Julep Winter 2011 Nail Polish Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Julep is a Seattle-based nail salon turned nail polish brand with a mission to empower women. Its polishes are all named after women and the formula is 4-Free without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP.

Julep Winter 2011 Nail Vernis
Julep Winter 2011 Nail Polish Collection

The first thing that caught my eye was the design of the bottle. It is taller and slimmer than your ordinary polishes and one side is painted black with a clear cutout in the middle.

Julep Winter 2011 Nail Polish
Julep Nail Polishes


The brush works nicely and gives a smooth, even application. Directions say to apply two coats but I find the polishes, especially the cream formulas, to be very opaque. I just use one coat and do not get much bubbling.

Julep Alfre Nail Vernis


The colors I was sent are from the latest Winter Nail Vernis Collection. Zoe is a metallic burnt amber; Alfre, my favorite out of the four, is a metallic silvery bluish-purple; Emilie is a creamy forest green and Olivia is a creamy dark chocolate.

Wearing Julep Zoe Nail Vernis swatch
Julep Zoe Nail Vernis

Wearing Julep Alfre Nail Vernis swatch
Julep Alfre Nail Vernis

Wearing Julep Emilie Nail Vernis swatch
Julep Emilie Nail Vernis

Wearing Julep Olivia  Nail Vernis swatch
Julep Olivia Nail Vernis


My only complaint is the drying time, which seemed longer than usual. Other than that, Julep makes a nice line of polishes with a great selection of colors.

Want to see more of Julep? Check out these beautiful swatches by Scrangie!

Julep Winter Nail Vernis Collection is available now at www.julep.com for $14. $1 from the sale of every Julep Nail Vernis will be donated to organizations that empower and support women.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

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