Matte collections are fall/winter-esque. This new collection is putting a twist on matte and they’re in fun summer shades. These new polishes from Julie G have a unique jelly bean finish.There are nine colorful lacquers to choose from, there is a rainbow of colors to choose from, including a black. I bought the whole collection so I could try out this peculiar finish with all of the colors. What exactly is this jelly bean finish? How is it different from a jelly polish that dries matte? Read on to find out. You can even score these at an insane price right now!
About that interesting finish. Imagine a jelly bean, the shell of the jelly bean is semi-matte and the surface is typically covered with some raised sugar bumps. These lacquers dry with this exact look. Julie G has successfully captured the look of a jelly bean into this new line of polishes.
Before we get into things, I would like to inform you of an amazing deal going on now over at Rite Aid. The display of this new collection says “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” and this week (4/19-4/26) there is a deal going one where Julie G nail polishes are Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off. If these deals are stacked onto one another, you’ve got yourself a great purchase! This would lower your price from $3.99 each to $6 for three! I’m not going to be trying out this deal since I already own this whole collection. Silly me, I should have waited! If this works out for you (or doesn’t), comment below to let me know!
Let’s start things off on a bright note and talk about this bright yellow jelly named Lemon Drop. The formula of this one surprised me, yellows are one of the hardest colors to work with, but this one wasn’t too bad at all. I feel it could probably be a two coated for some. I used three thin coats.
Lemon Drop- 3 coats, w/top coat
Sour Apple is the green of the bunch. The color doesn’t suit the name, in my opinion anyway. Sour apple is usually a lighter bright green, this one isn’t, it’s a dull grass green. In the bottle, the color looks a little boring. On the nails, it has a brighter look that I really liked, it’s actually one of my favorites. The color paired with the jelly formula reminds me of those free lollipops I used to get as a kid at the bank! I think they still give them out now… right? I love the look of this with top coat!
Sour Apple- 3 coats, no top coat
Sour Apple- 3 coats, w/top coat
You can’t have a candy collection without a sweet vibrant orange. Candy Shop is a very pigmented orange jelly. Two coats for a sheer jelly look, I used three to get it opaque. I really love the jelly bean finish paired with this shade! This color reminds me of CoverGirl XL Nail Gel in the shade Overblown I used in a Mani Monday a few weeks back.
Candy Shop- 3 coats, no top coat
Candy Shop- 3 coats, w/top coat
Sour Grape gave me the hardest time. This grape purple was the sheerest and was super patchy. I didn’t care for it with its natural finish. Once I applied top coat, I liked it. I would rather not deal with the four coats plus top coat I had to use, so this one’s not a winner for me. So although I ended up loving my final result, I would say to skip on this one.
Sour Grape- 4 coats, no top coat
Sour Grape- 4 coats, w/top coat
For those of you that love pinks, this one will most likely be on the top of your lists. This hot jelly pink is adorably named Pixi Stick. The formula was good, one of the better ones of the bunch, not super thick nor thin. For some reason, out of them all, this is the only one that instantly makes me think of jelly beans. The color is so spot on to a strawberry-flavored pink jelly bean! I like this glossy even more!
Pixi Stick- 3 coats, no top coat
Pixi Stick- 3 coats, w/top coat
This next one I was the most curious about. A black jelly? Like those smoky toppers? I don’t like those smoky topper polishes. This one is totally different. Licorice Twist a pigmented black that is somehow a jelly. It intrigues me that they were able to do this. It dries a squishy black. It has all the edge if a black along with the fun of a jelly! This was a surprise favorite for me!
Licorice Twist- 3 coats, no top coat
Licorice Twist- 3 coats, w/top coat
You may have noticed there are two purples in this collection and in the picture above, they look pretty similar. I can assure you they are not. Before we get into the comparison between these two, here is the second purple, Lolli Pop. Lolli Pop is a pinky berry purple that I really loved. Unlike Sour Grape, the formula of this one was good in 3 coats. I did three just to bring it to a fuller coverage.
Lolli Pop- 3 coats, no top coat
Lolli Pop- 3 coats, w/top coat
In the bottle, these two purple lacquers look almost identical. Even in the store as I was holding them in my hands, I couldn’t pick out the differences. When they are painted on the nails, the colors sheer out a bit and it brings out the different tones of the polishes. Lolli Pop is brighter and pink toned and Sour Grape is darker and blue toned. One is a berry purple, whereas the other is grape purple.
I&R: Lolli Pop, M&P: Sour Grape (no top coat)
I&R: Lolli Pop, M&P: Sour Grape (w/top coat)
Sweet Tooth is a jelly cerulean blue. Like Sour Apple, this color seemed a little dull in the bottle. I ended up really loving this one. It looks very bright and amazing when painted. It’s like the jelly version of DJ Blue My Mind from the new China Glaze Electric Nights Collection (review here).
Sweet Tooth- 3 coats, no top coat
Sweet Tooth- 3 coats, w/top coat
Out of them all, Wild Cherry had the very best formula. This is a fiery orange red that looks good in 2 coats. If all the polishes in this collection performed this way, I would be jumping up and down praising the polish gods. I wish they were all this good!
Wild Cherry- 2 coats, no top coat
Wild Cherry- 2 coats, w/top coat
Even though I’m not into red polish, I know a gorgeous, well-done red when I see one. Here’s an additional pic of Wild Cherry in natural light.
Wild Cherry- 2 coats, w/top coat (natural light)
All the rainbow colored collections out in stores bring a smile to my face. I mean how could anyone see a rainbow and not feel joy? I was a little let down by the formula, I had to build most of these up quite a bit. Wild Cherry had the easiest and best formula of all nine. I was a little sad to see that the best formula belonged to the red, a color I personally rarely ever reach for. I would probably not recommend these because of the amount of layering needed, since most people avoid polishes that require more than 2 coats to achieve opacity. I like these better with a glossy finish so if you add that into the equation, you have a nail topped with too many coats for a lazy girl like me!
If you’re one of those people who don’t mind, pick up one or two in your favorite colors. My top picks are Sour Apple, Licorice and Sweet Tooth. If you like reds, Wild Cherry would be a good choice.
If you’re on a budget and want to save some money, I’d say skip these Julie G Candy Shoppe Colors and go for the other new releases that are out in stores now such as the Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection or China Glaze Electric Nights Collection to name a few.
Julie G nail lacquers retail regularly for $3.99 each and are only available in Rite Aid stores or on the Jesse’s Girl’s website. If you end up picking a few with this awesome deal going on, as described above, let me know! What are your thoughts on this new jelly bean finish? Do you prefer it as is or with top coat like me?