Julep Freedom Top Coat First Impressions


Gel-like shine and chip prevention without the hassle (and cost) of gel nail application? Sign me up! That’s exactly what the Freedom Topcoat from Julep promises to do. Does it deliver? 


I was so intrigued to try this new topcoat from Julep as soon as I read the product description. The Freedom Topcoat promises to keep your nails shiny and chip free for days longer than regular topcoats, giving you the longevity of a gel manicure without the cost or hassle. Sounds like a dream come true! Instead of curing under a nail dryer, this topcoat cures with natural light (though they do specify that for best results to use a UV 60-watt bulb). At $18 it’s a pretty penny for a topcoat, but compared to the cost of a gel manicure it could actually be a much more cost-effective option.

Except, at least for me, it doesn’t work. At all. In fact, this has been one of the poorest performing nail products I’ve ever used. I’ve done 2 manicures with it so far, both with Julep polishes underneath. The first time I used it, this was my result about 24 hours later:


That’s not even tip wear. That’s CHIPPING. And really bad chipping at that. With that manicure I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat underneath, so I thought to myself oh hey maybe I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and next time I’ll use the Julep base coat. So I painted my nails with Julep Marion (which is BEAUTIFUL, by the way) and ….

24 hours later my nails were even more chipped than the ones above. I didn’t even take the time to photograph it. I was pissed.

So um, yeah. Freedom Top Coat has been a huge bust and a half for me. I am going to further experiment it because I’m a masochist like that and because I’m curious…and ok, I really want super shiny nails that last a week. :( Who wouldn’t? But alas this seemed too good to be true and apparently it is.

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