When it comes to nail polish, I am a huge fan of Julep’s five free formula. I find these polishes chip less than most, and the polishes themselves are a good deal when you have a Maven membership. They are quality polishes, so I would probably purchase them at $14 each if I did not have my Maven membership. Luckily, I do not have to pay that much. The color selections and polish finishes are more vast than almost any other nail polish line. Every month, they release nine new colors. My goal is to actually catalog all of my polishes at some point, so I can compare all the different colors. A line with nine colors released every month is bound to have repeats with different labels.
I have not skipped a single Julep box since I first subscribed in May 2014, because I find something I want every month. More often than not, the nail polishes are what draw me in, but I like to try Julep’s beauty products as well. My March, April, May, and June boxes will get reviews of their own later. For now, I am writing about the July box. July was all about jelly polishes and moisture.
I have a membership that auto renews every three boxes for $59.97, $19.99 per box. Paying month to month charges $24.99, so I like paying in advance to save $15 every three months. New Maven subscriptions allow you to swap products in, so I always suggest trying that. You can at times get a higher valued box with swaps. Assuming you really want an item you are swapping out, you can generally get it in the add-on section, so put the more expensive item inside the box. Plus, swaps make the box possibilities almost endless.
Due to all the box options and swap opportunities, my box or any box will just be one of a number of possibilities. You choose the products you want or skip the month if none of the products are specking to you. If you have a grandfathered account that charges a fee for a swap, consider canceling and rejoin. Now that new Mavens can skip any month they want, the only benefit to the grandfathered plans is they can pay $19.99 a month without paying for three up front.
My skin is so dry. Anything that can help my skin feel soothed is welcome. The main new beauty product this month was Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil. When it comes to oils, I am very open to the idea. They are so hydrating. Cleansers usually lack the lather I like, but I know a lather is not necessary to clean. I really look forward to trying this. It retails for $38, so it is one of the higher value items I’ve been able to place inside my box.
Of the nine polishes released this month, the shimmer polishes are the ones that caught my eye, so those are the two new polishes I selected for my main box. They’re worth (2x $14). That means I paid $19.99 for this box worth $66. Juliana is a Pink Grapefruit Sheer Iridescent polish, and I am in love. This shimmery, micro-glittery, peachy-pink is beyond beautiful. Compare this to my other pink polishes.
Lainey is a Summer Berry Shimmer. I adore her pinkish-purple hue. Compare this to my other purple polishes.
Most months, I choose three add ons. Mostly because I want the add-on options, but I love getting the free gift Julep sends when you add three products. My original box, Bombshell, came with Your Cuticles Look Thirsty, which retails for $20. Rather than keeping that, I swapped in the more expensive Rethink Your Shower. Then, I added the cuticle cream using 800 Jules. Read about how I earn Jules here. The body cleansing oil was more than 800 Jules, so this was a successful swap. As you may have noticed, my cuticles are more tore up than usual. If this cuticle cream is any good, it will come in handy as long as I can stop peeling the dead skin away.
Dawnelle is Mixed Metal Full Coverage Micro Glitter. To me, it looks like a bronzy-gold glitter. Who can ever get too much gold glitter! I probably own a lot more than I should. She was a $4.99 add-on option, which is one of the lower polish prices. Yes, I want to pay $4.99 for a $14 polish. It is very gritty, so it will need two top coats. Compare this to my other copper and bronze polishes.
Everly is a Berry Burst Multidimensional Glitter Topcoat. As if one can ever get too much berry-reddish colored glitter polish, I like that this can work as the main polish or a topcoat. It is not as gritty as most glitter polishes, but I would still suggest a normal topcoat over this if you use this as a topcoat. She was also a $4.99 add-on worth $14. Compare this to my other red polishes.
The free items lately have been very hit or miss for me. This month’s freebie was Ilsa. It is quite aptly named given it is described as an Ink blue crème. I think it resembles the dark blue ink in tattoos or pens. While I do love this, I already own it. When your collection becomes large, freebies and surprises can be repeats a little more often than you’d like. My freebie will stay in its box, so I can gift it to someone else. I used the one I already owned to swatch this.
Thanks to my labeling project a couple months ago, it only took me about a minute to locate it. This is worth $14. Compare this to my other blue polishes.
I paid $29.97 this month for this box valued at $128. My personal value is $114, because I do not need a second Ilsa. That is still a pretty good value, so I am happy. Redeeming Jules always helps, but I do not have enough Jules to redeem anything toward the August box, so I will see how that affects the next box value. If you have not subscribed yet but want to, remember to check the Julep Maven page for all available start up offers.
If you do not have as much Julep polish as I do, I highly suggest ordering a Mystery Box. They sale for $24.99, but contain over $100 of Julep products. The newest Mystery Box available through 07/13/15 includes two brand-new holographics that cover the cost of the box. I am considering getting this myself and risking obtaining repeats, because I know these two will be new to my collection. Who does not love teal and purple! You do not have to be a Maven to purchase mystery boxes. Anyone can get free shipping with a $25 purchase.
If you want to join Julep, visit my Julep Maven page to see all start-up offers. Visit my regular Julep page to see more offers for shopping. All polishes above are swatched once. They get darker with more swatches. See all Julep Subscription articles. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out every way I can think of to save money at Julep. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.