Introducing High Class Affair and Off Tropic from the belated Essie Spring 2016 collection. Off Tropic is a deep green towards the blue end of the spectrum which makes me think of a pine forest in winter sunlight. Funnily enough, I’d wear this shade all year except spring. High Class Affair is a warm peach shade, which I think has more of a summer vibe although I’d wear a peachy neutral any time of year.
Off Tropic gave the best colour with two coats which is what I was expecting. On careful application you could probably get away with one coat if you’re in a rush and don’t mind a bit of transparency but that’s not to my personal taste. The cool deep green was in perfect contrast to my warm-toned skin so in my opinion it is very brown beauty friendly. Dark colours work well on me and don’t look too bad on short nails.
High Class Affair gave better than expected coverage with two coats whereas paler shades often need three coats. The other issue with pale shades is that nail imperfections show through but that’s not unique to this shade or brand. The shade worked as a neutral (not nude) shade for me because it’s warm so it complimented my skin tone. I imagine it would work as a statement shade on deeper skin tones. The other issue with pale shades is that nail imperfections show through but that’s not unique to this shade or brand.
The brushes are fairly wide, so you can cover the nail in two strokes but you can still just about do the three-stroke method (middle, side, other side). I liked the control I had with the brushes which was partly to do with the width and partly because of the rich formula. It is just the right consistency to brush on and manipulate without going gloopy. The finish on both is sufficiently shiny for normal wear but if you want an ultra-high shine, you’ll need a topcoat.
I like the coverage and application of these Essie polishes and I am pleasantly surprised that the peach shade flatters my brown skin. No need to play it safe with the dark shade only. Although part of the Essie Spring 2016 Collection, these nail polishes are still available on various websites such as amazon.