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Julep Nail Vernis Diane

Julep Diane Nail Vernis Bottle

Oh jelly finish, how I love thee. You make the nails look like ultra shiny glass…

My previous experiences with jellies have been with bright pinks and oranges that give a fun, candy-like effect. In contrast, Julep Diane is a ”rich forest green,” my first vampy jelly that I found is über sleek and perfect for this season!

Julep Diane Nail Polish Vernis Swatch
Julep Diane Nail Vernis swatch in indirect sunlight

To be honest, though, when I first saw Diane, my thoughts were: “Yuck, no thanks.” The fact that it’s green (one of my least favorite colors), but not just any green —  a dark, dirty, bitter, khaki yellow-green — really made me want to chuck it aside. But we all know by now to never judge a polish by its bottle color, right?

I had somehow neglected to identify it as a jelly in the bottle, and what it lacked (in my biased opinion) in color, it really made up for in finish. The first coat was tragically patchy and uneven, but I persisted until the 3rd coat, when it became fully opaque with the shiniest, smoothest surface with the notable “squishy” look of a jelly.

Julep Diane Nail Vernis Swatch Outdoor Closeup
Julep Diane Nail Vernis swatch outdoors

It looks like a blackened green depending on the lighting and how thick you make each coat. I tend to glob on the polish (yet still needed that 3rd coat to even out the application) but BluMochi was able to apply it more evenly in a way the green is much more prominent on her nails. I’ve gotten many compliments on this color, simply because it’s just so shiny; much shinier than a creme finish with the shiniest top coat! It shows a lighter green where I didn’t layer as much polish (around the edges) and my nails have the look of semi-translucent resin.

I’m not particularly drawn to greens, but this one is dark and vampy enough (though some may find it too close to black) with a bonus jelly finish that I really fell for Diane. Even with a yellow undertone, it’s less obvious with 3 coats and I can see it working on cool-toned skin as well.

What do you think of Diane? Do you like jellies? :)

Availability: $14 on Julep.com. I received my bottle as part of the Julep Maven Membership Program. Read my Julep Maven review here and join here. (Disclosure: these are referral links that provide me $15 Julep credit when you join Julep Maven.)

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19 Responses to Julep Nail Vernis Diane

  1. OK, would you be so kind as to enlighten me … what’s the difference between a vernis and a jelly? Are all “3Free” polishes jellies?

    I looovvvveee green, especially Army Green … Rescue Beauty Lounge’s “No More War” is gorgeous IMO!


    I just got into Rescue Beauty; you may want to check them out. Very nice stuff.

    • Hiya Pook! :) Jelly is an unofficial term for a type of finish. Unlike a creme finish that is a solid, opaque color with creamy consistency, jellies have a translucent base and look like, well, jelly with a really shiny finish.

      You’ll definitely know when you have a jelly finish since it’ll look semi-translucent like hard candy with a “squishy” look like in the above photo. :D

      I’m not sure if I can pull off No More War, but that is a gorgeous army green!

  2. mmm jelly!! :D These don’t look conventionally jelly to me but I do like the colour (I somehow think the new Spring Dior purple is definitely better for you instead of the pastel green :P )

    • The dark color really sets it apart from other bright jelly finishes! :) I think the whole pastel-themed Dior Spring colors will look less than great on me, but I’m still curious!

  3. You wanna laugh? I look at my nails, and they look so small, and I can’t figure out why … it’s because I spend a good deal of time looking at large closeup photos of nails like yours! Ha! So in my mind, now I think nails should be bigger! I’m a fried polish addict! :)

    • Haha! :D I know what you mean! I look at close-up nail art and think “hey, that doesn’t look too hard” and then I look at my nails and how small they are and think, “how did she manage to draw so precisely on such tiny space?!”

      • I know, right? Maybe we need one of those jeweler’s headsets, you know, with the magnification! It’s very geeky, but effective! :)

  4. Thanks for the blog mention. :) Not really sure my application was better because your pictures of Diane is looking pretty amazing (as usual)! I had problems with the polish running down the brush. There would be little puddles that I had to spread out and try to make it look even.

  5. I like it on you!
    It looks like a real dark forest green and goes great against your skintone. But three coats? I always get so impatient with a polish that needs more than two coats… But hey, those aren’t even available for me *lol*

  6. I think you are single handed-ly creating a new market for Julep polishes among your blog fans! :-)

  7. This looks like Nars Zulu! Very pretty.

  8. It looks gorgeous on you of course! I am disappointed to find out it’s a jelly though. Jellies and I really haven’t managed to make friends. But you know my love for green, so I’m sure I’ll give it a go!

What say you?