Julep Nail Vernis Helena
|January 16, 2012||Posted by peach_ under Julep|
Did you hear? Neon is in for 2012. And while I’m not quite ready to go out rocking bright pink eyeshadow or donning a highlighter yellow dress, what better way to embrace a trend than to wear it on the nails?
I dove into the trend with Julep Helena, which is not only a spunky hue, but also has a finish that’s edgier than a traditional creme.
Helena is an “ultra-saturated fuchsia,” says Julep, and it certainly is in the bottle. On the nails, we see less fuchsia and more berry pink that’s a slightly warmer, less violet version of the bottle shade. It’s not what I expected, but I really love the outcome!
Its finish was also unexpected. It applies extra glossy and vivid in a single coat (I applied 2 to even out the shape), and I was ready to report that it’s possibly the shiniest creme I’ve ever encountered. However, less than a minute later, it started to dry into a plastic-y, matte finish.
There are other brands that offer this type of rubbery finish, and one I’ve featured here is Dior Paradise. Their look and feel remind me of liquorice candy! I like the finish and didn’t apply a top coat, but of course you can add it for regular glossy finish and durability.
I adore this loud, rubbery berry pink! Would you wear this vivid color? Do you like rubber finishes?
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.)