This is another long & image heavy one.
Okay, so, Julep.
I mentioned over here
that I'd signed up with this nail polish company for their monthly service. Since I got their introductory box for 1 cent, I decided to also buy the August box at full price, since their theme this month is Metallics and Chromes and I LOVE LOVE LOVE metallic and chrome/duochrome nail polish.
The boxes arrived separately; I got the introductory box a couple days ago, giving me a chance to swatch those colors and then the August box arrived Saturday (yesterday), giving me a chance to do a quick swatch on those.
My overall opinion is that, although I still think their base prices are...well, pricey, they do, in general, give good product. I have two cremes, one shimmer and two metallics and they all have gorgeous color, are pretty easy to apply (more on that in a minute), give good coverage, etc.
I'm amused and disappointed that the pump of nail polish remover that came with my August box is a non-acetone remover, but once I use it up, I suppose it would be easy enough to refill the pump with a better remover.
So let's break it down. In the Intro box, I was designated...you know, I actually forget now. It was something that made me laugh. But I actually ended up taking the It Girl box, because those were the colors that were most appealing to me. The box contained Blake, Claire and Morgan. ( Blake. )( Claire. )( Morgan. )
So, in between the intro box arriving and the August box arriving, I tried out my one Nicole (by OPI) polish, I Have a Plumb Thumb. This is literally my oldest polish; when I decided I was going to have a go at polishing my fingernails more regularly, I went through all my old, infrequently used polishes and discovered they had largely separated and gotten gunky since the last time I looked at them, so I threw them all out, except for Plumb Thumb, which remained silky and color-fast. But I hadn't worn it ever, as I recollect. ( I Have a Plumb Thumb. )
I was really pleasantly surprised. The color is very sheer going on (it was still a little sheer, even after 3 coats), but it goes on smoothly, not at all streaky, doesn't show brush strokes, dries to a lovely, intense red-plum magenta. It hovers, imo, right on that line between summer and fall, though and I'm in a place where I'm really wanting unusual, eye-catching colors, though, more than reds or pinks. So, though it is a gorgeous color that I do plan to wear again lots, I was a little bored with it, and I decided to try out Essie's A Cut Above glitter polish on my ring finger. ( A Cut Above Plumb Thumb. )
Sadly, I ended up having to do some hard core chores around the house and ended up destroying my manicure. But that was okay, because I'd just gotten the 2012 New Bohemian Collection from China Glaze. ( The Collection. )
So, not even a secret: I LOVE DUOCHROME nail polish. If you don't know what that is, duochrome are metallic polishes that look like different colors, based on the light or how your hand is angled. For example, Unpredictable is mainly a green polish, but depending on how you look at it, it can also look blue or silvery, like a bottlefly's wings. So the fact that China Glaze came up with a whole collection of chameleon polishes was like tossing out a personal invitation for me to come and play.
There are, as you see, six colors in the collection. Here's a picture of how they look on the nail (again, inadequately photographed, but we do what we can):( The First Five. )( Want My Bawdy, Harley & Kim. )
In the end, though, I decided that I wanted something light and flirty on my nails, and so I decided to do the full manicure in China Glaze's Unpredictable, a light changeable blue-green-gold ( Unpredictable. )
I highly recommend any/all of these polishes.