Essie Nail Polish in Cabana Boy, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Essie — Cabana Boy (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2005 Summer, Summer In the City

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. I’ve already reviewed these three newer polishes, so now it just remains for me to review the three older ones that I already own.

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

Cabana Boy (507) is from a 2005 summer collection, and it’s a cool, pearly oyster white in a semi-sheer formula.

My bottle is an older one from the original collection, and the formula requires at least two coats for evenness. I found it a touch streaky, so I preferred three coats. It becomes fairly opaque by then, as well.

This is a pretty unusual white, as it has a strong dove grey tone. I actually like it quite a lot when combined with the soft, pearly finish. It does lean a bit frosty, though, so there are light frost streaks when applied.

Essie Nail Polish in Cabana Boy, swatch

While Cabana Boy has been discontinued by Essie, in early 2016 they brought it back in the limited edition Retro Revival collection. I’m not sure how the new version compares, but it’s worth picking up if you are digging this shade!

Essie Nail Polish in Cabana Boy, bottle

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. My bottle is older (~2005 or a bit after), so it is probably not 3-free. The new Retro Revival versions are, however.

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

6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! Essie — Cabana Boy (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. I love the look of this one! I’m always on the hunt for interesting whites – I don’t like White-out white but something with a sheen or hidden shimmer gets me every time! Can’t wait to wear mine!

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