Olive & June Winter 2023 Collection Review & Swatches!

The Olive & June Winter 2023 Collection is here!!!!! I am SO excited about this collection and I can’t wait to share all of my thoughts with you about these polishes so let’s get right into it! I’m going to be talking about each color, what it was like to paint it, comparisons and my overall thoughts! 

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I wear a thin layer of clear builder gel under my nails most days to give my nails are super smooth, plump surface. It gives my nails so much strength so they can grow out without being bendy, I truly can hit them on anything and they won’t break, and they’re never stained from regular polish. It’s THE BEST! Here are some links if you’re interested in learning more:

My FAVE Clear Builder Base – It’s so shiny and makes my nails SO strong

My NEW Gel Manicure 1.0 Masterclass Tutorial Course – If you’re new to gel manicures or can’t seem to perfect your at-home process, you NEED to watch this. 

My Builder Gel Application Course – My exact process for applying builder gel. It’s so much easier than you think. Once you watch this, you’ll be a pro in no time!

My NEW Dry Manicure Prep Course – Prep is KEY for making your manicures last. This is my brand new Dry Manicure course where I go into detail on how to prep your nail surface, how I do my cuticle care + nip my cuticles, and how I shape my nails. This works for both regular and gel manicures! 

Read more about this process here!!

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First off, this collection is the Wrap It Up collection and all of the colors are inspired by wrapping your gifts in beautiful bows (i think lol). It has 7 new polish colors, and 2 are limited edition. Some of them are slightly similar to existing colors, and there are some that are totally unique!! Let’s get into it! 

To Me, You Are Perfect

Color Description: Burgundy Shimmer

How It Paints: It’s slightly sheer upon first coat, so the second coat is necessary to make it opaque. I love how it has the sheer quality to it so it doesn’t look black on the nail, but a really pretty deep redish purple, like a really jammy glass of wine with some glowy golden shimmer in it! 

Similar Colors: Velvet Pouf (Winter 2021), Enchanted (Quick Dry)

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Last Minute Shopping

Color Description: Deep Charcoal 

How It Paints: It has an almost chalky kind of sheer consistency, so it’s a little sheer and streaky on the first coat. With the second coat, it’s fully opaque and so shiny! I’m not usually a dark grey person, but I think this one has a cool nuance with the charcoal in it! 

Similar Colors: I couldn’t really find any that were super similar to this one other than EM but this one is definitely not as true black! Mayyyybe 100% Chance, but that is much more of a true grey. The color It’s Actually Dark Green is slightly similar in the sense that it’s dark and almost looks black but, as the name states, it has a green tint! 

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One For You, Two For Me

Color Description: Dark Emerald

How It Paints: A true emerald-y green that’s fully opaque in two coats. This one isn’t so dark that you can’t tell that it’s green, it’s like a true christmas tree green and I love it!!! 

Similar Colors: It’s Actually Dark Green except it’s definitely easier to tell that this one is actually green, Into The Trees is a bit more teal than this one but also a little similar! 

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Biggest Bow

Color Description: Hot Pink

How It Paints: Very easy to work with! It’s almost opaque with one coat, so two coats just makes it look extra bright and shiny. I love it! 

Similar Colors: It reminds me of combo of Nailfie Time and XOXO, two of my favorites from winter 2020 (suuuchhh a good collection, truly one of my favorites!)

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Candy Dipped

Color Description: Jelly Bright Red

How It Paints: This is my favorite one from the collection by far! It’s so unique and there’s nothing like a gorgeous jelly in my opinion! I can’t wait to use this and make a jelly sandwich with some glitter in between. This one is very jelly, so doing 2-3 coats will make it not quite as see-through and much more red. 

Similar Colors: ES and Lava are similar in tone, but they are opaque. There is no true dupe for this color! 

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Presents Are My Olive You

Color Description: Light Bubblegum Pink Shimmer 

How It Paints: This polish is a sheer light peachy pink with flakey silvery shimmer added. I think it looks pretty as a really sheer polish with one coat, but when you add a second, the pink really comes through!   

Similar Colors: This one is pretty unique for O&J, especially with the shimmer added! I think it’s probably most similar to Nuance from the Quick Dry Collection or maybe SCL (but add shimmer!)

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Office Party

Color Description: Milky Opal Sheer

How It Paints: This one is really easy to paint with because it’s so sheer! It looks nice with one coat, but becomes more white/snowy looking with two. I think it would be fun to layer on top of other colors for a shimmery milky mani, especially another jelly color like on top of Strawberry Scone?! I need to try it! 

Similar Colors: This one is also pretty unique for the brand. I think of it as if Stellar and BEB had a baby. However, Stellar is more of an opaque white, and Office Party is a bit of a brighter white than BEB, so it’s definitely not going to seem like a dupe if you pick this one up! 

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If you love how my fingernails are shaped and prepped, you should check out my NEW manicure prep course where I go IN DEPTH into my prep process with every single step and tool I use on myself and on clients.

If you love how I painted my nails and you want to know all of my secrets to painting perfectly, might I suggest my painting course?! I have heard from some of you that your nails truly never looked better even after watching lots of other classes and tutorials!

If you are thinking of getting an O&J mani system but you want to amp it up just a little bit, check out my blog post The Olive & June Mani System + 3 Items I would add For The Best Mani!!

As a reminder, please shop through THIS LINK and use the code OJKARA20 to save 20% on your purchase :) 

Here are some other blog posts about Olive & June too! 

Olive & June Spring/Summer 2023 Quick Dry Collection Review & Swatches

Olive & June x That's Heart Collaboration Review & Swatches





NEW!! Olive & June Quick Dry Polish Review & Swatches

The Lazy Genius x Olive & June Review - NEW COLLECTION!!

Olive & June Spring 2022 Collection Review, Swatches & Comparisons! 🍓

The Olive & June Mani System + 3 items I would add to get the best mani!!


Which ones are you loving and thinking of picking up?? Let me know in the comments!

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