This is Julep Jocelyn, the polish that convinced me to pick up this month’s Julep Maven Classic with a Twist box. It’s a burgundy-to-cranberry shimmer, courtesy of shimmer particles that seem to shift from magenta to gold and impart a bluer or more orange cast to what looks to me like a metallic maroon base, with holo particles interspersed throughout. So pretty.
Here is two coats, topped with Essie Good to Go top coat, in outdoor direct natural light:
These photos in bright sunlight show off the complexity of this color pretty well. The holo microglitter throws off more rainbows in person, though.
The formula is a tad on the thicker side, so it has a tendency to cling to the brush stem and drip (so be careful with that extra-long Julep brush stem) but it provides good coverage and is almost opaque in one coat. You could probably get by with a single coat if you apply it carefully, but I still used two coats for better evenness. You can see the brush strokes a little bit, but it’s not too noticeable. The Julep brush still seems to be the slightly wider than average, slightly flattened, square-tipped one. It’s all right, but as I’ve mentioned in other reviews of more recent Julep polishes, it’s not the easiest brush for hugging the cuticle curve.
In outdoor indirect natural light (shade):
In indirect light, the dichroic/duochrome flash doesn’t show as much, so the maroon base predominates. It’s a lovely deep purplish red that reminds me of Dr. Pepper cans and cherries – the ripe, dark-red ones:
Finally, one more angle to better show off that golden shimmer:
Jocelyn is, in short, everything I was hoping for in this polish color. With fall coming on, I had such a hankering to wear a spicy, fruity color like this, and Julep totally nailed it (no pun intended). I imagine it’d be a fantastic color for winter, too. Thumbs up on this one!
If you’re digging these Julep colors, you might be interested in checking out Julep’s monthly Maven box, which is $24,99 a month individually, or $19.99 a month, if you prepay for three months at a time, and you can skip boxes and cancel whenever you like (a must in a subscription box, in my book). I believe you can get the first box for free. :)
Anyway, Arielle is up next for swatching, probably, unless I end up obsessing over another color when I change colors at the end of the week. :) Did you pick up this month’s Julep box, and what did you think of this collection?
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