Let’s bid winter adieu, shall we? I’m totally ready, and Essie hopes we are too! The French Affair Collection for spring 2011 boasts a retro spin on six pastel neutrals, that pay homage to the pretty sheers we love Essie for, but these are a little more opaque than they may seem.
Essie founder and color maven Essie Weingarten explains, “I think every woman has a little Brigitte Bardot in her, and this palette coaxes her out!”
I wish I had all six of the shades in my hot little hands to share with you, but I do have three—I hope you see one here that you like! Here’s the shade breakdown on all six shades:
French Affair — trés innocent pink (pictured)
Coat Azure — flirty, shimmery Parisian blue
Sand Tropez — sun-kissed, tan de soleil
Topless & Barefoot — coquettish peach at the beach
Kisses & Bises — swoon-worthy iridescent (pictured)
Nice is Nice — supremely happy spring wisteria (pictured)
I know I said that the collection was more an opaque take on the pretty sheers that Essie is known for, with the exception of this one—Kisses & Bises. (printed as “Kisses & Bisses” on the bottle) This looks clean, polished, and I love to be able to see the nail line sometimes. Something about it is so chic with two coats!
French Affair is a very retro, 60’s pink and the consistency was a little bit different, but not bad! I achieved complete opacity with two coats, but I opted for three just to amp out how pretty this pink is. Sort of bubblegum-meets-Barbarella-meets-Brigitte Bardot. Love it!
Nice is Nice is really nice (say that 10 times, really fast) with just two coats. It’s a perfectly opaque and whimsical lavender shade that I’ll definitely be wearing this spring! This will make an excellent first sandal season pedi color, so get it ready. Vive la spring sunshine!
Available: February 2011, $8 each
Are you making your way into spring shades already, or still wearing fall and winter colors?
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