Pure Chiffon - A peachy, cream nude with a slight shimmer, this is quite a sheer polish. One or two coats would give a nice wash of colour without looking like a block colour. On my skin tone, I think the colour is a touch ageing and a little old-fashioned but I think on darker skin tones, this would look a lot nicer.
Sweet Tart - A gorgeous greige shade with the same sort of shimmer you see in Pure Chiffon, Sweet Tart is a great day-to-day shade for anyone who likes their nails done but not too flashy. A little different to a standard nude or grey, it reminds me of Barry M's Mushroom but with a warm, rather than a cool, shimmer.
Flawless - A baby pink creme, Flawless is a great spring-time polish. It was opaque in two coats but I used a thin third coat just to even everything out.
Chastity - I would describe this shade as a proper Barbie pink creme, something Trixie Mattel would sport. I needed three thin coats of this because it reacted a little weirdly with my base coat (an OPI peel off if you must know) but the top coat evened everything out in the end. Not one I'd personally sport on a regular basis but a good stock colour to have for nail art.
Prima Bella - I think this will be one of those marmite polishes, you'll either love it or hate it. As a nail enthusiast, I love it because it is so out there. Again, like Chastity, the pink shimmer wouldn't be something I'd wear on a day to day basis but I think it would be a great base for nail art (in fact I did use it as a base, for my Valentine's nail art I sported for nearly two weeks!) This one was opaque in two coats but again, I used a third to even things out.
Bold Beauty - Last but not least, Bold Beauty is a gorgeous burgundy wine crelly. Three coats give it that *sheer opacity* which categorizes a crelly. This is probably my pick from the entire collection but that might be because I'm still in winter mode.
Final Thoughts? Essie have brought back six classic shades that will appeal to many different age groups and skin tones. For me, some shades are a bit more flattering on my skin tone than others and I think on my ghostly hands, some can read a little old-fashioned. My picks from the collection would be Sweet Tart and Bold Beauty.
Over on instagram, you would have seen my nail art using these polishes but here they are for you to see
💖💖💖💖💖💖💖 Meant to post this earlier but got distracted by last night's First Dates! But here's my totally OTT Valentine's mani using 3 shades from the limited edition Return to Retro Revival by @essieuk @essiepolish (available in @bootsuk and @superdrugloves for a limited time) I'll be spending my Valentine's nursing a food baby, shopping on @monki and watching 90s rom coms bc I'm trash BYYYEEEEEEEEE ---------------------------- #nailart #nails #polish #nailswag #notd #nailsofig #nailsofinstagram #nails2inspire #nailspiration #nailstyle #nailartofficial #nailporn #nailbar #nailaddict #beauty #bbloggers #nailedit #nailitdaily #instanails #thenailartstory #diy #nailpromote #nailstagram #essie #pastel #retrorevival #valentinesday #pink #cute #essielove
Ready for a little gif tutorial? 💖 Check out how to do this simple but cute nail art using the @essieuk @essiepolish Retro Revival shades, available for a limited time in @bootsuk and @superdrugloves! I'll have swatches of the collection as well as another nail art look next week, just in time for Valentine's Day! Let me know if you like this sort of post in the comments 😄 -------------------------- #nailart #nails #polish #nailswag #notd #nailsofig #nailsofinstagram #nails2inspire #nailspiration #nailstyle #nailartofficial #nailporn #nailbar #nailaddict #beauty #bbloggers #nailarttutorial #nailtutorial #nailedit #nailitdaily #instanails #thenailartstory #diy #nailpromote #nailstagram #essie #pastel #retrorevival #video #essielove
The Return to Retro shades by Essie are still available from Superdrug and Boots but for a limited time (7th Superdrug/14th Boots)
Which is your favourite shade? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time :D