Review: Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

A while back I reviewed my Lomasi Mani Pedi System and I told y’all I didn’t exactly follow the directions. This is why. I was testing out my Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat! While I do love a good drugstore product and my L.A. Colors Base/Top Coat has been rocking my world lately this top coat is bomb!

Product Name:  Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

Price:  $18.00 or $14.40 Maven

Availability: or Sephora

Product Description:  Quick-dry formula cures smudge-free under natural light in just five minutes; no UV light required. Perfecting polymer force field smoothes brush strokes and imperfections, leaving a high-gloss, gel-like finish. Gel-like shine without gel removal hassle. Comes off with any nail polish remover. ‘4-free’ formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP. For best results, use every other day and seal your free edges with each application.

Tip: Make sure your nails are dry to the touch before applying Freedom.

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, MEK, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol.

Scent: Regular nail polish

Consistency: Regular nail polish

My Experience:   Although the directions do not require you to use a UV lamp, I did use mine because I wanted to make sure that it was completely sealed and “cured” to test out the shine and durability. After applying my Wet n Wild in Candy-licious I applied one coat of Freedom Polymer Top Coat then cured it with the UV lamp and it looked so delicious I couldn’t stand it. My nails lasted without any chips or cracks for a week.


Pros: You don’t need to use a UV lamp to achieve a bright, shiny finish. I also didn’t reapply it like the website suggests. Who has time for that? During the week we want our polish to last a couple days then switch. I try to avoid reapplying top coats as much as possible.

Cons:  None.

Final Thoughts:  I LOVE this top coat. I would definitely recommend it and buy it again. If you want to find out more information about Julep you can watch this video or you can sign up here.

What’s your favorite top coat? Have you tried anything from Julep? Do you love it?


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  1. says

    Thank you for this! I actually just had a manicure yesterday, and made it home only to realize that I didn’t sit under the UV lights for long enough so 6 of my nails have that spackled look. UGH! I’ve actually never used a top coat–can you apply after a manicure has already dried and does it fix the unevenness of the polish?

    Stopping in from SITS Sharefest!

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