Julep Donna Swatch

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I got to try a Julep polish that my cousin had. Donna is a dark peacock green polish. My cousin also didn’t have a base coat, so I tried it on my bare nails (Eek!), and removed it later that night. This is a pretty dark color and I wasn’t wearing base coat, so I wasn’t surprised that it stained my nails a bit. The formula was pretty easy to work with, and one coat could be enough for opaque nails.

I am wearing one coat of Donna in the photo. Very pretty and very classy!

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Julep Portia

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Here is finally a post about Julep Portia! I got this color as a part of the Easter Mystery Box. I tried using this polish on other colors, but it was never impressive enough to show other. (I have searched for other combinations, but the blue glitters were ever noticeable. And when I put it over yellow, lavender, and purple polish, it changed the base color by making it appear blue-ish. (I think the clear part of Portia is tinted blue. As with black, it makes the black appear more like navy.)
Hey,I feel that Portia works with over black.

Here is one coat of Sephora Pantone Shale, and one coat of Portia. Portia is kind of concentrated, so a lot of glitter appeared – which is opposite of what I was hoping. Because there were a lot of glitter, my nails kind of looked like glitter on top of other glitter. The black part doesn’t paper as… black. Portia has blue, turquoise, orange, and green glitter of various size but these range of colors is not as obvious against some of the more colorful nail polish. ^^

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I really wanted to try matte coat, and was curious how this would look matte… So here it is. I used Julep Matte Coat on this one. The matte coat makes the glitters appear less shiny, but also bigger. The glitters appear more as dots of colors. Very summery, I think!!
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China Glaze Running in Circles

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Cheers to my first emerald color!

I purchased this nail polish for $5 on Amazon. Do you notice me expanding to other nail polish brands? ^^ I’m realizing I really like shiny, glittery nail polish. Running in Circles is a micro-glitter nail polish similar to Julep Cindy, except this one is a true-green. The base glitter is silver, not gold, so the glitter gives the polish a cool base, not warm, and doesn’t add extra color like Julep Cindy does (which is not bad, by the way). I am loving this nail polish because it seems so rich in color and literally glows!

This nail polish puts on super well. Here’s are photos of my nail with two coats of Running in Circles, finished with Essie Good to Go top coat, under shade, and under indoor light, respectively.

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China Glaze Luxe and Lush over Secret Periwinkle

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Here’s a photo of how Luxe and Lush looks over a lighter color. The blue is China Glaze Secret Periwinkle that my friend Christine has. (Very pretty color, BTW!)

This one was taken outdoor, under shade. Second one, indoor, under office lights. 🙂

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The ‘glitters’ appear in rose-gold tone, and someone commented that it looked like I had holes and cracks in my nail. I guess I can see that, too… So maybe I won’t try this combo from now on. Hahaha..

I also tried putting Luxe and Lush over a black nail polish, which does look different.

Julep Cindy Swatch 2

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I already have a swatch post of Julep Cindy already. But photos I used for that post were taken under incandescent light, and was not clear.. They were bad photos. I was able to take better photos recently and wanted to share them.

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This one is under shade, outdoor. As you can see, this nail polish GLOWS even when it’s not directly under the sunlight! This might not be what is in for this season but I still love it very very much!!

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Here is a photo taken under cloudy light.

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And one more photo of Julep Cindy, but indoor. And again, notice how it glows. And because the glitters are very fine, it ends up looking somewhat metallic.

This is three layers. Each layer is pretty sheer, but build up quickly.

Julep Cindy Swatch

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I never thought I would like green nail polish but I like Julep’s Cindy!! And since I like it so much I thought I would share its swatch!
I think green nail color is still weird but Cindy shines so nicely~

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The polish itself is kind of sheer, so I had to apply three coats to get a full, nice green shiny coat! I think it’s a mix of gold and green micro glitter, so it shimmers so nicely~~~ I love it!!

Each stroke is pretty thin, and because of that, it is hard to get a ‘clean edge’. But whatever.