Nothing to Disclose
Hello there lovely readers! Today on the blog I have the much talked about Essie Retro Revival collection.
To commemorate its 35th anniversary, Essie brought back for a limited time 6 shades from its color archives. The bottle caps have a diamond-pshaped golden design that pays tribute to Las Vegas’ flashy casino night lights, the birthplace of Essie. Comprising the Retro Revival collection are the following polishes: Cabana Boy, Sequin Sash, Bikini with a Martini, Birthday Suite, Life of the Party, and Starry Starry Night.
Before I go into my swatches and review, let me make the following disclaimer: I did not own any of the original shades; therefore, I am not sentimentally attached to any of the polishes! Alright? Good!
This is a light glossy gray crème with a subtle pearlescent shimmer. You have to apply this one carefully since the formula does not self-level easily. I found that applying multiple thin coats worked best. Shown below are 3 thin coats plus top coat.
|Cabana Boy by Essie|
This is a shear nude shade that features a copper microshimmer, pearlescent microshimmer, and silver microglitter. At first, I swatched this polish over a clear base coat and I absolutely hated it. It brought out the yellow stains in my nails. In addition, I still had visible nail lines (VNL) after 3 coats. As it did have some redeeming elements, I then decided to swatch it over a crème base. For the task at hand, I chose Pillow Talk by Barielle. This nude crème is a soft shade of peachy pink that has enough color to cover the VNL, yet it is pale enough not to show through the sheer polish on top. Shown below are 3 thin coats of Sequin Sash over Pillow Talk plus top coat.
|Sequin Sash by Essie|
This is a glossy blush pink crème. It is the type of pink that you see a lot on bridal and French manicures. The simplicity of this polish is what I liked the most. You can either apply 2 heavy coats or 3 thin coats to avoid having any VNL showing through. Shown below are 3 easy coats plus coat.
|Birthday Suit by Essie|
Bikini with a Martini
This is another sheer polish that features an iridescent shimmer. Again, I hated this shade on its own. However, swatched over a soft pink base (Birthday Suit being the logical choice!), this polish completely transformed itself. Shown below are 3 thin coats over Birthday Suit plus top coat.
|Bikini with a Martini by Essie|
Life of the Party
This polish is a crimson red shimmer. The color is classic and translate well to present time! The formula goes on opaque and self-levels nicely. Shown below are 2 easy coats plus top coat.
|Life of the Party by Essie|
Starry Starry Night
This is the reformulated version of the 1997 Essie hit. This jelly-like navy blue polish features blue and silver microglitter. Although the polish goes on opaque from the very first coat, the formula is a bit puzzling. I found that I had to have a generous amount of polish coating the brush in order for my brush to glide over the nail bed; otherwise, the polish dragged and made for an annoying application! Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.
|Starry Starry Night by Essie|
Overall, the collection left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. Birthday Suit and Life of the Party are pretty but unremarkable. Sequin Sash looks dated and it’s not a flattering shade on me (not Essie’s fault though!). Also, for the life of me, I do not understand why Cabana Boy had to be resurrected. There is nothing special about it and the formula is far from great. Starry Starry Night is pretty but the formula takes away the fun out of it.
The only polish from the collection that I will probably wear again is Bikini with a Martini. When applied over an undie, this shades looks unintentionally retro glam. Pink also happens to be one of my favorite shades!
This collection is currently being sold at Ulta, Target, and Essie.com.