Essie's Starry 'Lemmings'

Rare, discontinued nail polishes are commanding prices up to ten times their original value on eBay.
Colors such as Essie’s Starry Starry Night and Clarins’s 230 are selling for up to $250 on the auction site, to nail polish-obsessives who call themselves lemmings.
Danielle Frazier, a 28-year-old artist from Brooklyn told The New York Times that the appeal in searching for old polish is its ‘treasure-hunt feeling. It’s got a lottery kind of effect.’
In demand: Essie's Starry Starry night is so revered by nail polish obsessives known as 'lemmings' that it has recently sold for $250 on eBay
In demand: Essie's Starry Starry night is so revered by nail polish obsessives known as 'lemmings' that it has recently sold for $250 on eBay



Sparkly sky: Lemmings search eBay for Starry Starry Night, but the color is so rare that it is not listed on the site at present
Sparkly sky: Lemmings search eBay for Starry Starry Night, but the color is so rare that it is not listed on the site at present
A bottle of Starry Starry Night (known as SSN to lemming bloggers) recently sold on eBay for $250, according to the paper.

Currently, it does not appear that more bottles of the shade are available through the online auction site.
The polish - navy with flecks of silver glitter - holds such meaning among lemmings that pendants and earrings painted with the sparkly varnish are now being sold on Etsy.
The blogger behind Vintage Seams & Things, who received a bottle as a gift, believes Starry Starry Night is worth every penny. She wrote: ‘This polish is absolutely worth the hype. The sparkle in person is one that is remarkable.’
The aforementioned blogger writes of the shade: ‘This polish is absolutely worth the hype. The sparkle in person is one that is remarkable.’

While slightly less rare, Clarins’s 230 polish - an irridescent formula that changes from burgundy to green to gold to orange in the light – is still in high-demand, despite having been discontinued in 2008.
The shade is so beloved that lemmings have nicknamed it ‘Unicorn Pee’ or ‘UP’ for short.
Bottles that have never been opened are currently selling on eBay for up to $157 dollars, while those that have been lightly used are selling for $99.

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