December 13, 2012
My December Julep Maven box contained three gorgeous shades this month: Harper – a glitter packed aqua, Ivy – a duochrome blue/purple, and Vivien – a glittery gold. The box also had a ring with a clear stone. It didn’t come with an explanation, but I’ve seen these on Etsy before and I think the idea is that you apply a nail polish color to the underside of the stone and then you have a ring that matches your polish. I really liked the look of Harper, so I decided to use it with the ring which you can see below.
I have to be brutally honest and tell you that I didn’t have a good experience with Harper. The end result is gorgeous, but the polish was extremely thick and goopy (ew!). This is the first negative experience I’ve had with a Julep polish, and I hope it’s the last. I did read other reviews about this polish and they said the formula was nice. Unfortunately mine will likely be going in the trash. :(
I had a much better experience with Ivy. It applied flawlessly and is a very beautiful duochrome polish. Depending on the light it can look blue, purple or both. I had a hard time capturing the purple with my camera, but it looks much more purple in certain lights. You can see this more in the bottle of the second photo.
I haven’t tried Vivian yet, but I will be sure to show you if I do!