I signed up for the Julep Maven boxes for a little bit because they were having a sale where the introductory boxes were one cent (how could I say no?), and forgot to skip a month so I ended up cancelling because I could see this happening quite often I was sent the box for February, and it turns out that I won a Golden Mystery Box, which contained one of every item from each box, and a basecoat. Julep polishes are 4-free and retail for $14 per 8ml/.27 fl oz bottle. Pretty pricey, but the monthly Maven boxes usually include at least $40 worth of products for $19.99 and free shipping.
Here’s a picture of the box, which I snapped on my iPod as quickly as I could so I could eat the chocolate, which was shaped like an Academy Award with the Julep flower logo on the base.
What exactly was inside:
- Elizabeth, a superdark purpley blue with some shimmer that doesn’t really show up. This was in the It Girl box.
- Glenn, a metallic red. This was in the American Beauty box.
- Marisa, a shimmery cobalt blue. There’s a hint of purple/green multichrome in the bottle, but it doesn’t actually show up on the nail. This was in the Boho Glam box.
- Meryl, a medium neutral grey creme. It’s darker than Zoya Dove but lighter and warmer than Essence Movie Star. This was in the Classic with a Twist box.
- Oscar, a clear base with two different sizes of gold glitter, and was included in all the February boxes.
- Rachel, a warm shimmery copper with a metallic finish. It has a slight blackened-edge thing going on, which is pretty cool. This was included in the It Girl box.
- Viola, an almost-black warm purple creme. It looks to be a dead-on dupe for Urban Decay’s Apocalypse. This was in the Bombshell box.
Topcoat for Hair, which was in the Bombshell and Classic with a Twist boxes.
Cuticle Oil, which was in the American Beauty and Boho Glam boxes.
Bar of dark chocolate
Here are some quick nail wheel swatches and bottle closeups; I haven’t decided which ones I want to keep yet. Most of them aren’t really my style (which is why I have no comparisons! ), but then again I’ve been getting bored of wearing the same general stuff over and over so maybe I need to broaden my horizons a bit, haha. The formula was easy to work with, a bit watery but not a big deal. Except for Oscar. That shade was thick and goopy, and shaking the bottle didn’t help much.
L-R: Glenn, Rachel, Oscar, Meryl, Viola, Elizabeth, Marisa