N.Bar – tried and tested

In search of a longer-lasting manicure, Holly Sands heads to N.Bar to try the new Essie gel collection

Tried & tested

In search of a longer-lasting manicure, Holly Sands heads to N.Bar to try the new Essie gel collection.

The promise
Popular nail polish brand Essie has just launched its very own gel polish line, with 36 classic and on-trend colours to choose from. Apparently, as the gel is ‘brimming with conditioning oils’ it peels right off without damaging your nail bed, meaning there’s no need for epic soaking sessions...

Step by step
We’re instructed to pick our colour from the selection on offer – and immediately notice that there are nowhere near 36 hues available. We’d been hoping for the white, but have to settle for a light pink instead. We’re escorted to a manicure station, where we wait for the therapist to turn up and begin. As the chair is a little uncomfortable, we’re pleased to note that the nail and cuticle preparation is done speedily. Our nail technician begins applying various coats of a noticeably thinner gel than we’re used to. After a few very short seconds under the UV lamp, our nails are done, and the gel sits satisfyingly thin and light.

The result
While we were disappointed with the colour options, we love the end result and are pleased to have a less thick gell than usual sitting on top of our nails.

Pros
• The gel lasts ten days before chipping.

Cons
• It would have been nice to have more colour options.
• It doesn’t quite peel off without damaging our nails – there is a little flakiness following the removal.

3/5
Non-stop manicure (Essie gel) Dhs140, pedicure Dhs150. N.Bar, various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9828).

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