A reader asked me for a swatch comparison of OPI's Suzi and the Lifeguard (from the 2009 summer south beach collection) and OPI's Italian Love Affair. I personally like Italian Love Affair better, the formula was much better. These are both three coats and topcoat. With Suzi and the Lifeguard, I experienced a bit of cuticle drag, which I hate but I do not know if my bottle was just a dud. Italian Love Affair has a much more creme finish that Suzi, click on the picture to see the closeup (pardon my awful cuticles!!) Hoped that this helped!