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Collection: Oscars (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD) per bottle
Today I’m reviewing the Oscars collection from Julep. Each shade was created to honor one among many of our favorite leading ladies, and the glitter, of course, was created on behalf of Oscar, himself! This is such a fun idea for a nail polish collection. Even if you won’t be in your Oscar Sunday best tomorrow, surely you can deck out your nails for the occasion!
Glenn: This shade is named after Glenn Close. It is a bright and shimmery berry red, sure to make a statement. The formula for Glenn is stellar; ordinarily, I need two coats to get Julep colors opaque, but surprisingly, this is opaque on the first coat! Glenn certainly gets my vote, though you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing a base coat with her. She’ll stain your nails!
Elizabeth: This shade is named after Elizabeth Olsen. It is a shimmery midnight blue with the tiniest hint of purple. In the bottle, it actually looks incredibly similar to Maggie (Julep), but Maggie is more deliberately purple, whereas Elizabeth definitely leans more blue. I love how mysterious this looks; it makes me think of the night sky! I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.
Meryl: This shade is named after Meryl Streep. It is a soft gray with a creme-jelly finish. I know that’s a weird description, but the formula isn’t as opaque as most cremes, yet it’s not as thin as most jelly polishes. It sits in the middle. Now that I think about it, the formula reminds me of Deborah Lippmann’s formula for creme shades. Meryl goes on so easy, feels light on my nails, and as Julep promises, is opaque in only two coats (despite the thin formula!). I love grays in general; they’re such a fun twist on the neutral trend.
Marisa: This shade is named after Marisa Tomei. It is a bright royal blue with a shimmery finish. It is a dupe for Blue Year’s Eve (China Glaze), although the formula for Marisa is much better. With the thin formula for Blue Year’s Eve, even after three coats of polish, I still had some visible nail line! Marisa, on the other hand, is opaque in only two coats. Definitely a fun color that will turn heads, whether your look is casual or formal.
Rachel: This shade is named after Rachel Weisz. It is a burnt red-orange copper with a shimmery finish. Initially, it reminded me of Zoe (Julep), but when I compared the bottles, I realized they are nothing alike! Zoe is so obviously orange, and the red-orange mix makes Rachel look so much more complex. It was opaque in two coats, but was the tiniest bit streaky, so you’ll need a steady hand during application. I’d have to say this is the most unique shade in the collection. I love it!
Viola: This shade is named after Viola Davis. It is a deep plum with a creme finish. Honestly, I find it a little too dark. My swatch photo is taken outside in the sun, but indoors, this just looks black! Moreover, the formula was tricky. Julep shades usually require only two coats for total opacity, but when I first took photos of my nails, I realized there were bald spots all over them after two coats! I had to add a third coat for full coverage. I think this shade would’ve worked out better if it was a touch lighter.
Oscar: And finally, the inspiration for all the fuss on Oscar Sunday! Julep says you can “sparkle like a star with this ultra chic, multi-dimensional gold glitter,” and I have to agree. This is the perfect touch of magic to top off this collection. The formula surprised me a little when I first opened the bottle. It’s sort of thick, goopy, and almost…gummy? If you’ve tried Essie’s Luseffects collection, you know those have goopy formulas as well, but Oscar is even thicker. I was so worried about application! But strangely, it works! The thicker formula makes this glitter surprisingly opaque on just the first coat; here, I am wearing two coats of Oscar. I was going to provide photos of Oscar layered over the other shades in this collection, but after some experimentation, I realized it’s simply too opaque on the first coat for layering. You can hardly notice the colors beneath the glitter! I would suggest wearing Oscar on all your nails for a really blinged out look, or using it on just one or two nails to accent a manicure with one of the other shades in this collection.
The inspiration for each shade, the corresponding names, and the perfect gold glitter all leads to a creative and cohesive collection. I love it, and think my fellow nail polish lovers will totally appreciate how much thought went into this collection. My favorite shades would have to be Rachel because I don’t have anything else like her, Meryl because I love the formula, and Glenn because she’s the only red I have that’s pleasantly opaque in just one coat. But honestly, every shade in this collection has its merits. I’d say Julep nailed it for the Oscars!
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Disclosure: Product samples provided by Julep.
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