Olive & June Nail Polish Review (Pros + Cons)

August 12, 2022

Olive & June is a nail polish brand we’re asked about often. “Is Olive & June nontoxic?” “Is Olive & June long lasting?” “Does Olive & June dry quickly?” In this post, we review the nontoxic nail polishes from Olive & June, outline the pros and cons of its polishes, and highlight a few of our favorites too!

a woman holds up a bottle of orange olive and june nail polish

By: Lisa Fennessy & Nicolle Mackinnon

IN THIS POST:

We’ve talked a lot about which nail polish brands are formulated with the best ingredients, but we’ve failed to mention which brands come out on top for the team personally. So we are here to say Olive & June takes the cake, which is why we’re breaking their whole line down for you here.

When it comes to nontoxic nail polish, the team has two personal faves. One is Dazzle Dry, which is a gel alternative nail system that delivers manis that last up to 14 days. More here.

But our everyday go-to is Olive & June. Let us count the ways…


What is Olive & June?

When Olive + June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle moved from NY to LA and couldn’t find a “perfect” nail salon, she created one. (We like her style!) 

Olive + June is “salon-quality” and formulated without the typical, concerning nail polish ingredients (for a deep dive on nail polish ingredients, head here). It’s also void of benzophenone-1 and benzophenone-3, which some “cleaner” nail polish brands still include.

On top of that, O&J is one of the most on-trend brands on the market. The team is constantly innovating and totally has their finger(nail) on the pulse of hot nail trends. Each season, O&J releases a new set of colors that really slap. On top of that, they’ve started offering responsible press on nails, which (again) ON TREND. (We tried them here, ICYMI.)

RELATED: The best non toxic nail polish brands.


a close up of a hand holding a bottle of olive and june nail polish
Olive + June nail polish in CDJ [DAY 1]

Does Olive & June last? My performance review

Okay, this polish totally lasts. With the O&J system, we consistently get about 5 days without noticeable chipping, but we’ve gotten closer to 8 days, no sweat.

We love that this is a harder, more structured finish. This polish was able to take more of a beating without chipping and held up for DAYZZZ. You can see day 5 (photo below) looked almost as good as day one, less a tiny chip on Lisa’s thumb.

a close up of a hand with olive and june nail polish on the nails after 5 days
Olive + June nail polish [DAY 5]

(If you want an insider tip… the whole TNK team uses O&J polish with the Dazzle Dry base + top coat for 10-14 days of chip-free manis. DD will say you should only use their polishes with their system, but we’re rebels, what can we say? Here’s a peek at Nicolle’s DD top / base coat with Olive & June’s color coats—two, obvs—after 13 days.)

a close up of a woman's hand wearing olive and june nail polish after 13 days of wear
Olive & June nail polish in Energize [DAY 13]

RELATED: Summer 2022 nail colors and trends


Olive and June tools – totally worth it

The other stand out? THEIR TOOLS. Like, we’re here for killer colors and long-lasting manis, but add on essential tools that make it easy to do our own nails? WE’RE IN. Here are the tools we can’t do our manis without.

Clean Up Brush | $8

Lisa has had the Clean Up Brush for more than a year and she LOVES IT. She’s ruined so many manis and makeup brushes trying to turn a lip brush into a nail polish remover tool. This one is great and it’s only $8! 

Cuticle Pusher | only available with Pedi System purchase

Okay, so we don’t mean to recommend something you can only get when you buy a whole bunch of other stuff, but THIS IS WORTH IT. Like, seriously. We know nail techs are all, “DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME,” when it comes to cuticle care, especially cutting, but we can’t NOT do it, so we might as well have a stellar tool to break the rules with.

Dry Drops | $10

Rare is the day that a brand claims a product works as well as it really does (we’re looking at you, As Seen on TV). Dry Drops are the exception: They totally make your O&J mani dry at least twice as fast as a mani finished without. And not just dry—smudge resistant!

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a woman removes her nail polish with olive and june products

Olive + June Pros

  • O&J has the hottest and most on-trend colors. 
  • O&J is longer lasting, with our manis averaging 5 days. 
  • O&J has the BEST brush, which delivers a pro salon finish even to someone like me (Lisa👋) who can’t paint her nails for crap. 
  • O&J polishes are only 8 bucks! 
  • They are accessible and stocked in most Targets (or Target online). 
  • O&J dries fast and even faster with their Dry Drops
  • Love their Clean Up Brush (BRILLIANT). 
  • One of the better formulas on the market when it comes to ingredients. 
  • Super wide brush, which makes it wicked easy to apply. Nicolle says she’s ruined for all other polish brushes now.

We mean, at this point we’re like, when is O&J going public because we’re ready to invest! Lol. 

RELATED: Summer 2022 nail colors and trends


Olive + June Cons (Considerations)

  • SUPER wide brush that may be too big for narrower nail beds. 
  • There is a lot going on over at the O+J website. There’s Olive University, master classes, boot camp….they even have beginner, intermediate and advanced formulas (?). IDK, we found it to be a little overwhelming but maybe that’s just us.
  • There are a couple products (namely the Cuticle Serum) that contain ingredients on our NO THANKS list, which is a bummer, since we do love this line.

Olive & June FAQs

What is Olive and June?

Olive + June is a “salon-quality” nail polish formulated without the typical, concerning nail polish ingredients (for a deep dive on nail polish ingredients, head here).

Does Olive and June nail polish last?

YES. We’ve gotten our manis to last up to 8 days, with minimal chipping. Learn more here.

Does Olive and June dry fast?

Totally. O&J dries fast and even faster with their Dry Drops. Learn more here.

Is Olive and June a good product?

YES. It lasts 5 days on average without chips, and the colors are on-trend. Learn more about our experience with their polish here.

Is Olive and June cruelty free?

Yes.

Where to buy Olive and June nail polish?

You can find it on their website and at Target.


Olive and June discount code

Have you tried Olive & June? What’s your go-to nail polish brand?

xo, lisa & nicolle in cursive

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Olive & June
  • Price
    (5)
  • Ingredients
    (4.5)
  • Effectiveness
    (4.5)

Summary

Olive + June is nail polish brand that provides “salon-quality” and is formulated without the typical, concerning nail polish ingredients. They also offer a variety of nail tools.

Overall
4.7

Pros

  • O&J has the hottest and most on-trend colors. 
  • O&J is longer lasting, with our manis averaging 5 days. 
  • O&J has the BEST brush, which delivers a pro salon finish even to someone like me (Lisa👋) who can’t paint her nails for crap. 
  • O&J polishes are only 8 bucks! 
  • They are accessible and stocked in most Targets (or Target online). 
  • O&J dries fast and even faster with their Dry Drops
  • Love their Clean Up Brush (BRILLIANT). 
  • One of the better formulas on the market when it comes to ingredients. 
  • Super wide brush which makes it wicked easy to apply

Cons

  • SUPER wide brush that may be too big for narrower nail beds. 
  • There is a lot going on over at the O+J website. There’s Olive University, master classes, boot camp….they even have beginner, intermediate and advanced formulas (?). IDK, we found it to be a little overwhelming but maybe that’s just us.
  • There are a couple products (namely the Cuticle Serum) that contain ingredients on our NO THANKS list, which is a bummer, since we do love this line.

By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

3 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kendra

    Hello, helpful tip about pairing Olive and June with Dazzle Dry! When you do this how long do you wait between coats? How long do you wait after applying the last coat of lacquer before applying the Dazzle Dry Top coat? Does the entire manicure dry in five minutes like when using the full Dazzle Dry system? I found that the Olive and June system took a long time to dry. Their top coat is super glossy, but took extremely long to dry even when using the drying drops. I often got smudges even after waiting 30 minutes and longer after applying the top coat. Olive and June now has a new fast dry polish they released. I wonder how it stacks up to Dazzle Dry’s system.

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Kendra! Just got the fast drying O+J polishes and I can’t wait to try! Okay so for the DD top + bottom w other polishes…you have to wait a few minutes…if not, you will see polish transfer to the top coat brush. (But you don’t have to wait forevs. I never timed it but I would guess a couple of minutes). And they DRY FAST fully. Like 5 mins or less. Hope this helps! xo, Lisa

  2. Reply

    Kendra

    Thanks! I’ll be trying this method with Olive & June and Zoya. Look forward to hearing about your experience with the new O&J fast dry polishes.

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