The very few times that I’ve met celebrities in person (Maestro Fresh Wes at Hero Burgers, Avril Lavigne during her early free-mall-tour days, etc.), I’ve always managed to keep my cool. However, when it comes to nail polish, I get starstruck with the drop of a hat. 😉 *Squeals*
This was certainly the case with Essie Starry Starry Night, which is from the upcoming Essie Retro Revival Collection that officially launches in January 2016! (Click on that link to see the Quick Look post I did a few days ago.)
Like Gloria Swanson, Essie Starry Starry Night approached me and said, “I’m ready for my close-up!” However, unlike the fictitious, fading star from Sunset Boulevard, even after all these years, its light still shines brightly.
Essie Starry Starry Night was originally launched in 1997, and it has reached cult status. After extending a poll for beauty enthusiasts to weigh in and vote for their favourite shade to be resurrected, it was no surprise that the twinkling blue wonder named after the heavenly bodies rose to the top of the wish list!
Over the years, if you’ve ever taken a peek on eBay, the going price was around $700 CAD – obviously a price point that only a slim margin of people could splurge on.
I’ve been waiting for the re-release of this colour for the longest time and am ecstatic that now it will not only be available again, but for a reasonable price. Love it when nail polish can be enjoyed by more people!
Since I’ve never owned the original Essie Starry Starry Night, I can’t compare it to see if the colour, sparkle, or formulation is a dead-on match. Nevertheless, it is one of my cherished nail polishes, and I’m thrilled to have it in my collection!
Essie Starry Starry Night Pictures
Essie Starry Starry Night Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener – Maintenance version (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of Essie Starry Starry Night
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Artificial Light Photos
Natural Light Photos
- Twinkling midnight blue (Yes)
- Name: Essie Starry Starry Night
- Collection: Essie Retro Revival Collection 2016
- Press Release: Click here to see the official Essie Retro Revival Collection 2016 press release
- Quick Look: Click here to see my Quick Look at the Essie Retro Revival Collection 2016
- Colours Available in the Collection: Starry Starry Night, Life of the Party, Bikini with a Martini, Cabana Boy, Birthday Suit & Sequin Sash
- Amount: 13.5 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- Retail Price: $7.95 CAD
- Disclosure: The nail polish, playing cards, and poker chips were provided by PR.
- Where to Buy: It will officially be available on January 5, 2016. Check around that date to find it in stock at Trade Secrets, Nail Polish Canada & select beauty-supply stores.
Essie Starry Starry Night Review
Starry Starry Night by Essie is a dark blue that lives up to its name and reminds me of the moody sky lit up with stars.
In dim light it looks very deep, but not quite black. Most of the time, you can distinctly tell that it’s blue, which I appreciate.
Before this polish was originally released, I already was layering navy blue with silver glitter. A lot of my friends saw me sporting that combination frequently, as it was my favourite. Then, when Essie Starry Starry Night and Chanel Ciel de Nuit (Night Sky) came out, it blew up everywhere and so many people started wearing the combination. It was pretty cool to see how nail polish united a lot of people. (Love how it still does!)
In person, Starry Starry Night by Essie is even more spectacular than photos can convey! The micro-glitter sprinkled throughout has depth – it isn’t flat and plain silver like it appears in the bottle.
When you paint it on your nails, each glitter has its unique ‘personality,’ as some shine brighter than others. Together, the effect really does remind me of a twinkling, star-studed sky that makes you fall silent in awe and admiration.
Each piece of glitter catches the light as you move your hands, and it’s not over-the-top. In the bottle, it appears densely packed, but it looks more natural and less showgirl on the nail. This is a good thing because finding chunky ‘one-note’ glitters are a dime a dozen. Essie Starry Starry Night appears almost ‘animated’ on your nails in a soft yet mesmerizing way.
Another important thing to note is that the finish was smooth. Before I applied a glossy top coat, I gently felt the surface of my nails, and they weren’t gritty.
Application & Formula
My bottle had a really thick consistency, which surprised me. Maybe some air got in and dried it out a little bit.
Normally Essie nail polishes I’ve worn tend to be on the thin-to-medium side, but this one wasn’t, which meant that in order to paint it on smoothly, I needed to use a medium-to-generous coat. If I tried to apply it thinner, it would dry too quickly and perhaps clump up. (I’m sure this is something that nail-polish thinner can restore in a jiffy.)
Despite the thicker formulation, I didn’t have trouble applying it smoothly, and yes, it was incredibly pigmented even with one coat. With my particular bottle, I got complete coverage with a single coat, but I still applied a second to intensify the twinkling effect.
Since Essie Starry Starry Night hasn’t been easily accessible for a lot of people, it’s no surprise that you may be curious is there are any dupes on the market.
Although I don’t have it in my collection, KBShimmer Carpe Denim has been said to be similar, although not a carbon copy. Rather than having micro-glitter like the ones in Essie Starry Starry Night, KBShimmer Carpe Denim has larger holo glitters. (Check out this Pointless Cafe blog post that has comparison swatches of both.)
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
What a wonderful nail polish to bring back to celebrate Essie’s 35 years in the industry! This is a beloved shade that has been on many nailphiles’ wish lists, so I know that I’m not the only one who ‘clicked her nails together for joy’ when I first heard that Starry Starry Night was being relaunched! 🙂
Do you have the original Essie Starry Starry Night? Is the relaunched version what you expected? Do you remember this polish back in 1997?