Friday, January 28, 2011

3 Shades from Essie French Affair Spring 2011 Collection

I received three of the six shades from Essie's Spring 2011 Collection, French Affair, so let's have a look at them!

Below: Coat Azure is a medium blue creme with delicate hidden shimmer. I love this shade and I always love a polish with hidden shimmer, but what's even more amazing is that I only used one coat! In a word, love!

Below: While not particularly unique, Sand Tropez is a trendy pale taupe or khaki shade that applied nicely using 2 coats.

Below: Kisses and Bisses is a sheer pearly milky shade laced with tiny iridescent pink shimmer. This is shown using 2 coats, and the photo was taken with no flash. I love layering polishes, and this one will see much more use from me that way, than on its own. I'm just not a big fan of sheer polishes, although you will catch me wearing them every now and again.

Below: Here are a few looks to show you how Kisses and Bisses works when layered, and a comparison to another favorite layering polish that's similar, Revlon Sweet Nothings #725 Nude Nightie.

Color-wise, this is a fairly subtle array of shades with the exception of Coat Azure. My favorites based on these three and having seen the other three shades in promo pictures, are Coat Azure and Kisses and Bisses. The formula on all three of these was perfection--pigmented on the blue and taupe shades, smooth and even coverage on all three, and a glossy finish without using a top coat.

Essie's been coming out with some great fashion-forward shades over this past year (Sew Psyched, Mint Candy Apple, and Pretty Edgy, to name a few--do you think I have an affinity for all things green?!!), so I'll accept a more subtle collection from them every now and again!
*Products featured were furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm for review.


  1. Nothing for me at all in this collection, but I do agree with you, I'd name the same bunch of awesome polish Essie did in last few collections, so they're forgiven and so I wait for the summer collection.

  2. Even though I don't like Essie, because it takes 3+ coats for me to get it to opaque, these colours are amazing!I love Coat Azure, because of the colour and Kisses and Bisses, because of the duochrome effect it has!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love Essie and out of all the collections for spring I'm most tempted to buy theirs.

  4. Kisses and Blisses....SO on my list!! And I'm not an Essie fan. Gorgeous manis, Mary!!!

  5. You know, if I want watery sheer polishes, I can pull open a drawer of them, and be equally thrilled!

    Of course you make them look beautiful, but this time Essie didn't hook me.

    When she gets some off those glassy duochrome's, I'll be all over them!

  6. I really love Coat Azure, actually I'm wearing it today. I like Sand Tropez too, but it's less original.

  7. hmm i think i like coat azure but this collection is a snooze for me.

  8. Coat Azure is very pretty. The others are alright.