I used the two polishes that I recently got in my February Julep Maven box. The colors were Sally, described as an antique ivory, and Joan, described as a raspberry plum with rose gold shimmer. They were inspired by the great actresses Sally Field and Joan Crawford!
I have to say Sally was being very very very tempermental. I love love loved the color. I thought it looked so delicious in the bottle, like vanilla ice cream! But when I applied it it was streaky, thick and goopy. It wasn't leveling out and it was making me sad. Plus it took forever to dry. I had no choice but to add thinner. I believe I added like 12 drops of thinner. Which is a lot considering this is a smaller bottle! But after that Sally was behaving so much more nicely. The color is just amazing on my nail!
|Here is Sally alone on my nail. So pretty!|
|This is Sally without the flash of my camera. Makes my|
fingers look nicer.
Then I attempted the second color Joan. It is such a beautiful color. The gold shimmer look like gold flakies. I can't tell you how many times I messed up this mani. I wanted to cry. I kept smudging everything and gouging chunks of polish off. And the top coat picked up a little bit of the color and spread it all over my nail. I had to do a bad paint touch up on the half moon part. You can see it on my middle finger. Well kind of. If I had blown up the picture you would have been able to totally see it.
|Here it is without flash. I really liked the end result.|
|With flash. This picture is a little more color accurate.|
I also used the new Polymer Freedom Top Coat that I got in my Julep box. This top coat claims it is like a gel manicure, and it even uses light to cure. I was really excited to use this top coat. I used it on my mani when I first got my box because I was so excited and it was great! It dried a whole lot faster than I thought it would considering that I just used the light from my lamp. It was easy to apply and very glossy! It definitely gives my all time favorite Seche Vite a run for it's money.
For this particular mani, I needed to be a little more careful with application because it did pick up some of the red and spread it across my half moon section. That was a such a buzz kill, but typical of most top coats. Also, it does seem to have a little shrinkage like Seche Vite. I was hoping that it wouldn't, but I'm inpecting my nails as I type and I can see the polish retracting ever so slightly. I still really like this because it is 4-free whereas Seche Vite does have a harmful chemical in it. So I've been searching for a 3-free fast dry top coat that comes close to the action of Seche Vite. So far, Julep's Freedom comes really really close and I'm definitely going to be getting back ups of this! Keep in mind this might not be best for sealing in nail art, I think Seche Vite is still the best for that.
I'd love to know what you think of my attempt at nail art.