Cementing their place in my heart as the best polish company around, Julep has started doing swatches on both light and dark skin. This gives me a way better idea of what will look good on me and I cannot wait for this gorgeous deep blue in my April Maven Box.
This is Posh Plum, another of the three Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears from my impulse purchasing. You know I love a good hot pink. This one was a little purpler than pictured, but still super bright. Definitely a new favorite.
I was in a terrible mood and I thought maybe a new color would get my butt back into gear. So I turned to Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear. It’s my favorite for emergency situations because it goes on thick and is less than $3 a bottle. I found this one and kinda fell in love. It’s called Mint Sorbet and it made it hard to stop looking at my nails.
Hailee, by Julep, from their first collection of matte suedes. I never know how I feel about suede polishes. I’m used to my nails being the brightest thing in my wardrobe and these seem to suck in light. They still feel really cool, though.
I never use crackle, in large part because I was introduced to it via Katy Perry’s OPI line and I can’t stand her. But every Maven box shipped with Glinda, one of their inaugural line of crackles. (Bonus: in honor of the season, they’re all named for witches. Glinda, Sabrina, Tabitha, and Ursula.) Turns out that crackle’s not so bad after all. I’m going to experiment with just how wide I can get the cracks, to see if I can use some more interesting polishes under there.
On a technical note, did you know that it’s the brush strokes that form the cracks? So for the first finger shown above, I used a standard vertical stroke. The second is horizontal and the third is diagonal!
Melanie, by Julep. I’m in love. This is a perfect, soft blue. Different without being too much. It’s almost cornflower. I know I’m going to be getting a lot of use out of this.
Ciao Ciao by Tokidoki, impulsively purchased from the $4 bin at Sephora. It won’t replace my beloved Embrasse-Moi by Mattese Elite, but it’s a little less packed with glitter (this is three coats), so I bet I can find some top coat applications for it.
Primrose Park from the new Nails Inc Mirror Effects collection. This was an impulse buy and I had to know if it was really that mirrory. It reminds me so much of the chrome craze of a bunch of years ago. Only this one went on way less streaky.
Violet Quartz from the new Pantone+Sephora collection. It was much redder than anticipated, but subtly lovely.