Julep Maven's December 2012 Glitter Wardrobe is a collection of 11 glitter polishes, ranging from full-coat duochrome-y microglitters, to an explosion of chunky foils, suspended in clear coat. Today, I'm going to focus on the "tamer", more subtle blingers in the group: the microglits. Come back this weekend to check out my review and swatches for the remainder of this collection. FYI...that's when the serious bling comes out.
The polishes I'm about to show you are highly pigmented and luminous. All but one applied smooth - like room temperature butter (Dumb expression, I know. It's not like I've ever painted my nails with butter.). As with most glitter-formulated polishes, they wear like steel. All swatches were painted over Palladio Moisture Surge base coat, and finished off with Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat. Oh, and one more "All"...
All Julep polishes appear to be named after celebrated women.
|So, whatcha think? Blue Ivy - a nod to Beyonce's first-born?|
|Pretty little pot of paint (with "little" being the operative word). Julep bottles hold half as much polish as their competitors'|
I like the formula. Alot. It easily goes where intended. The color is eye-catching and beautiful. I wish it were bottled in something other than a easily toppled test tube.
|Scarlett O'Hara or Scarlett Johansson? Or have you another Scarlett in mind? I'm thinking Johansson.|
Scarlett is a bright, clean Christmas-sy red. It's got the obligatory gold sparkle and stands out like Santa's suit! On the other hand (no pun intended), it reminds me alot of a sexy red silk slip I used to wear. Back when I wore sexy slips.
No complaints with the formula. If you're looking for a holiday red, you'd do just fine with this one.
|Julia Roberts? Julia Child? Julia Louis-Dreyfuss? Julia, Julia?|
Julia is a chameleon: First, she's got a metallic rosy gold shimmer that sparkles up a storm when the light hits it just right; and then in the shadows, it's all Please Pass the Purple Sparkling Grape Juice. Both are pretty effects!
This duochrome beauty will satisfy lacqueristas who get into color shifting. Julia has it, in spades. The formula applies flawlessly.
|Cindy Crawford? Hmm. Maybe. Your Aunt Cindy from Kalamazoo? Unlikely.|
I strongly recommend this luv-erly polish. It moved me over to the green side.
|Not a clue. Petra Němcová?|
This cranberry sparkle was my least favorite of the five micro glitters. The finish wasn't as glossy as the others. Perhaps that's intentional.
Also, Petra required some fiddling with, to reach full coverage on the nail. On me, Petra's not the most flattering color, but on you.... it might be yowzah!
Tell you what....
Come back this weekend, and I'll show you what happens when you take these polishes and introduce them to more serious glitter.
Until then...I'm curious to know your thoughts about Julep, their polishes/treatments, and subscription model.
Thanks so much for stopping by!