An Honest Olive and June Review

Is Olive and June worth the hype? I wondered this for months before seeing for myself! I finally tried out this Instagram-loved at home manicure nail polish to share with you!

I’m a nail polish junkie. I go through spurts when I paint my nails a new color a week and am constantly buying ALL the shades of every color! I’ve loved painting my nails since I was a little girl!

I’ve always loved trying out new beauty products and I’ve had my eye on Olive and June for a while after spotting them on Instagram. Their manicures always seemed perfect, the colors were fun and constantly changing and I was intrigued.

A while back they so sweetly sent over a Mani System to try out so I wanted to share a full Olive and June review for you! Since their first box years ago, I’ve since tried out most of their products from their Mani System, their Pedi System, their Mani Weekeder, Mani Jetsetter, their new press on nails and more!

Olive & June Manicure

In case you don’t want the full review, know this – I adore Olive & June and believe it is totally worth it. I’ve been painting my nails since I was a little girl and have tried almost every polish around and none compare to Olive & June.

O&J goes on easier than any polish I’ve ever used, it’s 7 free (free of most harmful chemicals), vegan, and cruelty free. They have beautiful colors, innovative products and truly the best customer service around.

If you’ve never tried Olive & June, do yourself a favor and try it out (and use my code below for a discount!)!

Use this link and the code jenb20 for 20% off your order of any of their systems!

Ok, if you’re ready for my full review and all that you need to know about Olive & June, keep reading!

Olive & June History

Olive and June was started in 2013 by Sarah Gibson Tuttle. If you watch O&J’s Instagram stories or lives you’ll often hear her go by SGT.

Something that I love about SGT is how and why she start Olive & June! Sarah worked at JP Morgan equity sales trader at JP Morgan & Morgan Stanley in New York and moved out to California for a better work life balance.

My husband worked at a hedge fund for 10 years before recently quitting his job for a better work life balance so I can completely understand this!

When she moved out to LA she couldn’t find a nail salon she like so that’s what led her to start Olive & June! She loved everything about Los Angeles except the fact that she didn’t have a spot to get her nails done!

Woman showing an olive & june manicure system

She wanted to create a beautiful spot that woman could get beautiful nails without the high prices. A spot that felt like you’re going to your best friends house for a fun little mani party.

She also created a polish that was clean, lasted 7+ days and easy to apply. All of their polish is 7 free (free of toxic chemicals), vegan, and cruelty free with real staying power.

Olive & June is constantly coming out with new products, new classes and easy ways to have salon perfect nails without the salon prices!

Yes, there are professionals out there creating some of their designs but they also teach you how to do it yourself!

However, if you’re ever in Beverly Hills, Pasadena or Santa Monica, there’s O&J salons located in each of these spots! They even keep your preferences on file for future visits! Genius!

Let’s move on to my Olive & June Review.

Olive and June Nail Polish Review

Olive and June Review - Is it worth the hype?

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One thing that immediately caught my eye about Olive & June is their impeccable style. They’re always showing amazing manicures that I always thought was done by a pro until I discovered their DIY section on both their blog and Instagram.

I was literally shocked when I found out these manis were done by girls just like me – sitting at home in their living room, painting their own nails! While yes, there is a learning curve to painting your nails, the idea the I could actually have beautiful salon-quality manicures at home was enough to get me to try it!

When I got my Olive & June box I immediately dove in, ready to tackle my first at home mani with Olive and June. We had just finished a date night and were sipping wine with our babysitter (who has basically become part of the family) when I busted out the box, declaring that we shall be painting our nails together!

Olive and June nail polish

And so we checked out all of the items in the box. Yes, I knew what most of them were (except the poppy – more on that later), I honestly didn’t know the best way to actually use them all.

I’ve done more than enough research on O&J’s site to now know that no, you shouldn’t file most of your nail with the file – that should be for just slight shaping. The bulk of your shaping should be done with the clippers!

And the buffer bar isn’t technically to file down ridges in your nails or buff the top of the nails like I had done for years. They mainly use it to file down your cuticles after you push them back!

Turns out, I had a lot to learn.

Let’s dig into what’s actually in the box.

Olive and June Mani System

There are 3 different systems available from Olive and June. I was sent the Mani System which included:

  1. Poppy polish bottle handle – Olive & June’s secret weapon to being able to polish your non-dominant hand with success (more on the poppy below)
  2. 6 Shades of Polish
  3. The Top Coat – this brand’s top coat is magic! It smooths any perfections and keeps your nails looking flawless. Put this on every 2-3 days to prevent chips.
  4. Award Winning Cuticle Serum with Cactus Flower – another secret to flawless manicures is beautiful cuticles! Pro tip: turn the top many times to get the serum to start flowing.
  5. Clean-Up Brush – nobody is perfect, even the pros! Dip your clean up brush in your polish remover pot and clean up and imperfections on your nails. I use this every single time I paint my nails!
  6. Polish Remover Pot – yet again, this is the BEST polish remover around. Not only do they make it easy to remove your polish but it works better than any remover we’ve ever used. My sister actually added her Target polish remover to her pot when her pot dried up and she could immediately tell the difference. O&J polish remover makes it easier and faster to remove your polish. The best part is you can easily remove one nail to fix it while you paint your nails rather than having to ruin your entire mani!
  7. Flat-Edge Nail Clippers – the easies way to shape your nails is with the O&J flat edge nail clippers.
  8. Dual-Grit Nail File – a must have to finish shaping your nails.
  9. Nail Buffer Bar – I use this both on the top of my nails as well as to file down my cuticles.

If you want to know more about manicure systems and how to use them at home head here!

The other systems are the Pedi System (more on that below) and the Complete System which is a combo of the Mani System and the Pedi System.

The Poppy

inside an olive & june mani system

If you’re new to O&J, you need to know about the Poppy. The Poppy is Olive and June’s “secret weapon” to salon worthy nails without the salon! (Side note – you can even buy the Poppy at Target!)

It’s a unique bottle handle that makes painting your nails easier! You can even use it on most any nail polish bottle, not just Olive and June’s.

Quick funny story – when we attempted to use the Poppy we couldn’t figure out how it fit! I assumed my 20-something babysitter would know exactly how to do it but we ended up googling it to discover that the top of the polish comes off so you can apply the Poppy.

A peek inside an Olive and June box

The first time I used it I made a mess out of it. I didn’t follow their tips, I did it while the lights were dimmed and I just overall did it wrong. Just because Olive and June is amazing polish doesn’t mean you don’t have to apply it well! 🙂

Olive & June Cuticle Serum

One thing I especially love about Olive & June is their cuticle serum! Nobody likes blistered, dry cuticles! Mine get especially bad in the winter between the dry air and constant hand washing.

If you’re anything like me, you likely need the Cuticle Serum! It makes your cuticles look refreshed and hydrated with the simple swipe of the brush.

It’s mess free which makes it an obvious choice for busy women. You apply it with the foam tip, not your fingertips! The cuticle serum goes where you want it and need it (your cuticles) without your fingers getting greasy.

It’s also fast drying and full of avocado and jojoba oil. And it’s so easy to use – just take off the cap, twist the pen and apply on your cuticle!

Just a note about getting the serum to come out. The first time it takes about 10-15 clicks for it to come out.

Have patience! If you use it on a regular basis you won’t need to click it that many times. Also storing it down so the foam tip is facing down will help the serum to come out quicker.

Olive and June recommends applying your serum 2-3 times a day. It not only helps hydrate your cuticles but also gives you that beautiful salon-perfect shine!

It’s also great for travel! Throw it in your purse and you can keep your cuticles happy and moisturized all day long no matter where you go.

Nail Strengthener & Ridge Filler

If you deal with weak nails that peel or have ridges or white spots, these 2 products are fantastic. My own nails are known to peel no matter what I do and using other brand’s nail polish always make them weak.

Olive and June nail stengthener

I’ve been using the nail strengthener off and on over the past few months and love it. I noticed a difference in just the first application. I’m not super regular at using it so my nails do still peel from time to time but I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the strength of my nails.

I deal with too many ridges in my nails but if you do, they have a ridge filler but this is a great option to fill in gaps in your nails before painting them! It creates a perfect solid base for the perfect mani. It contains Vitamin E to condition the nail and Silica to fill in the gaps.

Dry Drops

The one thing that I hate the most about painting nails is waiting for them to dry. I also have a toddler girl who LOVES getting her nails painted but unless she’s watching a show, she HATES sitting quietly waiting for them to dry.

Olive and June dry drops

When Olive & June introduced their dry drops I immediately jumped on them. Just put a drop or 3 on your nails and they’re dry to the touch in 80 seconds and fully dry in half that time. It’s easy to use and it actually works!

I still make my daughter wait a little extra before running around and I’ve noticed they take a tad bit longer to be dry to the touch if your layers thick (my daughter loves glitter so we usually have a base coat of color and a few layers of glitter which can cause a thicker coat of polish). But overall these dry drops are MAGIC!

Olive & June Pedicure Kit

Olive and June Pedicure System

Olive and June also has the first ever, all-in-one Pedicure System! It has everything you need for the perfect at home pedi with tools, foot care and of course, polish!

Like the manicure box, they have a pedi kit. Here’s what’s inside it:

  1. Foot file – nobody has perfect feet – they secret is in the foot file!
  2. Nail polish remover pot – use the top sponge to remove polish from your toenails
  3. Large flat end nail clippers – shape those toenails with your large flat end nail clippers made for your toes
  4. Nail file – finish off shaping your toenails with the nail file
  5. Cuticle remover – apply the serum, rub it in and wait 5 minutes. Then grab your Cuticle Pusher!
  6. Cuticle pusher – after you’ve waited 5 minutes, use the Cuticle Pusher to push cuticles back! Then wipe off any excess cuticle remover.
  7. Mini Nail buffer – use the buffer to buff off your cuticles after you push them back
  8. Foot serum – use the foot serum daily for maximum hydration!
  9. Silicone toe separators – these are actually a comfortable way to separate those toes of yours!
  10. Clean up brush – same as the mani system brush to clean up any messes along the way.
  11. Pink Posey – patent pending, this amazing tool the SGT created gives you the perfect angle to paint your feet. Not only does it hold all of your kit’s products but it also gives you a spot to put your foot when you are giving yourself a manicure!
  12. Super glossy top coat
  13. 7 Shades of Nail Polish
Olive and June Pedicure System

The also have a new tool – the Posey! Not only does the Posey hold all of your pedicure tools but it’s also a foot rest that’s perfect for doing your pedicure!

They even have a full tutorial on how to get the perfect Olive & June Pedi at home.

Olive University

One of the best things about Olive and June is Olive University. Want to know how to actually have a beautiful mani? Start there.

You’ll see amazing tips and tricks for at home manis that look like the salon and last!

Olive and June polish isn’t gel so it’s not going to last weeks and weeks but with the right prep and proper maintenance it will last a while! They have tons of different tips on their site but one of the biggest things to note is to prep your nails well!

Prep Tips

So what are some of their prep tips?

1. Shape

Using the nail clipper and file, shape your nails! I’m really bad at this but it makes such a difference. I saw on one of their posts that you should have this be the first step and do it while your previous polish is on so you can see what it will be like in the end. I love that tip!

Find 11 different nail shapes to try here!

Nail polish from olive and june

2. Clean your nails

Always use nail polish remover and get all of the previous polish off as well as excess oil which helps the polish stick and not chip.

3. Trim and buff cuticles

Using the buffer, glide it across your cuticle to get rid of dry skin and smooth everything.

4. Use the nail polish remover again!

This is my favorite tip and makes such a difference! Often times I’ve been touching my nails, getting them dirty or oily while I’m prepping them. Doing a quick dip in the polish remover pod will clean everything up for your first coat!

Olive and June nail polish in nail polish holder

(This nail polish holder has been a life saver in keeping me organized!)

5. Wait 2 Hours After Washing

Wait at least 2 hours after washing your hands before painting them! This will prevent them from chipping.

6. Let Each Layer Dry

Go SLOW! Don’t rush to put all your coats on as quickly as possible. Let them dry a bit between each coat before applying the next one. That will help you have long lasting manicures.

Other Tips

  • You don’t need a base coat!
  • The brush bristles aren’t round – there’s a flat side so be sure to hold it the correct way when applying the polish.
  • Give your nails time to set in between coats. This will help it to not bubble.
  • Take your time! Don’t just rush through it, carefully apply the polish to each fingernail.
  • Clean up at the end. Using the nail brush (or a small paintbrush) clean up any mistakes you made along the way.
  • Reapply your top coat daily! This is something I’m terrible at but it’s so helpful to do.

Nail Tools & Nail Art

Before Olive & June came out with their own nail tools, I picked up this super inexpensive set of nail tools from Amazon and I love it! Olive and June actually just came out with their own nail tools as well!

Mani tools can be a little hard to figure out in the beginning but just like the perfect manicure, a little practice is very helpful when it comes to creating beautiful nail art.

The one below was my first try at it!

Nail art manicure

They also have nail stickers to make creating designs a breeze. There’s everything from shimmery stars to eyes to letters, you can change your nail art as often as you change your nail colors!

Here’s 53 stunning nail designs for short nails and some easy to do Valentine’s inspired manicures!

Collections of Nail Polish

nail polish

Olive & June comes out with new collections about every season with brand new colors! While you can get any of the old colors still (unless they get discontinued), they’re always bringing in new colors to the mix.

Here’a a look at one of their summer boxes – the Into You Box which was a collaboration with beauty activity Nabela for a self-love celebration in mani form!

rainbow nail polish colors

The colors were so gorgeous ranging from purples to blue to orange and ideal for summer.

They also have different sets! If you’re someone who loves the ombre look but cant figure it out on your own, you can buy one pre-made. They have everything from a Pumpkin Spice Latte Set for fall to 5 Shades of Grey Set for winter and the Rainbow Snowcone Set for summer.

They also come out with new sets all the time! (Check out Spring 2022 here!)

My niece and I tried out a few of the new colors (do you sense a theme? I give my nieces a manicure every time I see them ha!). I love how how our Olive & June nails look and we had such pretty nails!!

2 girls with coordinating manicures with hearts on their hand

Press On Nails

Breaking news – Olive & June just came out with Press On nails!! Like the others, they have a full Press On System to get your started.

I’ll have a my full review on their Press On nails but overall they’re amazing! Each set comes with:

  • 42 Press On Nails
  • Non-damaging glue
  • Wooden cuticle pusher
  • 2-in-1 file and buffer
  • Prep pad
olive & june press on nails

I’ve tried a handful of their press on nails! The long ones are SO fun but honestly I have a hard time doing every day things like taking out my contacts and typing on my computer with them.

The short ones are much more up my ally – they’re so easy to put on, last a long time and come off easily!

Is Olive and June Worth The Hype?

Yes! Olive & June polish is worth it! Overall, I’m a big fan!

Their polish is beautiful, their tips and tricks make a huge difference and it’s a fun way to change up your nail game without having to go to the salon!

I do need to mention though, that it’s still a polish and can chip much easier than something like gel or dip nails. I’ve noticed that it lasts longer than other polishes I’ve used and their top coat is the best I’ve ever used


Red polish manicure
Does Olive and June ruin your nails?

Olive and June itself will not ruin your nails but picking or peeling at your polish can definitely damage it. It’s always good to take breaks from your polish if you notice your nails are peeling or discolored.

What is special about Olive and June?

There’s lots to love about O&J! From their 7-free, vegan polish to their vibrants colors to their amazing collabs with other brands and celebrities, there’s not much to not like!

How Long Does Olive and June Last?

You can expect your Olive and June manicure to last 5 days. Proper prep work before your mani and applying your top coat every 2-3 days will help it last.

Does Olive and June have gel polish?

No, not to purchase. (At this time!)

Is Olive and June Safe?

Yes it’s safe, even for pregnancy! Olive and June is 7-free meaning it is free from Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, Ethyl tosylamide and Xylene.

Do you have a discount code?

Use this link and the code jenb20 for 20% off your order of any of their systems!

I hope this Olive and June Review as beneficial!

Now head on over to one of my very own DIY manicures that you can do with a q-tip or why not make your own balloon garland and have an at home mani party with your besties!

Thanks so much for reading!

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About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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