Julep Patti Nail Vernis Review

Julep'sPatti is from their American Beauty line. This lacquer is described as a "full coverage black multi dimensional glitter." Julep Nail Vernis are 4Free, meaning that they don't contain questionable ingredients like formaldehyde, formaldehyde resins, toluene and DBP. Julep also calls their formula" chip resistant, fast drying, and highly pigmented". Julep sent me this nail polish as a Christmas gift. Each Julep Nail Vernis contains only 8ml (.27 fl oz), about half of an average nail polish. Unfortunately they also retail for nearly triple the price of a normal lacquer, costing $14 per bottle. Julep offers a monthly subscription box that sells for $19.99 a month, which is the best and most wallet friendly way to sample their products. Julep products can be ordered through the brand's website, at the four Julep Nail Parlors located in Washington State, and in a limited selection at Sephora. Julep products are cruelty free and made in America. 
 Every single time I review a Julep product I absolutely rave about the packaging. It's sleek and beautiful, you can just tell that it's expensive. Each Nail Vernis comes in a tall, thin, rectangular bottle topped with a black plastic cap. The Julep logo can be found on the front of the bottle, some company info on the back, and a full ingredient list on the side of the cap (in micro-text). Julep calls their brush bristles "microflayed". I really like Julep's brushes, they're long, stiff, flat, and perfectly uniform in shape.
 Please let me just got this off my chest. Patti is ugly and I don't like it. The base is a very sheer black jelly loaded with small, matte black flecks and mid sized silver glitter. Julep calls it "full coverage" but I disagree. This is more of a layering polish, but I have a really hard time finding colors that Patti looks good with. On it's own, Patti needs two to three coats to reach opacity. On my nail wheel, Patti looks pretty cool, but on my nails it looks kinda gross. Patti dries down to a very flat, matte finish. I don't like the look of matte glitter. Julep's Patti is one of the least attractive polishes I've ever used.
 The formula is pretty iffy too Patti applies and dries very nicely! The downside is that Patti dies so hard, thick, and stiff; it just doesn't stay on the nails. Only a few hours after I apply, it starts pulling up on the edges. Patti doesn't seem to disrupt the wear of any polish it's layered over, but it fails hardcore on it's own.
[layered over a grey polish]
I really dislike Julep's Patti Nail Vernis. After falling head over heals for Julia, I had high hopes for Patti, but I was left pretty disappointed. It applies nicely, but it peels right back up. It's stiff and thick on the nails, it almost feels kinda heavy. I love the concept of Patti, and it's definitely a unique shade, but Julep went wrong somewhere...or maybe it's just me. I find Patti so unflattering and difficult to layer in an attractive way. Patti is my least favorite Julep lacquer that I've tried. I'm probably going to end up swapping my bottle. This is not a polish I recommend. 

Ingredients:
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, SD Alcohol -40B, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/trimellitic Anhydride copolymer, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Violet #2, 

May Contain: 
Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), D and C Red #6 Barium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Red #30 Lake (CI 73360), D&C Red #34 Calcium Lake (CI 15880), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Polyethylene Terephthalate.

This product was gifted to me by Julep

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