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Julep Maven September 2016 Subscription Box Review: Cheers To Five Years

September 2016 marks Julep’s fifth anniversary. To celebrate its fifth birthday, Julep created some special packages called Cheers To Five Years. 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 seven to nine new colors (and at times re-release 1-2 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.

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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 20%. There is a new subscription option that offers six boxes for $99.96, or $16.66 a box. This is the plan I will probably go with when my current subscription expires. Sales tax applies in select states, and my state is one of them. 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.


Julep usually launches a new beauty product every month. This month it launched new colors on existing products I already know and love, eyeliner and lipstick. I upgraded my regular box (which I pre-paid $19.99) for a Let’s Toast Box. This box went for $39.99, so I had to pay an extra $20 to upgrade it. There was no polish in the Let’s Toast Box, and it feels weird to receive a box with no polish. To get polish, I decided to select some add-ons. When I get add-ons, I always opt for three, never more, never less.


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 SEPTEMBER10, which gives $10 off a $20 purchase through 10/31/16. This box did not come with any candy (as most Julep boxes do). Most of the candy gets wasted, so I never mind much when it is not included.


Any items released specifically for the Five Year Celebration come on keepsake boxes that are sturdy enough to keep. I may just keep these. Two boxed sets came inside my upgraded box and one was an add-on.


The eyeliners and lipsticks actually have inserts for each item that holds them nicely in place. There is a simple box holding the polishes that they can slide out of together.  I liked the packaging, so I had to throw in an extra picture showing it off. Of course, new polishes have black wrapping and old polishes have white wrapping.


The product packaging is not too shabby either. I especially like the lipsticks.


The Let’s Toast box included a total of 10 makeup items. They come from two sets, and two single products: Cheers to Five Years! Mini Lipstick Trio ($40), Cheers to Five Years! Mini Eyeliner Set ($40), Gel Eye Glider Sharpener, and Get in Line. There are 3 lipsticks in the Trio (obviously) and 5 eyeliners in the Mini Eyeliner set. Nine of the items in the set impart color, so I swatched them all together.


From left to right: Pop, Fizz, Bubby, Ultraviolet, Lilac Shimmer, Gilded Golden Shimmer, Galaxy Black Shimmer, Deep Sea Foam, and Get in Line.

The Get in Line Pencil ($16) is a clear (whitish) lipliner that I already use. It is not my favorite white lipliner, but I’ve used this one exclusively lately. I prefer white lipliners, because I can put any lipstick color over them. They do not work for filling in lips, so I never reach for this when I am going for that look.

The Julep Gel Eye Glider Sharpener ($10) works extremely well with these pencils. I’ve used it to sharpen the lipliner as well, and it does a great job. When the sharpener is the perfect size for the pencil, it always gives the best result.


Light on Your Lips in Pop is an electric fuchsia crème. I will edit in a picture and review once I wear this.


Light on Your Lips in Fizz is a vivid watermelon crème. I will edit in a picture and review once I wear this.


Light on Your Lips in Bubbly is a tea rose crème. I will edit in a picture and review once I wear this.


The close up on the different shades shows that they are bright pinkish colors, but none of them are too bright.


When Pencil Met Gel in Ultraviolet is a dark purple.


The color on this builds. I did not even notice until I looked at the picture that the purple is brighter on my right eye (picture left). Next time I wear this, I will pay closer attention to make sure it looks even.


This stayed vibrant all day and did not budge on the top lash line. As usual, it did not fare as well on the bottom lash line. My eyes are dry and sometimes get watery to compensate. Most liners on the bottom smudge and rub off.


When Pencil Met Gel in Lilac Shimmer is a light purple.


I blended this shade on the lower lash line with a shadow from the LORAC Pro 3 palette. The pencil was easy to work with and lasted all day (even on my bottom lashes where this formula does not last all day). Sadly, the eyeshadow overshadowed the liner, so I will wear this again on the top and add pictures. It is really beautiful and deserves a chance to stand on its own.


I wore it again on the top lash line. It does remain all day and stays smudge proof on the top lash line. This glides on with even more ease on the top lid. The formula does not skip, and is very pigmented.


Even though this is a light shade, it gives a very beautiful pop of color.


When Pencil Met Gel in Gilded Gold Shimmer is gold. I will edit in a picture and review once I wear this.


When Pencil Met Gel in Galaxy Black Shimmer is black, but the glitter softens it a bit. I will edit in a picture and review once I wear this.


When Pencil Met Gel in Deep Sea Foam Shimmer is a pale green. I will edit in a picture and review once I wear this.


There is not a shade here I would not happily use, so I am really pleased with these. I’ve only used one Julep eyeliner I did not love. Although I will review each of these as I wear them, I know that I’ve never experienced one that did not glide on beautifully and stay put all day. The one I did not love had a little more glitter than I would have preferred. Most of these shimmers have just the right amount.

Everything else was a result of add-ons. I went with the Cheers to Five Years! Polish Trio ($42), so I could get another boxed set. All polishes in this set were new with the September 2016 collection. This went for 1200 Jules, which is a great deal. Read about how to earn Jules. New polishes are rarely only 400 Jules each. This set includes Acacia, Genevieve, and Peggy. When you purchase a set, it only counts as one add-on.


Acacia ($14) is wonder maven that is a blue fjore chrome. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. Compare this to my other blue polishes.


Genevieve is a wonder maven that is red rock chrome. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. Compare this to my other red polishes. This looks more wine than red, but Julep calls it a red rock.


Peggy is a wonder maven that is charcoal with rose shimmer. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. Compare this to my other gray polishes. There is a rose shimmer in this that makes it almost look like a duo chrome, but it looks much closer to my picture in natural light than it does to burnt wine picture Julep portrays on its site.


My second add-on was my beloved Charcoal Body Konjac Sponge ($16). I’ve actually ordered a few of these lately, so I do not need this yet. For 600 Jules, this was a steal. It is usually priced around 800 Jules, so I decided to stock up.

The Green Tea Konjac Sponge ($12) is the last sponge on the Julep site I had to order. I did not have enough Jules, but it was on sale for $5.99 in the add-on section. It was an easy decision, and I will be using this soon.

If you select three add-ons, you get a free surprise item. I usually only get 3, because I can wait for items to go on sale and/or use promo codes. If I cannot find 3, I get 0. That is better than buying everything I see in the add-on section when it only takes three to get the gift. There were some great items for Julep’s Birthday, so I had a hard time narrowing it down to three.


My free item was Elise ($14). It is an indigo with purple micro glitter. This is a polish I did not already own, so this is a great addition. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. Compare this to my other purple polishes. Depending on the lighting this can also look blue.


I swapped my regular Bombshell box for a more expensive box this month, but the value of that box is a lot higher than a standard box. The total box value is $190, and I only paid $45.98. I prepaid $19.99, and I paid $25.99 for my extras ($48.10 with tax). That is also my personal value, because I will use everything. Read my program description to learn more about Jules. Jules redemption are more valuable if you select beauty products instead of polish, but I got the beauty products I wanted and the polish I wanted for the best value.

Julep Beauty Box Subscription

Julep has a Rock Your Look Mystery Box available through the 19th. It retails for $24.99 and offers a minimum of $100 in value. This is a great way to sample Julep products if you do not own a lot. Those who own a lot are likely to get duplicates.


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 articlesTips 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.

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