Julep Nail Vernis America The Beautiful
|August 8, 2012||Posted by peach_ under Julep|
I’m a glitter nail polish newbie.
In fact, it appears this is the first time I’m featuring purely glittery nails on à la peach.
I’ve been a stubborn crème or jelly finish lover; I scoffed at “bling” that is chunky glitters and flakes, proclaiming that the finest finish of them all is a shiny, solid color varnish with a sleek, car paint-like look.
When I received Julep America The Beautiful as an extra freebie in the July Julep Maven Box in celebration of US Independence Day, I was appreciative of the gift but thought to myself, “I’m never going to wear this!”
But I’m just
a peach human. We all make mistakes and say the wrong things. I wish I could’ve bitten my tongue (if peaches had tongues) and taken back my words because, watching the Olympics, admiring the athletes’ nail art (and skills, of course), and being mesmerized by the synchronized swimmers’ (their bodies are UNREAL!) sparkly, glamorous costumes…
I. WANTED. GLITTER!
So, despite my being Team Japan, I voluntarily reached for America The Beautiful and it couldn’t have been a more glitter newbie-friendly, satisfyingly sparkly treat!
Julep America The Beautiful is a mottling of small blue-red glitter in a clear base with larger royal blue and silver hexagons, plus even larger sparse silver stars. I should actually say the stars are scarse since you either have to dig around to find them in the bottle or hope that you get lucky. I got a star on 3 out of 5 fingers on this hand. Not bad!
I started off painting in long strokes like I would with a crème, but quickly found that glitter polishes don’t work this way; it’s better to work in short strokes and directly dab onto “bald spots” to even out the finish. Since there aren’t any streaks and bumps to worry about, you can patch up any areas with at any point in the manicure. There’s no need to be precise! I’m sure this is all common knowledge for bling veterans.
I applied 1 sheer coat and 2nd thicker coat in dabbing motion. You could wear a solid base color underneath, like a matching red to quicken the process or perhaps a blue for more contrast, but it wasn’t difficult to achieve opacity with it alone. Top coat is a must if you want to ensure longevity.
Now, if you like disciplined order in your manicures, this glitter polish isn’t for you because, as you can see, it’s a mishmash of contrasting colors in the bottle, and even more so on the nails. I quite like the unevenness and how randomly all the specks apply. I even don’t mind that the stars can often become lost underneath the smaller flecks. No nail seems intentional and that’s what makes this special.
The fact that America The Beautiful obviously seems USA-themed has its pros and cons; while it will probably get limited wear for special occasions (or not!), it’s an ultra quick way to get fun and festive red-white-and-blue nails without having to draw nail art or use multiple polishes. I just wore this for fun, but especially if you’re Team USA, it’s not too late to sport Olympic-cheering nails.
Availability: $14 on Julep.com and Sephora.com. I received my bottle as part of the Julep Maven Membership Program. Read my Julep Maven review here. Right now, US & Canadian residents can take the quiz and join here for 1-cent (regularly $19.99) by entering code COLOR2012 at checkout. (Disclosure: these are referral links that provide me a Julep credit when you join. Thank you for your support!)