Sunday, June 08, 2014

June is Julep Month! Day 8: Hailee

Today's Julep challenge colour is "dark green". I had several to choose from but I didn't want to go with the super/almost black ones. I feel like I've been doing a lot of those on other days and wanted something different. I almost went with "Emerald City" from the Wizard of Oz collection but that didn't seem right for a "dark green". Since today is kind of overcast/rainy/blah I picked "Hailee".

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More after the jump!
Julep describes Hailee as a, "khaki green suede". The allure of this polish was that it has a matte finish. I don't own the Julep Matte topcoat (it's sold out on their website *boo*) so this may have been my only chance during the Julep month to wear a matte mani (which I really like). This polish was released in November 2012 with their other suede-finish polishes. 

As this is an older polish, the brush is the round/skinny one (not a fan). The formula was awesome though it did dry really fast so you have to work quickly. I used 2 coats of polish for this mani. Julep says you don't need a base coat when you use their suede finish polishes but to me that's like going out without underwear on, which (to me) is creepy. So I used a base coat (the Julep Nail Therapy one). Plus, I like protecting my nails against staining. You don't use a topcoat with these polishes (except maybe a matte one) because you will lose the finish. Some polishes that are meant to be matte are really pretty with a glossy topcoat. I put one layer of Freedom Polymer topcoat on my ring finger so you can see how it looks with a glossy finish.

Tips for helping matte manis last longer: Use a base coat. Also, use a matte topcoat in-between the layers. Sounds weird, but trust me, it works! And don't use a topcoat. I can get matte manis to last a week doing this. The only matte topcoat I have at the moment is the one by Butter London. Hopefully Julep will restock theirs and I can give it a try. I've heard good things about it.

Under my LED desk lamp.

Macro under LED light.

Macro of polish + Freedom topcoat, under LED light.

Indoors, cloudy daylight, near windows.

Outside, cloudy daylight. 

I couldn't get any sunlight pics, rainy/cloudy today. If it's sunny tomorrow morning, I'll try to get a sunny pic before I change my mani.

Update: Sun came out last night briefly before setting so I took this pic! Beautiful!

I really like this polish. I have several of Julep's suede-finish polishes that I haven't tried and I'm eager to try them now! I'm also hoping they restock their matte topcoat soon!
This shade is perfect for the weather today. I can see this being a regular fall colour -- either left as-is or adding a glossy topcoat like Freedom.

I purchased this polish myself (during the warehouse sale after the holidays, I think). I just checked the Julep website and Hailee is available and in stock.

NB: I am doing this Month of Julep totally independently. I have NO affiliation with Julep whatsoever. I am doing this for fun!

Tomorrow promises to be beautiful!

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