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Julep x Trina Turk Fall 2012 Nail Lacquer Collection — The Key To Modern Maverick Manis

There are so many reasons to love Julep‘s nail varnishes — their rectangular tubes are so compact, they’re practically pocket-sized;  their formulas are toxin-free; their color library is a veritable Fun House of creamy, satin, metallic, matte, opaque, sheer and glitter-packed shades; each lacquer’s brush is wide enough to cover a broad area of the nail plate without being so dense and broad as to prevent you from maneuvering corners and tight spaces; and they dry incredibly quickly. But the latest reason to jump for Julep is its  ongoing collaboration with fashion designer Trina Turk, whose colorful and retro aesthetic is steeped in vintage Palm Beach style.

Back in March 2012, Trina Turk held her Fall 2012 presentation in New York City, showcasing a number of Bauhaus-inspired  dresses, blouses, trousers, and skirts bearing geometric prints and featuring a bold color palette consisting mainly of clean, crisp primary and secondary colors — mainly red, blue, yellow, and green. To complement the 1920s-inspired designs, the Julep team gave models two-toned manicures, with four out of the five nails in each hand painted one solid color and one single nail featuring a half moon motif in two contrasting shades.

To complement her “Modern Maverick” collection, Trina Turk joined forces with Julep to create a limited edition collection of co-branded nail lacquers, all available for $14 each at Julep.com and TrinaTurk.com. The collection includes the following shades:

  • Hoch: A creamy, ultra saturated spearmint shade with jade undertones.
  • Delaunay: A warm holly red shade that’s creamy but semi-sheer for buildable coverage.
  • Annie: A metallic aquamarine shade with teal micro pearls.
  • Gunta: A creamy royal blue that looks unexpectedly bright and perky.
  • Otte: A suede-like camel brown color in a muted shade and featuring a creamy finish.
  • Alma: A semi-sheer yellow that’s half way between egg yolk and dijon mustard.
  • Brandt: An opaque black with a creamy finish.
  • Eileen: A porcelain-worthy white with with a creamy texture and a bright, über clean look.
  • Popova: A creamy, dark hunter green.
  • Sophie: A modern taupe reminiscent of a mushroom purée.
All the colors are fun — especially when you start thinking up interesting combinations and designs – but I’m particularly smitten with the Hoch shade since it’s just so unique.
Check out photos of a few of the nail lacquer shades below!

Here’s  my beloved Hoch shade:


Next, check out the Delaunay color. I actually wore this one on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, painting my right hand with this joyous red shade and then painting my left hand with the Popova color, which is a rich dark green.

Here’s what the Popova color looks like:

If you like jewel-toned colors — or, for that matter, festive metallic shades — you’ll appreciate the Annie, which is a lovely metallic aquamarine color that will remind you of  strands of tinsel, shiny confetti, ball ornaments, and New Year’s Eve garlands.

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