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Here`s the second polish from my $.01 Julep Maven box that I received this weekend.
Julep`s Maya is described as "Peachy pink seashell, like a shimmering pearl" on the card that came with the box.
On the Julep website, Maya is described as "Peachy pink seashell, like a shimmering pearl. The perfect sun-kissed accessory."
$14.00 / .27 fl oz
This is a very attractive polish in the bottle, but when applied it looks horrible. I`m very picky about my pearly polishes because I know how easy it can be to have the brush strokes show up in your finish. When I was selecting this box, I specifically didn`t want this polish because it was a pearl finish and I had an inkling that it would turn out stripped on my nails. The only pearly polishes I like and purchase come from Forever 21`s Love & Beauty line, and that`s only because their brushes don`t "rake" the polish when you`re applying it, so you`re less likely to see the brush strokes.
The formula of Maya is nice, I liked it much more over Taylor`s formula. But, because of my issues with seeing the brush strokes, it took me a LONG time to apply this polish. I found myself going over the nail multiple times with the lightest hand possible, just trying to get the brush strokes straight enough so they wouldn`t annoy me. Due to this "re-stroking", the manicure turned out tacky and took a long time to dry from all the tiny layers I was creating. After the blog photos were taken, I ended up getting nicks on every nail, and this was close to 20mins after I finished painting them.
Adding a top coat did help camouflage the stripping a little, but I still could see it so this polish didn`t last long on my nails after the bloggy photo shoot was over.
Overall, I`m not impressed with this shade or it`s stripping finish - I wouldn`t pay $14.00 for this polish, and I definitely do not recommend it to anyone.
BASE COAT: Zoya Anchor Base Coat
TOP COAT: Zoya Armor Top Coat
EXTRA: ELF Essentials Nourishing Cuticle Pen