Jessica 18 Karat Topcoat

Just in time for the sparkly, glittery holiday season comes a new 18 Karat Gold Leaf Topcoat from Jessica.

Gold Leaf is a gold flake glitter suspended in a clear base. The flakes inside are all various shapes and sizes.

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Jessica 18 Karat Topcoat Swatch
Gold Leaf over black

Isn’t she cool? I really love the way this looks over black. It looks super rich and luxurious! The polish can be a bit tricky to apply though because the placement of the flakes can be a problem. With my first coat I didn’t get a lot of gold where I wanted it. So after waiting 2-3 minutes for the first coat to set, I shook up the bottle and got some flakes on the tip of the brush, and kind of set the flakes on the sparse areas of my nail to make it look more evenly applied. Luckily the clear base isn’t too thick or gloopy, so it’s not a big deal. Also it doesn’t feel very chunky on the nail, just a tiny bit. If you want it completely smooth, a clear top coat would help with that.

Jessica 18 Karat Topcoat Swatch 2
Gold Leaf over black

Overall: This is my first experience with a gold leaf topcoat and I like it! I think it’s super festive and cool looking, and would work over all sorts of base colors. The one caveat is the price because it costs quite a bit more than a regular Jessica polish. But think of it as a “special occasion” topcoat, like a dressy holiday jacket. 😉

Availability: Jessica’s website and select drugstores.

Pricing: $29.95 for 0.5 oz.

What do you think about Gold Leaf? Will you be gilding your nails this holiday season?


Note: Jessica is cruelty free.

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Written by Kelly
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