Julep Nail Vernis Trina
|December 9, 2011||Posted by peach_ under Julep|
Aaaand back to our regularly scheduled programming.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!