Sunday, December 27, 2015

Essie Retro Revival: Starry Starry Night Swatch & Review

Hey cookies! How are you doing? Did you have a good Christmas (if you celebrate it)? I had a nice low-key time with family, it was nice. I got this polish a few days ago, as soon as I was able to order it I had it in my cart. Essie has brought out six of their retired shades in a "retro revival" collection, and the most exciting poop-your-pants color they chose to bring back is iconic Starry Starry Night. The other shades don't really interest me, but you can see them on my friend Karen's blog.

I've wanted this polish since I can remember being interested in polish, but never found it. And I wasn't going to pay ridiculous Ebay prices for it, considering there have been some half-decent dupes created by indie brands in the last few years. The original polish has a navy blue jelly base, kinda muted, with diamond dust silver microglitter. Doesn't sound super groundbreaking right now, but honestly it was a big damn deal when it first came out, which is hard to pin down, but I think the first release was back in the 1980's.

Starry Starry Night (revival) has a squishy jelly base in a vibrant navy blue, with silver hex microglitter pieces. The cap on all the revival shades have gold four point stars on the cap, which is pretty cute. The formula wasn't the easiest to paint with, the jelly base was thick and kinda gummy, harder to spread over the nail than I would prefer. This took three coats to cover completely, because of the difficulty in spreading it left streaks on two.
Essie Starry Starry Night (Retro Revival)
Essie Starry Starry Night (Retro Revival)

The revival recipe is quite different from the original, from the base color to the size and amount of glitter pieces, and I've seen some comparisons (here and here) that will show you just how much this version differs. *le sigh* I am glad I have this one, but my craving for the original is still strong. I really don't know why it wasn't possible for them to make it look the same. It was even re-released at least twice from what I can gather, and those times it look the same! Damn it Essie, what happened this time?!

I picked up my bottle on Beauty.com for $8.50 but it looks like it's sold out right now. It's available on Ulta.com in a mini pack, not sure of any other places yet, but it should be on shelves at the places Essie is usually sold in January. Did you pick this up? If you haven't yet, are you going to? Do you think I should give up hope on getting the original and just settle for one of the dupes?? Have a good day and I'll see you again soon :)

❤ Kellie
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