Happy Monday beautiful people! It’s the last month of summer here in South Africa (technically, I mean it will still be warm here until mid- April;)) and I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can! We have had 8 heat waves this season, so it has really been one hot summer! I didn’t get to go away over December due to work, but this Essie resort collection sure had me dreaming of sandy beaches and blue, blue sea, but hey maybe a visit to Italy next month will soothe my pain?;) This gorgeous collection is only available for a little while longer, so grab these babies while it (and by “it” I mean the weather) is hot!

The collection consists of 4 pretty colors- Suite Retreat, Cocoa Karma, Time For Me Time and Stones N Roses. I was in love with 3 out of the 4, so lets take a closer look!


Stones N Roses

stones n roses

This was my favorite color from the collection, which is a very pretty petal pink coral. It has a lovely crème consistency and one coat was enough to get a full coverage but as usual, I used two and a topcoat. I’ve worn this all summer around on my toes and my nails, and during wintertime I am sure going to miss summer when I look at this color! It comes out a lot more vibrant on the nails then in the bottle which I loved.


Suite Retreat


Another favorite of the collection is this blissed out blue orchid color. On the nails it actually gives a beautiful purple tinge, so I would honestly say it’s more on the purple side of things. Again one coat was enough for the color to come through beautifully- such a gem!


Time For Me Time


As much as I loved the name of this iridescent blush sheer pink color, I wasn’t a fan of how it applied and how it looked on the nails. It took a good 3 coats for the shimmer and the pale pink color to come through. Its great for your everyday kind of color or if you like for your nails to be a bit subtler, but for a resort collection I was a bit underwhelmed. I also didn’t enjoy the consistency- it applied very streaky no matter how many times I tried.


Cocoa Karma


Just this cute name reminds me of the song “Copacabana” for some reason! I think of a tropical getaway and this pretty color on my nails. It’s a molten chocolate brown and it has the consistency of just that- a smooth chocolate! I would use two coats with this one, and due to its work-friendly hue I would recommend investing in this color the most!

Excuse the bad swatch, sometimes I only get to take photos in the evenings 🙂

The Essie Resort collection is available at select salons and spas and retails for R125 each.Keep an eye out on the blog next week for an exciting Essie giveaway!


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