Here’s a quick comparison of Julep Desiree, a holographic top coat that came as a free gift with this month’s Julep Maven monthly box, and Revlon Holographic Pearls, which I previously tried over a shimmer polish with less dramatic effect. (They’re not all that similar, and I may even own other holo toppers that are more dupe-y, but this is just what I grabbed.)
In outdoor natural light, I’ve got two coats of Nuance Nightshadow (a dark blue creme) on all nails, plus:
- index: Essie Good to Go top coat (1 coat)
- middle & pinky: Julep Desiree (1 coat)
- ring: Revlon Holographic Pearls (1 coat) + Essie Good to Go top coat (1 coat)
First things first: Nuance Nightshadow is great – dries on the fast side and super glossy even without top coat, and the formula is easy to apply. Opaque in two coats. (Nuance is Salma Hayek’s CVS-exclusive brand, and the nail colors I’ve seen aren’t especially adventurous, but the ones I’ve tried have good formulas and durability.)
Julep Desiree is a delicate holo top coat with a clear base. It’s a subtle and beautiful effect, and the formula is easy to apply and provides good coverage (in terms of shimmer density, not opacity, obviously) in one coat. It dries a tad on the slow side, though. A quick-dry top coat could help with that.
Revlon Holographic Pearls is like a gaudy disco ball next to Desiree, but hey, sometimes that’s what you want! Against Nightshadow, it’s clear how glitter-packed HP is in just one coat, and it’s definitely not subtle. HP dries matte on its own, but I added an extra layer of glossy top coat for better rainbows. This one dries pretty fast, and no complaints on application.
Here’s another shot in different lighting, to give you a better idea of the holo rainbow effect:
Photo 3 of 3. Ugh. Worst paint job ever…but this photo shows the rainbows better. 😛 2 coats #Nuance Nightshadow topped with: Index – #Essie Good To Go top coat Middle & pinky – 1 coat #Julep Desiree Ring – 1 coat #Revlon Holographic Pearls and Essie Good To Go top coat Indoor, natural light. #nails #swatches #nailpolish #holographic #creme #glitter #notd
I had the coffee shakes and was pretty sloppy, sorry!
Anyway, there you have it, in case anyone ever wondered how these two holo toppers look side by side.