Essie Starry Starry Night + Franken

This morning, I woke up full of energy before 6AM, took a lovely motorcycle ride, and promptly fell asleep with the Sleep of The Dead after returning  around 9ish. I’m back up again, but I don’t know for how long, so here’s something I know a few of you have been waiting for: Essie Starry Starry Night. I found this on a dusty shelf in a nail salon. It’s a much sought-after color, a deep navy with tiny silver glitter. The glitter is not holo, though I did a franken with holo silver glitter a while back that I liked too. But the real thing is non-holo.

♪ One of these things is not like the others ♪ – it’s a franken!


Of course it’s the ring finger that’s the franken, but in real life, the nails look pretty close. This was a quick n’ dirty franken: two coats of China Glaze Calypso Blue, followed by a third coat of 6 drops Calypso Blue, 1 drop of clear topcoat, and 1-2 coats of China Glaze Tinsel, a silver microglitter in a clear base.  The glitter in the Starry Starry Night is rather sparse so add the Tinsel carefully.

If I was trying to make a 100% dead-on franken, I would have added 1-2 drops of black creme to the Calypso for the two base coats. Even with minimal mixing, it’s still very close in all but bright lights and photgraphs. For those ladies who can’t find the real thing, I think this is a very satisfying alternative from easily available colors.

Edited to add:

I couldn’t resist a little Konad action:


I did the houndstooth pattern with white Konad polish and then added some tips with China Glaze Whiteout. From there, I added some dots with China Glaze Calypso Blue.  I also added houndstooth to my thumb but it was a little crooked.


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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6 Responses to Essie Starry Starry Night + Franken

  1. Sarah-Anne says:

    I have heard about this color from various sources but have never seen it (in pictures or stores) so I always wonder why it’s so great when I hear the name. Now I understand! It’s a simple but gorgeous color!

  2. Ye-Seul says:

    I absolutely love this color. When I read your post about finding a massive pile of nail polishes, one of them being Starry, Starry Night, words could not describe my envy! ahaha.

    I was wondering… Would it work if I were to mix these colors together rather than layering them? Or would I have to layer?

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Hi Ye-Seul,
      You could definitely mix them together and polish that way. The reason I applied two layers and then frankened the top layer is because I didn’t want the glitter to be too prominent. With the glitter mixed in the blue, you will get a lot of glitter coverage all over the nail. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I was trying to stay close to the original. Just add the silver glitter bit by bit to the blue so it doesn’t get overwhelmed. Have fun!

  3. Lucy says:

    I love the houndstooth pattern! Very cute. Love the polks dot tips also.

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