Essie’s New Y2K-Inspired Collection Will Bring Back So Many Memories

Sarah Midkiff
·2 min read

We may still be spending most of our time at home for a while, but that doesn’t mean we have to let our manicure game slide. Essie just released a new Y2K-inspired collection that's perfect for wearing alone, mixed and matched, or paired with trendy indie nail art — and if the colors themselves don’t make you nostalgic for the early 2000s, their names certainly will.

The Dial It Up collection includes ten shades in total, ranging from a bright, creamy yellow to a translucent bubblegum pink, and even a a Microsoft Windows '98-inspired teal. Each one brings us right back to the days of AOL Instant Messenger, hanging out with our friends at the mall, and being too young to understand why everyone was so freaked out about Y2K.

This line is part of the brand’s Expressie franchise, available now at Ulta. The quick-drying formula promises a rock-solid, completely dry manicure in a matter of minutes, all for $9 a bottle. Ahead, we’ve included some of our favorite colors from the collection. We’d suggest jumping on them fast, because cute shades like this don’t stay on the shelves for long.

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<h3>In The Modem</h3><br>This <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-gray-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:light gray" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">light gray</a> with blue undertones has a creamy finish that feels like a sophisticated nod to <em>Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century</em>.<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fexpressie-quick-dry-nail-polish-dial-it-up-collection%3FproductId%3Dpimprod2021041" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

In The Modem


This light gray with blue undertones has a creamy finish that feels like a sophisticated nod to Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.

Essie Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h3>Mall Crawler</h3><br>We can see it now: This translucent, muted <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/light-pink-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pink" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pink</a> is <em>the</em> shade you would have worn as you browsed <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/04/229478/claires-children-ear-piercing-age-backlash-employee-quits" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Claire's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Claire's</a> with your friends and thought rhinestones were the height of fashion.<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fexpressie-quick-dry-nail-polish-dial-it-up-collection%3FproductId%3Dpimprod2021041" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Mall Crawler


We can see it now: This translucent, muted pink is the shade you would have worn as you browsed Claire's with your friends and thought rhinestones were the height of fashion.

Essie Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h3>We Don't Mesh</h3><br>We can say confidently that if you rocked up to Orange Julius with this green-yellow shade on your fingertips, you'd get at least one person asking you about it.<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fexpressie-quick-dry-nail-polish-dial-it-up-collection%3FproductId%3Dpimprod2021041" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

We Don't Mesh


We can say confidently that if you rocked up to Orange Julius with this green-yellow shade on your fingertips, you'd get at least one person asking you about it.

Essie Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h3>Skip The Track</h3><br>There's no such thing as a skip track on our mix CDs, and this translucent <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/09/8482931/lavender-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:lavender" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">lavender</a> gray is equally unmissable.<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fexpressie-quick-dry-nail-polish-dial-it-up-collection%3FproductId%3Dpimprod2021041" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Skip The Track


There's no such thing as a skip track on our mix CDs, and this translucent lavender gray is equally unmissable.

Essie Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h3>Up Up & Away Message</h3><br>If this <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/08/240293/teal-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:teal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">teal</a> tone were an away message, it would be "in ur top 8 without even trying." We know that's true because we already wish it was our current manicure.<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fexpressie-quick-dry-nail-polish-dial-it-up-collection%3FproductId%3Dpimprod2021041" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Up Up & Away Message


If this teal tone were an away message, it would be "in ur top 8 without even trying." We know that's true because we already wish it was our current manicure.

Essie Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish Dial It Up, $, available at Ulta Beauty

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