Julep Nail Color in Christa, swatch

Julep — Christa (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Julep 2015 Summer, July “Holo Nights/Days Mystery Box”

It’s rare for me to find my name in a cosmetic item—even though I really do not have an uncommon English name—and I almost always buy a similar-named one when I see it. Over the years, I’ve picked up NARS Christina lipstick and nail polishes Zoya Christinna, NYX Christine, and Julep Chrissy, Christi, and Christa. Only one of those is my actual name!

So, when Julep ran a $4 charity sale back in September, I took the opportunity to pick up Christa, which was originally released in a 2015 Mystery Box. Julep calls it a “Purple Twilight Liquid Holographic.”

Julep’s stock photos make this look pinker than it is; to me, it’s a more neutral—and probably even bluer—purple with a silvery finish. The holo is on the subtler side, so in some light it just looks like a silver purple shimmer. In bright sunlight, you’ll see a stronger pink shift and soft holo effect.

Julep Nail Color in Christa

The formula is very nice, a little on the thicker side but easy to handle. Two coats give perfect, lush coverage. The polish could dry a tad shinier, but a glossy top coat fixes all.

Julep Nail Color in Christa, swatch

It’s a very pretty subtler holo, and it’s encouraging me to get some halogen lights for my photo set-up; I find it difficult to capture holo effects properly with the fluorescent bulbs I’m currently using.

Julep Nail Color in Christa, label

Christa is definitely worth a look—and for what it’s worth, Julep is running a $5 polish sale in preparation for Black Friday! Eeeeee!


Julep Nail Color* retails for US$14 ($11.40 for subscribed Mavens) and contains 8 mL. However, they very often go on sale for around $5–7. Julep nail polishes are vegan and free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. They are made in the USA.

Julep Beauty, Inc.* was founded in 2007 by business executive Jane Park. It started as a chain of nail salons in the Seattle, WA, area; by 2008, the company was online. The Julep Maven subscription service was launched in 2011. The company is cruelty-free, its products are made in the USA, and it remains based in Seattle, WA, USA.

🇺🇸Made in USA
🇺🇸Company based in USA

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** Nail Colors are vegan; other cosmetic products are not necessarily vegan.


7 thoughts on “Julep — Christa (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

  1. Hah, so funny that you collect makeup with your name – I guess they figured they’d at least appeal to a subset of people out there!
    This colour is so eye catching but not overly bling – I dig it. Is there a texture to the finish?


    • LOL it does! This also reminds me about how I hate it when lipgloss bottles come in styles that make them look like nail polishes. I get so disappointed 😂


    • They’re nice polishes but not THE best in terms of formula. Mainly it’s all about the colors! I would not pay full price (US$14) but at ~$4-7, these are definitely worth a try.

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