Thursday, August 30, 2012

Julep Stefani

And here's my last polish from my August Maven box-- Julep Stefani. This was a polish that came with the box and not an add-on. Julep describes Stefani as a "gold-flecked grey metallic." This to me was probably the most interesting polish out of the five I got. It's a gunmetal grey with flecks of gold scattered throughout the polish. The gold flecks are pretty subtle, but that's the point. You can see them, but they do not dominant the polish. In some lights this seems to take on a slightly olive green hue, but is definitely grey.

Stefani was very nicely pigmented and almost covers in one coat, but there's definitely some sheerness there. In my pictures I used 2 coats and no top coat. You still have to careful about applying this-- I found it exceedingly easy to get too much polish on my brush and consequently end up with too much on my nails. But this did dry quickly and I found it probably the easiest to use of all these metallic polishes.

Artificial light with flash:

Artificial light:

Natural light - shade:

Sorry for the flash of yellow in some of these pics-- that was my t-shirt! 

Natural light - sun:

I'm not thrilled with these pictures, but I hope they give you a good idea of what Stefani looks like! The artificial light pictures are best if you want to see the gold flecks. 

Apparently there was another Julep polish named Stefani, but it's more of an olive green color. In any case, it's not available on Julep's website anymore so I would assume it's been discontinued in favor of this new one.  Additionally, this looks like SpaRitual Sacred Ground, though I don't have the polish to compare.

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