- Protects nail color from chips, dings, and dullness twice as long as regular top coats with Polymer shield
- Cure under regular light in three to five minutes (depending on brightness and proximity to light source); no UV light required
- Remove with ANY polish remover, including gentle, non-acetone formulas
I couldn’t wait to try it out – as a nail art lover, I’m always trying to find the best top coat that will allow me to wear designs that won’t chip, but I’m also looking for a top coat that’s safe. Most fast drying long wear top coats aren’t 3-free, including favorites like Seche Vite. The Freedom Top Coat is 4-free though, meaning no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP. I’m so excited they sent it in February’s box. On with the review! Below you can see the simple hearts and dots loop design I did using Essie Where’s My Chauffeur and Butter LONDON Trout Pout.
It’s not a crazy fancy design or anything, but I mostly wanted to see how the top coat would handle a simple design and a bump of polish. As you can see, there was some dragging when applying. I’m pretty careful and tend to use a pretty dense bead of top coat when I apply so that the brush doesn’t disturb the design, but there is obvious dragging and the coral polish spread when the top coat was applied. You can see the dragging pretty well on my pinkie and on my index finger in the photo below. I’ll also note that I let the design dry by itself without the top coat for five minutes so it had time to set and wasn’t prone to dragging (clearly didn’t help).
But, the redeeming factor for Julep’s Freedom Top Coat is with a single color of polish. I’ve made no enhancements to the photo below (or any of these photos, actually) – check out how smooth it is on my thumb! What I do like is that you actually cure the top coat for two minutes under any 60 watt light bulb at home, and in two minutes it is dry to the touch. In five minutes, I can type this blog without worrying about hitting my nail on a key. The finish is as glossy as a gel manicure without the fuss of a gel manicure. No UV lights, no 2 weeks of the same color, no annoying removal process.
Overall opinion: I really wish I could say that I am replacing Seche Vite with this top coat and that it’s a life changer. But, alas, I can’t. I won’t be reaching for Julep’s Freedom Top Coat as a topper for intricate designs, because I don’t want to risk smearing the design. But, if I’m wearing a single color as a manicure, I will ABSOLUTELY use it – it dries rock solid and is very forgiving, spreading color evenly and gives a great gloss finish. What do you think? Have you used the topcoat yet? Will you use it in the future? Let me know in the comments!
I purchased this product on my own. All opinions are genuine.