Julep Nail Vernis Hayden (2012 Resort Collection)
|January 19, 2012||Posted by peach_ under Julep|
Out of the three polishes I received in my January 2012 It Girl Box, I was most excited for Julep Hayden and didn’t hesitate to wear it first.
But it’s not because I particularly like orange nail polish or it looked the prettiest; in fact, it’s because my first thought was, “there’s no way it’s going to look good on my nails!”
And as I expected, it doesn’t look pretty…nor pretty good. It’s actually the sort of “fugly” shade that grew on me as I wore it for the past few days. It might very well be because I stared at it for too long and my eyesight have gone awry, but I’m completely fascinated with this intense shade!
Formerly named Amanda, Hayden is a blindingly neon, pastel, milky peach-orange creme. Reader Julia referred to it as melon; it’s a not-straight-orange cantaloupe color, with again, strong emphasis on pastel and neon. I don’t think I was able to capture just how bold this is.
It does all the wrong things a nail polish color could, like:
- Make my skin look dull/dirty/darker/tanner
- Clash with everything
- Apply in a chalky, patchy manner (thicker coat solves this)
- Look flatter than other cremes, without much dimension/depth
- Seem absolutely garish, especially on longer nails (like mine)
But it’s so wrong, it’s right!
If you thought Julep Helena was neon, Hayden is ten-times brighter and so blinding that, when I look at my hands, all I see are the nails and my skin is just a “blur” in the background. It seems to soak up all the surrounding light and look as if it can glow in the dark. (But it sadly doesn’t…I tried!)
I’m absolutely smitten by this attention-getter, no, attention-thief shade! Your nails are all anyone will see if you wear this, without a doubt. My only gripe is that it applies horrifyingly patchy if you do not let your base coat completely dry. It doesn’t seem to work well with “stickier” base coats and apply best on thoroughly dry, smooth surfaces using thicker coats.
I certainly have nothing that comes close to this color. It’s a polish I find so “ugly” and daring that I absolutely love it. I think it’s meant to clash with my skin and with everything you wear. I imagine it’ll have even more pizazz on pale and cool-toned complexions (it’s a pastel color, after all) or those with very dark or tanned skin.
Would you wear this neon pastel peach?
Availability: $14 on Julep.com. I received my bottle as part of the Julep Maven Membership Program. Read my Julep Maven review here. Right now, US & Canadian residents can take the quiz and join here for 1-cent (regularly $19.99) by entering code NEWYEAR2012 at checkout. (Disclosure: these are referral links that provide me $15 Julep credit when you join.)