Every now and then, when I’m in the mood for a more “mature” mani, I pull out a more neutral or earth-toned creme. This time, the mood struck me to use Malala, which Julep describes as dusty pink mauve crème. The color is named after Malala Yousafzai, female-education advocate and the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. If you don’t know much about her or her story, I highly recommend you do a little research. I’ll include some links at the end of this review. She’s an amazing and inspiring woman. According to Julep, the color was created to complement one of the shawls Malala wore during a speech to the United Nations, and which had previously belonged to slain Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. According to Julep, 100% of the proceeds from sales of Malala were donated to the Malala Fund, which works to promote safe education for girls worldwide.
Malala is actually in the vault, but there are so many colors in the Julep vault that it doesn’t make sense to only use them for TBT: Vault Style. I’ll save that for really HTF and high demand colors. Although Malala is in the vault, it’s not impossible to find, and if you see one, I recommend grabbing a bottle.
I was pretty happy with Malala’s formula. I had full coverage in two coats, although they did take a tad longer to dry than I would have liked. I topped with Oxygen Performance Top Coat, and found I had really excellent results. It was about three days before the first significant chip, which is really impressive, considering how hard I am on my hands (I am trying to be better). I’m thinking I may switch from Freedom Polymer Top Coat for a while and stick with Oxygen Performance.
You can see in the pictures that Malala definitely has a dusty, almost antique look to it, if that makes sense. Depending on the light, it can look more purple than pink, so I’ve tried to include a number of pictures in different lighting. In the picture to the left, it really takes on a deeper mauve/purple look. I’m not sure pink mauve is as accurate of a description as just calling it mauve. But regardless of how you describe it, I really like this color. It feels sophisticated and mature without being boring. The color is rich and really has depth to it. It’s also pretty cool to wear a color that was inspired by and named after such an amazing woman.
You can read more about the Malala Fund on their about page. There’s also Malala’s autobiography, I Am Malala, as well as the 2015 film, He Named Me Malala. I won’t pretend I’ve read the book, but it is on my list, and it received pretty positive reviews. If you want to read more about the color Malala and why Julep created it, you can check out their blog post about it.
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