Olive and June Review – Is It Worth It?

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! It’s so fun trying out new beauty products and I’ve had my eye on Olive and June for a while after spotting them on Instagram.

They so sweetly sent over a “Treat Yourself” box to try out so I wanted to share a full Olive and June review for you!

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.

(P.S. Use this link and the code jenb20 for 20% off your order of any of their systems!)

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 Olive and June salons located in each of these spots! They even keep your preferences on file for future visits! Genius!

Olive and June Review

Olive and June Review - Is it worth the hype?

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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 sitter (who has basically become part of the family) when I busted out the box, declaring that we shall be painting our nails together!

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

  1. Poppy polish bottle handle
  2. 7 Shades of Polish
  3. The Top Coat
  4. Award Winning Cuticle Serum with Cactus Flower
  5. Clean-Up Brush
  6. Polish Remover Pot
  7. Flat-Edge Nail Clippers
  8. Dual-Grit Nail File
  9. Nail Buffer Bar

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

If you’re new to Olive and June, 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.

A peek inside an Olive and June box

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.

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! 🙂

Red polish manicure

Olive & June Cuticle Serum

One thing I especially love about Olive & June is their cuticle serum! It makes your cuticles look refreshed and hydrated with the simple swipe of the brush.

It’s mess free and fast drying and full of avocado and jojoba oil. And it’s so easy to use – just take off the cap, twist the pen 2-3 clicks and apply on your cuticle!

Olive & June 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.

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 don’t have ridges on my nails so I’ve never used the 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.

Olive & June 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.

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 Pedi 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
  2. Nail polish remover pot
  3. Large flat end nail clippers
  4. Nail file
  5. Cuticle remover
  6. Cuticle pusher
  7. Mini Nail buffer
  8. Foot serum
  9. Silicone toe separators
  10. Clean up brush
  11. Nail polish
  12. Super glossy top coat
  13. 7 Shades of Nail Polish

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!

(I got my nieces involved in the Olive and June fun on Christmas morning!)

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!

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 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!

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

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

I finally picked up this super inexpensive set of nail tools from Amazon and I love it! Olive and June doesn’t have any sort of tools and this is a great way to make some fun designs. The one below was my first try at it!

It’s also worth mentioning that Olive and June is always cruelty-free & vegan which is a big win in my book!

Collections of 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!

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

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!!

Is Olive & June Worth It?

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

10 polishes from Olive and June

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

I hope this Olive and June Review as beneficial!

(P.S. Use this link and the code jenb20 for 20% off your order of any of their systems!)

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!

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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