Thursday, December 1, 2011

Essie Starry Starry Nights

Good afternoon my lovelies! Today, I am SO EXCITED to write this blog post! I have for you on this first day of December, Essie Starry Starry Nights. If you are new to the polish world, you may not know why I am so damn excited about this. Starry Starry Nights is a long discontinued polish that is lusted over by many, but owned by few. Some people luck out and find bottles of this polish at old nail salons, and some people just bite the bullet and pay upwards of $300 on eBay. I was very lucky to get my hands on this polish through a very generous swapper on MUA, as I thought I would never see this polish in my entire life. It is said to be based on Chanel's Ciel de Nuit polish, but over time has come to be just as coveted as the Chanel, if not more so. And for good reason - it is an absolutely stunning nail polish.

Starry Starry Nights is a beautiful midnight blue jelly polish with fine silver sparkles throughout.  The sheer, jelly quality allows the glitter to shine through and appear almost as the stars in the night sky would. It is beautiful. The application wasn't without flaws - the first two coats were as streaky as could be but the third coat evened everything out perfectly. It is an old, non 3-free polish which means it's a bit runny and smells quite strongly. Despite the glitter, it dried to a smooth finish and only required one coat of Seche Vite to provide a shiny surface.

There are several viable dupes out there, though some are just as hard to find as the Essie polish itself. Many people have frankened dupes using Wet n Wild Nocturnal, a deep blue jelly polish, with fine silver glitter. These dupes are all fantastic, so if you want to try your hand at the franken, you will more than likely have excellent results! I made a franken of it and was quite satisfied until I got the real thing. There's nothing quite like the real thing sometimes =) So girls, don't give up hope! You never know what you will find or who you will meet that will fulfill your greatest polish lemmings!

Anyways, here are waaaaaaaaaay too many pictures of Essie Starry Starry Nights. Here is 3 coats of SSN with one coat of Seche Vite. Don't forget to click to enlarge, you'll want to see the detail on this bad boy!

Outdoor, natural light

Indoor, artificial light

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow =)


  1. I'm freaking dead! It's so gorgeous! I wanted this badly before but now I really really want it after looking at your swatches. Looks great on you!

  2. Lucky, lucky you! Glad to hear you didn't have to sell a limb to get it, too. :)

  3. That's pretty awesome!!! I was this way with Essie Greenport for forever, so I know exactly what you mean. :)

    (Also, my comment verification on this post was "jackess." Why is that funny!??!)

  4. WOW HOLY CRAP!!! That is stunning!!! Pour half into another bottle and send it to me!!!

  5. @Melissa - Thanks so much! I swear, every swatch of this I see looks different but that is why it is so awesome!

    @Karen - Thankfully, I did not! Swapping is a girl's best friend sometimes =)

    @Rach - I felt like that w/ Greenport as well! I finally got it in a swap and was kinda "meh" once I got it! lol @ jackess

    @Shannara - thanks so much =)

    @Fingers - lol! I wish I could split it into millions of little bottles and send them to all my followers =)

  6. what a gorgeous polish color!

  7. OMG you lucky, lucky girl, you! Looks amazing!!!!! I have wanted this polish for as long as I've been into polish and am happy you found it!

  8. WOW! You are so lucky! I have the Fing'rs dupe, but I would love to own the real thing!!

  9. Incredibly rude of you that you made such PERFECT swatches of this very HTF polish! ;) honestly, I never really craved it, but seeing it on your nails ... I'd very much like to have it. It looks stunning on you.

  10. Another lemming to add to my list:( What a fab colour! This is the worst thing about only being a newish nail polish fanatic - all the wonderful polishes we've already missed out on!!

  11. Reminds me of what I wore to your wedding...midnight blue with the silver accents (jewelry and shoes). I was going for the starry night look! Love this polish!


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