Julep: Kate

Last month I decided to join the Julep Maven monthly subscription service. For those of you who know I live in Germany and are wondering how I was able to join since they dont ship to Europe, well my mommy still lives in Michigan. So I am able to use her address and then she is nice enough to forward the package to me.

Rating System: Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Julep
Collection: It Girl
Finish: Pearl
Formula: Okay
Application: Okay
Durability: Good
Coats: 2
Base Coat: Essie Sensitivity Base Coat
Top Coat: Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
Price: $14 USD

Availability: I received Kate in my July It Girl Julep Maven box. However, Julep nail polish is available through the Julep site and at Sephora.

My Two Cents: While I absolutely adore the color of Kate, I just found the formula to be a bit thick. This made application a bit difficult resulting in an uneven finish. For instance a lot of nail polishes seem to be almost self leveling, if that even makes sense. Kate however, did not do this so you can definitely see where it is nice and opaque in some areas and more transparent in others. Perhaps a third coat would have helped, but like I said, this polish is already on the thick side so I didnt want to add yet another coat. Also, it seemed to take quite a while to dry. This was my first time using Julep though so Im curious to see how some of their other colors compare. While the Julep bottles are unique, I just dont love them. In fact they seem a little unstable and the top of the brush was rather awkward to use in my opinion. By no means have any of my little gripes turned me off of Julep though.

Tips: Perhaps adding a drop or two of nail lacquer thinner will remedy the problem I had with the thickness and uneven application.

Something Similar: I searched for something similar to share with you because I know not everyone wants to fork over $14 for 8 mL of nail polish. However, I was not able to find anything that was quite like Kate. I think its a bit of a unique color due to the fact that it is really an opaque white with the most subtle pearlescent shimmer. So perhaps you could get this look by layering a white pearl polish over a white creme polish.

If youre interested in joining Julep Maven you can do so by clicking my referral link below. For every two successful referrals I will receive a free month from Julep. As a Maven member you will also be eligible for this perk along with the other benefits I mentioned in my Julep Maven post back in June. As always, thanks for reading.

To see swatches click here: http://girlintheglasses.com/2012/07/24/720/
My Julep Referral Link: http://HTTP://JULEP.COM/?R=20724445
My June Julep Maven post: http://girlintheglasses.com/2012/06/21/julep-maven/

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