Caress Nail Polish in Sea Green | Frankening a Dupe of YSL’s Jade Imperial

Because of my long kept frustration that YSL’s Jade Imperial shade (ever since I spottedbit on Xiao’s Messy Wands blog) is a beautiful wearable shade of green but is a luxury polish unavailable here, something had to be done. YSL’s Jade Imperial costs about $25.00. I hesitate in buying many luxury nail polishes though I wouldn’t mind landing money on a few more Essie bottles.  I perused the aisles of local department stores and spotted Caress’s Sea Green polish (Php23.75) which was about 2-3 shades darker (aptly a “Frankenstenish”  hue) but the perfect green tone.  I also already had Bobbie premium polish in Pure White (Php33.00++).  I knew something could be done I decided to “franken” (custom mix) my own bottle of Jade Imperial using cheaper polishes.  Behold the birthchild of my resolve.

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YSL’s Jade Imperial is not a mint green if you see it here in Xiao’s post, it’s got more grey or grunge to it.  It’s similar to Essie’s Sew Psyched…kind of like a pastel army hue.  Because the Caress polish is runny and too dark by bout 3 shades I married about half a teaspoon of Bobbie Pure White into it straight from the bottle and gave it a good strong shake (about 3-4x). You may need to pour out a little afterwards if there is overflow. If ever my mix was a little off it’s only slightly not as cool as Jade Imperial because of the tone of Sea Green, but as a result this matches my less cool skin better. So my total first frankening attempt cost me Php58.00 in total. When my mom first spotted my nails this morning at breakfast with no clue about the YSL polish, frankening, or my plan put together she suddenly said as if on cue “It looks like Jade…”.  I beamed with success and said “Exactly…” :)

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  • http://becomingsleek.wordpress.com Pat

    Whoa! I’ve never considered mixing shades of polish before! That’s such an amazing yet simple hack. Thanks for the tip, Julia!

  • http://talesoverbreakfast.tumblr.com/ Mimi

    Nice! :) You should also try Caress Sea Pink — perfect pink shade for the toes this summer! http://instagram.com/p/P3LKSZFLz_/

  • Nel

    Ganda, I like that shade. It’s good to know that their formulas are ‘friends’. Local polishes are getting better in terms of color range and effects(glitter/shimmer/pearlescent). Either you get a dupe and now, you proved that with a little tweaking you can also make one.

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