This honest review of the Olive & June Pedicure Kit is for those who are struggling to achieve the perfect at-home pedicure and/or want to gift the perfect at-home pedicure (because sharing is caring!)
First, I provide facts about Olive & June, then a review of the Olive & June Pedicure Kit and its component parts, which I have been using to get the perfect at-home pedicure.
Facts About Olive & June
The mission of Olive & June is to elevate the salon experience, giving women personal attention and luxury service, but at an approachable price.
From a cost perspective, the Olive & June Pedicure Kit gives you several times the number of manicures you can get in a salon.
Here are some quick facts about Olive & June:
- Cruelty free nail polish
- Vegan nail polish
- “7 free” nail polish: meaning it is formulated without Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, Ethyl tosylamide and Xylene
- Woman-owned business
Before I review in-depth my thoughts on each component part, I would like to note some other products I have unsuccessfully tried before settling on Olive & June products:
- Salon brand products
- At-home gel manicure kit with UV light
- So-called “holy grail” topcoats
- Press on nails
- Nail “wraps”
- Clear nail “glow” (Note: I do love this particular product, but I dislike that it’s not part of a system, as I now believe quality polish is only one part of the perfect manicure or pedicure. I still use it on occasion with the Olive & June Mani System.)
(But first, I do want to note that the perfect at-home pedicure is a mixture of both quality ingredients and taking the time to “self-care” the right way. The Olive & June Pedicure Kit comes with instructions, and Olive & June’s website and social media have several learning tools. I highly recommend you use these learning tools to get the most out of the products.)
Review of Olive & June Pedicure Kit
The Olive & June Pedicure Kit promises:
All the tools you need for salon-perfect pedis at home, plus 6 long-lasting polishes of your choice and Super Glossy Top Coat.
Priced at $60 (for the toolbox), $70 (with one nail polish) or $100 (with 6 nail polishes) at the time of posting, the Olive & June Pedicure Kit also includes THIRTEEN component parts:
- a foot file
- nail polish remover pot
- large flat edge nail clippers
- nail file
- cuticle remover
- cuticle pusher
- mini buffer
- foot serum
- silicone toe separators
- clean up brush
- super glossy top coat and
- the “Posey” foot rest/carrying case.
Find out my honest thoughts about all of these products in my review of the Olive & June Pedicure Kit component parts below.
I reviewed Olive & June nail polish and all my favorite shades in detail on my review of the Olive & June Mani System, so I won’t reiterate every single detail here, but, I’ll note a few main points for your ease of reference:
- As mentioned above, it’s vegan, cruelty-free and “7 free” (free from 7 toxic ingredients).
- It has a long-lasting proprietary formula (longer lasting than ANY polish I have used, including ones for which I have paid $30 a bottle).
- The brush has a very wide, fan-like shape. The large fan fits a real nail bed more snugly and also helps you cover more area in fewer strokes, which helps lengthen the time of your perfect pedicure.
I also recommend that you add on Olive & June’s dry drops. You squeeze 1-2 drops and your nail polish is dry to the touch in 80 seconds and completely dry in half the time. While I find the bottle to be difficult to squeeze, I love that my nails dried almost immediately and limit my need for touch-ups!
After doing my own pedicure with this nail polish and component products, in the steps outlined, my pedicure EASILY lasts two weeks or longer.
I have a high-quality foot file I like, so I wasn’t expecting this foot file to be any better. Boy, was I wrong. It removed multiple times the amount of dead skin and nicely catches it in the back for easy and clean disposal. The foot file in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit is a real stand-out product.
Nail polish remover pot
I am a huge fan of the nail polish remover pot that comes with the Mani System. You just stick your finger in the pot, swirl it around 3-5 times, and when you pull it out, it’s completely clean and doesn’t look or feel stripped.
This process is a bit more complicated and messy when it comes to the pot for your toes in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit, so while I like this product for the toes, I don’t love it.
Large flat edge nail clippers
The large flat edge nail clippers in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit are great. Like their nail clippers, they are well designed and very sharp and easy to use.
The nail file for the foot in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit is thinner than the one for the hands, which makes it much easier to file your toenails. I love little details like this! I find all of these nail files to be particularly effective.
I LOVE the cuticle remover lotion that comes with the Olive & June Pedicure Kit. Olive & June advocate against clipping your cuticles. But, by letting this cuticle remover sit on your cuticles for just a few minutes, they easily separate from the skin and can be pushed or buffed off thereafter with no cuts or bleeding.
The cuticle pusher in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit works about as well as other ones I have used. It’s a fine product.
The mini buffer in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit makes it easy to buff the small area of your toes to prep them for polish. The miniature size is another small detail that makes a difference in practice.
I LOVE the foot serum that comes with the Olive & June Pedicure Kit as well. I love ALL of Olive & June’s serums, including the hand serum and the cuticle serum. They are so lightweight and non-greasy, and they keep your skin hydrated for about one week on your hands and two weeks or longer on your toes. I used to experience badly dried cuticles for most of my life, and it’s no longer an issue with these products.
Silicone toe separators
It’s another little detail, but I love that the toe separators in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit are made of silicone. It makes them more comfortable to wear and easier to remove.
Clean up brush
The clean-up brush in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit is definitely well designed to really get into the edges of your nail and create perfectly straight lines and/or touch up loose ends, but I don’t see it as essential to the system.
Super glossy top coat
The popular super glossy topcoat that comes with the Olive & June Pedicure Kit is easy to use and definitely helps maintain the longevity of your manicure more than other top coats I have tried — and I have tried them all. It’s an essential part of the Olive & June Pedicure Kit.
Posey is the patent-pending footrest in the Olive & June Pedicure Kit for positioning your foot for a pedicure. It also doubles as a carrying case for all the component parts. To be honest, the angle of the Posey just didn’t really work for me, and I prefer doing my pedicure without it.
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Cost: So, for $60 you get 13 tool kit components and for $10-$40, you can add on 1-6 nail polishes! This gets you so many more times what you can get in a nail salon.
Conclusion: To conclude this review of the Olive & June Pedicure Kit, I reiterate that, while I don’t adore each and every component part, this company’s nail products have still changed my life when it comes to at-home manicures and pedicures!
If you are interested in the Olive & June Manicure Kit too, you can check out my full review of the Olive & June Mani System. It made my list of Favorite Things of 2020 and it’s a top seller on my blog!
I have never had a nail polish last anywhere near as long, and the products are so top-notch and very thoughtfully designed. When using them together as part of a system, I enjoy my little self-care hour each week and get at least two weeks out of my pedicure using the Olive & June Pedicure Kit — the same as if I had gone to the salon, for a fraction of the price.
P.S. – If it’s your first purchase, you can usually get a discount code when you sign up for emails! They also sometimes run seasonal promos. If you get any type of discount, THAT is a good deal. Click here to check for current deals.