If you’re not quite ready for the onslaught of neon yellows and oranges heading our way for summer nail trend shades, you can ease yourself into the bright vibe gently with this beautiful collection of gentle shades from Essie. The French Affair Collection uses trend colours, such as blue and violet, but tones them down perfectly so there’s no colour shock – only a sophisticated pastel effect. I love the Kisses & Bises iridescent shade and would use as a final topcoat over any of the other shades to give a delicate but very pretty nail effect.

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