The time has finally come – My April Julep Maven Box is here! I stuck with my Maven Style, Classic With A Twist for this month and added on one polish, Eden. I really wasn’t a huge fan of brights, let alone neons, but these are all absolute stunners, I’m going to love wearing them as we welcome in Spring and Summer!
From left to right we have Avery, Jackie and Eden. They’re very bright in the bottles! Eden is just a little more purple than this in real life, but, try as I might, the camera lens is not the same as the naked eye.
I love Julep’s new sticker system – all of the polishes are labeled with their date, their collection and their name plus a specific number. It helps me stay organized!
Here are the cap swatches. I’m so happy that Julep started putting stickers on the tops of their polishes – it makes it really easy for me to find in my Helmer. With over 200 polishes, a girl’s gotta be able to find what she wants quickly! (In case you’re clueless like I was until like two months ago, the rectangular cap can be pulled off to reveal a smaller cap attached to the brush, which you can then use to paint the sticker on top of the lid.) I was surprised at how opaque the cap swatches were – usually neons are jelly-esque and hard to apply.
For all of these swatches, I did a different polish technique on each finger. My pinky is two coats of polish, no top coat. My ring finger is a white base, two coats, and no top coat. My middle finger is a white base, two coats of polish, and a top coat. My index finger is two coats of polish with a top coat. That way, I could see the different ways I could wear the polish and figure which I would like best.
With neons, I typically wear a white base underneath it – it helps the color to pop more. You can see also that neons typically dry rubberized or matte – all neons will dry like that. I think it’s a pretty cool finish, but I love the way it looks with a topcoat, too!
Julep Eden is a deep bluish purple neon. It’s opaque in two coats and looks really fun as a matte finish, but I think the top coat really sets it off – I love this color as an accent nail or maybe even as a gradient color with purple.
Julep Jackie is a squishy red neon that really surprised me – it’s absolutely stunning. It’s not as matte as the other polishes and doesn’t quite need a top coat to shine, but I think it’s totally gorgeous. I put it on and literally said, “whoa,” it’s just that good. Sexy, sumptuous, beautiful, magical. I think I like my index finger the most on this – two coats and a top coat are plenty to make this one shine like the Chrysler Building.
But OH, don’t count out this bananas pink. How ridiculous is Julep Avery? A bright bubblegum neon pink with lots of personality and flash. It’s perfect in two coats over white, but on this one I added three just to see on my middle finger – I LOVE it. I’m not girly by any means, and this polish is ridiculous. It looks similar to Julep Lauren in the bottle, but Avery is much more neon and intensely pink!
Not pictured, and certainly not to be counted out, is Julep’s new Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum. It’s in an easy twist-up brush stick and is “super-charged amino acids that build keratin (for your nails) and collagen (for your cuticles) – Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum’s secret weapon to transform dry and damaged cuticles almost overnight. Plus, you can get visibly stronger, smoother nails with fewer ridges and less splitting and brittleness in only 2-3 weeks” says Julep’s website. I’m pretty sure (though not positive) that this is a repackaging of Julep Reveal, which I love, so I’m excited to try this and see how it works! Julep Reveal completely saved my nails. I went from a splitting, peeling, cracked cuticle wreck to beautifully manicured nails in about three weeks. It’s worth a try in my book.
What did you think of this month’s polishes? Which box did you get? Let me know in the comments!
Don’t know what Julep Maven is? It’s a nail polish subscription service that sends 2-3 polishes and products (or now 2 full-sized products) to your door every month for just $19.99. The formula is great and the colors are always on trend – I love being a Maven, check it out!
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