I’m a big fan of Julep’s glitters (see my reviews of Carly and Barbara). I’ve always like glitter and anything sparkly, and Julep does full-coverage glitter so well. This year, Julep has been making a birthstone collection. Every month they release a new polish based on that month’s birthstone. Distinguished by their gold caps, the birthstone polishes are mainly glitters (yay for me!) and packed with sparkle. I’ve been slowly collecting most of the collection (some of them are too similar to other Julep’s I own, and I just can’t get too excited about aquamarine), but as soon as I saw Serena, September’s polish, I had to have it. Julep Serena is a gorgeous sapphire blue, a beautiful jewel-toned polish. I’ve come to really like blue polishes over the years, so I was so excited to own a sapphire glitter.
After loving so many of Julep’s glitters, I was a little disappointed with Serena. I was expecting it to be their standard full-coverage glitter, but in reality it’s more of a blue jelly polish with glitter in it. I used three coats for the photos and it’s still not quite as glitter-packed as I would have liked. This color might look better layered over a blue base (Julep Ally would be the perfect color). It has a mix of small and large glitters and it is a gorgeous color, the pictures don’t really do it justice.. Even though I’m not totally happy with the formula, I know this will be a staple color for me. Julep Serena is $14/11.20 Maven here.
Since Serena didn’t initially wow me on its own, I decided to top it with Julep Gianna. Gianna is a fun jagged gold glitter topcoat. It had been on my wishlist for awhile, but I wasn’t sure if I really needed another gold glitter topcoat. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m so glad I got it. Gianna adds a great amount of sparkle and shine, without being your traditional gold glitter topcoat. Instead of round glitters, it contains glitter bars and rough, jagged pieces of glitter. I love it over Serena and have gotten so many compliments. It adds the perfect amount of pop and really stands out. Application was easy because with a glitter like this it doesn’t have to be evenly placed. I can’t wait to try Gianna over other colors. This polish was a big surprise for me, I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do. I will be wearing this a lot during the holidays. Julep Gianna is $14/11.20 Maven here.
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