Julep Nail Vernis Diane
|December 14, 2011||Posted by peach_ under Julep|
Oh jelly finish, how I love thee. You make the nails look like ultra shiny glass…
My previous experiences with jellies have been with bright pinks and oranges that give a fun, candy-like effect. In contrast, Julep Diane is a ”rich forest green,” my first vampy jelly that I found is über sleek and perfect for this season!
To be honest, though, when I first saw Diane, my thoughts were: “Yuck, no thanks.” The fact that it’s green (one of my least favorite colors), but not just any green — a dark, dirty, bitter, khaki yellow-green — really made me want to chuck it aside. But we all know by now to never judge a polish by its bottle color, right?
I had somehow neglected to identify it as a jelly in the bottle, and what it lacked (in my biased opinion) in color, it really made up for in finish. The first coat was tragically patchy and uneven, but I persisted until the 3rd coat, when it became fully opaque with the shiniest, smoothest surface with the notable “squishy” look of a jelly.
It looks like a blackened green depending on the lighting and how thick you make each coat. I tend to glob on the polish (yet still needed that 3rd coat to even out the application) but BluMochi was able to apply it more evenly in a way the green is much more prominent on her nails. I’ve gotten many compliments on this color, simply because it’s just so shiny; much shinier than a creme finish with the shiniest top coat! It shows a lighter green where I didn’t layer as much polish (around the edges) and my nails have the look of semi-translucent resin.
I’m not particularly drawn to greens, but this one is dark and vampy enough (though some may find it too close to black) with a bonus jelly finish that I really fell for Diane. Even with a yellow undertone, it’s less obvious with 3 coats and I can see it working on cool-toned skin as well.
What do you think of Diane? Do you like jellies?
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.)