I can’t believe it has been almost two months since I last posted a new swatch here. I am so sorry! I am scratching my head wondering where in the hell that time went, because honestly, I thought it had been two weeks or something. My bad! The good news is I have been swatching and I have four polishes done to at least cover the next few days.
I have something very very special for you today and the beginning of a new post series here at Pretty Random. Welcome to my very first Streetwear Sundays post! Revlon’s 90’s Streetwear line is probably the biggest vintage line I have, filling two helmer drawers before I pulled them out to put in display racks, and I probably have around 140 of them. Each Sunday I am going to pick one out to swatch and profile. I know, it’ll take me three years of Sundays to get through them all, but I have no doubt that this little blog will still be chugging along by then.
I’ll also be working on my Streetwear Reference guide, updating pics and information as we go, taking it from a thumbnail gallery to something far more comprehensive. But enough background info – may I present to you the holiest of holy grail Streetwear polishes – HIPPY DIPPY!
As a lover of green nail polish, I have lusted after this elusive shade since I learned of its existence, back in my early nail polish collecting days as a Makeup Alley Nail Board newbie. I added it to my second ever Top Ten Wish List back in 2011 and honestly doubted whether I would ever be lucky enough to add it to my collection. The years went on and on and I never even so much as saw it pop up on eBay. Not even once.
I had just about given up, resigning to the fact that Hippy Dippy would languish on that forgotten wishlist forever, when one popped up for sale on eBay around a couple of months ago. The auction started at $0.99. The seller shipped internationally. The stars were aligning. Would I finally acquire my white whale?
It turns out that I wouldn’t, because Hippy Dippy sold for over $208 USD in that auction. YES. $208 for an old nail polish that the seller probably found rattling around in the back of a drawer. I too, was rattled. I was prepared to fork out a pretty penny for this baby – even combining forces with another lovely collector to share joint custody, but even our powers combined were not forking out that much cash. Hippy Dippy came and went, and all hope seemed lost.
Until a wonderful woman with a bottle in her possession contacted me via the Pretty Random Facebook page. She had some older rare polishes to purge and Hippy Dippy was among them. I never expected her to sell me her bottle, in fact I urged her to auction it and get the most she could. I would have another jab at it and hope for the best. I also offered to help her with her other items to work out what was worth selling. Then she offered me a private sale.
You know that dance that Wayne and Garth do when they get $5000 for signing over their TV show? I’m not ashamed to admit that was me. I offered her my top bid on the auction, hoping that would be good enough. I guess you know the rest of the story.
Thank you Debby for not only making my dream of owning this damn polish come true, but also not thinking I was a crazy loser. And even if you did think I was a crazy loser, thank you for humouring me and not telling me.
When I first opened the bottle and had a look at the colour, I wondered if it might be similar to NYX Jungle or Rimmel Mania, but I can honestly say that while they are the same family, they are not dupes. In fact, in further justification of the price I paid for Hippy Dippy, I own absolutely nothing like it. The green and the gold just glow in this polish. It’s luminous. It’s a masterpiece. I am so freaking excited to have this as a part of my collection.
To date, I have only found three other polishes whose codes match that of Hippy Dippy, meaning they are from the same collection, and they all appear to have some sort of groovy ’60’s theme. 4613-01 Yeah Baby!, 4613-02 Groove On and 4613-04 Drama Mama. I also suspect that Wild Child could perhaps also be a part of this group, but I don’t own it or know the bottle code to be sure.
Considering this polish is so rare, I would assume that it came out towards the end of the Streetwear line, as popularity was declining and the line was winding down with production numbers decreasing. This also could have coincided with the release of one of the Austin Powers films, given the theming, and the release years of the films are around the time Streetwear was in production (1997, 1999, 2002). The logo is also larger than my older bottles, and the type font on the label on the top of the brush is different. But what is even more odd about all this, is the fact that I also own a very rare bottle of Groove On from the same collection, picked up in an eBay lot in 2008 from an Australian seller who had bought them brand new. So even if this polish was from a more limited run, it was sold here in Australia, which means Hippy Dippy was as well. Perhaps my dreams of finding it for $0.50 in a dusty polish bin at the markets aren’t so far out of reach after all. And if I do find it on the cheap, I know exactly who I will be gifting it to. You know who I am talking about, C.
I hope you have enjoyed this 1000 word essay on a polish I honestly never thought I would be lucky enough to own. Well at least I was kind enough to include some pretty pictures.
And no, I am not telling you how much I paid for it!