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Julep Maven April 2018 Subscription Box Review

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 its 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. Each year, on the Maven anniversary, the Maven gets 500 Jules. 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.

This is the first box I’ve ever received that arrived without a coupon inside. I skipped the March 2018 box so I was unsure if the lack of coupon in this box was a fluke or new. There was a coupon in the February 2018 box. A quick Google search showed that there is a coupon code. According to this blog, the coupon code is TREATME. That gives a free polish with a $10 purchase. It is valid through 04/30/18. She also mentioned getting a free polish this month (according to the card that was left out of my box). As I did not receive the free polish, I see why I did not receive the card. Had I received the card, I would have noticed my free polish was missing.

A lot of Julep boxes come with candy inside, but this one did not have candy either. The blog I mentioned above did not discuss candy so I think this is just a box without any.

Julep Aloha is an ultraviolet Iridescent Chrome. It retails for $14 ($11.20 Maven). I’ve been really into ultraviolet colors. This one will obviously need multiple coats to build color. Pardon the rough finger swatch. As soon as I get my swatch spoons from my ex, I will update this to something more appealing. Compare this to my other purple polishes.

I have hundreds of Julep polishes (no joke) and have to stop assuming all the ones placed for monthly selection are new. After seeing a beautiful color, Danielle, I had to have it. Whenever I see a name based off a loved one or family member, I get it anyway. It helps when I really love the color. Well, I already owned Danielle. As she is a namesake of a family member, I will likely gift this new duplicate to her. Ordering duplicates like this is the main reason I keep a spreadsheet, but I did not look at it and just assumed it was a new color. Anyway, Julep Danielle is a cerulean wave duo chrome with a teal micro glitter. It retails for $14 ($11.20 Maven). Compare this to my other blue polishes.

The Way Butter Bellini Hydrating Lip Sheer retails for $20 ($16 Maven). This is a new name for the product with new colors, but it is the same look and formula as the Lip Butters released in July 2016. Only, this one is sheer and those had more pigment.

Bellini is a rose gold sheer shimmer. I always say Julep does lip products as well as it does nail polish. This product is no exception. It looks so soft and natural until the light hits your lips. Then, the beautiful shimmer lights up. I think it is quite stunning. The formula is extremely comfortable. Despite almost no stickiness, it lasts a few hours on the lips. My favorite thing is that is smells and tastes nice, like vanilla. When lip products smell or taste bad, I do not care how well they work. Once the formula wears off, my lips retain some of the moisture.

I will edit in a picture of me wearing this, but I doubt I will be able to capture one that catches the light. You will likely just see what it looks like naturally. It is sheer and already close to my natural lip color to begin with.

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.

These are the standard items from the Bombshell Box. As I wanted them all, I did not make any substitutions. The total box value is $48 which is about as low it goes, but I got what I wanted. 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.

Julep Beauty Box Subscription

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 SwatchesTips 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 (13 and 8) 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 13-year-old to apply it.

2 thoughts on “Julep Maven April 2018 Subscription Box Review Leave a comment

  1. Just wanted to lyk that I really appreciate and enjoy your blog. I check it everyday, often multiple times, because I recently became obsessed with beauty box subs. Thank you for this fantastic resource– it’s been tremendously helpful. I’l be looking forward to future posts. Keep up the good work!


  2. Thank you. I am really into subscriptions, too. It is a great way to discover new products I otherwise would not have purchased. Sampling is the number one way I make purchase decisions now. Between GWP, buying kits, and subscription boxes, I have a lot to sample.


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