It’s finally December, my favorite month and totally the best time to wear wintry whites and tinsel-esque metallics! I love winter polishes, I really do – and this month‘s Julep Maven featured add-on, Elsa, was a love-at-first-sight polish for me.
Here is two coats Elsa (no top coat) on all nails, except for two coats Julep Judy on the ring finger, topped with Essie Good to Go top coat, in indoor indirect natural light:
Elsa‘s described as a “[s]nowdrift iridescent stardust,” which is pretty much spot-on. Over the years, I’ve seen a number of attempts at a snow-textured polish (China Glaze There’s Snow One Like You and Essie Peak of Chic, I’m looking at you), and I think they generally miss the mark a bit. Elsa, however, fully lives up to its snowdrift description. It’s a milky, semi-sheer cool-toned white base with fine white texture beads and opalescent/iridescent flake glitter, and it looks surprisingly like snow/slush in the best way.
In outdoor indirect sun (shows more of Elsa’s translucence and opalescent flakes):
Elsa dries matte and textured, and is meant to be worn without a top coat. The formula is easy enough to work with and dries on the fast side. No complaints whatsoever.
Meanwhile, Judy is a demure, somewhat desaturated and slightly sheer pale gold/champagne metallic – pretty foil-like with how sparkly it is – with some subtle iridescent/holo shimmer thrown in. (Julep describes it as a “[m]oonbeam iridescent chrome,” but I would’ve expected a cooler hue, like a pale bluish or cool pearlescent silver, if given that description without a visual.) It reminds me of Julep Love, but without the fuchsia microglitter.
In direct outdoor natural light:
No problems with Judy’s formula, either. It was easy to work with and also dried on the faster side. Shiny and festive!
I really loved both these polishes. It was so awesome that they came in an add-on duo (Chilled Bubbly) for $7.99 this month (if I remember right). Such a great deal, especially because the colors added on separately would have been $6.99 individually. I’m not sure who in their right minds would have chosen to get just one of these polishes with the duo available – well, maybe if someone really hated one of them, though I can’t imagine why anyone would. I hope Julep makes more of these great-value duos available as add-ons in future boxes. 🙂
(TL;DR: Elsa = <3)