Marisa's formula is on the thicker side and quite opaque, so what you see is just one coat of the polish. Julep's brush is thinner, denser, and less malleable than other brushes I have used in the past, which means it's easy to deposit polish onto the nail. However, it also means that it was harder for me to be precise with the polish along the cuticles, which you can see quite clearly thanks to my new camera. ;-) The last picture also shows how well the blue shimmer from the bottle translates onto the nail (please click to enlarge picture). What you see in the pictures includes top coat; without it, Marisa dries to a less shiny texture, so I would highly recommend top coat with this polish.
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