Hilary, Patti and Jordan...
|Top to Bottom: Hilary, Patti, and Jordan|
Oh, and just a head's up...be prepared: I broke two nails this week, ergo the reason for my bizarre asymmetrical nails. They'll grow.
|Top to Bottom: Jordan, Hilary, and Patti (2 coats over basecoat)|
Of the three, Jordan was the least cooperative when it came to application. The formula was a bit gunky. Biggest annoyance came when I carefully painted a second coat, and found the first coat dissolving with every light brush stroke. Polish lift! I dabbed out the rest of the nail to avoid further lift.
|T to B: Jordan, Hilary, and Patti - Hilary and Patti applied easy; Jordan required glitter resurfacing|
Harper, Vivien, and Barbara ...
|To to Bottom: Harper, Vivien, and Barbara|
Harper is a light turquoise jelly with lots of tiny gold, green and blue glitter. For total opacity, we're probably talking 4 thin coats. Vivien is an exquisitely sheer platinum shimmer with loads of small gold glitter discs suspended therein. Both glitters are build-able, which makes for versatility with layering. Further down this post, you'll see what I mean.
|To to Bottom: Barbara, Vivien, and Harper (2 coats over base coat)|
I'm particularly enamored of Harper and Vivien. Gawjuss.
Barbara? Meh. Nothing that I couldn't pick up at a local discount store.
|L to R: Harper, Vivien, and Barbara (2 coats)|
MIX & MATCH
Now that you've seen each of the polishes on its own, let's mix things up a bit.
|L to R: Vivien over 2 coats of Scarlett, and 2 coats of Vivien on its own (middle)|
|Harper gradient over 2 coats of Cindy|
|Hilary gradient over two coats of Julia|
|Barbara gradient over three coats of Ivy|
WHAT I DON'T LIKE: Two things: 1. Julep's bottle. It's an accident waiting to happen, and that accident has happened to me lots of times. Still, I can understand why Julep wouldn't be chomping at the bit to move away from the iconic design, which brings me to my second gripe: 2. This towering test-tube-like bottle holds half as much polish as a competitor's brand (think OPI, Essie, China Glaze), and costs more. The difference in volume isn't so readily noticeable when you're glancing at this nail polish skyscraper. But if the brand were to move over to a standard polish bottle, the difference would be dramatic: mini vs. standard size containers.
I'm interested in hearing your comments on this collection, on Julep polishes in general, and on the Julep subscription model. Lemme know your thoughts.
In the meantime....thanks for stopping by! :)