If you've been following along, you know that red is my all-time favourite polish colour. I've had red polished toes non-stop since I was around 15 (no other colours, just red!). I especially love metallic red! I think it's because when I was a kid I saw the movie Corvette Summer (1978) -- yeah I'm really old! Anyway, in the movie there is a candy apple red corvette. I fell in love! (mostly with the colour, not so much the car). So when doing the Julep challenge, I HAD TO include a day for metallic red!
I also realized after doing this mani that today is "wear red day" to honour the RCMP officers that were shot in the line of duty in Moncton, New Brunswick. <3
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I have several Julep metallic reds (maybe all of them??) but I went with Kenya. She is a unique polish, described by Julep as a, "red berry microshimmer". I think more of rich red satin sheets. Kind of the naughty version of a dark red crème! I found her when I purchased the 2013 Holiday Gem collection.
The formula was an absolute dream. I could have almost gotten away with one coat but I did 2 coats of polish to make sure. Cleanup was super easy, no major pink smearing you get with a lot of reds. I did my usual mani prep using all Julep products. I then used Julep's Nail Therapy base coat (the blue one), 2 coats of polish, and one coat of Freedom Polymer topcoat. Just before the topcoat I used some pure acetone and a small brush to clean up around the cuticle then applied Julep's Mighty Cuticle serum.
Under LED desk lamp. This photo is the most true-to-real life as I could get. You can see the micro shimmer in this one! :) <3
Macro under LED desk lamp.
Indoors, bright daylight, near windows (no direct sun).
Bright daylight, kinda shady.
I am IN LOVE with this colour!! I wish the microshimmer was more evident in the photos. I think the first photo, under the LED light shows it best. I will absolutely use this polish again and again. It's so pretty!!
I purchased this in the Gem collection myself last holiday season. I just checked the Julep site and Kenya is not presently available separately -- but she IS available in the 2013 Gem Collection which IS available and in stock. In other manis I used polishes from the Gem Collection and I definitely think it's worth getting. Maybe put it on your wish list and wait for a coupon code?
NB: I am doing this Month of Julep completely independently. I have NO affiliation with Julep whatsoever! I am doing this for fun!
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