The '90s and early '00s were something of an enigma for fashion and beauty. For instance those heinous platform Sketchers, iridescent lip colors, glitter everything, and frosted tips. Today most of that is a distant memory, but certain nostalgic makeup products bring us back to a time when we ferociously snapped games of MASH into our trapper keepers and matched our glittery eyeshadow to the color of our braces.
Recently, lots of makeup brands are playing on '90s and early '00s nostalgia – from cartoon-inspired makeup emblazoned with our favorite Pokemon to the same tried and true brands we'd scour through at our Friday night trips to the mall. Though the world may have lost the Spice Girls and those edible cake-flavored cosmetics by Jessica Simpson are undoubtedly rotting in a desk drawer at our parents' house, the Internet is running rampant with nostalgic makeup. We don't even need to convince our moms to drive us to Claire's to get it.
Here are 10 makeup products that will make you nostalgic but are ready to wear right now. Go back to the days of Candie's shoes and Limited Too tube tops, things were better then.
- Photo: Hot Topic
Hot Topic released an eyeshadow palette in January 2018 catered directly to '90s kids: a bright orange cassette tape emblazoned with Nickelodeon characters. Inside, you'll find 12 sparkly, vivid shades, all named after your favorite Nicktoons.
Feeling blue? Brush on Football Head (a reference to Hey Arnold!). Looking for some bold color? Try the green Rawr, modeled after Rugrats' Reptar. And then there's the neutral Smashing – it's a nod to Nigel Thornberry of The Wild Thornberrys.
Espionage Cosmetics specializes in "nerd makeup," and their Cartridge Compact Kit goes the extra mile in terms of style. The reusable shell comes with a pressed eyeshadow; you can swap out different pigments as you please. Now you just have to choose your preferred style. Are you more of a Zelda or a Tetris fan?
- Photo: Shu Uemura / Facebook
Your Super Nintendo may be long gone, but you can relive the frustration of accidentally running into a ricocheting turtle shell with Shu Uemura's Super Mario makeup collection. The collection includes a range of eyeliners, eye and cheek palettes and hair wax with nostalgic Super Mario-themed packaging. There's even a block-shaped carrying case to tote your wares through Rainbow Road (or at least keep things in one place should you fall victim to a wanton banana peel).
Shu Uemura's Super Mario collection launches on October 1, 2017 and you're going to need to collect a lot of coins. The collection ranges from $21 for an eyelash curler to $475 for a makeup box and will be available on Shu Uemura's website.
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These tiny collectable nail polishes lined the shelves of Claire's (remember when your mom almost agreed to let you get your belly button pierced there?). '90s chicks can be happy to know that these little, nostalgic polishes still exist – and they're affordable ($1.27). Clearly, Bon Bons have not had their price adjusted with inflation, so we don't need to save our lunch money to buy a couple shades from Walmart's website.
Slap on some platform Rocket Dog flip flops and give yourself a pedicure while you enjoy all the memories that rush back with that pungent, chemical polish smell that wafted through our middle school sleepovers.