Yesterday I realized that it was almost the end of August and I hadn't even swatched the polishes from my August Maven box!! Whoops! Luckily I had a pretty productive couple of days with my swatching, and prioritized my Julep polishes so I could show them to you before the end of the month!
Tonight I have Julep Dakota for you, which Julep describes as a "rose gold metallic chrome" and there's a subtle multicolor shimmer in there as well. Rose gold is having a huge fashion moment right now-- very on trend and a lot of rose gold jewelry is prevalent right now. Several polish makers have also realized rose gold polishes (Deborah Lippman, for one) and chromes as a nail polish finish are also really big right now (Essie), so it's not surprising that Julep jumped on the trend.
My problem with these metallic chromes in general is that I find them difficult to apply nicely and Julep's in particular always seem to give me trouble. You have to be careful about applying them (or at least I do!). The polishes are nicely pigmented but a little on the thin side, so it's easy to overload your brush and end up too much on your nail, which then leads to a lot brushstrokes. I used three thin coats here and no top coat. You might be able to do two coats, but since I was using thin coats this was a little sheer with just two.
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I like this color a lot and think it's really pretty-- I just wish I could apply it better! I love the multicolor shimmer in this-- I think it's perfect for fall.