Essie "French Affair" Collection nail polishes Nice Is Nice, Coat Azure and French Affair. Courtesy of Essie

When Essie's new Spring 2011 nail polish collection crossed our desks, our winter haze was immediately brightened by the cheerfully pastel hues.

Entitled "French Affair" and inspired by 1960s glamour, the nail polish shades are as flirtatiously coquettish as are the names. All of the feminine splashes offer opaque coverage, unlike most of the sheers we see come spring.

The upbeat and fun shades include: Nice Is Nice, Coat Azure and the namesake, French Affair -- which are all Easter-ready hues of lavender, periwinkle blue and a bunny light pink.

Meanwhile, Topless & Barefoot, Sand Tropez and Kisses And Bises glamourize the neutral territory with shades of sandy peach, cafe au lait and iridescent neutral.

"I think every woman has a little Brigitte Bardot in her, and this palette coaxes her out," says Essie Weingarten, founder of the eponymously-named brand.

We'll take an order of the famous French model-actress' big hair with those nails, please.

Look for the shades to spring in February, with each bottle retailing for $8. And whispers are, Essie will expand to mass retailers this year, with a slightly overwhelming 100 nail polish shade collection to choose from at your local store.


Essie "French Affair" Collection nail polishes Topless & Barefoot, Sand Tropez and Kisses And Bises. Courtesy of Essie

And it's a smart business move too, since 94 percent of nail color is purchased on impulse in places like the drugstore, says a study on national nail color buying habits conducted by Essie.

The same study found that 53 percent of women will leave a store empty-handed if they can't find the shade they went for, while only one in four women finish a full bottle of polish before purchasing a new one.

The number one factor in selecting a shade? It's the occasion -- followed by beauty stories featuring a certain color in online or print press.

We've always appreciated that Essie is "3-free" -- which means it contains no formaldehyde, DBP or toluene. It's just that now we feel less guilty about our nail polish ADD.

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