Been too busy to post for a while now, so I’m playing catch up today. 🙂 Going to try to make it quick!
Quickie comparison between LynBDesigns Time and Relative Dimension in Space (TARDIS) and Essie Starry Starry Night (SSN), this year’s Retro Revival (RR) collection version, not the original. Index and ring are TARDIS, while middle and pinky are SSN, and both are topped with Essie Good to Go top coat. (Kind of sloppy application, but I was in a hurry packing to get on a plane!) In outdoor natural light:
Photo 1 of 2. Late comparison post – did this early April and didn't have time. Index & ring are 4 thin coats #LynBdesigns (@lynbdesigns) Time and Relative Dimension in Space (TARDIS). Middle & pinky are 2 coats #Essie (@essiepolish) Starry Starry Night, the recent #RetroRevival version. All topped with Essie Good To Go top coat. #nails #swatches #faceoff #nailpolish #indiepolish #notd #glitter #jelly
I’ve previously written up a post about LynBDesigns TARDIS, so you can read all my earlier impressions it there. It could be from the pigments settling a bit, but I found the formula thinner than the last time I applied it last July, even after shaking up the bottle. Maybe it needed more shaking. In any case, these photos show four thin coats.
Photo 2 of 2. Forgot to say these are in outdoor natural light. Index & ring are 4 thin coats #LynBdesigns (@lynbdesigns) Time and Relative Dimension in Space (TARDIS). Middle & pinky are 2 coats #Essie (@essiepolish) Starry Starry Night, the recent #RetroRevival version. All topped with Essie Good To Go top coat. #nails #swatches #faceoff #nailpolish #indiepolish #notd #glitter #jelly
Essie SSN (RR) is not the same as the original SSN that so many nail polish collectors are crazy for and which I do not own. Michelle at All Lacquered Up did a really great swatch post comparing the two, as well as a few other polishes. Frankly, I almost didn’t pick it up because I already have Zoya Dream, which I love to death, and the finer sparkle in Dream captures more of what I love about the original SSN. After a lot of hemming and hawing, though, I gave in and purchased a bottle anyway. I wanted to give it a shot.
The new SSN’s got a deep sapphire-blue jelly base and small silver hex glitter (a bit smaller than the silver and turquoise square glitters of TARDIS) and is a much brighter blue than TARDIS and slightly brighter than the original SSN. These photos show two coats. Formula was fine and dry time was about average.
Here’s a shot after only one coat of each:
Durability-wise, I didn’t have much luck with either polish; both chipped pretty significantly after only maybe two days, despite my usual base and top coats.
Bottom line: Obviously, these two polishes are not dupes, and neither looks that close to the original SSN, but they’re both pretty in their own way. (Ultimately, though, I think I still prefer Zoya Dream over both of them.)