Essie’s Plea to YSL

Essie Weingarten's favorite YSL blush

Believe it or not, Essie doesn't keep any nail polish in her home. (She goes once a week to her longtime nail tech Josephine Allen, who recently relocated to the new Essie flagship salon at 35 East 65th Street.) What she does stockpile at her Park Avenue duplex is her number-one, all-time-favorite makeup product: Yves Saint Laurent's retired Touche Blush in #2 Coral. The woes of discontinued products befall even the fabulous founders of L'Oréal-owned companies (Essie Cosmetics was purchased by the beauty corporation, which also owns YSL Beauté, in 2010). If she can't bring it back... Here, Essie's desperate appeal:

"I don't know what I'm going to do when I run out. I had a mini one that I used to travel with,  and I had one at the beach, and this is it! [Motions to a pair of half-filled jars.] I am dying. It's my favorite in the whole wide world. There is a new version, but it's...different, it's not this. This is the best. Number one, it makes me look alive— without it, I look washed out—and especially with grey hair, you need more color, and two, this doesnt make you look like grandma's cheeks—it's a natural color, but it's there."

Though it's technically called #2 Coral, to Essie, the color seems "peachy pink." We  asked her to give it one of her world-famous names. "I'd probably have to call it Tea Rose," she said. Which is pretty demure coming from the woman who gave us Size Matters red. But, she defended her choice: "It's very soft. And tea roses are so beautiful!"

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  • Kate Blake Webster

    oh man! chanel used to do no. 56 tea rose blush...also nowhere to be found :(

  • zoobia

    That's so cute! We all have products we love and miss dearly when discontinued. I really miss Almay's Cornsilk powder. Silly, I know, but it was the perfect mattifier. No colour, no caking. Loved it.

  • gigi

    I hope they hear this and keep it for her sake. Her polishes are awesome! gigi.

  • ClosetCravings

    It's always sad when a girl must lament her fave go-to product. "Discontinued" is definitely a word a girl never hopes to hear about her beloved beauty product.
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  • Tessa Tweet

    i loooove essie nails but im sad to hear they are owned by l'oréal. L'Oréal is owned by Nestle, a company that i boycott :(

    • Beauty Idealist

      hey tessa, just curious - what is it you don't like about nestle? not picking a fight, just want to find out if there is anything we're not aware of going on with them. thanks!

    • Cohenml7623

      This is not correct. Only one part of their business is, it is the neutriceuticals portion, which is a good synergy for a cosmetics company. Also, if you actively boycott, you may want to look at EVERY product you buy, as many are owned by companies you would be surprised at.

  • reddysteadygo

    Tea Rose! What a sweet name! I think the mistress of color can find a new love though.

  • Pearl and Butler

    It's always a sad time when our favourite products get discontinued. We miss a fair few Benefit and Estee Lauder products that we're just clinging onto for dear life!

  • Carla Kokoszka

    I love this post! I'm really hoping YSL can bring this product back, sounds so nice!~ Makes me want to try it asap! Isn't it funny, we always want things we can't have... xoxo

  • Mabelmatilda

    I hate when things I love are discontinued. :(

  • Christina

    I have a quater of a bottle left of my cherished MD Formulations: Moisture Defense Antioxidant Moisturizer SPF 20. I still don't understand why they had to discontinue such a brilliant product.

  • gymnast7

    does any one know where essie the company is located