Just in time for the Oscars, this new collection of chic shades is here to adorn your nails and make you feel like a star! And, appropriately enough, each color has the name of a Hollywood 2012 Oscar nominated actress. Charming nail polish names aside, let’s see if the formulation pays off. Here’s what I found: Julep Nail Vernis has an excellent consistency; thick and rich enough to provide good coverage, but fluid enough for easy application (hate those bottles of sludge, don’t you?).
And it is formulated without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP — good to know! Another feel-good fact: Julep donates a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold to organizations that support women. When testing this polish, I applied a base coat, two coats of color plus a topcoat. I can’t say it wore any better than other polishes I’ve tried, but it didn’t wear any worse either — considering some of the long-wear polishes I’ve tried have chipped in two days, this is worth noting. And this polish does not claim to be long-wearing, so no false advertising here.
Above all, what makes this collection superb are the COLORS; they are swoon-worthy and gorgeous. Although not my fave rave, Meryl, the gray crème, is super-classy on the right girl. I am most partial to Viola, a sumptuous dark purple crème; Marisa, a cobalt blue with a shimmer, and Elizabeth, a midnight blue with a subtle sheen. All three are so deep, so juicy and so delicious you could practically drink them (just kidding!) all.
Glenn, the bold, berry shimmer has a lot of pizzazz, and would be a great spring color; Oscar, (pictured above) the gold glitter polish, is just over-the-top in the glam department. I tried it over the Berry Blast for a rich, textured effect.
All in all, it’s a stunning collection. Try it today and you’ll be ready for your close up.
Available at $14 each on Julep‘s website www.julep.com
— Yona McDonough
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