Julep Hayden Nail Vernis Review

 Julep's Hayden is described as a "bright and body neon peach creme". Julep, a specialty salon brand, has a 4 Free formula meaning that these lacquers don't include harmful ingredients like DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and toluene.  On top of being 4 Free, Julep also claims that their polish formula is chip resistant. Julep sent me this polish for free for review. Julep Nail Vernises are quite small, containing only 8ml (.27fl oz), less than half the size of the average polish for double to triple the price of your average bottle of nail polish. Each Julep Vernis sells for a whopping $14, or $11.20 for Julep Maven subscribers. Julep products can be bought through the brand's website, or at any of the four Julep nail salons, all of which are located in Washington state. A limited selection of this lacquer line is also available through Sephora. Julep offers a monthly subscription service called the Julep Maven box, which sells for $20/month. Julep products are made in America and are cruelty free.
 I like the look of this nail line's bottle, it looks sleek, unique, and expensive. Each Julep Nail Vernis comes in a thin, tall, rectangular glass bottle topped by a black square cap. The product name can be found on the front of the bottle and some product and company info on the back. A full ingredient list can be found on the side of the cap on a peel off sticker, but good luck reading it because it's printed in microscopic text. Not cool. You know what else isn't cool? How one side of the bottle is sloppily, partially painted black. What is the purpose of that? It ruins the sleek, expensive look of the bottle. I think its supposed to be a window to see how much polish you have left. Idk, I don't like it. If you wanna look on the brightside, the packaging is recyclable. Julep says that their brush has "micro flayed" bristles. I'm not fully sure what that means. The brush has a long wand with long bristles that move together uniformly. The brush has a flat, thin shape and a good amount of flex.
 Hayden, which is par of Julep's It Girl collection, seems to have a good consistency. This lacquer is on the thicker side but applies easily and evenly. Hayden is a two coater for me, but you could likely get away with one thick coat if you wanted to. Hayden dries pretty quickly, but its not a fast dry polish. I would estimate about one minute per coat.Much like Courteney, I've had variable wear from Hayden. This lacquer has worn like iron on me for four days, and peeled off in just a couple hours. So unpredictable. It doesn't seem to chip ever though, which is a total bonus. Hayden is a little stubborn when it comes to removal though. Nothing an acetone based remover can't handle, it just needs a little elbow grease. 
 Bold? Bright? Neon? Creme? No. No Julep. The only thing true about the description is that its peach. My bottle of Hayden seems a little different than others. The pigment seems to settle at the bottom of the bottle. Shaking, mixing, and storing the bottles in different positions doesn't help. I can see that Hayden has the potential to be bright, but mine just isn't. Its more of a slightly brightened pastel peach. I find the color really...not flattering. Its a very yellow peach that clashes with my fair, cool skin. Hayden just looks award and out of place on me. This is definitely a shade that's better suited to those with darker, warmer skin tones.  Hayden dries down to a rubbery, matte finish, not a creme.
Julep's Nail Vernis in Hayden is an awkward color, at least on me. A bright pastel peach with a strange finish. Not my kind of color, not the kind of color it was intended to be either, I think. At least it wears well..most of the time. The packaging is attractive and elegant. Do I think this nail enamel is worth $14? No. $11? Maybe if you're a total nail junkie, I don't think this is an easily duped color. The best way to obtain Julep Vernis is to subscribe to their monthly box, you get two bottles each month, guaranteed. Hayden has a good formula but I think my bottle may be defective.

Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/trimellitic Anhydride copolymer, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Ethyl Tosylamide Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzphenone-1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Diacetone Alcohol May Contain: Aluminum/Calcium/Sodium Silicate & Silica & Iron Oxide (CI77491), Mica (CI 77019)& Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) & Tin Oxide, Mica (CI 77019), D&C Black #2 (CI 77266), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), D&C Red #6 Barium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Red #30 Lake (CI 73360), D&C Red #34 Calcium Lake (CI 15880), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Polyethylene Terephthalate.

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