Essie A French Affair Collection Swatches, Photos, Review


Coat Azure, French Affair, Nice is Nice

Essie A French Affair Collection

For Spring, Essie has launched six shades ranging from blue to nude in their A French Affair Collection. Essie can be found at various etailers and salons, but also through beauty.com ($8 per bottle).

Coat Azure (breathing taking medium blue with shimmer), French Affair (sophisticated soft lavender pink), Nice is Nice (whimsical light lavender), Sand Tropez (soft sandy beige), Topless & Barefoot (barely there soft beige pink), and Kisses & Bisses (kiss of pink shimmer – perfect to layer over any color).

  • Coat Azure is a dusty cornflower blue with soft microshimmer. I used two coats. China Glaze Sky High Top seems similar but brighter.
  • French Affair is a pale pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. I used three coats. It is cooler-toned than Essie Neo Whimsical.
  • Nice is Nice is a pinked lavender with a cream finish. I used two coats, and there was a hint of visible nail line. It is similar to MAC’s Little Girl Type, but darker and not as cool-toned. It’s also more pigmented and less cool-toned than Essie Lilacism.
  • Sand Tropez is a muted, beige with a touch of gray in a cream finish. I used three coats. It seems a bit similar to Essie Body Language.
  • Topless & Barefoot is a warmed over light-medium beige cream. I used two coats. I couldn’t think of a possible dupe for this one.
  • Kisses & Bisses is a sheer, warmed white base with a duochromed, opalescent shimmer that flashes pink and gold. I used three coats in the swatches. Essie recommends it for layering, and if you’re not into sheer polishes, it would work well as a layering polish. I did like it on its own; it gave a soft, sheer look but the duochrome finish of the shimmer added interest. Zoya Bailey seems similar, perhaps not as much of a duochrome.

my thoughts on the formula: Essie’s spring shades is a good mix of soft colors and pastels with a formula that applies easily and none of the pastel shades have a chalky look to them. I found about half needed two coats, but overall, three seemed like the ideal amount. The formula wasn’t too thick or thin, and it flowed evenly onto the nail. With a base/top coat, I had only minor tip wear after a week’s wear of Essie’s formula.

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Coat Azure, French Affair, Nice is Nice


Coat Azure, French Affair, Nice is Nice


Coat Azure, French Affair, Nice is Nice


Coat Azure, French Affair, Nice is Nice


Sand Tropez, Topless & Barefoot, Kisses & Bisses


Sand Tropez, Topless & Barefoot, Kisses & Bisses


Sand Tropez, Topless & Barefoot, Kisses & Bisses


Sand Tropez, Topless & Barefoot, Kisses & Bisses


Essie Coat Azure Nail Lacquer


Essie Coat Azure Nail Lacquer


Essie Coat Azure Nail Lacquer


Essie Coat Azure Nail Lacquer


Essie French Affair Nail Lacquer


Essie French Affair Nail Lacquer


Essie French Affair Nail Lacquer


Essie French Affair Nail Lacquer


Essie Nice is Nice Nail Lacquer


Essie Nice is Nice Nail Lacquer


Essie Nice is Nice Nail Lacquer


Essie Nice is Nice Nail Lacquer


Essie Sand Tropez Nail Lacquer


Essie Sand Tropez Nail Lacquer


Essie Sand Tropez Nail Lacquer


Essie Sand Tropez Nail Lacquer


Essie Topless & Barefoot Nail Lacquer


Essie Topless & Barefoot Nail Lacquer


Essie Topless & Barefoot Nail Lacquer


Essie Topless & Barefoot Nail Lacquer


Essie Kisses & Bisses Nail Lacquer


Essie Kisses & Bisses Nail Lacquer


Essie Kisses & Bisses Nail Lacquer


Essie Kisses & Bisses Nail Lacquer