This week’s swatch is the other color from the October 2015 Julep Maven Classic with a Twist box, Arielle.
Julep Arielle has a creme finish and looks something like a cross between charcoal gray and dusky purple. I don’t have another like it, and it’s neutral enough of a color that it goes well with a wide range of outfits. The formula is great – goes on like butter – and takes two coats for good opacity. Dry time seemed about average.
Here it is, two coats topped with Essie Good to Go top coat, in outdoor direct natural light. In the morning, the sunlight brought out more of the gray:
And here it is again in outdoor direct natural light, but at a different time of day (late afternoon). The light quality brought out more of the purple tones:
I’m on day five of this manicure, and other than some minor tip wear, it still looks pretty much perfect. Great relative durability on this one! (UPDATE 11/1/15: This manicure ended up lasting me almost two weeks before chipping more noticeably – wow!)
Arielle strikes me as a cooler toned, purpler version of Julep Fiore. I may do a comparison post later on.