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One of the most anticipated essie nail polish collections has just hit the streets (January 5th in Canada) – essie retro revival 2016. Kicking it back to the 80s, 90s and early 2000s , essie has re-released six extremely popular hues (think sheers, frosts and iridescents) from this era, including the coveted starry starry night.essie revival, essie revival 2016, essie, essie canada, cabana boy, essie cabana boy, grey nails
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Above: essie cabana boy originally launched in 2005 and is a stunning frosty pearly white. Shown here with three thin coats, don’t worry if you have any streakiness when you apply as it completely evens out. I’m in love with this cool toned hue.essie revival, essie revival 2016, essie, essie canada, life of the party, essie life of the party, red nails, 90s red nails
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Above: essie life of the party was originally launched in 2002. Despite being a classic ‘mom’ shade, this pearly red oozes retro chic on the nails today.
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essie revival, essie revival 2016, essie, essie canada, sequin sash, sequin sash swatchAbove: essie sequin sash is a sheer glittery bronze that originally launched in 2005. This hue looks streaky as you apply, but don’t fear, upon drying it completely evens out. I think this polish would make the perfect layering colour over a darker hue, like navy or black!
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Does essie starry starry night meet the hype? One word – yes. It’s utterly beautiful. When given 2-3 coats, the sparkly polish is unstoppable. Unfortunately I don’t have the original formula to compare to, and I must confess that swatches of the original formula do look slightly different – but who cares? This will definitely be a new lemming for many.

I would love to know if you have any of the original formulas of these essie retro revival beauties, and how you think they compare?

Until next time,

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