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Julep Nail Vernis Trina

Julep Trina Bottle Nail Polish Vernis

Aaaand back to our regularly scheduled programming. :P

With brightly lit days becoming scarce as the winter gloom rolls in, I waited and waited for the day I could catch adequate sunlight to photograph my usual nail photos. I’m fairly finicky when it comes to accurately representing colors (although I realize they’ll vary depending on the screen and settings) as a way to keep a log for myself and also to possibly help others who may be curious about the color. Not having any fancy lighting setup or photography skills, the only time I’m truly satisfied is when I photograph on a sunny day.

I’ve worn several different polishes in the past couple of weeks, but I didn’t want to show you overcast nails! :P I finally managed to catch a few hours of brighter sunlight, so of course I didn’t hesitate to snap photos of Nails du Jour, Julep Trina.

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

Trina is a described as a “shimmery deep aubergine.” While Julep Gayle, another purple (albeit a mid-tone creme), is also categorized as an eggplant color, Trina is darker with a much cooler undertone in comparison. Dark and vampy polishes are right up my alley, especially for the colder months, and this one definitely whets my appetite.

Julep Trina Nail Vernis Polish Swatch Outdoor
Julep Trina Nail Vernis swatch outdoors

The fuchsia (and sparse blue) micro-shimmer particles are not individually visible at an arm’s length. Glitter lovers may be disappointed about this, but I love that they provide a slightly metallic sheen that sets it apart from a creme. This type of micro-shimmer finish has quickly become a favorite of mine, next to simple cremes.

The finish is almost opaque in a single coat (though I applied two) and with high shine even without a top coat. Highly saturated, a good base coat is a must with this polish! I also had to be slightly more careful not to flood the cuticles as it’s a slightly runnier formula than I’m used to applying.

Julep Trina Nail Vernis Polish Swatch Direct Light
Julep Trina Nail Vernis swatch under direct artificial light

Without bright sunlight to be seen, I got a little help from a desk lamp to show you the shimmer in action. Fuchsia sparkles brought out the warmth and gave it a luminous glow. You can expect to see this sheen under overhead lighting. I for one couldn’t stop turning my nails at different angles and seeing it shine where the light hits! Oh wait, I do that with every polish… :D

I love Trina‘s lit-from-within look! It’d also make a killer pedicure color, don’t you think?

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.)

P.S. I’ve been thinking about what to do for swatches during gloomy weather or night time. I’m specifically looking to mimic daylight settings, and know about “daylight bulbs” or adjusting white balance on the camera, but those don’t seem accurate to me (or I lack some skill). I currently only rely on good ol’ sunlight, so I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips!

43 Responses to Julep Nail Vernis Trina

  1. Pretty! But doesn’t “aubergine” mean eggplant?

    BTW, can you tell me the secret of how you do your nails and completely miss your cuticles? Is there a special trick?

    • I’d say it’s a dark eggplant…if it were sparkly! :D I start applying the polish a few millimeters below the cuticle and paint along its curves, making sure not to go too close to it. I find creamier/thicker formulas easier to control so I don’t accidentally flood the cuticles. It gets much easier with practice!

      • Thanks for the advice! I love NARS polish, probably my favorite, even before Dior, but it literally BLEEDS into my cuticles! I will try that tip. I suppose applying it while sitting at a table (instead of lying on my bed, holding the bottle in between my knees!) would give me better odds! :)

        • I’ve never tried NARS polishes and didn’t know they’re runny. Those kind of formulas make me feel like I can’t paint, just when I thought I’d had the technique down pat! That sounds like some acrobatic painting, Pook! ;)

          • Some are, some aren’t; it depends. The gorgeous Midnight Blue I scooped up recently was runny, but, boy was it beautiful once I cleaned up my cuticles! :)

  2. P.S. Get an OTT LITE. They’re about $60 and are used in the graphics and artist industries to mimic natural light, to get correct color of fabrics, paint, etc. for photography! It’s great.

  3. i just painted my nails last night with this color, i have to say that it took a bit longer to dry than other dark colors i own and oh man was the formula runny… i had quite a bit of flooding trouble, but it is a beautiful color though!

  4. Gorgeous! I’m gonna check out their nail polishes soon :-) With regards to photography and lighting, it’s unfortunate that you won’t get good light all the time. I’ve read many great reviews on Lower Ego lights. If you check out their website, you may be able to find a dealer in Japan.

    • Sorry, it’s supposed to be LOWEL Ego lights. Typo on the name!

    • Awesome! Any specific colors you have your eyes on? Thank you for telling me about Lowel Ego lights! I found a Japanese online store that sells them but oh snap, they’re expensive! Maybe I’ll treat myself when I feel my photography can rank up to $600 lights! >_<

      • Peach, are you a photographer? Your photos are gorgeous! What camera do you use to take these photos? I’m interested in a nice macro camera. This camera is awesome, as it picked up the tiny flecks in the bottle of pink and blue! Can I guess it’s either a Canon or a Nikon? :)

        • Thank you! *blush* I’m far from a photographer; the only photography I do is on here and other random photos. I use a Panasonic Lumix GF-1. I love it, but Canon or Nikon dSLRs take much better photos, so I will upgrade sometime. :)

          • That’s a great camera! It got really wonderful reviews. My personal favorite (even in the film days) has always been Canon, and the point and shoot ones have really great macro abilities. But I have to say, there is absolutely NOTHING in the world like a Nikon lens! Even their cheap models take gorgeous photos! :)

      • Sorry I missed this thread! I thought the lights were around US$100 each? I don’t think they are supposed to be $600 and if they are selling at that price in Japan, it’s a rip-off :-(

  5. That is a gorgeous color and amazing on your nails! I was going to put this one, but now after seeing your mani, I have to reconsider.

  6. wow the first pic of the nail polish inside the bottle is soooo WOW!!!On the nails are less shimmery but still soo pretty on you :3

  7. Great color on great nails Peach! And jep, go for a Pedi with that one!

  8. Your pictures are impeccable and this colour is so lovely – it reminds me of Nars Purple Rain, one of the loves of my life :D May I please ask how you managed to join the Julep membership program? It seems to be US & Canada only but you’re based in Japan, right? I would really love to join!

    • Hi Kat! It does look like Purple Rain and P.R. seems to show the shimmer much more! You’re right, Julep Maven is US & Canada only, unfortunately. I get help having the Julep box shipped to here. Where are you based? I’m hoping they make international shipping available in the future.

      • I am based in Denmark and I’m not lucky enough to have someone in the US help me. I really hope a European distributor will pick up this brand because even if they DO ship internationally from the US, I still have to pay huge shipping fees + 25% in customs :(

        • Oh wow! That’s a huge chunk going toward customs fees. They’re still a niche/small business so I hope they accumulate enough international demand to expand their reach. :) Shipping is definitely killer..and I find most overcharge by a lot.

  9. This is one of my absolute favourite colours of polish! I seem to collect a lot of colours similar to this. So far I have: Chanel Vendetta, Essie Sexy Divide and NARS Purple Rain (which is a little lighter and redder than the previous two).

    Just out of curiousity, how would you say this compares to Chanel Vendetta? It would be mad of me to buy yet another colour like this though; I haven’t even used two of the three yet!

    This would be pretty paired with a pale lilac for a coloured French manicure (I did something similar using both colours, but not in a French style).

    • Hi Leila! Good question. I would say Chanel Vendetta is more of a blue-based purple compared to Julep Trina that’s plummy and warmer. I love these type dark, vampy purples as well and you seem to have a good selection already! I like your idea of doing lilac tips.

      • Thanks for your reply. I do love these types of purples, but the trouble is finding ones that don’t lean too red or blue, but right in the middle. Vendetta and Sexy Divide (who came up with that name anyway? What kind of divide? I’m mystified) are the closest to my ideal.

        Even though Vendetta does lean slightly bluer, the red shimmers even that out and it’s still firmly in the purple category.

        It’s just as well Julep isn’t available to me here in the UK. I think I ended up with three similar colours because this seems to be a difficult colour for me to find (I am very exact about the colours I want in anything, clothes, pencils, paint, eye shadow, etc. etc. you get the idea) so when I found these ones I so close in time, I decided to buy them each time.

        I’d love to see you do lilac tips and dark base or lilac base and dark tips, whichever way round you prefer! It’s not often you can really say someone’s hands and nails are pretty and elegant, but yours are. You should do more of these daring manicures because you can carry them off so well!

        • I really enjoy subtle differences in colors as well. I know it might seem crazy to some to have 5 of the “same color” but details count! I’ll be sure to be on the lookout for something slightly warmer than Vendetta that’s a true, neutral purple. I don’t mind trying similar colors either because it’s rare to come across *exact* dupes!

          And thank you so much for your kind words. You made me smile and want to be better at nail art! :)

          • I agree with both of you. I collect navy, blood red and dark purple! Some so similar they’re indiscernible to most people, but I know the difference.

  10. Your nails are gorgeous!!! Ive been seeing review on this nail polish quite often now.. Is this the hot thing for nails in the market now?

    • Thank you! It might be because many of us received it in our monthly Julep Maven subscriptions. :) I’d say vampy colors are always hot this time of the year!

  11. Hmm.. this looks almost exactly like the color of my new car! The color name is mystical purple! The car’s a Perodua “Myvi” btw… Hey there, Malaysians! *waves to compatriots* ;)

    • I hadn’t heard of Perodua, so I looked it up. WOW! A Malaysian car! That is really cool. I love compact cars and Myvi looks very cute! Ever thought of matching your nails to your car? :D

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