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In last month’s Article, I already established how much I love Julep and every detail I could think of about how a Maven membership works. For those choosing to read on without looking back, I will remind you that a Julep Maven Subscription is a great way to collect quality polishes and other products at a fantastic price. I will also remind you that the deals are fast and frequent, so it can get very expensive. You will have a lot to show for those expenses though.
For the second month in a row, Julep allowed basic subscriptions to select two beauty products and one polish. This is a big deal, because usually subscriptions that get two beauty products do not get a polish. The beauty products are more expensive than the polishes, so it is a great way to get a higher value box is to select the beauty products. Like all brands, Julep has some hits and misses when it comes to beauty products. I’ve personally found more hits than misses, so I like exploring the beauty products.
My usual Bombshell box option had Glow Highlighting powder, which retails for $28, in it. I already own the blush and bronzer. They’re both decent quality, so I chose to keep that option. I swapped the other two for the Plush Pout in Almond nude, which retails for $20, and Becky, which retails for $14. Just like last month, Julep also through in a free polish in Hartleigh for everyone who accepted the box. Hartleigh is of course worth $14. That means the base value of the box I paid $19.99 for is $76. Thanks to the freebie and two makeup products, that is the highest base value I’ve received yet.
My Highlighting powder sadly did not arrive in the best condition. It has an obvious bubble of improperly pressed product near the center. There is also a gash in the center that looks like the product was scraped by something. I will be sanitizing it before I put it on my face in case this was made by a hand. You can see the mess around the container.
That either came from the gash or the fact that the pan was halfway out of the container. I had to pull it out completely to superglue it back in. Someone else I know had to do this with hers, so these were not set very well. Despite the lack of quality in presentation, I find the highlighter lovely. It has shimmer, so you should not order this if you prefer a matte powder.
The Lip Pout in Almond Nude was the final one I needed to complete my collection. There are four so far. I really like these, so I am hoping they release more colors. Nudes are not usually something I enjoy buying, but I wanted to own them all. If you’re looking for a lipstick that is very moisturizing with color that lasts, you should buy these.
My only complaint is the design is more like a crayon (by design) than a lipstick, so application has a learning curve. Plus, it applies a little unevenly because color goes to certain parts whereas moisture goes to other parts. These issues are easy to overcome and worth it for these lovely creations.
Becky is a beauty. She immediately caught my eye, because she looked so much like Blakely. Even though I owned Blakely, I decided to pick Becky up. That way, I could compare them in person. While I was (not so patiently) awaiting my box, I started seeing swatches of her from the lucky people who get their boxes faster than I do. Compare this to my other purple polishes.
In swatches, I was seeing that Becky looked different than Blakely. As I had already promised someone I would do a manicure with both of them together, I was getting nervous it would look silly.
Luckily or not so luckily depending on how you look at it, Becky and Blakely look exactly the same on me. Blakely is on my ring finger and Becky is on every other finger. I changed the color slightly by adding the Bjork topcoat, so I am enclosing a swatch of Becky on her own. Blakely looks almost exactly the same on me.
Hartleigh is a a gorgeous polish with a lot of hearts and glitter. It is such a perfect polish for Valentine’s day. To really show her off, I will use her alone with only Tyra on top and a base coat underneath. Compare this to my other red polishes.
As usual, I upgraded my box a bit. I like getting the freebie(s) for purchasing three add ons. The bonus to my add ons this month is I used Jules (had not used any for a while, so I had enough banked). I redeemed 800 Jules for the fan brush that retails for $24. I was actually impressed that Julep only wanted 800 Jules for a $24 product. It usually would charge more, so I wonder if prices will be cheaper from here on out or if it was just a great month for Jules redemption. The Metamorphic topcoats in Tyra and Bjork were only 400 Jules each. They retail for $14 each. As Julep sent me Tilda last month, I did not need to spend 1200 Jules to get the full set. Plus, ordering them separately got me to three items whereas, I would have needed another item had I ordered the trio. Thus, I cashed in 1600 Jules for $52 worth of free product. If you need a refresher on how I got my Jules for free, click here.
The fan brush is a bit fluffier than I would have liked. I already have a lot of fluffy brushes and do not really need another. Hopefully, I can find some use for it, because I do not return things that are not damaged. I really wanted a traditional fan brush.
This feels very soft though, so there’s that.
The Metamorphic topcoat in Bjork has a blue tint and as you can see it took Becky and Blakely from looking green to almost looking blue. This is what Bjork looks like on her own. Compare this to my other treatments, base coats, and top coats.
I never swatched Tilda last month, so I pulled her out and swatched her for you. She has a green tint, so she really helped Nancy look exceptionally green last week. I’ve used Tilda over Nancy. Compare this to my other treatments, base coats, and top coats.
Last but not least is Tyra. She has a pink tint. I have not used her yet, but she is next on my list. Valentine’s Day is coming, so a pink tinted topcoat seems appropriate. Compare this to my other treatments, base coats, and top coats.
One of the drawbacks of loving a brand that gives surprise goodies is you get to a point where you at times get duplicates. I’ve already mentioned this is the reason I no longer order the mystery boxes. The value is great, but I tend to get repeats. It is a great way to collect items for new Mavens or people who do not have a Maven subscription. If you do not have a Maven subscription you should. This month’s bonus for ordering three or more upgrades was two polishes. I received Queen Anne and Tatiana. They’re beautiful, but I already own both of them. These bonus polishes are worth $14 each, so the free value is $28.
My duplicates will either be traded away or the one of your choice may make it into my giveaway. Be sure to enter if you have not already. To show you what they look like, I swatched mine. The extras received today will remain new in box until they are given or traded away. Make sure you tell me which you prefer (on the giveaway page as I will not likely look at this page when the giveaway concludes, but I will look there).
Queen Anne is a stunning purplish glitter polish. Compare this to my other purple polishes.
Tatiana is a beautiful copper-orange glitter polish. Compare this to my other copper and bronze polishes.
Thanks to Jules, my total spend was $19.99. I got $156 worth of product. Being a Maven saved me $136.01 this month, which is not as much as last month, but my total spend was quite a bit lower this month. Both were great savings, but this one has the better overall value. Jules that take a while to earn were redeemed, so this was an abnormally high value compared to the spend. Even if it takes me 4-5 more months to earn the Jules back, I love that there are months like this when it all comes together.
You can select the option at the bottom, which gives you 3 months for the price of 2 ($39.98), so your first month is free. It locks you into the $19.99 a month plan, but you have to pay 3 months at a time upon renewal. This is the one I am on, because paying up front is worth the savings to me. If you’re not ready to commit to three months, you will have to pay $3.99 shipping on the first box, but the box itself will be free. This locks you into the plan for $24.99 a month, so it is 20% more expensive to pay as you go. Cancel, swap, gift, skip or upgrade at any time.
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