Julep Nail Color in Elsie, swatch

Julep — Elsie (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Julep 2017 Summer, June “Bask In the Heat”

I said on Tuesday that I’d be back swatching this week, and it may be Friday today, but here’s a promised nail polish swatch!

Elsie is one of the polishes I received in my first ever Julep Maven box, back in June. It’s a great way to kick off my Julep subscription, because I am so in love with it!

Described by Julep as a “Strawberry Popsicle Holographic Jelly,” the color description is spot on. It is also labeled as a sheer, though I’d really call it a semi-opaque. And don’t let the “jelly” descriptor fool you: it’s not a proper jelly, and doesn’t have that thick, cushy feel. It actually applies quite thinly, though it is still well-pigmented and is nearly opaque with two, easily applied coats.

Julep Nail Color in Elsie

Julep’s brush is very nice: a little wide, a little paddle-shaped, and really well-sized for my smaller nails.

The square black cap actually removes to reveal a small, ridged cap underneath, but I was new to Julep and did not realize this was the case when I was swatching. The entire cap just unscrewed so the square cap is what I used to paint my nails. Later, I saw photos online showing the cap removed, and learned that I had to pull pretty hard to get that black top off!

I actually don’t think I’ll ever use it like that; it’s too annoying to have to yank the tight top off, and I didn’t mind applying with the longer, fatter square cap. But I’ll take a photo for my next Julep swatch.

Elsie is such a pretty strawberry holographic! The color is just lovely and I think it would complement a wide variety of skintones, as it isn’t too warm or too cool a pink. The holographic shimmer is very fine, and not densely packed, giving off a more subtle, but still very pretty, effect.

It could dry a bit shinier, but a shiny top coat fixes that easily. I would think that the semi-opaque nature of this shade means it would also be a nice, subtle holo topper over another polish.

Julep Nail Color in Elsie, swatch

This polish had pretty good longevity for me, as well. I used two coats with no base or top (lazy!) and it lasted about three days without any serious wear—and I am not easy on my hands.

I really dig this polish and am looking to swatching more Juleps on this blog! Let me tell you…I’ve splurged on an awful lot of Julep this summer! Ahhh it’s my new addiction!

Julep Nail Color in Elsie, label


Julep Nail Color* retails for US$14 ($11.40 for subscribed Mavens) and contains 8 mL. However, they very often go on sale for around $5–7. Julep nail polishes are vegan and free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. They are made in the USA.

Julep Beauty, Inc.* was founded in 2007 by business executive Jane Park. It started as a chain of nail salons in the Seattle, WA, area; by 2008, the company was online. The Julep Maven subscription service was launched in 2011. The company is cruelty-free, its products are made in the USA, and it remains based in Seattle, WA, USA.

🇺🇸Made in USA
🇺🇸Company based in USA

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** Nail Colors are vegan; other cosmetic products are not necessarily vegan.


8 thoughts on “Julep — Elsie (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

  1. I love these pinky reds! And the amount of holo looks perfect, visible but not blinding flames. Not that I dislike blinding flames, mind you, it just isn’t always what I want to wear :]

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  2. I don’t have anything like this in my collection – so eye catching! I think I mentioned to you that my friend got a set of Julep polishes as a present from her mom, bought off The Shopping Channel, and my friend LOVES the polishes – says it’s the best quality she’s ever tried. Now I’m curious…

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