I know you're probably rolling your eyes-- another Julep polish? I know, I know! But it's almost the end of May and I still haven't even profiled my May Maven box. I also have come up with a new way I'm going to go this: first, show you the polishes and the have a post that rates the whole box. So I'm starting off tonight with Julep Ellie.
Ellie is an "opalescent seashell pink with holographic shimmer". What isn't mentioned is that Ellie is a sheer polish-- I used three coats in my pictures below and there is still visible nail line. Also, Ellie most definitely does not have holographic shimmer. It does have a bit of a duochrome thing going on-- the edges shift slightly green. But holographic it is not. For the most part the formula is ok-- due to the finish it can get a little brushstrokey, as you can see in some of the photos. I did get a few bumps/bubbles on my middle finger; I think if I had used a top coat it wouldn't be a big deal.
Artificial light with flash:
Natural light - shade:
I am... not sure how I feel about this polish. On the one hand, I hate it. It's sheer and pink and has brushstrokes. On the other... it's pretty? I mean, it is pretty. It's just not my style at all, even though I have grown to appreciate sheer polishes more. I might try this layered over something (maybe a white or a pink) to see if I like it more, otherwise this might be going in my "give away" pile. I can't see myself ever wearing this for any reason.