My local CVS is going through a bit of an overhaul in the beauty department. They are finally going to start carrying NYX (hooray!) but it seems they got rid of Rimmel. Anyhow, it’s still a work in progress.
Remarkably I ran across the essie Retro Revival collection among the mess. There was no display…the polishes were just kind of thrown in with some other essie polishes. I do not know. They did have Starry Starry Night! And, of course, just when I was about to walk away Cabana Boy caught my eye.
I’m always looking for neutrals that aren’t boring. Cabana Boy was originally released in 2005 but over a decade later I still think it’s a fantastic polish.
essie describes Cabana Boy as a Pearly White but it’s so much BETTER than that. Cabana Boy is a soft pearl finish gray with lavender/blue undertones. It’s a very understated polish but I got so many comments on my nails while I was wearing Cabana Boy.
My only complaint is the formula. It’s a tad thin. Which, to be fair, may be by design. I prefer a more opaque look so I used 3 coats.
The Retro Revival collection is currently in stores. You can find the collection online at Ulta.com as well as on Amazon.
There are swatches under the jump!
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The essie Retro Revival collection has landed. And the hype surrounding the collection is something I haven’t seen in the nail polish world in ages. Granted, the vast majority of the hype is about one polish; Starry Starry Night. But there are 5 other polishes in the collection. I picked up the mini set so […] Continue reading →
Happy New Year’s Eve! This year I’m having a rather low key New Year’s. Tonight (or rather, this afternoon…) the boy and I are heading to our normal bar to watch the first of the College Football Playoff games. We plan to come back home for the second game and ring in the New Year […] Continue reading →
Every now and then we can all use a little nailspiration, am I right? I was in a bit of a rut when I was browsing Pinterest and essie posted this lovely manicure they called ‘festive fringe’. I’m always looking for new ways to use glitter top coats and since I had both of the […] Continue reading →
Hey guys! I’m so stoked to be doing a post for Katie and Alli! I didn’t do anything terribly insane but some simple nail art. Here’s a fun fact about me: when I do posts, I like to use the same brand for all of the polishes that I use. I’m not sure why I […] Continue reading →
Katie thinks I’m psychic. Or I cheated. Let me explain… In my Fall 2015 Must Have Polishes post I included bar glitter as a trend. At the time I had no idea essie would be coming out with a holiday luxeffects collection full of bar glitter. I did, however, see a fringe trend in fashion. […] Continue reading →
A few nights ago I was flipping through an Avon catalog and ran across a little nailspiration. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a polka dot manicure and who doesn’t love mixing navy and white? And I mean…I love polka dots! Of course, I wanted to put my own twist on things. I decided to use […] Continue reading →
I like to think I’m pretty good with figuring out quirky polish names, but lately not so much. Example: With the Band – I thought it was so nice they had a polish dedicated to hanging out with the marching band, until I remembered the collection name and realized it was more of a fan […] Continue reading →
The weather here has been terrible. We haven’t had a single day of sunshine this month. It was even raining in Raleigh when I was there last weekend for a UDC convention. To say the least, it gets old waking up to gloomy skies. This manicure is absolutely a product of the weather. I was […] Continue reading →
By now, you know I can’t resist a good fall red. Every girl needs one in their collection, I just happen to need… all of them. This season my Fall red of choice is With the Band from Essie’s Leggy Legend collection. As always, I’m entertained by essie’s description: backstage. in the club. in the studio. toasted spice […] Continue reading →