Essie Retro Revival – Starry Starry Night Collection – Swatches & Review

Essie Retro Revival - Starry Starry Night Collection - Swatches & Review

Essie Retro Revival - Starry Starry Night Collection - Swatches & Review

Hi guys!!! I have swatches of the latest collection from Essie. It is a Retro Revival collection called Starry Starry Night. I can tell you that it was very anticipated collection, there was even a preorder going on on Essie Canada and USA. And all the fuss was due to one shade that is among these, it was one of the most wanted discontinued shades in the world, that is Starry Starry Night.

Some time last year Essie Canada started the campaign of asking followers to vote for the shade that they would love to see back in the store shelves. I just remember that most of the people voted for Starry Starry Night, and I was one of them. And then at the end of the year I saw that they are actually bringing back six shades and not only one as I first thought. They revealed five shades, but the sixth remained secret. Well, everybody was hoping it would be the sparkly blue polish, and in the end it was. And now I have the whole collection and I am going to show you the swatches of all the polishes.

 

Birthday Suit – Essie Retro Revival

Birthday Suit - Essie Retro Revival

It was a part of the original 12 shades that Essie Weingarten released in 1981. It is very sheer, I did two coats here, so maybe three or four would be totally opaque, but I doubt it. It’s a beautiful nude and considering it’s from 1981 it’s great, because it is still in style.

Birthday Suit - Essie Retro Revival

Birthday Suit - Essie Retro Revival

 

Cabana Boy – Essie Retro Revival

Cabana Boy - Essie Retro Revival

The original release was in the 2005, so it’s among the youngest in the bunch. It is a shimmery grey that has a touch of frost in it. It fully covers your nails with three coats and it is very beautiful. I have to tell you that I wasn’t expecting the shimmer in this shade, it looked creme in the bottle. But it was a nice surprise when I started applying it and I discovered the shimmer.

Cabana Boy - Essie Retro Revival

Cabana Boy - Essie Retro Revival

 

Bikini With A Martini – Essie Retro Revival

Bikini With A Martini - Essie Retro Revival

It was created in 2006, so it is the youngest here. I did two coats and as you can see it is still very sheer. It was easy to apply, but I don’t like the fact that it is so sheer. It was too subtle on its own.

Bikini With A Martini - Essie Retro Revival

Bikini With A Martini - Essie Retro Revival

But as you can see in the photos bellow it can be used as a top coat over diferent colours. I only did it over two polishes, but you can put it over almost anything.

Bikini With A Martini - Essie Retro Revival

Above: one coat over Birthday Suit

Bikini With A Martini - Essie Retro Revival

Above: one coat over Cabana Boy – I love this combination!

 

Sequin Sash – Essie Retro Revival

Sequin Sash - Essie Retro Revival

It was born in 2005. It is not that far back, but apparently these kind of sheers were in at that time. It’s amazing how the polish has changed during these 10 years and I am soo thankful that it did.

I did two coats with this one too and again I would prefer it over some other creme polish. I didn’t put it over anything but I bet it would look amazing over darker colours.

Sequin Sash - Essie Retro Revival

Sequin Sash - Essie Retro Revival

 

Life Of The Party – Essie Retro Revival

Life Of The Party - Essie Retro Revival

The first time this polish was released was in the year 2002 and oh my god!! I love it. It’s red and it’s shimmery red *_*. I actually like that it’s a bit coppery red and it doesn’t look retro to me at all.

Though the application of the first coat was  somewhat strange. It looked lumpy, bumpy and brushstrokey. And the brush strokes were strange, it looked like I applied the polish in several directions at the time, funny. But the second coat sorted everything out. It’s gorgeous!!!

Life Of The Party - Essie Retro Revival

Life Of The Party - Essie Retro Revival

Life Of The Party - Essie Retro Revival

Above: I applied one coat of matte top coat and I love it that way too! It makes it soft and comfy.

 

Starry Starry Night – Essie Retro Revival

Starry Starry Night - Essie Retro Revival

As I said before it was one of the most wanted discontinued polishes on Earth. I have read that some of the bottles were sold for 200$. I think it’s not worth that much, but apparently to some people it is. It is from the 1997 and I was still in high school back then, it’s that old :O. I also saw that this formula is quite different from the old one, especially the glittery parts. You can check Michelle’s comparison post and you will see the difference. I like this one and I like the old one and I hear that Colors by Llarowe – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is the closest dupe of the original, so I think I am going to buy it and compare it to this one.

I did two easy coats. The formula is a bit on the thick side, but that is probably because of all the glitter. If it wasn’t that thick the glitter would just sink to the bottom. It’s gorgeous and I don’t care that it’s not an exact dupe of the original. I’ll just buy me that one from the CbL and I’ll have the original :).

Starry Starry Night - Essie Retro Revival

Starry Starry Night - Essie Retro Revival

Starry Starry Night - Essie Retro Revival

Above: again, a matte top coat and I love it this way too!!

 

What do you think of all the resurrected shades? Has Essie picked and brought back the right ones? I think they did. Yes there are some old fashioned polishes, but I bet there are many people who love them and are happy they are available again, because these days you just can’t get shades like them, at least I don’t find them anywhere (this applies to sheer shimmers).

Thank you for reading and have a great day!!

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9 Comments

  1. January 15, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Si to že pri nas kupila ali si naročila? Starry Starry Nights je visoko na moji wishlisti 🙂

  2. January 15, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Sem naročila iz ZDA. Sem slišala, da v Nemčijo pridejo šele maja, tako da če bodo pri nas, bodo verjetno tudi šele takrat ali kasneje. Čeprav kar dvomim, da bodo kdaj prišli k nam, ker novih kolekcij od lanske spomnladanske (pa še ta je bila samo delna) niso pri nas več imeli 🙁

  3. January 15, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Aja :/ Jaz sem pa tako upala, da bo kmalu pri nas, čeprav sem vedela, da je to čisto nerealno. Naj bo pri nas vsaj Starry, Starry Night, za druge me ne zanima tako 🙂 Hvala za info 🙂

  4. January 15, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Ni kej. In upam, da ga pri nas dobimo, ker je verjetno Veliko punc, ki bi ga kupile. Cene pa upam, da ga dobijo v Avstriji 😊

  5. January 16, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Ta Starry Starry Night je pa res čisto obnorel vse po vrsti. Priznam…je res lepotec. Krasni swatch-i ! <3

  6. Anonymous
    January 16, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    I follow you on instagram and this is one of my first times on your page! I have to admit, I love your nails and your manicures!!!

    Anyhoo, I see you are from Slovenia, I'm from Croatia so I was wondering where did you find this collection since it won't be here before late spring (I think), and I'm looking for a good online seller of essie, zoya and opi polishes! Can you recommend someone?
    Thank you so much in advance!
    Maja

  7. January 17, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Hi Maja!! Yes, I am from Slovenia and thank you for following me and for the compliments <3 About Retro Revival, I heard that it's going to be available in Germany in May, so I guess that this is when the collection comes to Europe. I have given up on new collections being sold in Slovenia (the last new was launched here last spring) so I don't think this one will be available here, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. And for Croatia I don't know either, but I think we have the same distributer, so… I hope we get at least Starry Starry Night 🙂

    And as for where I buy my essies, I buy them on https://www.nailsupplies.us/. They are based in USA and I always got them in one week 🙂 And I have seen they also have OPIs, but you need to be registered to see them all. As for the Zoya polishes I don't own any, so I have no idea where to buy them, well in Slovenia we have them in Muller drug stores, but I don't know who sells them internationally. If you have any other questions, just ask 🙂

  8. Abilene
    May 22, 2017 / 1:12 am

    Hello. I love Essies nail polishes too i have 6. I love the colors Essie Hiking Heels and Lacqured Up.And I own both of them .

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