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 (unless they re-release one or two from the vault). 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 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. Swapping also gives a subscription where you actually want all the box contents every time. If you cannot find enough items to swap in, skip the box that month and pay nothing.
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. I keep a listing of all promo codes I am aware of. My code is MAR15 for $15 off a $30 purchase through 04/30/16. Candy usually comes in the box as well. This one has a sour apple blow pop.
Charlene is a chrome polish with a hint of lavender. She retails for $14. In the light, she almost looks duo-chrome, purple and silver. Compare this to my other purple polishes.
When Pencil Met Gel in Ocean Blue is a beautiful bright blue. I love Julep Eye Gliders and worried they could change the formula with this new When Pencil Met Gel name. Everything looks and feels the same, so I think this was just a name change to match their clever marketing campaign. The pencils last all day and stay smudge-free thanks to the waterproof formula. This 0.042oz pencil retails for $16.
This glides as well as most other gel pencils from the line. My hand actually slipped on my left side (picture right) easily creating a thicker line than I wanted.
I filled it in to make it smooth but decided I did not want the rest that thick. That meant I had to wear it a little thicker than I wanted to on one side, but I applied this while my husband drove. There were no re-dos. It lasted all day, and was the perfect, beautiful, blue shade I wanted.
I wanted to use again with an eyeshadow that is very close in color, Urban Decay Danger from the Gwen Stefani palette. After watching a lot of tutorials, I decided to apply shadows the way many of them do with concealer instead of primer. It had been a while since I tried that. This is my official reminder that I need primer and shop stop trying to skip it.
The eyeliner glided on beautifully to both the upper and lower lids, so I was very happy with the combination and look (before the shadows creased). This eyeliner never budged though!
The Beach Tonic Dry Body Oil is a blend of lightweight yet nourishing oils that: moisturize, condition, and restore elasticity. It is one of the few products from the beauty line I have not ordered yet, so I decided it was time in a month where the new offerings were not super impressive. This retails for $23.
If you select three add-ons, you get a free surprise item. There were not three items that appealed to me this month, so I decided not to select any. I usually get 0 or 3, because I can use promo codes and wait for items to go on sale and not buying everything I see in the add-on section.
The total box value is $53, and I only paid $19.99. My personal value is also $53, because I will use everything. I could have received a higher value, because items up to $38 were available to swap this month. These items make me happy though.
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.