It's been a while since we've talked about the beauties in this collection, hasn't it? Well, wait no longer! I've got 3 more posts (including this one) set up over the next few weeks to go through the entirety of this collection,
(And for anyone that's wondering, I just got my Jan Maven Box, and I'm working hard on swatching and writing it up. So keep an eye out for that next week!)
|(L to R): Julep Angela, Julep Carly and Julep Bette as pictured on Julep.com|
Angela originally came out in the July 2013 It Girl Box, and it's described as a "deep sea blue molten" with a metallic/chrome finish. This was one of my first Julep polishes ever, and it's still one of my favourites. It has a hint of purple/green/brown duochrome in the right light, and the base colour is a lovely deep turquoise. Pictured here is three coats, though you can get away with 2 because it's so opaque if you're in a rush.
I wanted to present these polishes in their un-altered forms (no top coats and no undies, so you can see if they actually look like what’s advertised) so it was a surprise for me when I decided to re-swatch Angela and compared the pictures to what came through the first time I swatched it. Then I realized the difference was that these pics have no top coat. And what a difference it makes!
|For comparison: Julep Angela with top coat from the July 2013 Box|
Carly is one of those polishes that would be lovely with undies, but without them it's just missing something. It's described as a "full-coverage Malibu-blue multi-dimensional glitter" and from what I can find it seems to have originally been part of Julep's Glitter & Glow Holiday 2012 Collection and is a Bombshell shade. It's a really pretty polish that contains a ton of small blue hex glitters that are suspended in a clear base, and what you see here is three thick coats. You could probably get it close to full opacity if you did 4+ coats or used the glitter sponging technique but I hate having to put that much work into a simple glitter, so my suggestion would just be to go with similar-coloured undies.
Bette is described as a "electric neon purple crème," and originally came out in the January 2013 Bombshell Box. Bette didn't seem to fit with the rest of the colours in this collection at first, because 1) it's a crème polish and 2) it's a neon. I guess they included it because it's technically a jewel tone, and also you could technically use it as undies with some of the more sparse "full-coverage" glitters (like Carly) even though it doesn't match up shade-wise.
This polish took some work to build up, and because it was a neon I broke my no-undies rule for this collection. Without undies it would have been an unattractive sheer pinkish purple mess, so I started with two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White and then layered three coats of Bette on top. Even with this technique there were still some streaky patches (which don't seem to have come through in these pictures), so if you want to use this polish for the day without any nail art on top you're going to have to commit some serious time to drying the layers. All that being said it's a pretty orchid purple polish, and I'll probably end up putting it on my toes in the summer. :)
In general I like all of these shades, though I'd have to say Carly is my least favourite just because it's not that unique. Angela remains one of my favourites, and now that I have two bottles of it I'm going to have to find some way to get rid of that second bottle... ;)
Angela is available on Julep.com for $14.99 ($11.99 for Mavens), and Bette is currently on sale for $4.99 Maven price. Unfortunately Carly is sold out, so if you want to pick that one up you're going to have to get the whole collection (unless they replenish their stock in the future). The Gem Collection 2013 retails for $168 (current Maven sale price $84.00) and includes 12 glitter/jewel tone polishes.
Let me know which shades you like best, and if you plan on picking any of them up for yourself!
Thanks for visiting! xx
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