Monday, March 23, 2015

January 2015 Julep Box - Chrysalis Collection

Hi all! I have been slowly swatching this collection as I cashed in all of my Jules and got all of the colors from their Chrysalis collection back in January. I received 10 bottles of polish (9 from the collection and then a bonus polish that I will show here as well). You have seen some of these already as the base of some of my recent manicures, but here I will show them off on their own. I received a gigantic box because of all the polish they put in there. I also got another add-on that I will show at the end of this post. They are holographic chevron stickers, so I paired this with one of the polishes that came in the collection. I have some left, and I'm thinking about trying them out as a mask to see how that works. I'll let you know when I use them. :)

First up, we have Maryam. This is a dark red-wine shade with gold shimmer. It applied nicely in two coats.

Next, is Shawn. This is a lovely bright pink leaning red. It is a great opaque cream color and went on in two smooth coats.

Next up is Alicia. This is a lovely, clean, coral and was nice and opaque as well. This is two coats.

Next, we have Phyllis. I feel like I have at least a few other polishes from Julep that look just like this, but it is a soft pink cream. As I looked through my other pale pink creams from Julep, I found that it was similar to (but not the same as) Jules and Fifi. Normal girls probably want a selection of classic pale pink creams, but I am not a normal girl. I want crazy new glitters and lots of variety. :P

Next, is Margit, which is a really interesting polish. It is dusty rose shimmer, but it's neat because you can actually see three different shades in there. I see a mushroom-y color, a rosy color, and a darker, almost brick color. I like it even though it is very muted. It looked good with everything I wore because it was so neutral. This is two coats.

Next is Sandi. It is a dark eggplant cream with a slight grayish hint. Again, this is two coats. You all know I love purple, so I am happy to add this to my collection. You can never have too many purple creams. ;)

Next up, is Casey. This is a pretty, dark teal cream. As much as I love teal, this is pretty much identical to Julep Donna, which I already own, so it is another disappointment in my book. Beautiful color, but a duplicate from Julep, which is why I'm skipping March, and will probably ultimately cancel my account. This is two coats.

Next, is Tilda. This makes up for the disappointments in this box, as it is an iridescent topper. Julep calls it a "Metamorphic Top Coat". These are cool because they can change the look of any polish. This one is green, so I layered it over Casey. This would still look green if you layered it over a black polish, though. I did just one coat over Casey here.

Next, we have Shelly, this is a pale mint cream. This is slightly more blue than Julep Susie if you have that shade. This is two coats.

Last, we have Janae. This is a dark charcoal grey cream. This is a good shade to have for nail art, so no complaints here. This is two coats.

Here is what the holographic chevron stickers look like over Sandi. They are pretty cute, but I found that they started peeling up (even after topcoat) after just a day. This really isn't a problem for me since I was ready for a change anyway, but I have to figure out how to combat this issue with nail stickers. It seems like some are worse than others, and this may have been more of an issue with these because the stickers went right to the edge of my nails and that is where they started peeling up. Once that happened, I could not keep myself from picking at them. This pretty much happens with any sticker that has a loose edge at the side of the nail, so I'm not sure if it can be helped. If any one has any tips for this, please comment below with your solutions!

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my swatches. I still love my Julep polishes, but will probably just buy a polish at a time from them when they come out with something interesting as opposed to getting the monthly boxes. I forgot to skip February, and wasn't disappointed, so I will show off that box in the next couple of weeks (I know, you all will LOVE to see Valentine's Day polish in April). :P Bye for now, I'll be back in a couple days!

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