I say that because if you’ve ever seen Imperial Jade, you know right off the bat that this is not the color of it. Imperial Jade is this insane green, fairly close to the color of fine emeralds, but still glowing green. Imperial Jade falls in the Jadeite family (there are two types of jade – nephrite and jadeite).
The color of YSL Jade Imperial is so far removed from what Imperial Jade looks like that it baffles me. How can they even think this is comparable? It’s like they didn’t even try to capture the color.
Here is a picture of high quality Imperial Jade:
Image courtesy of http://www.pricescope.com/forum/colored-stones/fake-imperial-jade-t32266.html
Can you see why I’m disappointed by YSL Jade Imperial? Not even CLOSE! If YSL had put out a shade similar to the green in the picture above, I’d have done cartwheels while hula hoop-ing!
That said, I loved loved LOVED the formula on this. Smooth, creamy and opaque in two thin coats. Extremely high gloss when completely dry.
While I’m disappointed by YSL’s creative team and their inability to capture a hue that rivals a real Imperial Jade, I find I still do like this color a lot…one that will probably be making it on to my fingers more times than it really should considering how many colors I have yet to wear!
I hope you’ve learned a little something while still enjoying some nail polish.
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I love the dusky, smoky quality of the color in this shot.
While this still looks muted and dusty/smoky, it shows a bit more grey in the sun.
Purchased at www.nordstrom.com for $25.00.
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