider than the standard Essie brushes, each stroke covers more area quicker. Plus the formula is smooth, which is easy to work with.
You could get full coverage with two coats with a careful application, however in my above swatches, I used three coats to be on the safe side.
I experienced a little bubbling after applying my final coat. However, when I used the matching Essie Gel Couture Top Coat, it helped to smooth out the overall appearance.
The beauty of the Essie Gel Couture colours is that they have a base coat built in, which means that you can complete your manicure quickly, diving straight into the colour.
Similar to other Essie nail polish, the Gel Couture line is formulated without Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
If you’re looking for a polish that isn’t a pale peach or a retina-searing neon, try Essie Looks to Thrill for a bright and summery manicure that isn’t over-the-top!
Have you tried any of the Essie Gel Couture nail polishes? Which shades of orange do you tend to wear the most? (For me, it would be peachy ones.)