Julep seems to be the latest to jump on this bandwagon. While it WOULD be nice to see an original polish from them, I just can't hate on such a pretty nail polish
Vintage: April 2014; 2014 color #54
Collection: N/A (add on for April 2014 box)
Limited Edition: no
Size: 8ml /.27 fl oz
Speckled polishes. EVERYWHERE, speckled polishes. Off the top of my head I know of speckled polishes from Deborah Lippmann, Illamasqua, Hard Candy, Model's Own, Maybelline, and I'm sure a bunch of others that I missed. I guess there's just something about spring and Easter that just screams for speckled nail polish.
Despite that, when this nail polish - Felicia by Julep - was offered as an add-on with the April Maven box, I just couldn't resist!
I really loved this polish from the moment I put it on. The formula was good, and the distribution of the tiny, matte black glitters that create the speckled effect was perfect.
The color is a bright minty green, perhaps a bit bolder than you might expect from a pastel. From the time I got the first coat on my nails, all I could think of was how much the polish reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
These photos show either two or three coats on each finger. In my haste to paint, I might have missed a spot on two fingers when doing my second coat. So, to even out the color on these thin spots, I topped it off with a third coat. The polish is pretty much opaque in two coats, but I think adding that third coat added a bit more depth with the layered "speckles."
The wear was surprisingly good for this nail polish. I wore it for 2 1/2 days before eventually using it as a nail art base. I had no chips by that point, and little to no tip wear. I then work it another two days as part of a nail art manicure with little wear. Removal was a bit of a pain as this is pretty much a glorified glitter polish. However, the removal is NOWHERE near as problematic as removing something like a full-coverage glitter.
There are definitely possible dupes out there for this polish - or perhaps more correctly, Julep's Felicia is a dupe for one of them. I don't have any of the other mint-green speckled polishes to compare whether they are exact dupes or not, but if I get my hands on any of them, I'll definitely try to compare them!
Manicures/nail art that use this nail polish:
Overall, I want to just roll my eyes at Julep for jumping on the speckled bandwagon... but I just can't because I love speckled nail polishes way too much.
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