Essie Nail Polish in High Class Affair, swatch

Essie — High Class Affair (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring

Essie’s Spring 2016 collection contains six shades that are all creams: totally my bag! I made a trip down to my favorite beauty supply and snagged four shades: High Class Affair, Off Tropic, Poolside Service, and Sunshine State of Mind. I wanted badly to get a couple from the new Resort collection, as well (particularly Taj-Ma-Haul), but didn’t see it on display. Guess I’ll have to make another trip in the next couple of weeks.

Here’s my little haul (the middle four bottles are from the Spring 2016 collection):

Essie Nail Polish Haulage from Toronto Barber & Beauty Supply, February 2016
Creams, wonderful creams!
Essie Nail Polishes in Color Binge, Sunshine State of Mind, High Class Affair, Off Tropic, Poolside Service, & In the Lobby

I did notice that the price of Essies at TBBS has gone up from CA$6.95 to CA$7.25, but they’re still running their Buy 4, get 2 free deal! In my experience, you can mix and match with China Glaze under the same deal (I forgot to check if the China Glaze prices had gone up, as well), but it may depend on who’s checking you out, as Stash Matters found.

They packed the six polishes for me in the fun little cardboard boxes that you sometimes get from nail polish retailers:
Essie Nail Polish Haulage from Toronto Barber & Beauty Supply, in nail polish 6-pack box, February 2016

So, today I’m swatching High Class Affair (964), which Essie describes as an “amorous blush nude.” It is not typically the kind of polish I gravitate toward (read: soft neutral), but I just loved the clean, gentle peach shade as soon as I saw it.

I’m not 100% sure it looks great on my skintone, but I really do like it! It’s an opaque, light peach pastel cream. I think my skintone brings out more beige in it; I think on cooler skintones, this may look pinker. Normally, I’d think a color like this would give Band-Aid nails, but there’s a little more oomph to it and I think it really works to avoid that look.

The formula, for a pale opaque cream, is quite excellent. Two thicker coats will do you, but you may prefer three thin ones, instead. I don’t think this polish works well with one coat, as a sheer, though.

I definitely recommend this one for the warm-toned!

Essie Nail Polish in High Class Affair, swatch

Essie Nail Polish retails for US$8.50 / CA$9.99–$10.99 and is 0.46 US fl oz / 13.5 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It is made in the USA.

Essie Cosmetics, founded in 1981, is based in Westfield NJ, USA. In 2010, Essie was acquired by the L’Oréal Group.


15 thoughts on “Essie — High Class Affair (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. They give me those boxes for my nail polishes too. Also the ones that fit the China Glazes, hehe.
    I think this colour is GREAT for your skintone! I really like this colour but I probably already have something identical in my stash. You call it Band-Aid nails like it’s a BAD thing. 😛

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    • I just got an order from NailSupplies and they gave me a box from LeChat polish! Orly 2-pks are always funny since they’re taller.

      Oh, I know how you love your Band-Aid nails 😀


  2. What a beautiful shade, thanks for the review! This goes so well with your skintone, I think it would just make my fingers look like little red sausages, lol! Ahh… creams are the ONLY good finish, aren’t they? 😉

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