Jan 7, 2011
Outside my window today, it's nothing but gray skies and brown slushy sidewalks. On my desk, however, is the first sign of spring: A sixfold collection of fresh, girlie polish colors from Essie. "Vive la couleur!" announces the first line of the press release—and as I peer down at my intensely deep plum nails coated in Essie Luxedo, I immediately want to wipe away the winter darkness and sweep on one of the lighthearted hues I see before me. Essie's spring line is called French Affair, but the shades are as innocent as they come: A mix of dainty pastels and cashmere-soft neutrals. Essie herself describes the collection as one that brings out the Brigitte Bardot in all of us, but in my opinion, the colors are less bombshell and more ingenue. They're sweet, understated (even the blue is kinda chill), and, above all, grown-up. And even though the colors are soft, the textures are opaque, so you get creamy, full-on tones. My personal favorite is Nice is Nice (which, as Essie explained, is meant to be pronounced "niece is nice," as in the glamorous vacation colony in the South of France). It's a pale, cool-toned lavender that's reminiscent of an early '60s palette. The Essie spring collection will be available starting in February on The shades are as follows: --Above, from left to right: French Affair (ballerina pink), Coat Azure (mediterranean blue with slight shimmer), and Nice is Nice (pale, cool-toned lavender) --Below, from left to right: Topless and Barefoot (light sandy beige), Kisses & Bisses (iridescent neutral), and Sand Tropez (pale stone)


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