It’s a revival of the fittest over at Essie!
OK, I thought that was very clever at first…but now I see that it doesn’t make a lick of sense.
Haha. I’m sorry, friend, but I barely got a wink of sleep last night. We had a scary storm with 45-mile-per-hour winds and nonstop rain, and it kept me up all night. I got through the day today, but now I’m passing out. Zzz…
I did, however, muster the energy to try on the new new Essie Retro Revival 2016 collection, which will go down in MBB history as “The Collection That Knocked Off My Red Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Mani of 2015 After About 2.5 Seconds.”
The collection comes out next month with six $8.50 polishes, all of them throwbacks to colors that were previously released in limited edition Essie launches, so it’s sort of a glance back at the brand’s 35-year history.
In the comments, reader broantza left some dates for when these polishes first appeared in their respective limited edition launches (thank you, broantza!).
Cabana Boy – 2005; Birthday Suit – 1981; Bikini with a Martini – 2006; Sequin Sash – 2005; Life of the Party – 2002; Starry, Starry Night – 1997
It’s also limited edition, so if you see something you like, grab it (the collection’s on pre-sale now on the Essie website).
I’m excited about this one, especially Starry Starry Night, which is the dark glittery midnight blue, and Sequin Stash, the sheer glittery bronze with tiny flecks of glitter.
What can I say? Glitter — it moves me.
With those bright pieces of silver glitter, Starry Starry Night could be a very pretty pedicure color. I have a strong feeling…
I like Sequin Stash, too, but not as much as I thought I would. It’s kind of a peachy bronze, but I have to use three coats, and when I look at in on my nails, I say “meh.”
Of the others, I did not expect to like Cabana Boy, but I do. It’s an ultra cool-toned creamy white that almost looks gray, and I dunno…I just think it looks neat.
And then there’s Birthday Suit, which is a quintessentially creamy, semi-opaque Essie pastel; pearly pink Bikini With a Martini; and pearlescent reddish wine Life of the Party, which I think is GORGEOUS.
When it comes Essie polishes, I rarely have an issue with wear time. With a base and top coat, I can usually get a full week out of them without any drama, and their colors? Somehow, they always manage to be wearable, even when they’re edgy.
What do you think of these colors? Do you see anything you like, and how do you feel about Essie in general?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,