When I was a young girl there was two things I was obsessed with; 1) collecting fashion magazines, in particular Vogue and Bazaar and 2) nail polish. At one point I had over 50 bottles in my collection and went as far as creating my own colours to get the shades I wanted. It was all fun and games until I counted the bottles on day and realized that my love for nail polish was turning into an hoarding issue. Then I stopped cold turkey.
I recently received the Essie Retro Revival collection, only to refuel the fire of my nail polish obsession. (Yikes!) The brand is celebrating 35 years and relaunched 6 of their most coveted colours:
- Birthday Suit – cheeky delicate nude, 1981 – part of the original 12 Essie colours
- Cabana Boy – ultra-cool pearly white, 2005
- Sequin Sash – sheer glittery bronze, 2005
- Bikini With A Martini – frosted iridescent pink, 2006
- Life Of The Party – pinot noir pearl, 2002
- Starry Starry Night – twinkling midnight blue, 1997
I feel like it's rare, but there isn't a single colour in this collection I don't love. If I had to choose my top 2 they’d be Life of The Party (red) and Starry Starry Night (sparkly navy). Essie’s polishes are pretty good quality but I’d still recommend a base and top coat if you really want your manicure to last. Right now I’m really digging L’Oreal’s One Stop Base. It’s almost as good as Dior’s Gel Coat in terms of staying power but it doesn't have that super high gloss shine. Fine by me considering it's a fraction of the price.
The Retro Revival collection dropped in stores yesterday and if you're interested in any of these colours make sure you don't wait to long. In the past Starry Starry Night has been known to go for hundreds of dollars on eBay so make sure you pick up your own bottle before history repeats itself.
*DISCLAIMER: Sorry guys but the kit I received isn’t for retail. You can purchase the individual bottles at stores nationwide that carry the Essie brand. This isn’t a sponsored post but I did receive the kit as a gift. I wanted to share my thoughts with you guys here because I really truly love the Retro Collection and Essie brand.