Julep: November 2012, Wardrobe (part 1)
Well, it was my intention to finish editing all of these pictures and have them up in one post. It was also my intention to at least have part 1 up yesterday if I were not going to do it in one post, but my internet died as I was uploading, so it was not to be.
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I want to pre-emptively apologize that these swatches are really terrible. Like, almost inexcusably so. Out of focus and the lighting was everywhere because the weather started being even more schizophrenic. I don’t have the time to retake them, unfortunately.
Julep November 2012 Wardrobe polishes, left to right: Matte Top Coat, Donna, Trina, Minka, Hailee, Nora, Brit, and Amber
There were a total of seven colours for this entire collection, one mattifying top coat, and a body butter and body scrub. This first part will only feature the five suede (metallic matte) colours from the collection — Amber, Brit, Nora, Hailee, and Minka — which were originally released as exclusives to Sephora earlier this year and released in November for the Maven boxes.
Again, I apologize for the inconsistency of the photos and lighting. I’m especially sorry about Minka — I contemplated leaving it out and redo the photos, but since these are all suedes, Minka thematically goes best in this post.
In terms of formula, these were all fine. These are the first suedes I’ve gotten, so I wouldn’t know the difference, but they did seem to dry very quickly to matte finish. A few words of caution: be forgiving of the polish, either in your application or in your finish because these are going to show every mistake in the stroke and every uneven ridge on your nails. Otherwise, they applied okay.
I did hear that some people had problems with chipping and other people offered a solution — using the matte coat that came with this set, apply matte, suede polish, then matte coat again, and it seems to last longer. I haven’t had the opportunity to test it myself, so if you do, let me know how it goes!
The biggest disappointment in this set for me was Nora, since purple polishes are my favourite (second favourite??) I could already tell from the Julep swatches that Nora’s purple finish would be very subtle, and it did remain that way in person. Unless you put it next to Brit, it pretty much looks like a full grey in person.
The biggest surprise was Amber, which I was not expecting to love as much. I had no opinion of it seeing it at first, but I love how understated and classy it is, with still a unique finish.
Overall, I’m very happy I got the wardrobe, if for nothing else than all the suedes. In a few days, I went from no matte polishes to several and a matte coat (though how that performs will be reviewed in the next post).
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