Hard-to-Find Week Pre-Party: Essie Barbuda Banana

Every once in a while I’ll see a color on someone else that will stir the addict inside me. Essie Barbuda Banana wasn’t that polish – it was actually Maybelline Banana Puddin’. I searched everywhere for it to no avail. Scalpers aren’t big on carrying discontinued drug store brand polishes, so it’s really tough to find these colors once they are off the initial market. I decided to settle for a dupe instead – that’s when I heard about Essie Barbuda Banana which also happens to be discontinued and hard-to-find, of course. I knew I would have more luck searching for this one since it’s a higher-end brand, and so I renewed my search for a pastel yellow.

Essie actually makes finding discontinueds fairly easy because they sell them on their website under Bye Buy Colors. You just have to let them know what you’re looking for and they’ll message you back if they have it. The catch, and of course – there is *always* a catch, is that Essie ups the retail price from $8 to $10 and charges you an arm for the shipping. Dejected, I turned to evilbay (from hereon – “the place that shall not be named”) where I found Essie Barbuda Banana for about 15 bucks shipped. Normally, I wouldn’t pay that much for a discontinued but I was really jonesing this color. The day after the auction ended someone put up an auction for Maybelline Banana Puddin’ at $3. D’oh.

Do I regret the purchase? No. The application, to put it plainly, sucks, this swatch is 4 hard-as-hell-to-apply coats. But what I can say, I love the color. I hear that Maybelline Banana Puddin’ has equally crappy application so it might just be a function of pastel yellow. This picture isn’t a very accurate depiction of the color, both Banana Puddin’ and Barbuda Banana are a slightly brighter, yet still pastel, yellow. If you don’t want to shell out the mad cash and you just can’t find Banana Puddin’ the easiest way to go about sticking it to the man is frankening your own. This is a really easy franken, you just need a yellow, take your pick there’s about 80 on the market right now (Color Club Yell-oh, Essie Shorty Pants, Zoya Creamy, Misa Hangin’ With the Girls, OPI the ‘It’ Color, OPI Need Sun Glasses, China Glaze Solar Power, Rescue Beauty Lounge Yellow Fever, NYC Taxi Cab and on and on and on) and a white (I would choose one from whatever brand your yellow of choice comes from.) You need roughly 2 parts yellow, 1 part white to end up a pastel yellow.

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15 Responses to “Hard-to-Find Week Pre-Party: Essie Barbuda Banana”

  1. Tink @ Casuallavish.com Says:

    yes I will be sticking it someone very soon when I franken my own. Someone posted on MUA about using Orly Spark (I think that is the color). I’ll be picking that up on my next Sally’s trip. Meanwhile I’ll drool over your pic.

  2. Sara Says:

    I love pastel yellow too! My fave is Orly Spark, a little more yellow but still pastel-y.

  3. pretear Says:

    Orly Spark would definitely work – and there would be no hassle. : P

  4. sher Says:

    I love this Essie yellow. It took me a while to find it though, ofcourse, took the last one on ebay :). I wanted this pastel yellow and nothing else! All yellows out there today are to bright for me. Mine is not that streaky, second coat is perfect.

  5. Sanna Says:

    this one is sooo beautiful! yum yum!

  6. Chrissy Says:

    Pastel yellow SOOOO does not work on my pale, cool toned skin, it’s ridiculous. I can’t pull off any fun colors (although I just keep on trying with the orange colors)

    I have a question about a post made a while ago, but I didn’t think you’d see if I posted it on there: Is Orly Butterflies comparable to OPI Koala Bear-y? It’s hard to tell in all the different pictures around, and I really don’t need another pink creme unless it is noticably different.

    Thanks. Love the blog!

  7. pretear Says:

    Sher – I’m so jealous! : P Maybe it’s just my bottle.

    Chrissy – Always feel free to leave me comments. I read every single one and always reply. Orly Butterflies is *nothing* like OPI Koala Bear-y (which by the way makes my list of top 20 polishes of all time). Orly Butterflies is worth a buy. It’s a little dupish to Zoya Lo. Butterflies is just slightly more muted and Lo is slightly brighter.

  8. Chrissy Says:

    Good to know. I think I’ll add Butterflies and Crush on You to my next Head2Toe order. Thanks!

    Between you, Scrangie, and All Lacquered Up…I’ll have no money left over once I make my next order.

    Thanks for feeding my addiction!

  9. pretear Says:

    It’s a conspiracy. : P

  10. Tiffany Says:

    That looks gorgeous on you!

  11. izzi Says:

    I’ve been looking for this exact colour everywhere as well! And I came across your blog but I couldn’t find the Essie one either…and then…I was randomly scrummaging through the discount section at a shop and found about 5 bottles of Maybelline’s Banana Puddin’ =O <333 I almost died of happiness haha!

  12. Steph Says:

    5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG you’re SO lucky! : ) BP is gorgeous!

  13. melvel Says:

    Gosh, i still haven’t found this color…or even a good dupe! Would you know if Carolyn New York’s Summer in the City comes close?

  14. Steph Says:

    I can’t find my bottle of SitC but from memory… nope. : ( I’m so sorry.

  15. Camille Says:

    Wow this is late, sorry :/……..I hear Revlon’s Sunshine Sparkle is quite similar to the Essie and the Maybelline but with a slight glassfleck shimmer. It’s pretty readily available, however the application still sucks. I find that it wears like iron and dries pretty fast though, if that makes up for it :D. And there’s also Nubar’s pastel yellow & their yellow primrose polish too. I have pretty good luck with Nubar’s super pale/whitened pastels….

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