On my latest trip to Rite Aid, I only had a few minutes to browse so I quickly did a walk through and skimmed the shelves. I always walk by the Jesse’s Girl section but never expect anything because the Jesse’s Girl section of my Rite Aid is always GROSS. Products are always open – lipgloss is everywhere, pigments are spilled. It’s sad. I don’t usually buy their actual cosmetics because of that. I bought one group of pigments a while back but that was because they were the only few that still had their protective labels intact.
The polishes looked decent though. There were 3 in particular that I picked up. The first is JulieG, which was a collaboration done with JulieG713 from Youtube (I realize I said JulieG17 in the video, I apologize). The other two I picked up because they bore a striking resemblance to 2 of my favorite polishes in my current collection.
I have one other Jesse’s Girl nail polish in my collection and it was from a while ago, before anybody had really heard about them. I remember first seeing Jesse’s Girl in Rite Aid, when the display was new and picking up a nail polish because it was a super bright, neon fuchsia color. It was before I really understood nail polish so when it dried matte, I didn’t really love it. It’s been in my drawer for ages until this past year and then I realized I had it. It’s still in the old packaging, very angular, just a rectangular bottle with rectangular handle for the brush. Brush was small and stiff.
The bottles now are slightly more rounded, and the handles are long and thin and rounded. The brushes are longer and more flexible.
JulieG is a bright coral pink. In the bottle it looks light and milky, when it gets onto the nail it deepens up, becomes less milky and brightens up as well. The polish itself is really quite pigmented. 2 coats was more than sufficient, but I did 3 anyways, just to conform with the rest of my swatches.
The formula made making the polish spread onto the nail much easier than expected, because although the brushes are longer and flexible, it is still on the thin side. The formula is pigmented and creamy, not thick and sticky though. It had an average dry time.
I saw this and thought “CHINA GLAZE WHITE CAP!!!”. Yes, I was THAT excited when I saw it. This is a slightly pearly base packed with a tone of gold glass fleck glitter in it.
One coat is perfect if you just want to layer on top of a color. 2 and 3 coats adds SO much glitter that it can easily be worn alone.
When compared to China Glaze, the Jesse’s Girl has much bigger pieces of shimmer in it. It makes the iridescence of the shimmer in the Jesse’s Girl polish much more intense, and therefore you can see the slight pinky blue duochrome that it has much more clearly than in the China Glaze polish.
For me, the China Glaze is much more ideal for layering and the Jesse’s Girl is much more ideal for wearing alone.
Right after I saw Fire Fly I saw THIS. And this made me even MORE excited. It was an instant “OMG REALLY??” because it looked like a clear dupe for Zoya’s Charla, which is again one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES.
There are already dupes for it out there – Orly’s Haley’s Comet, OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net, for example. But the Orly is way more expensive than Jesse’s Girl and OPI’s is impossible to find. You do get slightly less polish in the Jesse’s Girl, but for under $3 (In my Rite Aid I believe it was $2.89) it’s really not a big deal considering that for more than twice the price you don’t get more than twice the product in Zoya and Orly.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Zoya polishes, and their formula, their application, and everything about them so I’m probably going to get another Zoya Charla when I run out but it’s nice to know there’s a drugstore dupe out there.
That being said, Jesse’s Girl Glee is a mermaidy blue with a gold and green shimmer in it, making it look like mermaid scales. The flecks in the Jesse’s Girl are slightly bigger, but essentially they’re the same polish.