May 05 2015

JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors “Jelly Bean” Finish Polish!

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Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors nail polish review and swatches on BeautyJudy

As I uploaded the swatch pictures for this review post of Jesse’s Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors nail polish, I was struck at just how colorful my screen had become! This might be one of the most colorful reviews I’ve done, with this selection of pretties!

The Candy Shoppe Colors are a nine-piece collection in sweet, bright hues that have a “jelly bean” wax texture when they dry. I wore all of them, laying down a base coat before adding anywhere from two to four coats of each!

Let’s get to the rainbow, shall we?!

Sour Apple:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Sour Apple swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Sour Apple is a green apple jelly bean color. I say that because it matches perfectly with the Jelly Belly beans I’m holding in my swatch photo! You can also see from the photo that indeed, the finish is jelly bean-esque. This is the only one I’m unsure of in terms of coats – I believe I did three coats for this one!

Sweet Tooth:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Sweet Tooth swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Sweet Tooth is a peppy pool blue. Shown here in three coats.

Sour Grape:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Sour Grape swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Sour Grape is a beautiful …well….grape color! I applied this one a couple hours before bed, using three coats, and still woke up with dents and marks in it. I did a fourth coat before taking this picture, to hide some of the mess. I didn’t redo the swatch because I did want to share what these look like with natural wear, not just in pretty pictures!


Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Lollipop swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Lollipop is a sweet more plum purple than Sour Grape. I wore this one in two coats. I would have preferred three coats with this one.

Lemon Drop:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Lemon Drop swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Lemon Drop reminds me of those Lemon Heads candies! Shown above in two coats, I wanted to demonstrate how much a third coat can make a difference:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Lemon Drop swatches and review on BeautyJudy

I prefer this much more with three coats vs. two. It doesn’t look as good with my fair skin tone as a two-coater! (sorry for the dry skin in that second shot – I forgot to moisturize in my rush to make a point, lol!)

Wild Cherry:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Wild Cherry swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Wild Cherry is a cherry red beauty that is probably my favorite from this collection!! This one was perfection in two coats, one of the only ones I could do in two coats. The color combined with the texture just works so well together!

Pixi Stick:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Pixi Stick swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Pixi Stick is a pretty candy pink! Shown in two coats, this one worked pretty well too. I love the squishy look.

Candy Shop:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Candy Shop swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Candy Shop is a gorgeous orange that was pretty opaque in two coats. Love this one!

Licorice Twist:

Jesse's Girl JulieG Candy Shoppe Colors Licorice Twist swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Licorice Twist is black; I did two coats here but you can tell that a third would make it less baldy/patchy. Could probably do some cool smoky sheer black nail art with this one.

Truth is, I was all over the place with how many coats I did on these, and what worked and what didn’t.

  • Two coats on almost all except maybe Wild Cherry gave me visible nail line but dried quicker.
  • Three coats were my perfect zone for coverage, but I struggled with marks and dents the next morning after nighttime application.
  • Four coats were unnecessary for me, mostly. I did a fourth coat on one polish that had three coats and tons of marks and dents.

I found these more frustrating to apply at night in warmer weather vs. cooler weather. Three coats seemed to dry alright in cooler weather but in warmer weather, I applied the polish two hours – at least – before bed, and woke up with dents and marks. I think with having a jelly bean finish, at two coats, these are not supposed to be opaque. You just have to decide if you like visible nail line (VNL) or not. I don’t prefer VNL, but I did wear some in two coats to wear test them and check on drying times.

I didn’t feel the urge to top coat these, because I really liked the finish.

As far as wear, I wore some of these for two or three days and by the end of the first full day of wear they did start to gloss up from natural oils, exposure to cuticle oil and hand moisturizer/hand washing. They did pretty well in terms of little tip wear/chipping. It was more a change in the finish than that.

You can get the whole set for $35.91 on the Jesse’s Girl website, or you can pick them up individually for $3.99 a piece. I’ve seen a display of the colors in Rite Aid, so if you are lucky to have a Rite Aid nearby, check them out there!

Disclaimer: I received the polishes for review from the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!

  • Laura

    These are beautiful! I want!

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  • Honeygirlk

    The finish on these are definitely interesting… but it’s a bummer about the drying time. I can’t easily get Julie G here without ordering online… we don’t have Rite Aid. I only own one of her polishes from last year and I like it 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      I really love the core line!! I am glad that the Jesse’s Girl website is easy to order from but I am bummed my HI girls have no Rite Aid 🙁

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I really loved this collection and the finish on them!

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too, the ones that were a bit temperamental for me are still worth the hassle!

  • Citizens of Beauty

    The finish is really pretty!

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  • loveforlacquer

    Ive heard they can be a bit difficult but I am loving the finish!

    • BeautyJudy

      The finish is so cool!


    Bummer about the drying time and finish. I just got my Julie G polish (April Ipsy bag) and think I’ll wait till the weather cools down.

    • BeautyJudy

      You won’t have any issues like this wtih the regular polish line and from what I understand the polish in the ipsy bag was actually from the regular line – they are fantastic, and worth more than the $3.99 retail!!!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    If only we have Rite Aid here in HI, I’d pick up the entire collection

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh man! I wish it wasn’t such a hassle to get stuff out to you Kath!!!

  • Erika

    These are so bright and fun. It’s a bummer that they can be difficult, tho.

    • BeautyJudy

      They can be difficult but I think it depends on temperature and number of coats you prefer! I am keeping them and intend to wear them again, I gotta think of some nail art with them!

  • Nidia Doherty

    I wish we had a local place that carried these. I think that finish is so much fun, but I wish they weren’t so temperamental!

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh man, I wish Rite Aid was near you!!!

  • marciaf

    I want to go to Rite Aid to find this line. I haven’t worn a jelly lately and it’s time I try. I love the red one and Pixi Stick.

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh you should! The display is pretty. I just love looking at these all bunched together, they’re so colorful!

  • Carleen

    I have sort of a love/hate relationship with jellies. I like look of them, but often end up doing three coats, which bugs me.

    • BeautyJudy

      I agree, I am not a fan of visible nail line, so I use multiple coats to get them opaque. It’s a little tougher when the polish is meant to be worn without a top coat, so I was bummed that they didn’t all set quickly. Perhaps I’m too spoiled by fast-dry top coats!

  • Kimberly

    I always look forward to your Julie and Jesse’s Girl reviews!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Kimberly!!

  • Phyrra

    Sweet Tooth is awesome!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s such a cool looking blue!

  • Cindy Ingalls

    Such an interesting finish on these polishes. I really love Sweet Tooth and Candy. Perfectly fun for summer.

    • BeautyJudy

      I agree, I really enjoyed wearing each one!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I just used my first Julie G polish last week, the raspberry cream from my ipsy bag. It covered in one coat! I wish I hadn’t been gardening so much as it chipped but the formula was great. I need some jellies so I will see if I can find these at a Rite Aid. Love the colorful collection!

    • BeautyJudy

      I LOVE Jesse’s Girl’s JulieG line, it’s great quality for $3.99!!!!