I’ve got swatches for two Julep August 2016 colors today, Julep Pam and Julep Alysha! These photos show two coats, topped with Essie Good to Go top coat, in outdoor natural light.
Pam is a somewhat frosty, somewhat metallic orange-soda orange with holographic shimmer. The frosty finish shows brushstrokes a bit, but it’s better with topcoat. The holo effect isn’t especially strong in this one, but it gives the polish a cute carbonated appearance. 🙂
Alysha is a deep berry-purple shimmer with occasional maroon undertones and linear holographic shimmer. I didn’t really photograph it well, but the rainbows are pretty vibrant.
Both Pam and Alysha have good formulas that are nearly opaque in one coat and even out well in two coats. They both dried on the fast side of average for me. No problems to report on either polish.
My August 2016 Julep Maven customized box arrived a bit early this month (yesterday) because Julep apparently hit a bit of a snag with the production of their No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel and had to give us a rain check on that. Last I spoke to their customer service, there was no ETA on the sunscreen yet, so to make up for it, they gave us free expedited shipping for everything else in our boxes. I’m totally cool with that.
Hot-pink tissue paper, blurple paper crinkles, and:
- A quote card with a product photo and the Endless Summer theme text on one side and this month’s quote from American poet and Blue Mountain Arts co-founder Susan Polis Schutz on the other: “Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
- 20% off coupon for Julep at Ulta Beauty – an actual physical store coupon this time, to celebrate Julep’s launch at Ulta. No promo code this month, folks, sorry!
- Julep Fan Brush, an all-synthetic soft fan brush for my arsenal,
- Eliza, “[i]nfinite ocean holographic,”
- Pam, “[t]igerlily holographic,”
- Ellis, “[p]ink dawn linear liquid holographic,”
- Alysha, “[v]ivid pansy holographic,” and
- Lemonhead lemon candy, this month’s freebie
Eliza, Ellis, and Alysha were an add-on nail polish trio (Sunshine Sparkle, which totally sounds like a My Little Pony name). Eliza and Alysha are both new colors for this month and have really promising rainbows in the bottle! Pam looks a bit more frosty and subdued than those two, which I wasn’t expecting. Ellis is an older polish from September 2015 and doesn’t have the bright rainbows of Eliza and Alysha but should still be a holo. We shall see!
And because finding dupes in my existing collection is always half the fun, here’s Ellis next to L’Oreal Masked Affair:
It doesn’t look like Ellis has the linearity of Masked Affair, but it could still be worth doing a face-off! 🙂
I’ll do more photos of the fan brush for Part 2. To be continued when No Excuses comes in!
UPDATE 8/21/16: This was originally going to be half of a two-part post, but Julep’s since contacted Mavens who ordered No Excuses and let us know that it’s been delayed indefinitely due to unforeseen circumstances, so they gave us each a $50 code to spend on their website instead. I’m happy enough with that. 🙂
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In a moment of ambivalence, I asked Mr. ‘Fiend what color I should paint my nails this week. He said pink, then white-pink when I asked for more specificity. So, I dug out a pale pink I hadn’t tried yet: Zoya Bela, which apparently achieved fame as the nail polish featured in Black Swan (which I haven’t watched yet but have heard is a great film).
This is day two of two coats, plus one coat LynBDesigns The London Season on the ring finger and all topped with Essie Good to Go top coat, photographed in outdoor natural light:
Bela is a semi-sheer cool-toned ballet-pink crelly/jelly polish, designed for use as a French manicure base but soft and pretty on its own. It’s still pretty sheer at two coats, as shown here, and could probably be mostly opaque in three. I kind of like it semi-sheer, though. The formula is pretty good, though it’s got a tendency to streak a bit, even at two coats, so it takes a bit of care to apply evenly. Glossy top coat helps, though! Dry time seemed average.
The London Season is from LynBDesigns’ Downton Abbey-inspired Meet Me at the Abbey collection and is a really fun glitter topper loaded pretty densely with transparent tiny hex glitter in red, green, blue, pink, yellow, and purple, as well as a pinch of transparent iridescent squares and microglitter. I can’t help but think of confetti and birthday cake when I see this glitter. The formula’s a bit goopy, but it’s easy enough to dab on and spread out the glitter where you want it. Dries fast.
I’m pretty happy with both polishes. The sheer/nude Bela is a nice palate cleanser between bright colors (I’m going to try one of this month’s Julep holo polishes in the next swatch, probably), and it’s nice that I’ve got someone that picks colors for me that I normally skip over when I pick out polish by myself! :]