Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review & Swatches - Essie A French Affair Collection

Hey guys!

Today I have for you my first swatches and review of an Essie Collection!

Essie has always been available at my local Shopper's stores but it was always a really limited selection of mostly pinks and reds so I never bothered. But now that Essie is breaking into the drugstore market, all of my local Shopper's stores have new Essie displays full of new and pretty colours! I've already bought a number of the permanent colours but I picked up this collection when there was a sale on Essie polishes.

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Keep reading to see swatches and read the review!


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Topless & Barefoot (soft beige nude creme)
This is a beautiful nude that I think would satisfy anyone's desires for the perfect beige. It applied very well and was opaque in 2 coats.

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Coat Azure (bright cornflower blue with silver shimmer)
This is the pop colour of the collection and it's stunning, I absolutely love it. It applied very nicely and was opaque in 2 coats.

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French Affair (soft barbie pink creme)
This one was probably my least favourite of the collection just because soft pinks aren't really my style. However, I like it much more with a layer of Kisses and Bises over it (you can see a swatch below). The formula was great and it was opaque in 2 coats.

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Sand Tropez (soft taupe creme with a hint of grey)
This is definitely one of my favourites from this collection. If you've been following me for a while you know by now that I tend to use brighter colours more often than not but this is one of those shades that I would wear alone, without any nail art to a more conservative function or event. This one applied excellently and was opaque in 2 coats.

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Nice is Nice (cool lavender creme)
This colour feels really delicate to me and is definitely the most spring-appropriate of the collection. Like the others, it applied very well and was opaque in 2 coats.

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Kisses and Bises (sheer iridescent top coat)
This polish is best used as a layering polish over other colours to give them an iridescent pop. It softly flashes pink, red, orange and even a bit of green. Although I described it as a top coat, it could be worn alone but it would certainly never be opaque. I did swatch it alone below using 3 coats and although it gives the nails a pretty glow, I still think that it looks best when used over the other colours. This formula of this one was a little thicker than the others but it was in no way difficult to work with.

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Kisses and Bises, Nice is Nice, Sand Tropez, French Affair, Coat Azure, Topless & Barefoot

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Kisses and Bises, Nice is Nice, Sand Tropez

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French Affair, Coat Azure, Topless & Barefoot


And here is Kisses and Bises in action on top of the other colours of the collection:

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Nice is Nice, Sand Tropez, French Affair, Coat Azure, Topless & Barefoot

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Topless & Barefoot, Coat Azure, French Affair, Sand Tropez, Nice is Nice

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Topless & Barefoot, Coat Azure, French Affair

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French Affair, Sand Tropez, Nice is Nice




Overall, although a few of the colours aren't entirely unique, I still really like this collection. The addition of Kisses and Bises gives you the opportunity to add a little something extra to the polishes that aren't as unique as well as makes the more unique ones pop even more. With these being my first Essie polishes, I should note that I am VERY impressed with the formula! All of these applied beautifully and I had no issues.

My only concern is the price; Essie polishes are sold at Shopper's for $11.99 which is not very reasonable for the drugstore in my opinion. The good thing about Shopper's is that they have a lot of sales (as I said, I got these on sale for $8.99 although that's still rather expensive) and they offer the Optimum Points program which allows customers to rack up points when with their purchases which eventually lead to some pretty good savings. I just think that if they're trying to break into the drugstore market, they should adjust their pricing accordingly instead of sticking with salon pricing.

What do you guys think? Any favourites?

6 comments:

  1. Topless&Barefoot looks really nice nude but in Finland Essie is quite expensive so might not buy it tho.

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  2. Loving French Affair!! Normally Essie's are $8 here in the states but our drugstores now have them for 7.75... woo hoo haha

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  3. Where do you live? Trade secrets sells essie slightly cheaper than shoppers. There is a store in Toronto that sells them for 6.95 too!! I just bought sooo many.

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  4. Jennifer: I live in St. John's, Newfoundland. Unfortunately, we don't have a Trade Secrets here. The only places that sell Essie are Shopper's as I mentioned above and professional salons and spas where it's basically the same price. :( $6.95 is a great price though, enjoy your new polishes!

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  5. oooh. they're all opaque in 2 coats? awesome!! i feel some essie is hit-or-miss. so skipped on these. will def.ly go back & get some! thanks :D

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  6. Theres some lovely colours in the collection, I really like Kisses and Bises, sometimes you need a bit of iridescence!

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