The Julep September 2015 Kisses, London Collection contained lots of cool-toned polishes with sparkly finishes and seven new lipstick shades. In the past, most of Julep’s fall collections consisted of dark, moody polishes in typical fall colors so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Since I can customize my Julep boxes, I ended up choosing one polish from this month’s collection, one from last month’s collection, and an older “back from the vault” shade. Every box also included a bonus polish in a new color. For my Julep September 2015 Maven Box I received Julep, Madelynn, Delores, and Esmeralda.
I went a little purple-heavy with this month’s box which works out well because I don’t own too many purple polishes. The bonus polish in the boxes was a new shade called Julep which is a creme polish in Julep’s signature pinky-purple shade. I also picked up Madelynn from the August collection. When I chose my August colors I debated about whether to add on Madelynn or not so I was happy to see it as one of my choices for this box. I also grabbed a new September polish, Delores, the newest Wonder Maven polish. The latest “back from the vault” color is Esmeralda, which I immediately had to get. I love Julep’s full-coverage glitters but I never bought Esmeralda when it was available before.
Julep is a fun purple creme that leans just a little pink. It’s brighter and a little more purple in person than it is in Julep’s swatches. This is a fun color for all Mavens to own and it matches Julep’s boxes perfectly. The polish was easy to work with and two coats was all I needed for perfect coverage. Julep has a nice shiny, even finish and is a great medium purple shade. I always like when Julep sends bonus polishes in their boxes, it’s a fun little treat!
Madelynn is a darker purple shimmer. This is a great dark purple that isn’t a vampy, is-it-black-or-is-it-purple color. The shimmer isn’t super noticeable in person. It adds a little more dimension to the polish but isn’t an obvious glitter. Madelynn leans a little blue instead of pink like a lot of purples. It looks a little brighter in person but not as light as Julep’s swatches. It is a great vibrant purple. This was another formula that was easy to work with but it definitely needs two coats to look opaque.
Delores is another purple but this has a linear holographic effect. This is a holographic polish but it’s not an intense holo like a lot of indie polishes are. You can definitely see rainbows if you catch this polish in the right light but it’s a pretty subtle finish. Delores has a wonderful formula that helps make up for the lack of holo. I only needed one coat for this swatch and it dried almost immediately. This does dry a little matte so you might want to use a shiny topcoat with it. I love how the holographic particles look like a pink and blue shimmer in this purple polish but I wish the holo effect was more obvious.
Esmeralda is the only non-purple polish I received in my Julep September 2015 box. This is an older color that I never bought previously so I was glad to see it re-released. Esmeralda is a glitter polish that contains emerald glitter in two different sizes. I think the base is supposed to be clear but mine had a slight yellow tint to it. Maybe from the green glitter?
I’m a huge fan of Julep’s glitter polishes. The glitter is very dense so it can be layered over other colors or built up to full-coverage for a lot of shine. Esmeralda builds up very easily and I love the look of it.
Three coats was all I needed for (mostly) opaque coverage. I love the chunky look of the glitter and the color is such a pretty bright emerald green. This is a pretty color year-round but I think it will be really fun around Christmas as an alternative to red polish.
I wasn’t in the mood for an all glitter mani so I ended up layering one coat of Esmeralda over Madelynn. I love how the two colors look together. The are both dark but vibrant cool colors and I really think the green pops well against the purple background. This is a fun look and I can’t stop looking at my nails!
I’m really happy with what I received in my Julep September 2015 Maven Box. I love all of the colors and the formulas are really nice. As much as I love trying a bunch of different colors, I really like that the polishes in my box match so well! I love all of the purples together and the bright green glitter is a nice addition. Even though I got a bunch of similar colors the different finishes make owning them all worth it. I think I’m set on purple polishes for awhile but who knows what next month will bring? Julep, Madelynn, Delores, and Esmeralda are all available for $14/11.20 Maven at Julep.
There were three promo codes in this month’s boxes:
Use TEN for $10 off a $20 purchase (through 9/30, not valid on Mystery Boxes, Secret Store items, Jule Boxes and gift cards).
Use COLORME to get a free polish with a $15 purchase, through 9/30.
Use THIRTY for 30% off a purchase, through 9/30.
Sign up for Julep Maven using my referral link here and use the promo code FRIEND to get your first box for FREE, just pay $2.99 shipping.
What did you get in your Julep September 2015 box?
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