Dec 12 2013

JulieG Jet Set Quick-Dry Top Coat – Early Review

Received as a gift. See bottom for more.

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This past Saturday, I spent the day in New York City with Mom – it was a cold, but fun day that started off with a visit at a  Rite Aid (534 Hudson Street) to see the Jesse’s Girl crew, where Julie G had a meet and greet with fans!

The purpose of Julie’s meet-and-greet was not only promotional for the brand to spread the word about its new holiday Frosted Gum Drops, but it was also to help drive awareness of Rite Aid’s new beauty program.

The Jesse’s Girl crew told me that Rite Aid is rolling out new beauty advisers/experts at its updated stores (newer beauty sections have some higher-end makeup and new displays) who can help you pick out makeup among the different brands offered.

What a bonus, because how many times have you thought, “I want a new foundation/mascara/powder” and looked at the rows of pre-packaged, drugstore makeup that you can’t try and thought, “well, I guess I’ll just take my chances, this is my price range, I’ll see what happens.” I’m hoping they roll this out all over the Rite Aid footprint. I’m going to see if I can find more info!

Here’s a couple photos from the event:

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Julie offered nail looks to fans with the new Frosted Gum Drops. The first 50 fans received a small gift bag (shown below in the top right corner) that included a Frosted Gum Drop polish, toe separators and a bottle of the brand’s newest offering, Jet Set Quick-Dry Top Coat.

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And here’s a picture of my mom, Julie G, and me!

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Of course, I was eager to try out Jet Set. My Holy Grail top coat is Cult Nails Wicked Fast, with Seche Vite as a back-up. I also keep a bottle of Poshe around but hardly use it.

So immediately, the next day, I did a Christmas-themed mani using JulieG Sunset Kiss (the red shimmer) and the new Mistletoe, a Frosted Gum Drop. I added a fimo candy cane over Mistletoe, and decided to use Jet Set over the texture polish. Here’s what it looked like after application:

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The formula of Jet Set is not too thin and not too thick. The brush is comparable to my Holy Grail, Cult Nails Wicked Fast:

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(Wicked Fast on left, Jet Set on right)

Within two minutes of applying Jet Set, I was able to run the pad of my index finger over the surface of another nail without damaging the top coat application.

I tried within 10 minutes to lightly bang my thumb against the glass top on my coffee table, but I did eventually get a tiny dent (that actually worked itself out, I couldn’t see where it was anymore on my thumb when I remembered I did it and was taking off the mani!)

I waited maybe another 15 minutes, and tapped the tip of my finger nail on the surface of my nail. It was fine. I went to bed within the hour and no sheet marks and everything was fine. You can see that I painted the tips of my nails with polish, and sealed that with Jet Set, as well.


Day one, it wore perfect. Stayed glossy, still had polish on my tips at the end of the day, which is a great day of wear for me!

Here’s how it looked on day two!

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Here’s my Cinderella hand, to show wear there, too:

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You can see that the worst of tip wear is on my thumbs, and I had a break on my middle finger on my Cinderella (often not see right hand) hand, with wear on either side of the tip.

I had minimal tip wear elsewhere on my hands, and even still had some polish lingering on the tips, as well.

My intention was to wear this for three or four days, but I received my order of Zoya Remove +, and went to open the safety seal on the bottle and had a little accident, which ruined my mani. I decided I’d take it off and my pledge to you is that I will be consistently use this top coat until the bottle is empty, and give you more thoughts then.

There are a couple things I want to look out for:

  • How does it look over creme polishes? Still glossy after two days on creme and jelly polishes?
  • How does it hold up on other polishes? Different brands wear differently on me, I want to try it on a variety of brands.
  • How does the formula hold up? Does it stay consistent like Wicked Fast or get thick and difficult like Seche Vite?


So my early summary opinion is that I am initially impressed with Jet Set – from how quickly it set to the minimal tip wear I experienced.

Purchase details

Right now, you can find Jet Set on the Jesse’s Girl website under “JulieG”, and it retails for $3.99. Yes. $3.99 for .35 oz. Did I say it was $3.99? It’s only $3.99. And you can find it here. Look for this to come to Rite Aid, too.

So what do you think? Will you be giving Jet Set a go?! Do you think it will compare with your Holy Grail top coat?! I look forward to reporting back to you after I use the entire bottle – probably in about three to four weeks!

Disclaimer: I received the Jet Set Quick-Dry Top Coat as part of a promotional gift from the PR firm/Manufacturer. I purchased Sunset Kiss and Mistletoe at Rite Aid. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!

  • Christine

    It was fabulous getting to see you again, Judy – I’m so glad you and your mom could make it to our event in NYC!

    • BeautyJudy

      I’m so glad I could be there!! Thank you for hosting a nice morning!

  • Krystal Emery

    I bought some today! And a set of the Holiday Gumdrops… It’s hard to beat $20, shipped for 6 textured polishes!

    • BeautyJudy

      it’s such a great price point!!! I hope you love them, Krystal!!!

      • Krystal Emery

        The gumdrops is for my nail tech actually – she saw my swatch sticks and fell in love. But the top coat is for me!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    What a lovely event. I have been watching Julie G for eons but never had the chance to try her nail polish. For one, there’s no Rite Aid here in Hawaii, boo! I love your Xmas nail art!

    • BeautyJudy

      I just read below – you can get Jesse’s Girl shipped to Hawaii, woo hoo!!!! Thank you Kath. yes, JulieG is so sweet!!!

  • Honeygirlk

    I love watching Julie G and wish that we had a rite aid here so I could try her products. they won’t ship to hawaii because of postal restrictions. Great post and love your nails 🙂

    • Christine

      We actually do ship to Hawaii from the Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics website – I’m not sure who told you otherwise!

      • Honeygirlk

        really – I’ll have to let my girlfriend know then as well. She actually ordered and said that her makeup was shipped, but the nail polish she was refunded on. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

        • Christine

          Hmmm, as far as I know we are still able to ship to Hawaii (it might not qualify for the free shipping offer though, that may only be continental US). I’ll gladly look into it further! 🙂

          • Honeygirlk

            that would be absolute awesome. It would be the first time for me to try Julie G polishes and I’ll be so excited to showcase the gumdrops on my blog. I’m going to be placing a Jesse’s girl order soon – I’m running out of my HG waterproof liner pen so I would love to include that as well 😉 thankyou

          • BeautyJudy

            I’m so glad the brand was able to connect with you about this Honeygirlk!!!!!

          • Honeygirlk

            Me too 🙂 I would love to be able to try these and this will be awesome. 😉 thank you! xo

          • Christine

            Confirmed with the shipping team that we DO ship to Hawaii, and it DOES qualify for free US shipping on orders over $20!

          • Honeygirlk

            THIS IS AWESOME – thank you so much – I’m super excited 🙂 I appreciate the help with that. Now off to tell my friend she could order her polishes 😉

  • Farryn

    WOW your nails look so so cool!

    • BeautyJudy


  • Miranda Mendoza

    I still have yet to try Julie G polishes, but I’m dying to try their gumdrop ones!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh, I enjoy their Gumdrops!!! I love the vibrant jewel-tones of the holiday Gum Drops!!!

  • Betzy Carmona

    What a great experience, and you mani is cute

    • BeautyJudy

      It was, Betzy! I love your name, by the way. Love the spelling!! And thank you, it’s a simple holiday mani but I liked it a lot!

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty

    What a cute and festive manicure!!! Looks like it was a fun event. I must try that Jet Set top coat! I am always looking for ways to dry my polish quickly. 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      It was fun! Julie is such a pleasure!! For $3.99, it’s affordable to try, too! 🙂

  • Sheila Arkee

    Wow – that’s a great price! I love the nail art you did!

    • BeautyJudy

      It really is! And thank you, Sheila!

  • Kendra Stanton

    Your nail art is adorable! $3.99 is such a great price!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Kendra! Yes, It’s very affordable for a quick-dry top coat!!

  • Kim Porter

    Nice review. Love the pictures and your nail art is cute

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Kim!!

  • Phyrra

    Julie G is very nice! How cool that you got to meet her 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      She is so sweet. I am fortunate to have met her a few times, and I find it so nice that even though she meets so many people, she still remembers things and uses them to start a conversation. Class act!!!!

  • Liesl (lieslloves)

    I’m pretty much set in my ways regarding topcoats… I’m an HK Girl devotee, lol. I love your photos, though, who knew such fun could be had at Rite Aid?! 🙂 And your mani makes me want a cookie, lol 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL Thanks Liesl!! I have heard so many good things about HK Glisten & Glow, I need to try it! It seems to be the Holy Grail of so many fellow bloggers and polish addicts!!! But for now, if I can get this one at Rite Aid for $3.99, instant gratification etc will probably win out! LOL