Julep Celeste

Finally had a chance to paint my nails again. This is three coats of Julep Celeste from January 2016‘s Julep Maven collection, topped with Essie Good to Go top coat.

Indirect natural light:

Celeste is a charcoal-gray jelly base loaded with various round/hex iridescent glitters. Julep calls it a “[c]osmic gray iridecent glitter” (sic), which describes it pretty well. At two coats, the glitter is less dense and less busy-looking, but the base also applied a bit patchily, so overall, I didn’t think two coats was enough. Maybe with some undies, two coats would be fine, though!

Formula-wise, Celeste is a bit goopy, so it takes a bit of care to apply without making a mess of things. It dries fast, though, and isn’t too bumpy for a glitter. On its own, it dries to a kind of squishy semi-matte finish. I preferred it extra shiny with a glossy top coat.

For comparison, here’s a shot in indoor bright white LED light:

As you can see, for the most part, some of the glitters seem to predominantly lean indigo/purple, and some seem to lean green. It looks kind of like Mardi Gras on the nails. In sunlight, though, I saw more color variation.

These photos were taken on day two of this manicure, and so far, so good, other than the usual tip wear. Great color overall. I’m so glad Julep is making some more interesting polishes these days and that they generally have pretty reliable consistency and durability.

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