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

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Julep Nail Color in Christi, swatch

Julep — Christi (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Julep 2017 Fall, October “Trancing in the Moonlight”

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 and Christa. Only one of those is my actual name!

So, when Julep released a polish named Christi in their latest collection, I was thrilled to see that it was a color I liked, and included it in my October Maven Box. Julep calls it an “enchanted teal shimmer”. I don’t think it’s super-enchanting (somehow that evokes iridescence in my mind) but it’s hot stuff, nonetheless.

It’s a deep, vampy teal shimmer that leans a little more green—at least on me—though when I removed it, it looked very blue and stained my nails blue. These deep, rich blue shades always seem to stain horribly. Small price to pay for such gorgeousness, in my opinion.

Julep Nail Color in Christi

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Vert Époque, swatch

L’Oréal — Vert Époque (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Spring 2017, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line. I’m happy to report that they’ve released several new shades for the spring, and while I haven’t been able to find all of them in stores by me—I’ve only seen two or three, one being a plain black cream, Noir Noir—I did manage to pick up one lonely new shade.

Here’s Vert Époque (770), a gorgeous midtoned turquoise cream. It’s bright enough to be spring-y, yet subdued enough to be effortlessly chic. This could very well be my new pedi shade for the spring!

The shade name literally means “green era/epoch”, though I’m unsure whether there’s a more specific meaning in French.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

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Essie Nail Lacquer in Satin Sister, swatch

Essie — Satin Sister (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Winter

Satin Sister (1003 salon / 1886 retail). Essie describes it as a “sleek ebony peacock blue”, which is perfect. It’s a darkened teal blue cream that manages to avoid looking black, even though it does translate into a deeper shade on the nail than how it appears in the bottle.

The color is dense and striking—I “oohed” a little as soon as I brushed it on for the first time!

Essie Nail Lacquer in Satin Sister (retail bottle)
Essie Nail Lacquer in Satin Sister (retail bottle)

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Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Fur Green, swatch

Yves Saint Laurent — Fur Green (La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Saint Laurent 2016 Fall, Scandal

Yesterday, I posted a swatch and review of Vintage Plum, one of two shades from Yves Saint Laurent Beauté’s new fall collection, Scandal. Today, I have the second polish, Fur Green.

Hudson's Bay luxury nail polish haulage, September 2016, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, YSL Yves Saint Laurent

Fur Green (76) is, like Vintage Plum, a vampy shade that is still obviously a color, in this case, a deep, blue-toned spruce green.

I have no idea what the name of this polish means, though. “Fur Green”? Some fashion thing I don’t understand, perhaps. I did find this pretty cool tidbit while searching for “fur green”, however:

Have you ever wondered why more animals do not have green fur? Because from our human perspective, having a green coat would help many animals hide from predators….
As it turns out green is a pretty tough color to make in nature, because the only truly green pigment is the one that makes plants green – the so-called chlorophyll. In fact animals that we perceive as green, like frogs, aren’t green at all. Frogs like many other green appearing animals have blue crystals underneath yellow colored cells.

Ruben Kuiper, ScienceDump

I don’t know if that’s necessarily true—if we perceive a frog as being green, well, that basically makes it green to us, doesn’t it?—but it’s an interesting thought. And, aren’t there plenty of chlorophyll-less green insects, birds, fish, and reptiles? I suppose none of those types of animals is furry. I guess there are probably a lot of animals that don’t see color the way we humans do, as well, so that might also have something to do with it. Also, being colored brown is probably better for camouflage against most landscapes. Sloths can appear to have green fur because of all the algae and moss growing on them, however… [/sciencethoughts] OK. Fur Green. IDGI, YSL. It’s not, like, Für Green, either, whatever that means in German (“For Green”?).

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Fur Green

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Essie Nail Polish in Poolside Service, swatch

Essie — Poolside Service (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring

Essie’s Spring 2016 collection contains six shades that are all creams: totally my bag! I made a trip down to my favorite beauty supply and snagged four shades: High Class Affair, Off Tropic, Poolside Service, and Sunshine State of Mind. I wanted badly to get a couple from the new Resort collection, as well (particularly Taj-Ma-Haul), but didn’t see it on display. Guess I’ll have to make another trip in the next couple of weeks.

Here’s my little haul (the middle four bottles are from the Spring 2016 collection):

Essie Nail Polish Haulage from Toronto Barber & Beauty Supply, February 2016
Creams, wonderful creams!
Essie Nail Polishes in Color Binge, Sunshine State of Mind, High Class Affair, Off Tropic, Poolside Service, & In the Lobby

Poolside Service (968), is described by Essie as a “crisp cerulean blue”. (Also, it’s listed as “Pool Side Service” at Essie’s website, but it’s “Poolside Service” on the label, so I’m going with that, since I believe I’ve noted polish name typos on the official site before). Cerulean is one of those funny color words that I can never quite get the hang of. Sometimes it’s used to describe a deep ocean blue, other times it’s a bright warm blue, and there are a multitude of shades in between. Essie’s use of it, here, strikes me as being a bit odd, since I’ve never really associated cerulean with greenish blues, and Poolside Service is, to me, a dusty teal blue cream.

I’m not sure I love this color for spring—it really feels like more of a fall/winter shade to me. I wasn’t feeling it when I was wearing it this week, even though it’s been snowing here. Guess I’m ready for some brights and sunshine! Poolside Service can call me again in September or October.

In any case, this is the main thing I think of when I hear the word cerulean, these days:

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Revlon Nail Enamel in Trendy, swatch

Revlon — Trendy (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Revlon

Before I get into the nail polish review today, I have two pieces of blog-related news! Firstly, I finally ponied up the $13/yr (was $12 last year, damn!) to change my blog address to blog.fivezero.ca! The old WordPress address still works; it’ll redirect here.

Secondly, last week I reported that I broke the lens to my Samsung camera, and was trying out another camera for blog photos. Unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten the hang of the new Nikon, and I actually find it kind of awkward to use for my lightbox shots, especially since it’s not mirrorless like the Samsung. The mirrorless Samsung is lighter and has a constant live view in the viewfinder, both features that are super handy for me when shooting one-handed in a small lightbox. (The Nikon DSLR works great for shots of things like my new handbag, though.)

Anyway, when I removed the broken Samsung lens, I saw that there was a loose piece inside, that looked like a tiny lens. I shoved it back in (HAHAHA) and while it’s still loose, I can actually kind of half-manually, half-auto, focus for macro shots again! So I’m back to the Samsung for nail polish shots. I’m going to ask my parents to bring up a Samsung lens replacement when they visit later this spring (it’s >$300 in Canada, and about US$150!). Hopefully, my patched-up lens will work until then. If not, I’ll probably fall back on the Canon point-and-shoot, which is nice and small.

Now, onto the polish! Here is another Revlon polish I picked up recently for under CA$3. I was going to swatch it for you guys last week, but then I dropped my camera. C’est la vie.

Trendy (590) is a deep, classic teal with a very slightly muted quality to it. The color teal gets its name from teal ducks: males of various species have areas of green and blue plumage.

Teal duck
Image: slim-bridge.co.uk

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