essie Retro Revival 2016 Collection Swatches and Review

Hi lovelies,

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It’s the moment we’ve ALL been waiting for… STARRY STARRY NIGHT is back! Along with 5 other best-selling essie shades from the past 35 years, but let’s be honest SSN is the star of this collection (no pun intended). Honestly, who can blame us?! This shade has been lusted over ever since its release in 1985 (1997?) and has even been listed for over $700.00 on eBay!

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Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 7.59.29 AMAs you all know, I am completely and utterly OBSESSED with all things essie. 🙂 I just can’t help it… That’s why it pains me to say that this collection was met with mixed reviews. I mean, besides the fact that ‘starry starry night’ is finally back (for a limited time), most of the other shades are a bit too sheer. I guess that makes sense since they were best sellers in the past 35 years and trends are continuously changing! That being said, I still have SO much #essielove for this collection!! The concept of Retro Revival alone is mind-blowing. Between #essiebringback and this, it’s so cool to see a brand really listen to their fans and follow through.

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Let’s take a look below, so you can judge for yourselves:

RR swatches

“Here comes the life of the party, in a cocktail dress topped with a sequin sash for a touch of Vegas glamour. No doubt half the room is imagining her in her birthday suit – it’s not called The Strip for nothing. Anything goes in this town. Look over there: an “it” girl in a bikini with a martini is flirting with a hunky cabana boy. essie’s advice? Sit back and take in the celeb action from your corner table, this is one heck of a starry starry night.”

life of the party swatch

‘life of the party’ I have no complaints about this formula or shade, this “pinot noir pearl” really delivers in the sense of having pearl accents and applies evenly with two thin coats.

SSN swatch

‘starry starry night’ This was the first shade I tried (obviously) and it did not disappoint. Sheer midnight blue with tiny bits of silver sparkled embedded throughout. It’s not hard to see that this shade is mesmerizing. Like, can’t-stop-looking-at-your-nails mesmerizing. I may have to stock up on this one…

bikini with a martini swatch

‘bikini with a martini’ Ok. Not for me. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with the polish but frosted iridesent pink? Just not my style. That being said, if you layer on three coats of this shade it actually turns into a somewhat charming hue. Ok… maybe I like it a little. 🙂

sequin sash swatch

‘sequin sash’ Sheer glittery bronze. Although this one was born in 2005, it feel straight out of the 80’s. Unfortunately this is everything I do not like bundled into one nail polish. This took two thin coats.

birthday suit swatch

‘birthday suit’ LOVE this shade. The perfect delicate cheeky nude! I will definitely be wearing this again. This applied flawlessly in three thin coats!

cabana boy swatch

‘cabana boy’ Ultra-cool pearly white. Sounds like something your Grandma would wear, right? Wrong. This shade really stole my heart, and I’ve gotten so many compliments while wearing! The formula is amazing, too. You can wear one even coat, or layer it on for a more enticing look.

My picks? ‘starry starry night’, ‘birthday suit’ and ‘cabana boy’. Now that you’ve seen them all, what do you think of Retro Revival? … and how stoked are you that SSN is back?! Let me know!

Retro Revival will be launching in beauty salons, drugstores, and other beauty destinations across Canada and the US on January 5, 2016. Don’t forget to pre-order on Amazon, I have a feeling that these shades won’t last long on shelves. 😉

Which are you most excited for? (I’ll take a guess…)

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

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I completely agree with your review Lauren! What an exciting thing for Essie to re-launch old favourite polishes….and yet, most of them are too sheer or in finishes I really don’t like. Womp womp. I went to pre-order Starry Starry Night (AMAZING they brought this shade back!) but I ended up seeing your post on intagram and read this blog post before I did. I really liked your swatch of Birthday Suit, so I ordered that one too! I do also think Life of the Party is kinda pretty, but I already own After Sex which seems similar? Anyways, thanks… Read more »

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Can’t wait to pick up your recommendations!

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