Amazing news, you guys! So good, I am giddy every time I think about it being true.
Let’s back up a sec. A few weeks ago I caught wind of essie releasing a collection to celebrate the iconic brand’s 35th Anniversary, Retro Revival. At the time, five past shades were named for resurrection. Then, during our last #NailGlossip chat (next one is this Sunday), Kellie Gonzo shared the rumor that Starry Starry Night(!!!) was the sixth mystery shade. I mean, could it really be true? That the sought-after shade was making a comeback? Well, late last week essie confirmed its revival to much fanfare.
If you aren’t familiar, keep reading to see why essie Starry Starry Night’s return has nail fanatics, worldwide, in a frenzy!
essie Starry Starry Night (Original) Swatch
Debuting in 1997, essie Starry Starry Night was ahead of its time. It paved the way for shades like Chanel Night Sky, Rescue Beauty Lounge Under the Stars, and CND Blue Blood, which are all rare and HTF. The reason… glittery blue nail polishes were not that common at the time. essie founder, Essie Weingarten, stepped outside her traditional color palette to give us one of the most beloved nail polish shades, ever. Any die-hard collector either owns this beauty or has it at the top of their wish list.
I was lucky enough to receive my bottle of SSN from a Makeup Alley friend, and even though it is almost 20 years old, it still applies like a freaking dream. Gah, how I miss all those bad chemicals. I know I’m not supposed to miss the pre-3-Free days, but polish was SO much better back then. I digress. Back to the matter at hand, Starry Starry Night!
essie Starry Starry Night is a midnight blue, with a jelly-ish base, packed with silver glitter that twinkles through the sea of blue like tiny stars. It’s the kind of night sky you can only see in the country. Because of the jellyish base, the glitter at lower levels takes on a blue appearance, adding so much depth and wonder to the overall look. It really is a spectacular shade. Even though there have been many blue glitters in its wake, SSN still stands out as special. We can only hope the revived version, in the current essie formula, does the original justice.
essie Retro Revival Collection
When I first heard about the essie Retro Revival collection, I was pretty meh about it until SSN was announced. For most of essie’s existence, the brand has catered to a very Upper East Side crowd, with a bevy of pinks, sheers and reds. Longtime readers of this site know that I was not essie’s biggest fan (the brand, not the amazing woman behind it), with the exception of a few old school gems, until more unique colors started entering the lineup in the late 2000′s.
Now, I’m a full-on essie fangirl, even though I wish there was some more color diversity in this collection. Hello, Dominica Green. Though thinking about it, what better way to celebrate the brand Essie Weingarten created than with classic, timeless shades that represent the heart of essie’s style?
The essie Retro Revival Collection includes: essie Birthday Suit (1981), essie Starry Starry Night (1997), essie Life of the Party (2002), essie Cabana Boy (2005), essie Sequin Sash (2005), Bikini with a Martini (2006). I only have SSN, so I’m looking forward to trying the rest, which are on their way to me (full review soon).
essie will offer the Retro Revival collection for pre-sale on December 17th at essie.com. If you aren’t on the essie email list, hop to it so you’ll be notified when it goes live. I know I’ll be stalking the site all day to get backups of SSN. You should, too! The collection will arrive in US stores in January, so be on the lookout.
Are you excited to see Starry Starry Night return? Do you plan to snag a bottle or two? Who else has an original SSN? What are some other essie shades you would like to see resurrected?Disclosure: This is my personal nail polish. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.