Salon experts Essie have recently launched ‘new’ shades of their popular nail polishes. Now I say these are ‘new’, but the truth is that these are actually a re-launch of their hard-to-find, legendary Essie shades. The Retro Revival limited edition range reflects the flawless chic that launched the brand in Las Vegas in 1981.
The design of the Essie bottles feature a gold star-emblazoned cap that’s supposed to reflect the Stardust Casino, reflecting the boldness of Vegas. The range includes six shades, which include both shimmers and non-shimmers. The shimmer shades are, Sweet Tart (an iridescent taupe with a slight pink shimmer), Pure Chiffon (a peachy light nude tone with a slight pink shimmer) and Prima Bella (a deep pink with a silver shimmer). Of the non-shimmer shades we have Chastity (a hot Barbie pink), Flawless (a cherry blossom pink) and Bold Beauty (a deep red).
If you are familiar with the Essie polishes, you already know that they are well known for their quality. I found that the polish I tested (Sweet Tart) lasted a good five days, before I noticed it starting to chip. For a full opacity of colour, I’d say that you’d need at least two coats. The shimmers do appear to be the least opaque of the two formulas. The applicator is decent too; the brush isn’t too full which allows a more accurate application.
My favourite shade has to be the shade Sweet Tart as it’s quite different to any shade I already have in my collection. As a ‘neutral’ shade it acts as a great ‘nude’ tone for deeper skin tones. The shimmers in general are beautiful finishes on the nails. Of the non-shimmers my favourite has to be Bold Beauty as it’s a gorgeous deep red tone, which looks great against deeper skin tones.