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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.
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.
My box arrived on 08/06/15, but it was missing a couple of items. I sent an email requesting the missing items right after opening it.
Julep responded the next day stating they would send the missing items.
On 08/17/15, I had not yet received the missing items. Nail polish ships so slowly, which is probably why Julep charges and starts processing orders on the 27th (before the month even starts). I asked if I could get expedited shipping if this happens again as it is too late to get expedited shipping on this order.
The response was not what I hoped it would be. In the past (it has happened two times before this), I’ve patiently waited for the missing items. Now that I cannot even blog without the missing items, I would rather receive them earlier in the month. While I appreciate that Julep makes it right when items are missing, I wish they could at least ship missing items a little faster. It looks like they did not even ship them until the 12th, which was six days after I made contact and five days after they responded. That is too slow. Then, they picked one week delivery with anticipated arrival on the 19th.
At the very least, I hope companies would offer something for the delay and hassle (although I do appreciate the apology). Birchbox sends an entire replacement box for one damaged or missing item, which means you are getting duplicates of samples that arrived in tact. It feels like a reward for waiting. Despite three times where I’ve had items missing from Julep subscriptions, I’ve never received as much as a single Jule or free item for my hassle. I am not going to ask for them either. If they are not offered on the spot, I will not receive them.
I still like Julep and appreciate that they do not give you the third degree when items are missing, so I will continue to subscribe. Other than free samples, I’ve never had items missing from stores like Ulta, Sephora, Beauty.com, etc, but I have had items missing from other stores, like the Disney Store, where getting them replaced is a lot harder than it is with subscription boxes.
My base Bombshell box needed a little improvement. I chose Skip the Brush in Peony Pink, Brighter Is Better, and Cally. Those items retail for $24, $18, and $14, respectively. I paid $19.99 for them, so I am happy with the $56 value.
The Brighter is Better is an oxygen brightening nail treatment. I am already a fan of the nail treatments that apply a slight hint of color. This clear purple swatches with a glossy, brightness. Compare this to my other treatments, base coats, and top coats.
Cally is a festival fuchsia iridescent chrome. She looks like a bunch of my other polishes, so I really need to catalog them at some point. This is so pretty though. Compare this to my other purple polishes.
When it comes to makeup, Julep is hit or miss. The lipsticks are top-notch. Eye gliders are contenders. Eyeshadows need serious improvement. Blushes and bronzers are respectable. Some of the other color products need a little work. My expectations for the Skip the Blush were not high, but they looked neat and worth a shot. I am in love with the beautiful pink, and the swatch is out of this world beautiful. Sadly, the blush itself did not last long on. Most blushes fade within two hours, which is about how long this took to meet its demise. If I remember to take it with me, I would not be opposed to reapplying throughout the day.
Julep gives a free item for selecting three add-ons. As long as I can find three items I want, I usually partake. I had 400 Jules, so I redeemed them for Morgan. She is a frosty grape purple shimmer back from the vault. Polishes that return from the vault are rarely discounted this low (most polishes go for 600 Jules). Read about how to get Jules here. Purple is my second favorite color, and this polish looks gorgeous. It is worth $14. Compare this to my other purple polishes.
When it comes to polish, I am not generally a fan of mattes. Lulu is a wisteria mist soft focus with a semi matte finish. I love the light pink color and can also use a shiny topcoat if the semi-matte finish bothers me. The best part is she was a $4.99 add-on. It is worth $14. Compare this to my other purple polishes.
I received the Konjac Sponge for my face in my June box (article coming). The face version was impressive, so I wanted the body version, It’s Fun To Exfoliate. It discounted from $16 to $8.99 as an add-on, so it seemed like a great time to add it.
My gift for selecting three add-ons is Lee. It is a spitfire red creme worth $14. I already own Lee, so I swatched that one to keep this new. This will be gifted to someone, because I never finish nail polish. When your Julep collection gets large, it gets harder not to get duplicates in the bonus items. Compare this to my other red polishes.
The mini tattoos (good for nails and skin) should be in every box to replace the usual candy. They are not listed online. Using the Chevron Nail decal price of $6 is the best way I can value them.
I paid $33.97 this month for this box valued at $120. My personal value is $106, because I will not keep the bonus polish, Lee. That is a pretty good value.
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