Julep Nail Vernis Harley
|September 4, 2012||Posted by peach_ under Julep|
How cool would it be to have shiny, reflective mercury on your nails? Those were my thoughts when I read Julep’s description of Harley as “liquid silver.” I wanted my nails to look like pools of the poisonous, deadly element. (Ooh..)
It didn’t turn out to be as reflective as I wanted it to be (is it even possible to have a mirror finish in a nail polish?) but the chrome finish was a fun detour from my preferred crèmes and definitely a unique addition to my collection.
Harley is an icy, silver metallic chrome. It’s not the Cloud Gate (a.k.a. “the Bean” sculpture at the Millenium Park in Chicago) sort of see-your-reflection chrome no matter how much I wished it were, but instead, it’s a brushed-metal silver with a satin finish.
It easily picks up colors in its surroundings. You can see my dark shirt I was wearing reflected below.
What I love about Harley — and this is true of most Julep polishes — is that it’s completely opaque in 1 coat. I learned not to be too conscious about streaks, though, as it is infinitely less streaky dry than when it’s still wet. I had doubts that it would look like “liquid silver,” yet it became quite close once fully dry.
Still being a metallic newbie, I couldn’t get as neat of a contour around the cuticles as I wanted to without creating strange lines, even on my second coat/try. I realize I could always do “clean up” to make the polish curve perfectly around the cuticles, but I never do. Is there a trick to making metallics look seamless?
You know how some metallics look extra frosty with shimmer under direct light? I’m not fond of those finishes, so I was glad to find Harley is not one of them. Frosty nail polishes only make me think of poorly formulated, toxic polishes from decades ago. (No worries if you like them — we all have our likes and dislikes! )
I quite like how sci-fi Harley looks! I don’t own a finish like it. I do wish it was possible to get a truly reflective, shiny metallic finish with nail polish, but I’m guessing those are only possible with stick-on nails like Minx. Is that right?
What do you think of Harley? Do you own other brushed-metal finishes like it?
Also, if you have tips for neatly applying metallics, please share!
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