Based on the “sold out” signs I’m seeing on Amazon.com, Beauty.com and essie.com, the Retro Revival version of essie Starry Starry Night has caused quite a craze. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to score a pre-sale bottle, don’t fret. The collection isn’t on shelves yet, so there’s still a chance to snag one. Who knows, maybe it will pop up at Nordstrom.com. In the meantime, for those of you who want to see how the new version compares to the original, I’ve got you covered!
***Sound the alarm!*** Starry Starry Night is now available on ULTA.com.
Formula & Application
essie nail polish is 3-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP). The square bottles are embossed with the essie logo and the smooth plastic caps include an embossed ‘e’ on top. Bottles at mass retailers have stickers rather than embossing on the bottle. The brushes are thin, round and shorter than most. The bristles are very flexible, allowing you to easily fan out the brush to cover your nail width.
The RR version of SSN follows suit with the fall Leggy Legend collection in that the formula is a bit thicker than what we’ve come to expect from essie. Even though it is a jelly-ish base, it doesn’t have a watery feel. For that reason, it applies a bit streaky and lumpy, but with careful application you can get a smooth, opaque finish in three coats. And even though it’s a glitter it doesn’t eat top coat, which is a bonus. No spackle layer necessary.
Essie Starry Starry Night (Retro Revival) Swatch
essie Starry Starry Night from Retro Revival is a navy jelly filled with silver hexagonal glitter. The particles are a bit sparse so the overall effect is speckled. Because of the way the jelly formula layers, the glitters look blue when covered to add depth to the polish.
Essie Starry Starry Night (Retro Revival) Comparison
As a quick refresher, here is the Original essie Starry Starry Night with diamond dust.
And here it is next to the Retro Revival version. As you can see, the OG version is a bit darker with denser glitter.
I thought showing a one coat swatch would highlight the differences. The size and amount of glitter are apparent, but you can see the differences in base color and formulation as well. The new version goes on streaky due to its thicker formula.
Finally, here are the two SSN versions with Zoya Dream, since a few of you asked about that one as well. In addition to the holographic glitter in Dream, it’s also quite a bit lighter than the other two.
Bottom Line: I’m not sure why essie wasn’t able to recreate Starry Starry Night exactly, especially when you consider the fact that OPI has been using diamond dust in its Designer Series formula. Maybe it doesn’t mesh with the essie 3-Free formula the way it did with the old formula. I guess we’ll never know. The new SSN is pretty, but nothing holds a candle to the original, which I just realized is actually called Starry Starry Nights on my bottle. How I never noticed the plural before, no clue.
Essie Retro Revival officially launches in stores in January 2016. The pre-sale of SSN on Amazon.com, Beauty.com and essie.com has already sold out, but I would check back to see if more come in stock. Otherwise, it’s time to stalk your local essie supplier!
*** Update: As of 12/24 SSN is available at ULTA.com ***.
Will you seek out a bottle of the Retro Revival essie Starry Starry Night? Did you already order a bottle? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the new version.Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for essie. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.