Real Review #19 | Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat


Lately I've had more time to do my nails and try out different colours for the colder months. However, that means I've also had a chance to test the Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat, which I had high hopes for.


The Julep Freedom Polymer Topcoat comes in the classic rectangular Julep bottle at 8ml in black coloured glass. It's a clear polish/topcoat and it goes on nice and thin. Since the application is thin, you don't need too much product to cover a nail or even for one full set application. I think this 8ml bottle would last quite a while. It doesn't create bubbles in the nail varnish and it dries flat. It dries fairly quickly, and it advertises to be dry in 5 minutes. It's advertised to make nails super shiny, but I didn't notice a "shellac-like" shiny finish. In general, the application is very easy to maneuver.


Unfortunately, I also don't find that it helps my mani last. I've used this product about 3-4 times and each time I've had a chip within 2 days. I was pretty disappointed since this is the only major reason for purchasing a top coat - in my opinion.

The price-point is high for a top coat, about $14.40USD for a Julep Maven (a member) or $18.00USD for a non-Julep Maven. It's easily accessible now as the company has put some of their staple product, such as this one, at Sephora. It's also accessible by ordering it online.

- Julep polish packaging
- thin, nice texture
- does not create bubbles in the varnish
- now more easily accessible 

- chips within 2 days of application 
- not as shiny as advertised/promised
- higher price point

Would I repurchase the Julep Freedom Polymer Topcoat? No, I love my Seche Vite! It's one of the best topcoats I've found: it dries super fast, my mani is shiny and it lasts for days on end! 
I may give the Freedom Polymer a couple more shots since I have a full bottle, but I'm pretty disappointed in it as I had high hopes. 

Have you tried this product? What is your go-to topcoat?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle


  1. Ouch, for that price I would expect it to perform better. :-(

    Reflection of Sanity

    1. I agree! The Seche Vite is 12$ but it performs a lot better! I was lucky enough to get the Polymer topcoat in a Julep box with other items, so I didn't pay the full price.