Essie Suite Retreat – Review & Swatch 

I’m a big fan of Essie, but for a while now I’ve found their latest offerings and collections a bit… too samey. When I went to collect my Boots order a few weeks a go I strolled leisurely through the make up aisles to get the the tills (it was semi en route), and this polish stopped me in my tracks. Literally.

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Suite Retreat is from Essie’s 2015 resort collection and is an unusual powdery purple blue with slight undertones of purple. Not only could I not think of anything that I had that was remotely comparable, but I couldn’t think of anything similar full stop. The colour of this is perfect for a nail art idea based around my favourite pattern on some of my clothing that I’ve been thinking of for a while, so expect that upcoming! The colour reminds me of iris flowers, which have just started popping up in my garden, so it seems very Spring appropriate.

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Yes. that’s right. I own monster’s inc pyjamas – Essie Suite Retreat in Daylight

The formulation of Suite Retreat is what I’ve come to expect from Essie, this was opaque in one thin coat but finished with a second to give a super shiny finish. It’s pictured above with no topcoat and has a nice finish – but featured with a new topcoat below which I’ve been trialling it’s even better, without it has been lasting me at least 3 days without chipping, but whilst I’ve been putting my nails through rough treatment e.g not being able to use the dishwasher for a week and gardening.

Essie Suite Retreat with Topcoat
Essie Suite Retreat with Topcoat during evening/un-natural light
After 5 days of wear!
After 5 days of wear!

I’ve had this on every other time I paint my nails and can see me keep coming back to it regularly for the foreseeable future! It looks great against pastel colours, like these rings on thursday’s H&M haul which make it great for spring!

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What are your favourite Essie shades?

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