If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
When it comes to nail polish, I am a huge fan of Julep’s five free formula. 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.
If you’re not already familiar with the Julep Maven program, read my review. My subscription renews after three boxes for $59.97, or $19.99 a 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.
Every box comes with a coupon code. There are usually 2-3 codes, and while I’d love if mine was always the best available, it is not always the case. Candy usually comes in the box as well. The caramel sucker actually looks appealing, so I will probably consume this.
There are times when a product card describing a product comes in the box. I have never read one yet, but I like that it’s there if I need to refer back to it.
This box also had a gift guide, which is a shortened version of the online selections. It is probably the ones they consider highlights.
Everyone should have received an email offering a free glitter topcoat. I replied before the 10/24/15 deadline stating I wanted to add Melody to my box. This retails for $14. Compare this to my other treatments, base coats, and top coats.
The What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk seems delightful with winter coming. It is a lightweight facial milk infused with a five-oil blend to treat, hydrate, and replenish skin. I need all the help I can get, because my skin is even more dry than usual this time of year. My oil/serum stock is plentiful, so I almost swapped this. Passing on a $38 item is hard for me, because it drives my box value up. As long as I eventually use them, I prefer to keep higher value items.
Of the nine polishes released this month, the matte metallics are the ones that caught my eye. Rashida is a rosy copper matte metallic. It retails for $14. Compare this to my other salmon and wine polishes.
I usually skip add-ons unless I find three items I want. At 3, you get a free bonus. You get nothing at 1 or 2 other than a discount, which I can usually find with promo codes or other methods anyway. There were not three items I wanted to add-on, so I skipped add-ons altogether.
The total box value is $80. I only paid $19.99. Thanks to the freebie and not swapping out the high value beauty product, I have a 75% savings. My personal value is also $80, because I will use everything in it.
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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