I am so so so SO excited to review this box. I ventured forth away from my usual It Girl, and instead went for [I believe] Bombshell, with an It Girl polish added on. This means I also got the Plie Wand, the "Revolutionary new polishing tool" from Julep. I've been against getting it simply because I actually don't have any difficulties polishing with my non-dominant hand, as I am ambidextrous, but I figured since I got it anyway, I might as well try it. And I'm glad I did, for surprising reasons!!
Let me apologize for the lack of cleanup in all of the following reviews, I left the mess to show how much was left behind while using the new Julep Plie Wand.
This gorgeous apricot shimmer is Julep's Saaya. Mangoes, and apricots, and peaches all come to mind with this beautiful shifty colour, and prepare you for a day of beach strolling under the palms with a coconut in your hand. Saaya practically BEGS to be worn for just such a vacation, and while she was a little difficult and streaky with application, she eventually settled to be less noticeable. I firmly believe if I had used a fourth coat, they would have disappeared all together. :)
With Saaya, the Plie wand performed okay, although I did not use it for the first coat so this might have given it an unfair base to stand on. As a note, with Saaya, I did like many and tried to firmly attach the plie cap. Do NOT do this! It's just not designed for it. You'll risk breaking your beautiful polish, and/or the plie cap itself if you do, because you'll ultimately need to resort to pliers. Just lightly press the Plie cap over the brush cap, and it will hold just as well!
This, surprisingly [Or unsurprisingly?] was hands and nails down my FAVOURITE polish to swatch today. Even though I was painting with my non-dominant hand, WITH the plie wand, the colour didn't fight me one bit during application, and I was legitimately saddened that it got ruined when taking off the polish from my other hand. Truly, having to wave adieu to this polish... One should never experience it.
Laree is a BEAUTIFUL soft tulip pink cream with a subtle but obvious golden peach shimmer shifting its way throughout. With two coats it was opaque enough to wear, though three coats is shown, and not a streak was to be found anywhere.
With this polish, the wand neither made it easier, nor more difficult to polish. It was definitely comfortable to hold, but because it's an entirely different way to polish with my non-dominant hand, it was a bit shaky trying to apply without making a mess. I think another try or two with this hand would make such an improvement; And I do see how this tool would help someone who isn't otherwise able to paint neatly, with either hand.
Kam was my added-on polish, from It Girl, and the one I was most excited to get. A smooth surprisingly minty green cream, Kam applied with a fantastic shine and smooth, even layers, with no streaks whatsoever.
Although the wand got a little awkward with my thumb, I blame my posture, not the wand. I was so fascinated by the minty hue [I'm a sucker for mint greens] that I was practically hovering over my nails during application lol. The wand felt a lot more natural to hold by this time, the second time using it with my dominant hand. Very pleased by this point, and had a realization about the Plie Wand.
So, what about the Wand?
My original outlook was that it would be redundant, and highly unnecessary for me and my polishing fun. I can paint perfectly fine, with minimal cleanup required; On either hand. Prior to the style release, I had no intention of purchasing the Plie wand. Then the colours I wanted were not together, and in order to get them I had to have a style that included the wand.
During use, my outlook actively changed. While I was stubbornly refusing to admit it was comfortable, the fact remained: It really was. The diameter wasn't as large as I had thought, so it was much less like a jumbo kids crayon, and much more like your favourite pen in middle school that came with the gripper attached. While this has no such thing, [it should!] it was the same feeling.
After use? Have I changed my mind?
Maybe. I don't know that I'll jump right into daily use, simply because sometimes I really don't have the extra 10 seconds it takes to swap the caps out and attach the wand. I just want to put a quick coat of polish on and go.
However, much of my painting is leisurely, and so I could be very open to using this wand quite often. My realization though? This wand is ESSENTIAL for nail art. Every single time I used this wand, my mind kept reeling with ideas of how this wand could SO improve nail art I've done in the past; And now I'm absolutely kicking myself for not getting the creativity kit when I could.
I AM very glad Julep listened to feedback and made the plie cap fit over current brushes, and did not make them mandatory to all new polishes. I love my swatch stickers, and this cap just looks awkward on the julep bottles when the wand is not attached.
Overall, I do think this wand would be a HUGE benefit for ALL polish fiends, even if you don't use it 24/7. Those with hand-related disabilities will have no problem I can see with finally getting to [comfortably!] enjoy polishing their own nails.
The best news, is it's actually affordable! The wand itself goes for $20.00 [$25.00 for non-mavens] here:
And that Creativity Kit? It goes for the SUPER awesome price of $8.00 [$10.00 for non-mavens]!!!!
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