By now, we’re mostly no strangers to the “jelly” nails trend. Apart from grape jelly nails and blush nails, the latest jelly nail trend that’s hot for Autumn: coffee jelly nails.

While we may not go through the four seasons in Malaysia, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the season of pumpkin spice, flannel shirts, and (hopefully) cooler Malaysia weather. Here are the best “coffee jelly” nail looks you should save as inspo for your next manicure session.

“Coffee jelly” nail inspiration

Light brown “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: QooYa!/Xiao Hong Shu

If you’d like to play it safe with this trend, here’s something standard.

Though understated, these nails instantly lift your aura up to a whole new level of elegance and look neutral enough to go with any outfit or for any occasion.

Long “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: dongganmantou/Xiao Hong Shu

This coffee jelly nail look reminds us of ice americano. and it looks best on longer nails so that you can flaunt that beautiful gradient.

Additionally, you can add embellishments to make this look even fancier.

Macchiato “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: 爱吃饭的星/Xiao Hong Shu

We crave for a nice cup of macchiato whether it’s going to be a hot day-out or rainy day-in.

These nails remind us of the beloved beverage due to the white polish on the tips. As the white blends and swirls into the sheer brown polish, it creates an interesting look that looks almost delicious.

“Coffee jelly” nails abstract shapes

Photo source: 麻油叶/Xiao Hong Shu

Add a quirky touch to this elegant style in a minimalist way. Freestyle and paint spherical shapes on your nails to give them a dynamic feel. Paint the shapes using your jelly-like dark brown polish against an opaque cream coloured one to give it contrast.

Frappuccino “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: 白桃可可/Xiao Hong Shu

A perfect blend of sweet and refreshing, these Frappuccino “coffee jelly” nails are just like the drink it resembles. Vary the gradient on each nail so they look like coffee mixed with different amounts of milk for a more quirky look.

“Coffee jelly” nails with glitter

Photo source: Coco nail/Xiao Hong Shu

Amping up your nails with glitter is an easy yet fun way to take your look to the next level.

We recommend using gold sparkles or glitter for your “coffee jelly” look instead of silver, as it contrasts better with the brown and makes your manicure pop.

Latte art “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: 葡萄柚子/Xiao Hong Shu

Latte art may be complex yet so fun to do. Now, how about trying it out on your nails?

You can recreate the frothy white milk against the sheer brown polish. Be creative and draw whatever you like!

However, if you want something simple and chic, try out a simple heart or dot with the help of a toothpick.

Pumpkin spice latte “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: Tutti图钉美甲美睫/Xiao Hong Shu

The sheer brown details of this look takes on a slightly orange tone, reminding of us of the popular pumpkin spice latte.

Ombre “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: G88818/Xiao Hong Shu

If you’re not a fan of full neutrals, this ombre “coffee jelly” is something you can explore.

Blend cool-toned “jelly” polishes  such as blue, lilac, or mint – whichever matches your vibe – with a sheer brown one.

Cold brew “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: Ky YoYo/Xiao Hong Shu

Dark and bitter – does this describe your soul?

Manifest that in your nail look with a dark brown colour scheme. Feel free to mix-and-match shades of brown or simply paint every nail with the same dark shade for an intense espresso style.

Constellation “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: 幻彩美甲/Xiao Hong Shu

Aside from glitters or shimmery flakes, try adding star shaped embellishments to make your nails look out of this world. Give it a galaxy vibe just by adding a few stars closer to your nail tips.

“Coffee jelly” nails in cool winter vibes

Photo source: 幻彩美甲/Xiao Hong Shu

If you’re looking to add a splash of colour to your neutral-toned nails, try this one out!

First, paint your nails with an opaque cool-toned polish. Afterwards, design it however you like by painting the sheer brown polish on top.

Floral “coffee jelly” nails

Photo source: 西瓜瓜瓜瓜儿/Xiao Hong Shu

Living in Malaysia means that we can celebrate the four seasons we don’t have, no matter the time of year.

To give your “coffee jelly” nails a spring makeover, try the floral version of this trend. All you need to do is add floral embellishments or stickers on top of your sheer brown polish.

Espresso “coffee jelly” nails with gold accents

Photo source: 奕妃美甲/Xiao Hong Shu

The last inspiration may be the simplest out of all the adaptations but will give you a flawless sleek look. Simply seal the tips of your nails off with gold lining after your sheer brown layers. This lining frames the shape of your nails giving it a structured and elegant finish.

How to achieve “coffee jelly” nails at home

Hooked onto to this look?

If you’re looking to try this out yourself at home, there’s a simple tutorial you can follow. Similar to the “grape jelly” nails, you can make your own sheer brown polish at home.


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Unlike the TikTok above, pick any shade of brown you want to mix with your clear polish instead of purple and there you have it – your own “coffee jelly” polish!

To create looks like the frappuccino or light brown “coffee jelly” nails, you’ll need a sheer and glossy finish. For a style that resembles espresso or latte, a more opaque consistency is needed.

When you add more clear polish to your mixture, you will get a translucent result. So go ahead and experiment according to your preference.

Alternatively, there are many “coffee jelly” nail polishes in the market that will instantly give you the jelly-like appearance you need. Here are some polishes for you to create the various looks we’ve shared.

Best “coffee jelly” nail polishes

Ice Translucent Gel Nail Polish

We simply love the jelly effect this product gives us. With simply two layers, you will be achieving a translucent finish.

This product has many shades of brown to choose from but the one we recommend for your “coffee jelly” desires would be BT-011, BT-026 and BT-029.

Be sure to have a UV or LED gel curing lamp with you in order to set this nail polish.

Ice Translucent Gel Nail Polish retails for RM6.98 on Shopee.

Chantilly Ducato Natural Nail Color in Peanut Butter Caramel

If you’re looking for something effortless, this polish does not require a curing lamp.

Get the sheer look with two easy swipes; this polish has a smooth formula that will glide effortlessly onto your nails.

Furthermore, Chantilly is the sister brand of the famous Japanese makeup brand, Cezanne, so you don’t have to worry about quality.

Chantilly Ducato Natural Nail Color in Dusky Move retails for RM58.26 on Yesstyle.


A polish that looks good enough to eat right off your fingers, BORN PRETTY Gel Polish brings us a range of colours to choose from, including a shade of brown that is perfect for the coffee jelly look – Option 10.

BORN PRETTY Gel Polish retails for RM5.71 on Shopee.

Dear Laura Pa Nail Color in Brown

For those looking at the espresso and cold brew looks mentioned, this polish is what you need to add-to-cart.

Dear Laura has formulated this product to provide a glossy and smooth finish.

Apply a single coat to give you a “jelly” appearance or apply two coats for a rich opaque colour.

Dear Laura Pa Nail Color in Brown retails for RM49.30 on Yesstyle.

Feature image credit: PLAINSON 素臣/Xiao Hong Shu, 爱吃饭的星/Xiao Hong Shu, 葡萄柚子/Xiao Hong Shu