Julep Nail Polish: A Little Bit of Seattle in a Bottle

Julep, Seattle, Nail Polish, Review
I love Seattle. My hubby and I visited it this spring, and we both just loved everything about it. So cool, but not “too cool” as if I would never be able to fit in there. Yummy food. Coffee everywhere. The huge amount of water everywhere only made me love it even more. (I grew up at the mouth of the longest river in Michigan and on the shore of the second largest Great Lake by volume. Now Google for a while to see if you can figure out where I grew up.)

Anyways, recently I got an email from the nice people over at Julep, asking me to try out their polishes and give some away. Julep is a great little Nail Parlor in the Seattle area with 4 locations and their own line of polishes. I was definitely excited to try out the products (I’m a nail polish freak and it’s from Seattle?? Count me in!)

The polishes that I tried out were part of the Julep Holiday Colors Set, and they’re the same 4 shades that will be given away below. Included in this set are 4 different colors, Sienna, Molly, Stefani, and Cyndi.

Julep’s polishes are free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. The brush is rounded rather than flattened (I prefer rounded, so this is good), thick enough and flexible enough that application is pretty easy. The formula does flow well off of the brush and I found application very easy. The colors are well pigmented, I only needed 2 coats for the creme and jelly finishes. Sienna did need 3 coats because I think the flecks are a bit harder to get opaque (it might have been me, I was using thin coats). Note that the bottles are a bit smaller than many other brands at 0.25 oz each.

In addition to trying out the polishes below, I also tried out the Holiday Manicure Set, which has Julep’s base coat, quick dry top coat and cuticle oil in addition to an amazing red glitter, Marilyn (which I’ll show you in a few days when I finish my wear test). The base coat dries almost immediately and the top coat is a little thicker than the “normal” top coat, though not as thick as Seche Vite. I found it helped my manicure dry to the touch within about 15 minutes. The oil is amazing and I loved that it has a roller ball applicator.

Cyndi has a very dark smokey chocolate base color, and really has a little bit more of a jelly finish. The red/amber shimmer is more of a glass fleck which really shines in the sun light. I’ve included a couple of swatches of the color in different lights so that you can see how it shows up. The pictures just don’t really do this one justice, it really is beautiful!

Molly is a classic red creme. I did think the red had a little bit of orange in it, though even on my very cool toned skin it still looks great!

Sienna is an amazing shimmery gold. The little gold flecks do make this one a tad harder to get opaque, though part of my problem was using very thin coats (even then I only needed 3). Notice that there are no brush strokes, and this one just shimmers like crazy in the sun. Love!

Finally, Stefani (named after Lady Gaga, not Gwen) was my surprise favorite of the bunch. In person this one looks mostly like a gunmetal grey with little flecks of multi-colored shimmer. In some lights it becomes a little bit more of a dark olive green, perfect for this year’s military trend.

I’m currently wearing a full Julep mani with Marilyn, the red glitter jelly from the Manicure set (amazing, amazing shimmer, I love it!) I’ll let you know in a few days how it is wearing. In the meantime, leave a comment below (with your email in the comment) to win a set of the 4 polishes pictured here! The contest will last until Sunday night at 5 pm EST and is open to those in the US.

Update Thanks to everyone that entered! Rachel was the winner, she’s been contacted and I know she’ll love her new nail polish!

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  1. Genevieve
    December 14, 2010 / 2:17 pm

    Wow! The colors look amazing! I always have a problem with polish on my fingernails (brushstrokes, chips, peels off…) It would be great to try something different!


  2. December 14, 2010 / 2:38 pm

    Hi! Love those! I'm dying for some sparkly holiday colors. Thanks!

  3. December 14, 2010 / 7:11 pm

    I love Seattle too! I just moved from there back to my home town of San Diego. Anyway I'd love to win.

    breeanngwilliam at gmail dot com

  4. December 14, 2010 / 11:14 pm

    I love the gold nail polish color! Very fun polish! Wish they sold them in Maryland.

  5. Leone at lionsrrroar@gmail.com
    December 15, 2010 / 4:09 am

    Oh, these look awesome! I certainly can't find these where I live so they'd be alot of fun to receive. Love!

  6. December 15, 2010 / 4:39 am

    Wow – these are gorgeous! I LOVE the intense metallic effect in Sienna, especially. Great giveaway… thanks! I have never been to Seattle but I would love to check it out.

    aimosaur at gmail dot com

  7. Cass
    December 15, 2010 / 6:10 am

    Wow! Julep Cyndi looks beautiful! I would love to win and try it out!

    christine haque @ gmail .com

    Please post a follow up in a few days to let us know how the manicure is wearing!

  8. Kerry Lee Haas
    December 15, 2010 / 8:18 pm

    I am such a nail polish junkie and those colors are incredible!!! Thanks for showcasing them. ๐Ÿ˜€


  9. arian
    December 15, 2010 / 11:56 pm

    I had always had problems with my polish chipping almost immediately after a manicure even put on by a professional, but the Julep polish doesn't do that to me! I was so surprised, I won't buy any other polish now for that reason. The small bottles don't bother me either. I never use an entire bottle of the large sized ones before it goes bad, so these are great for me – and easier to store. love love love this stuff!

  10. December 16, 2010 / 3:48 pm

    I'm not a huge Seattle fan (weather is too gloomy for a Phoenix transplant) but I adore Julep. I'm on day 14 of their Fab for 14 manicure and I've had short, nicely shaped, jelly red FLAWLESS nails for 2 weeks. Lest you think I'm babying my hands, I've flown 10,000 miles, handled bags, blackberried endlessly and this stuff still looks like Day 1. I'm back in Seattle on Saturday and am going back for a nice Ballet Slippers mani for the next 14 days. do it – worth every penny!

  11. Jaime Leah
    December 17, 2010 / 5:36 am

    Oooh, I love the Sienna. It looks like Minx manicure. Right now I'm wearing Rimmel Camouflage and it's awesome, the perfect slightly metallic Christmas color. But, I just put it on yesterday and it's already chipped. I think I need thinner coats.

    Jaime Leah

  12. December 19, 2010 / 12:41 am

    I think I lost my comment before I entered it? anyway, I think these are just gorgeous and would love to enter the contest.

    my 04 heart at yahoo dot com

  13. December 19, 2010 / 4:09 am

    Great colors, it's hard to choose which one I like best! It is very nice of you and Julep to brighten someones holiday! Hope everyone has a Blessed Christmas. Happy Holidays! vickers_73460 at yahoo dot com

  14. December 19, 2010 / 4:36 am

    This is such a cute intro set with great color variety. Seattle is on my travel wishlist!

    extemter at hotmail dot com

  15. December 20, 2010 / 1:30 pm

    Thanks so much everyone! The contest is over, but feel free to comment about the polishes or ask questions.

  16. Rachel
    January 1, 2011 / 12:07 am

    I can't wait to get them! Thanks again!: )

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