It is rare for me to say a beauty product has changed my life. In fact, prior to a few weeks ago there were only two products I would say are on my list of must-have can’t-live-without beauty products:
I’m so happy to finally be adding a third to this list: Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat.
I received a bottle of this fast drying top coat in my February Julep Maven Box. I have been using it regularly and plan on reordering it once I run out because this top coat is AMAZING.
If you watch any of my video subscription box reviews, you may notice that I am wearing different nail polish in almost every set of videos. This never used to be the case. In fact, for years I despised painting my nails and would only get them done at the nail salon on occasion. My problem? I am impatient (to say the least). I find it virtually impossible to sit still and do nothing long enough for my nails to dry, which means I invariably end up with an immediate smudge or two.
Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat has changed all of that. After I paint my nails I put on one coat of this amazing top coat and my nails are rock hard and ready to go in about five minutes. No, really. Five minutes. Now I can paint my nails and have them completely dry in the same amount of time that it takes me to watch one episode of Modern Family (fast-forwarding through the commercials via the DVR, of course).
According to the Julep website, here are the benefits of this gel-like top coat:
- Polymer force field protects nail color from chips, dings, and dullness twice as long as regular top coats
- Quick-dry formula cures under regular light in three to five minutes (depending on brightness and proximity to light source); no UV light required
- For best results, cure under a 60-watt light bulb for two minutes and re-apply every two to three days
- Remove with ANY polish remover, including gentle, non-acetone formulas
- Dark sealed bottle keeps light-curing formula safe and pliable
- 4-Free formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP
While I’m impatient, I’m also lazy, so I don’t use the 60-watt light bulb to help the nail polish set. Granted, while that could speed up the sealing time it would also mean leaving my comfy seat on the couch so I am content with the five minute dry time.
In addition to drying my nails super fast, I feel like it does a great job extending the life of my manicure. If there’s anything worse than smudging a freshly painted nail it’s getting a big chip in your polish the next day! Since I’ve been using this top coat I haven’t had that problem and I would say the average life of my manicure is about 5-6 days. While I feel like it makes my nails fairly hard, I have absolutely no problem removing the top coat and the underlying polish using a regular nail polish remover.
I really think Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat is the best top coat ever, though I admit that it is on the pricey side at $18 per bottle ($14.40 if you are a Julep Maven). However, considering I would now rather do my nails myself and use this top coat than I would go get a manicure, I think the savings in the long run could be substantial!
Do Tell: Have you tried the Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat? What do you think? Is there another quick-dry top coat that you swear by?