Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sparkles By Julie - Swatches, Swatches, & More Swatches!!!

I am thrilled to be able to share these polishes with you all! This order was such a pleasure from start to finish. I can not say enough good things about this brand. First and foremost, its not just a storm of glitter. This brand has it all. These polishes have a fantastic formula (all but one which was very problematic), they are one to two coaters and are just beautiful. 

First up is Murky Waters, Moon Dust and Nubula

Murky Waters is described as "A murky blue color with light silver shimmer, almost metallic!". Very accurate. It needs two thin coats to be opaque and is smooth and fantastic to use. All three of these first ones are more or less identical in formula. They all need two thin coats and are neither too thin nor too thick. Moon Dust is the only one that was a tiny bit streaky. But I did really fast coats and I do not honestly think it will be an issue as long as you take more than 4 seconds to paint the nail.

Moondust is described as a metallic grey or silver like in color. It dries on matte and looks like, well, moondust. This polish is really the grey version of the one above.

Nebula is pretty much a peachy red version of the above two, but instead of silver shimmer its holographic. Just like the other two it dries pretty much to a matte-ish metallic and was a dream to work with. It is described on the website as "a supergirly peachy-red, with a dash of rough holographic powder."

One thin coat of each:

Two thin coats of each. As you can see, I rushed with the Moon Dust and it shows. But even with the 4 second job, the brush strokes are not really visible. This is on macro mode and you can barely see the strokes in person!

Next up is Coco, Bubble Gum and Lost In Space. Just like the first three had very similar finishes and formulas, these three are very similar in formula and finish. All three are glitters in colour bases, all three are opaque in two thin coats and all three dry a little rough. My Dior top coat as well as my Cult Nails top coat all solve the issue and smooth them out but if you were to a use a very thin top coat you may need two coats!

Coco is not described in the store. All it says is "A cup of hot steaming coco(a), on you nails!! This nail polish is kinda inspired by my pet mouse Coco, and a bit inspired by a cup of cocoa". This polish is a brown base with what seems to small gold hex glitter and slightly larger holographic glitter.

Bubble Gum is described as "a sheer pink base packed with purple, pink and holographic glitter in different shapes and sizes". I know what you are all thinking. And no, I do not suddenly love pink. But my mom is still as in love with pink as I am in...... hate of it. So I thought I could share it with you and then give it to her.

Lost In Space is described as "packed with glitter in different colors, shapes and sizes; from tiny holographic, middlesized blue, to big holographic flakes that are submerged in a deep black base just waiting for you to put it on and get lost in its beauty". To my eyes this is really a black base packed with blue green and holographic glitter. It really looks more blue and green in black to me then anything else.

Each nail has one coat:

Two thin coats:

Milky Way, Water Lily and Dots n' Stripes. These were kind of the ones that did not go together. Milky Way and Dots n Stripes are basically glitter top coats. I can not even fathom how many coats one would need for opacity but basically it aint going to happen! Water Lily was maybe the largest surprise as its just gorgeous. So unique and different and just a work of art in a bottle.

Milky Way is meant to be a top coat according to the website. It is not intended to be a stand alone colour. "This nail polish is packed with glitter in different colors, shapes and sizes; from tiny holographic, to duochrome solar flares, to rainbow flakes that are submerged in a clear base"

Water Lily is described as "a beautiful gold shimmering white nail polish, kinda inspired by my pet mouse Lilly, and a bit inspired by the beautiful Water Lily's that magically float around on the murky waters of the world. This polish is packed with gorgeous glitters in gold, holographic, black and a little bit of blue for good measure, do I hear Wedding Bells?". This polish is a silvery blueish white base packed with gold and holographic glitter. The combo of the gold glitter along with the silvery blueish base sounds like an odd combination but it is just amazing in real life. If you get one polish from this line, this is the one to get!

And here is Dots n' Stripes. The one that I was most looking forward too and the one that just does not work. The glitter is too heavy, the base is to thin, and there seems to be too MUCH base. The glitter sinks to the bottom, wont mix in no matter how much I shake it and just wants to fall of the brush. I really had to fight to get the glitter on the brush.

I tried to show the bottle but its hard too see in the photographs. If you look closely you can see all the clear base sitting at the top and all the glitter sunk to the bottom.

One coat of each. Water Lily is more or less opaque after the one coat (middle swatch). The base dries to an almost metallic silvery blueish white back drop for the gorgeousness that is Water Lily.

One coat of Milky Way and Dots n' Stripes over Julep Jessica.

These polishes are 8.00 each or 4.00 for a mini bottle and can be purchased HERE! The communication, shipping, quality, and well just everything was absolutely AMAZING and I highly recommend this seller. I think the best thing is she does not just do glitter bombs. She really understands her formulas and has a variety of finishes.

Within about 10 minutes of posting this review I got the following message from Julie:

"Aloha Shayna! That does not sound right at all, I might have used the wrong base or messed up the ratio. Judging from the picture it seems I might have used the wrong base! I have three different bases, so I probably just grabbed the wrong one when mixing your order =/ 

So sorry about this!! I will send you a replacement bottle tomorrow =) 


Now if that is not AMAZING service, I don't know what is!!! Three thumbs up for Julie!!!


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