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My nail polish collection is large. Polishes kept in good condition (away from heat or light) can last a long time, longer than the two years many people quote. A good thinner (I use Seche Vite) can also revive them. I have tossed polishes when thinner cannot save them or they have obviously gone bad, but it is rare. When I started collecting polishes again, I tossed all polishes older than the summer of 2013. To avoid ordering duplicates, I created a spreadsheet. Swatching them with these spoons I purchased from Amazon will help me compare the colors, finishes, and overall quality. All polishes only have one coat, because I wanted to spot the difference between my sheer and opaque polishes. We’ve all seen polishes that look dark in the bottle only to need 3-4 coats for opaqueness. No polishes have base or top coats either, because that can change the way the polish looks.
This will cover yellows and golds. These polishes look yellow or gold in the bottle or have yellow or gold in the polish name. They are not necessarily labeled yellow or gold by the polish manufacturer and do not always look yellow or gold once they’re swatched. Every time I get a new yellow or gold polish, I will edit this to add the new one in. Of course, the polish will also be featured in the article reviewing the purchase. If you’d like to see any of my other nail polish colors, I also have articles for Corals & Oranges, Pinks, Browns & Blacks, Blues, Greens, Beiges & Nudes, Coppers and Bronzes, Reds, Sheers & Whites, Salmon & Wines, Purples, Grays & Silvers, and Nail Treatments, Base Coats, & Top Coats.
I photographed the yellows and golds in order from lightest to darkest and used a flash. The flash is wonderful at picking up detail and finish. The individual pictures below use natural daylight for a more exact color. When I add new polishes, I will not take group pictures again, but I will place the new individual picture in order of where it lies within the shade meaning every article will have the lightest shade first and the darkest last.
Julep Gianna is a jagged gold glitter top coat. It stands on its own, so I will not include it with the top coats. This needs about two top coats to smooth it out, because it is slightly rough. The finish is semi matte (although the light shining on the chunky glitter looks glossy).
Julep Oscar is clear polish with multi-dimensional gold glitter. The finish is semi matte a little rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.
The New Black Miami Vice Gold is very similar to Julep Oscar. Its glitter distributes a little more evenly. The finish is semi matte and a little rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.
Urban Decay Goldmine is a clear polish with chunky gold glitter. The finish is slightly rough and semi matte (although it looks glossy when the glitter catches the light). A top coat or two can smooth it out.
Julep Kathy is a pearl birthstone shimmer with gold and yellow micro glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Margot is an Old Hollywood gold shimmer. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Sienna is a sophisticated, shimmery gold. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Formula X Bond, Ionic Bond is a gold polish with gold glitter and sequins. The finish is semi glossy and a little rough. A top coat should smooth it out.
Julep Spencer is a vintage gold chrome. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Color Club Gold Struck is an understated soft, subtle gold. It is a light metallic polish with hint of rose coloring, but I still placed it with golds due to its name. The finish is semi glossy and smooth
Rococo Flower Child Creme is a pale yellow. It was inspired by yellow flowers. Coverage does build with more coats to create a brighter hue. The finish is semi matte and smooth. See this featured in a manicure.
Julep Addison is a tart lemon crème. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Julep Abbie is a sunshine yellow crème. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Sunny is an overexposed yellow chrome with bright yellow micro glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Sinful Colors Face the Facets is a yellow-gold jelly polish with a bright yellow glitter. The finish is semi glossy and slightly rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.
Julep Dahlia is a goldenrod with yellow and gold micro glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Catrina is a marigold yellow crème. The finish is semi matte and smooth.