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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.
I have not skipped a 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. The Maven selection window for March opened on 02/20/15. It was the first box I was going to skip. With everything going on in my personal life, I was not in a shopping mood. When I logged in to skip, I saw a Marsala lipstick in my box. Some of you may know that I really wanted the Sephora Pantone Marsala lipstick, but it sold out before I could get my hands on it.
I did not want to pass on the Marsala lipstick here and risk it selling out when I was in a shopping mood, so I decided to get a basic box with no upgrades. Although I cannot recall, because I was in no mood to shop, I think I substituted one item from my usual Bombshell box. Clear lipliner is my favorite, because it goes with any lipstick. The polish I selected looked very pretty.
I’ve used this Get in Line Invisible Lip Liner valued a $16 a lot, and have mixed feelings. My hands are shaky, so it is hard enough to draw a straight line with a lip pencil. This formula is softer than others making it harder to stay straight. Once I get it on, it does prevent lipstick from moving around too much. As the lipstick fades, this does as well. Liners usually outlast the lipstick. It is due for a sharpening, which I’ve read is difficult, so I have not used it in a few weeks.
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. Compare this to my other gray and silver polishes.
My polish is Jahnavi, which retails for $14. It is an Iced-Chai Chrome. That is actually a great way to describe it, because it looks chrome with a slight hint of bronze (chai).
The Light on Your Lips lipstick is Primp, which retails for $22. It is not the dark Marsala color I was expecting, so the color disappointed me before I ever put it on. If I was not expecting Marsala, which to me is a burgundy, brownish, wine color, I probably would have nothing against this color. This is a very pretty, albeit, light Marsala. I think it is a nude version of Marsala. Despite the somewhat sheer swatch, pigmentation builds nicely.
The first time I wore this, I used it with the Get in Line Invisible Lipliner, so you can see the liner does work. My outline matches my lip color, which is what I expect a lipliner to do. As shaky as my hands are, I get decent lines with it. I will never have perfect lines no matter which liner I use, because I cannot hold my hand still long enough to create a straight line. Too bad there is no such thing as a ruler to aid lipliner application. That is what I use to get straight lines on paper.
The second time I wore the lipstick I did not use a liner. I prefer the clean look of liner when wearing lipstick, so I use it more often than not. When I have a liner that matches a color, I use it. Otherwise, I am clear all the way.
Like all Julep lipsticks, the formula is impressive. For a company that started making polish first, they’ve come into the lipstick world with some serious game. This lipstick feels moisturizing, lasts a long time, and has very little transfer. There are more expensive lipsticks that cannot make any of those claims, so being able to claim all three is an accomplishment. The application is smooth, and it does not accentuate the dry patches of skin on my lips. I love the formula.
I paid $19.99 this month for this box valued at $52. My personal value is also $52. That is still a pretty good value, but not as high as I like.
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