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Get In The Mood For This Weekend’s Academy Awards With Julep’s Oscar Nail Polish Collection

The most prestigious, anticipated, talked-about evening of the year for Hollywood’s glitterati, cinephiles, celebrity fashion stylists, and critics alike will take place this Sunday, February 26th, when the 84th Academy Awards will be broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre. To get viewers in the spirit for the high glamour looks they’re bound to see on the red carpet, the nail lacquer gurus at Julep unveiled their 7-piece Oscar collection, featuring sultry shades with indulgent creamy textures, metallic sheens, and even a glitter-saturated offering.

In homage to Oscar winners (and nominees) present and past, each of the “4 Free” polishes (meaning they don’t include toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, dibutyl phtalate, toluene, and formaldehyde resin) is named after a celebrated actress. A creamy, deep dove grey exudes an air of timeless sophistication, which explains why it was named “Meryl” after the phenomenal Meryl Streep, widely considered the best living female actress and who, not coincidentally, holds the crown for the most Oscar nominations (17 in total). The fact that this particular gray shade also references the title of the film for which she was once again nominated, The Iron Lady, adds to its finger-on-the-pulse-of-current-events quality.

A vampy, chocolate brown shade with burgundy undertones, an opaque finish and a creamy texture, meanwhile, was dubbed “Viola” after Best Actress nominee Viola Davis, who won our hearts as Aibileen Clark in The Help (and for whom we’re feverishly rooting!).

Moving on to the shimmering shades, the collection incorporates such hues as “Marisa,” an intriguing, inky, midnight blue reminiscent of the indigo shade of the 1950 couture Charles James dress Marisa Tomei won to the 2011 Oscars, when she was nominated for her performance alongside Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. Like that show-stopping dress, this shade has an all-over sheen that makes it look all the more glam.

Next, we have the “Glenn” nail lacquer, a classic raspberry red with a Fatal Attraction-worthy dose of seduction (minus all the ensuing chaos, of course) and golden and copper shimmer to give the shade an inviting warmth. Though the shade is more reminiscent of Glenn Close‘s turn as Cruella De Vil than that of her soft-spoken, cross-dressing butler character in Albert Nobbs , it’s the type of classic shade we associate with Hollywood glitz.

A sultry copper shade dubbed “Rachel”, meanwhile, was likely dubbed after Rachel Weisz who, in 2006, won the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in The Constant Gardener. Weisz tends to opt for neutral and soft metallic shades when hitting the red carpet , donning a brown floor-length gown to the 2006 premiere of The Fountain,opting for an antique, ochre-tinged gold Donna Karan gown when hitting the 2006 Golden Globes, and donning a silky champagne gold Vera Wang gown to the 2007 Oscars.

And, of course, to give your nails a Midas touch, you can always coat them with the “Oscar” nail lacquer, which is saturate with yellow gold glitter worthy of the evening’s coveted statue. Unlike other glittery polishes, you can achieve coverage in two or three coats without major color-less gaps or an undesirable piece-y look.

All of the colors are packaged in Julep’s signature rectangular tubes (which much resemble lip gloss tubes) and the polishes dry incredibly fast, minimizing the chance of smudging an on-the-run manicure. That being said, you’ll need a top coat to safeguard your nail polish color and lessen the risk of chipping or peeling.

Take a look at some of the Julep Oscar Collection nail lacquers (each of which retails for $14 at Julep.com) after the jump!

Let’s start with the Meryl shade, one of my absolute faves due to its classic, elegant, feminine but understated look:

Next, take a look at how the Glenn polish looks on nails. As you can see, the color has a berry red base but, thanks to the fiery gold and copper shimmer particles, the polish has an unexpected radiance that makes it that much sassier.

Next up, you’ll find the Viola nail polish, a blackcurrant-meets-dark-chocolate color with a seductive creamy texture that makes it feel indulgent and rich.

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