Friday, 26 April 2013

Nail of the Day: Julep Jennifer

Hi, everyone! Today's Nail of the Day features a shade that is a total departure from the speckled, glittery nail colours I have been sporting lately. Julep Nail Colour in Jennifer, is soft, sophisticated, and close to my heart for a couple of reasons: 

1) It was gifted to me by my sweet and thoughtful cousin Carly. She might be an even bigger fan of nail polish than I am, and she so kindly gave me a few products from Julep because she knew my inner makeup fiend would eat them up. Thanks, Carly! xo

2) This polish is named after me! Well, not me specifically, but definitely a shout-out to all us Jennifers out there! Jennifer was the #1 girls name in 1983 (yes, my birth year; yes, I'm old!), so my peer group has always been rich with name-twins. However, I haven't often seen my name featured in the beauty realm, so this was a fun treat :)

This polish also marked my first foray into the Julep range. I'd been eyeing the brand in Sephora for a while (they really have an amazing array of shades!), but this was the first time I gave one a go. Julep describes their nail colour as the "intersection of beauty and fashion" and touts toxin-free ingredient lists, shades named after inspiring women (who, me?!), and quick-drying, highly pigmented formulas. All of that sounds great to me!

Julep Nail Colour in Jennifer
Julep describes Jennifer as a "sheer soft pink creme" that embodies "classic with a twist." I have to say that the description is quite apt! I'd describe the shade as a sheer nude pink with a creamy, buildable formula and slight peachy undertones. I used 2 generous coats to create the finish seen here, but you could easily use 1 coat for a more sheer, understated look or 3 coats for more opacity.


It was last fall that I finally fell (see what I did there?) for nude polishes. My choice then was the beige-toned O.P.I. Don't Pretzel My Buttons, which became a quick favourite. I am very happy to now have Julep Jennifer in my collection as well; it's like the more pinky-toned sister of Pretzel, which gives me some more variety if I want my nails to go nude!

Here's some evidence of my name-sake :)


And the back of the bottle, which features directions and contact information:


Overall, I am thrilled with the formula of this polish. It applied smoothly and evenly (any flaws in the manicure were due to my lazy technique) and the lasting power was great! I didn't see any chipping until Day 4 and it remained in totally wearable condition (minimal chips) until Day 6. Plus, the shade made me feel so polished and feminine. I'd say it's a winner in my books!

Here are a few more shots of it under various lighting:

Julep Jennifer under cooler artificial light

Julep Jennifer under warmer artificial light

Julep Jennifer in direct sunlight

And there you have it! This has instantly become one of my new favourite nail colours for spring. It's so easy to wear and makes me feel a bit more sophisticated than I actually am ;) Plus, its shade name gets to feed my inner narcissist a bit. One more shout-out to all the Jennifers in the house! :)

And another huge thanks to my cousin Carly for giving me this beautiful gift! xo

What are your thoughts on this shade? What are some of your favourite pinky-nude polishes? Do you have any makeup items in your kit that share your name?

Thanks for reading! xo

46 comments:

  1. I love nude polishes, they're the perfect base for glitters :)

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    1. Ooh, thanks for the idea! I have some glitter polishes that would look lovely over this :)

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  2. I haven't heard of this brand, so thanks for introducing it to me :). What a versatile and lovely nude shade this is :)!
    Have a great weekend, Jen :)!

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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    1. No worries- I was happy to discover it myself! Hope your weekend has been fantastic! xo

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  3. Its so pretty! It is always exciting to find a beauty product with your name.

    Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. Thanks! And yes, it is kind of exciting. Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  4. Hey there, I'm your newest follower so thought I'd say a hello! I have heard of Julep before but haven't been able to try their products before. It's interesting to see what you read about it, I definitely love this colour though! Would be great if you followed back.
    Much love, Sarah x

    sarahamyruth.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for following! Glad you found the post helpful and that you're liking the shade. Will check out your blog soon! xo

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  5. Love these nude polishes, they're so clean and elegant! Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks! I agree- such an easy way to feel elegant :) Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  6. What a pretty color!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyeblog.wordpress.com

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  7. So hard to find a good nude nail plish..have to look at those!

    http://jezzdallasmakeup.blogspot.com/

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    1. I agree! Not always an easy task, but this one works so well. Thanks for stopping by, Jezz! xo

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  8. This is the perfect nude nail polish!

    www.littlepieceofbeauty.blogspot.com

    xx

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    1. Isn't it? Thanks for stopping by, Leigh! xo

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  9. I always see gorgeous shades from the Julep collection and I want to get my hands on some! This is such a perfect nude but a bit sheer for me. And such a coincidence this polish had the same name!

    Louise
    dreadustx

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    1. Yes, I'm so happy I've been introduced to the brand- so many pretty shades. This one is definitely sheer, but loving it nonetheless! Thanks for stopping by, Louise! :)

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  10. So classic and pretty! Yay that it's named after you! (Let's just say it WAS named after you specifically!)

    http://talisbury.blogspot.com/

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    1. Haha, thanks! I can keep that illusion ;)

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  11. Such a nice nude nail polish! Great post :)

    Caryl x
    http://www.mscaryl.com/

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    1. Thanks so much, Caryl! Glad you liked it :)

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  12. hey hun thank you for stopping by on my blog! love this colour im such a sucker for nudes!!

    http://thisgirlloveschic.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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    1. No worries, Paulina! Always enjoy stopping by your blog. Thanks for visiting mine! Glad you're liking this shade :)

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  13. the perfect nude shade. Lovely <3

    xx

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  14. Lovely colour :)
    xx
    www.clothesandcamera.com

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  15. love this neutral spring-y colour <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, Mariel! I'm loving it too :)

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  16. What a lovely gift to receive and I completely agree that it's such a sophisticated colour, very pretty!

    A little bit Unique - Blog // Please vote for me in the Company blog awards, best fashion - newcomer

    x

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    1. Yes, was such a lovely gift! Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by! xo

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  17. What a gorgeous nude colour, it's like that perfect 'your nails but better' shade! I've never heard of this brand before, I don't think they sell it in England x

    http://aztecdoll.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes, that's definitely a good way of putting it- my nails but better! It really is a lovely brand- their website is great if you want to check it out. Thanks for stopping by, Zanra! xo

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  18. Nude nail polishes are always a good choice! Love this color!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,
    Nicole

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! Nude polishes are a new thing for me, but I'm loving them :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm really liking it! xo

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  20. I am going for nude polishes now too....
    love how low-profile and classy they are!

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    1. Thanks so much, Aggie! Nude polishes are a pretty new thing for me, but I've been loving them. Classy for sure! xo

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  21. Toxin-free ingredients? Cool. Gotta like that. If it's true.:) I wonder if the polish doesn't smell so bad if it's toxic free... The shade is perfect - I'm into nude-ish polishes these days.

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    1. Ooh, I didn't notice the scent- which probably means it wasn't so bad! I've been into nude shades lately too :)

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  22. Very pretty neutral colour! Love the packaging also - it almost looks like a lipgloss x

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    1. Thanks, Sophie! You're right- it really does have a lipgloss-like look! xo

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