Essie Nail Polish in Bikini With a Martini (Retro Revival), swatch

Essie — Bikini With a Martini (Retro Revival Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Retro Revival

Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night.

You can check out my first review from this collection (Birthday Suit) for further details.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

Bikini With a Martini (960) [originally 555 from 2006’s Summer collection] has the most adorable name! Unfortunately, I found it a bit disappointing, as I suspected I would. This was the only shade of the three that I almost didn’t pick up, as it looked way too sheer and frosty. And so it is. It’s pink with a heavy dose of coral, the type of color I’d normally be all over, but it’s also terribly sheer and frosty.

I used three coats in my swatch so you can see the color better. Each coat applied smoothly and evenly, so I can’t complain much about the formula. I just don’t like the color and finish. It disappoints me that Essie chose to revive this shade and not one from the myriad of gorgeous (and even sheer!) shades they’ve released in the past.

Essie Nail Polish in Bikini With a Martini (Retro Revival)

The Retro Revival collection is packaged in the usual Essie bottle with white cap, except the cap is decorated with gold stars, possibly inspired by the inclusion of Starry Starry Night.

Essie Nail Polish retails for US$8.50 / CA$9.99–$10.99 and is 0.46 US fl oz / 13.5 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It is made in the USA.

Essie Cosmetics, founded in 1981, is based in Westfield NJ, USA. In 2010, Essie was acquired by the L’Oréal Group.

14 thoughts on “Essie — Bikini With a Martini (Retro Revival Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. I think this one is the second weakest colour in the collection, behind Sequin Sash… But, I would totally wear this for days when I’m too lazy to do a mani that requires effort. This kind of colour can be slammed on blindfolded! 😋

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