If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
Julep Maven is a subscription program. While Julep started as a nail polish brand, it expanded to include a large variety of beauty products. Members get to select the items they want inside their boxes so there are no surprises. Mavens can stick to nail polish, try products from the ever-growing beauty line, or both in their monthly Julep subscription boxes. Products are always full-sized. Many of these beauty products are just as incredible as 5-free nail polish the brand offers. As a nail polish lover, I can say with certainty that these polishes chip less than most brands. A Maven membership helps subscribers get full-size products for a fraction of the cost to purchase them separately. They are quality polishes so I would probably purchase them at $14 each even if I did not have my Maven membership. The color selections and polish finishes are more vast than almost any other nail polish line. Almost every month, Julep releases seven new colors (and at times re-release 1-2 from the vault).
Julep also releases a new beauty product or two most months so their chemists are always hard at work. With rare exception, the new items are box options. That means you can place 2-3 brand new items in your monthly subscription box each month. Older items are always available to select as well. Members just need to select the swap option to bring up all the possibilities. A standard box has 3 items, but with swapping and other options, members can end up with 2 (selecting more expensive items) or 4 (selecting cheaper items). If nothing appeals to you that month or you want to skip for any reason at all, Mavens can skip any month. There is no limit to how often one can skip as long as they are not grandfathered into older plans without as many options.
All Mavens pay sales tax and get free shipping on subscription boxes. Paying month to month charges $24.99. Charges get processed the day you subscribe or on the 27th of the month for the following month. This means someone subscribing on the 20th would get charged $24.99 for this month and $24.99 again on the 27th for the following month. Those who pay in advance get a 20% discount. My subscription renews after three boxes for $59.97, or $19.99 a box. There is a subscription option that offers six boxes for $119.94, or $19.99 a box. I do not recommend this one, because there is no discount over the 3-month plan. Maven Luxe Boxes (get more products than standard boxes) are $39.99 a month or $104.97 ($34.99 a box) for three. Boxes are auto-filled for Mavens with products based on the beauty profile they complete. If a member wants to swap items or skip the month, s/he needs to login from the 20th-24th (the Maven selection window to do so).
I always like to look at the options so I never let Julep select them for me. You can get a higher valued box with swaps. Mavens can also select add-ons. These add-ons get charged on top of the cost of the subscription, but they are cheaper than buying the item separately from the Julep store (where anyone including non-Mavens can purchase Julep items). Those selecting add-ons should play around with the box options to make sure they are adding on the cheaper ones and placing the more expensive items inside the main box. Swaps and add-ons make the box possibilities almost endless so the box I am sharing will almost certainly differ from the one you’d receive. Swapping gives the member a subscription where s/he actually wants all the box contents every time. If you cannot find enough items to swap in, skip the box that month and pay nothing.
Mavens also get Jules (rewards points) for every box they purchase. Standard boxes get 350 Jules. Luxe boxes get 700 Jules. Members get 500 on their box anniversary and 200 on their birthday. Redeem these Jules for add-ons or future Maven boxes. When they reach 2000 Jules, they can trade them in for a free standard box. It takes 4000 Jules to receive a free Luxe box. Those on longer term subscriptions can only redeem Jules when they have no pre-paid boxes left, but there is no need to fret. Jules do not expire. Subscribers can also use Jules to reduce the cost of add-ons inside their boxes. Most products charge 100 points per dollar so a $5 product would go for 500 Jules.
All Mavens get access to the Secret Store. This is a pop-up sales event that takes place for 5-6 days at the end of every month. The secret store has discounted items for subscribers only. Mavens who select a box for the month get early access and lower prices on select items during early access. Subscribers also get 20% off (deducts automatically on all full-price items when logged into a subscriber account) and free shipping on every order. That 20% Maven discount will usually combine with a discount code, but it is usually not applied to items that are already on sale. So, a Maven will get each $14 nail polish for $11.20 but will have to pay the full $7 on polishes already discounted to $7.
I subscribed to Julep in May of 2014, but I have not shared a box since October of 2016. After careful consideration, I’ve decided not to write separate articles on the boxes I have not shared yet. To have a complete listing of my monthly boxes (since I started the blog), I am going to list the items here. This section will not exist in future Maven articles. Feel free to scroll down to get into items from the February 2018 box. Swatches of all nail polishes I own are available in my nail polish articles. If you wish to see what the polishes in any of the past boxes look like, click on the article that corresponds to the color of the polish.
November 2016 – Skipped
December 2016 – Kristjana, It’s Whipped Say Hello, and Charcoal Body Konjac Sponge
January 2017 – Boost Your Radiance, Katherine, and Darcy
February 2017 – This was a Luxe box so I paid the $20 upgrade fee. I also got the Luxe amount of Jules, 700. When Pencil Met Gel Clay, When Pencil Met Gel Soft Black, It’s Balm Blossom Pink, It’s Balm Toasted Pecan, It’s Balm Mulberry, and It’s Balm Caramel Nude
March 2017 – When Pencil Met Gel Fig Shimmer, It’s Balm Brandy Wine, and Faith
April 2017 – Ani, Feels Like Velvet Rosé & Vacay, and When Pencil Met Gel Ultraviolet (forgot I already owned this)
May 2017 – Skipped
June 2017 – Skipped
July 2017 – So Plush Werk, So Plush All the Feels, and Hayat
August 2017 – Insta-Filter, and Cushion Complexion 130 Ivory (yes, I only got 2 items, because these are expensive options)
September 2017 – Skipped
October 2017 – Skipped
November 2017 – No Limits, Townlie, and Triple Quench
December 2017 – Persephone, It’s Whipped First Base, and It’s Whipped ULTAmate Berry
January 2018 – Skipped
Every box comes with a coupon code for store purchases. This coupon is on the back of the product card featuring a recent beauty product launch. In this case, it is the new eye gel I picked up.
There was variety in the codes sent to subscribers when the code was on a loose piece of paper. Until I can confirm variety in the codes on these product cards, I will assume they are all the same. I keep a listing of all promo codes I am aware of. The code from this box is FEBPOLISH for a free nail (color) polish with a $10 purchase through 02/28/18.
Boxes occasionally come with candy. This one had a melted, gold, chocolate heart. It is not Julep’s fault that it is hot in February. This is usually a great month to ship chocolate. As usual, Julep included a list of ingredients for the candy.
The So Awake Depuffing Gel Eye Cream ($38) is the new beauty product launch for this month. I am not usually a fan of eye gels, because my undereye area is very dry. Finding a gel that moisturizes as well as a cream is a challenge. This claims to hydrate, depute, and illuminate. Those are the 3 main things I want from an eye cream (gel) so I had to give it a shot. It never hurts that the Maven subscription allows me to try a $38 product (along with 2 other items) for $19.99. That helps me justify the cost of exploring this brand deeper.
Arelene ($14) is a classic with a twist frosted peach shimmer with a micro fine peach glitter. The finish is semi glossy and mostly smooth, because the glitter adds barely any texture. I’ve really been into peach everything lately, and I blame Too Faced for this. Compare this to my other Coral and Orange polishes.
The Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System ($12) is a 3-step sheet mask. This mask has you apply the ampoule of serum in step 1 before the sheet mask in step 2. After wearing the sheet mask for 15 minutes, you apply the Sleeping Pack from Step 3. As someone with dry skin, I always apply something on top (usually a moisturizer or sleeping mask) to lock in the sheet mask. It is a very important step to absorb all the benefits of the mask so I really like the idea of an all-in-one sheet mask system.
This is my new all-time favorite sheet mask. I applied this before I went to bed. My skin still felt soft even after skipping my morning face wash (had no plans to go anywhere). It even left my forehead feeling hydrated, and that almost never happens with any product.
If you select three add-ons, you get a free surprise item. I usually only get 3 when I select some, 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. This month, I did not select any add-ons.
I swapped some items from my regular Bombshell Box with ones I wanted more. The total box value is $64. That is also my personal value, because I will use everything (a given when I select everything in the box). I pre-paid $19.99 plus tax for this so I think it was an excellent deal. This is a subscription I love, because I have complete control over the items I want. When I cannot find enough items I want, I just skip the month.
Use code POLISHGIFT for a 12-piece full-size nail polish gift ($168 value) with a new subscription.
If you want to join Julep, visit my Julep Maven page to see all start-up offers. Product reviews do not always make it into the haul article, but you can always type the product into the search bar to see if I’ve mentioned it or reviewed it elsewhere. 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 and all Nail Polish Swatches. 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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