January 26, 2016

Comparison: Essie Retro Revival Starry Starry Night vs Colors By Llarowe Twinkle Twinkle Little Star



Hello readers,
There's been a lot of discussion lately about how the new Essie Retro Revival Starry Starry Night compares to the original.  While I'm not one of the lucky few to have an original bottle, I do have CBL Twinkle Twinkle Little Star which is considered a dupe for the original SSN.  Let's take a look at how the two compare.


Essie Retro Revival Starry Starry Night features a navy jelly base with lots of small silver glitters.  CBL Twinkle Twinkle Little Star features a navy jelly base with fine silver sparkle.  The first obvious difference its glitter size - the new Starry Starry night has much larger silver glitters.  With regards to application Essie had a thicker formula and took two coats to become opaque.  The CBL's thinner formula took three coats.  They both dried smoothly and had no issues with self-leveling.  Photos show two coats of Essie Retro Revival Starry Starry Night and three coats of CBL Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with one coat of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze in daylight spectrum lighting.  Can you guess which is which?

Essie Starry Starry Night Essie Starry Starry Night

Essie Starry Starry Night Essie Starry Starry Night dupe

Here's your answer.  Essie Retro Revival Starry Starry Night is on my index and ring fingers.  CBL Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is on my middle and pinky fingers.

Essie Starry Starry Night Dupe

Definitely similar but no dupe.  My personal favorite of the two is the CBL.  That fine sparkle is the deciding factor for me.  Which one is  your favorite?  Are you going to buy the new SSN or go with a dupe of the original (or the original itself if you're lucky enough to find one)?

Happy polishing,

Michelle

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