Not in a Galaxy to far away – Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives


After reading up before the release of Essie’s Retro Revival Nail Polish Collection, I realised how much of a polish lemming Starry Starry Night was. People would sell their own limbs and mothers to have that colour in their stash! Yet with nothing to compare it to myself, for me it was nothing more than a new polish release. I didn’t feel the buzz or anticipation over bringing it back, other than for my fellow nail polish aficionados out there looking to add to their collection. What was all the hype about? Was there any Essie Starry Starry Night dupes/alternatives, something to mimic the original shade? I needed to find out!

Especially when in recent times, bottles of the polish are going up on eBay for crazy money. Buying the new SSN polish is a relative bargain in comparison!

From what I gathered from polish lovers who own the original SSN polish (or used it previously) and have compared the Retro Revival version to the original, the new and original polishes are not the same remotely!




It also makes me wonder for those with the original, what that will put on the value of those polishes now – I dread to think. I think these original SSN polishes will be going for even more insane prices on eBay.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like the new version of this polish, it’s really lovely (see the image above.) But part of me wants to have something more like the original. I craved the look of it, the darker toned blue with the twinkle of the diamond dust!

I found when I visited various comparison posts after it launched it bugged me why they couldn’t just remake the original formula – why does the original polish have to be like unicorn pee! I jest, but there is a reason why it is sooooo sought after. I wanted the original SSN polish look more than the new SSN, I myself prefer more dense glitters than chunky ones.

Getting hold of an original SSN dupe niggled me last week, so I decided to do a bit of research to see what polishes were the most similar to the original SSN and document the dupes in this post. I for one will not be paying crazy money to own that polish, so it made sense to try and get something similar and that is still hopefully available.

Some of these blues are on the lighter side to the original, and some are just as difficult to come by, but I threw them in the mix while on the subject of ‘unicorn pee’/lemming/ hard to come by polishes. It may be difficult to physically own them but we will take inspiration from them!!

These polishes are all really beautiful and you could easily dupe the original SSN with some of these looks!

Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives


Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives

Zoya – Dream – this is the lightest of all the dupes, but I noted was listed high in dupe territory of SSN. A bright blue starry night sky, like the Van Gogh painting!



Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives

OPI DS Lapis – this shade immediately sprung to mind when I was thinking of SSN dupes. This polish has diamond dust (like Essie’s original SSN) and is from OPI’s premium DS range and is absolutely stunning!



Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives

OPI – Give Me Space – this shade is relatively new from OPI’s recent Starlight collection and I immediately thought it for an SSN dupe. The glitter is much finer and darker blue toned glitter within the polish but is a subtle take on the shade.



Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives

KB Shimmer – Carpe Denim is another long lost twin to the original SSN. This is currently sold out from my international KB Shimmer stockist. Which is no surprise with the recent demand. But as soon as it available it’s the next addition to my collection.



Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives

Colours by Llarowe – Twinke Twinke Little Star – Another doppelganger for SSN which seems to be very similar in glittery dimension. I really like this one! I wish this was available with free UK P&P, I would definitely pick this up if it was easier to acquire!




Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives

Pretty Serious – Eye of Copernicus – this polish named after Nicolaus Copernicus, the astronomer as he spent so much time looking at the night sky. This polish is aptly named and is so pretty. Also a polish I wish I could get my hands on (it’s also currently sold out.)



Another hard to find polish

Essie Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives

Chanel – Ciel de Nuit – I hate to talk about discontinued polishes but if you have this one you are very lucky! This is such a beautiful shade, I wish I owned it as I think this is a true Night Sky as the name suggests! Another HTF polish in the same realm as SSN.


If all else fails try – The SSN Franken



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Essie’s Afterschoolboy Blazer and Silver Bullion’s – These two polishes mixed together are rumoured to be the next best thing to the original SSN and are both still available in Essie’s core line. I read online mixing the two together is the perfect dupe and you will end up with 2 bottles of your favourite HTF shade! I must try this!


Those were some of my favourite Starry Starry Night Dupes/Alternatives!

I think I will be on the hunt for some of those indie polishes, as they are so beautiful! And of course keeps my eyes peeled for the elusive original SSN, if I ever come across it. You never know, pigs might fly!


Do you own the either the new or original SSN? What are your thoughts on my dupes? Do you have any other dupes I have missed? Let me know in the Comments below.

  • It’s an old post – I know that – but I recently found out a great dupe for SSN. Korean brand Etude House had a limited edition called “Wonder Fun Park”. In that collection you could find Nail Kit with set of two polishes (also with stickers 😉 Set #2 Nighttime Opening have a great dupe for SSN. Of course it was a limited edition but you can still buy it online or in Etude House stores! And it’s cheap – about 9$ for 2 nail polishes (pretty glitter and the dupe) and nail stickers!