You know, I think I've reached the point where my love of pastels meets at the same level as my love of mattes! And I came to that realisation while swatching this trio of polishes from Julep... As far as I'm concerned they are the be-all and end-all of my perfect polish! Creamy, matte-y, pastel-y goodness! So I'm really excited to finally (I've been sitting on them for a while) share these swatches with you!
All three of these polishes are part of Julep's silk/satin line, which is polishes with a matte or semi-matte finish. They're labeled 'Soft Focus Finish' which is Julep's way of saying they are semi-matte. In my opinion the level of matte is similar to those in Zoya's Naturel Satin Collection.
Let's get right into the swatches!
Julep Janet is described as a "pale peach soft focus (semi-matte)." It's a really great neutral shade, on the line between pink and peach. I think this is a great soft and romantic colour. It applied really well though it took three coats to reach full opacity and coverage.
Julep Lulu is described as a "wisteria mist soft focus (semi-matte)." It's a soft dreamy purple and it applied really well. Pictured here is three coats with no top coat.
The last polish in this trio is Julep Ali and it's a "hint of mint soft focus (semi-matte)." I love a good pastel mint polish in the summer and this one is just perfect! Like all the others it applied with no issues, though it did take three coats for me to reach full opacity.
Each of these polishes retails individually for $14 ($11.20 Maven) though I originally got them on sale in a set. If you want a more true matte you should go for Julep's Satin finishes, and if you want matte with some shimmer then Julep's Silk finishes are best.
In general I'm happy with the quality of these polishes, and I love love love the colours. If I had bought these assuming they were true matte polishes I think I would have been disappointed but since I knew they were supposed to be semi-matte I got exactly what I expected. :)
Which colour is your favourite? Do you like to rock pastels in the summer or are they strictly spring for you?
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