Julep products are sold at Julep and Sephora - "Julep’s fast-drying, long-lasting, non-toxic formula is paired with a high-performance, professional brush. Additionally, the brand donates a portion of their proceeds to organizations that support and empower women". Their polishes are "4 free" which means they have less toxins than conventional nail polish. Apart from nail polish, Julep offers hand/foot care products, make-up, and skin care. I had read many reviews on Julep's subscription box - and the majority have been very positive - especially on their polishes.
There are many subscriptions out there - from food snacks to cosmetics, clothes, you name it! I was excited when I first heard about Julep Maven - as it's focused on makeup, cosmetics and nail polish. I love nail polish - because you can quickly update a look with some new polish! Also, this particular subscription ships to Canada - something not all US subscription services offer.
Now to the details - Julep Maven is $19.99 USD/month including shipping. Each box has a value of $40 (or more). With the subscription, each month you have 4 days preview your box, try a new style, upgrade, and add extras. There are different box options each month - you are assigned a 'style profile' g on the style quiz you take. If you don't preview the box, the standard choice for your style profile will be sent to you (which is what I received in my test). As part of your membership, you receive 20% off at Julep.com and free shipping.
If you are interested in trying out this subscription service, they have a coupon code (FREECOLOR) for a free box (all you pays is $3.99 for shipping!)
I was assigned the "classic with a twist" profile which includes 2 nail colors & 1 full-size beauty product in every box. I decided to give the subscription a full two months before I reviewed the service. Here's what I received (for Feb and March 2014):
I have tried out all the polishes and products and I thought they were a hit and a miss, here's why:
Colors: The two consecutive months I received a box I received a very similar 'white' nail polish (both very shear). I thought I could have received more variety especially since it was two months in a row.
Quality: The polishes seems to vary in consistency. From my February box, the red polish applied great but the white color applied goopy and unevenly - to the point where I decided not to even wear it out! Also, although I love the shape of the nail polish bottles (something you don't see in any other brand), I found it quite impractical because of the length of the brush you constantly get way too much polish on the brush because it drips down the long brush.
Beauty products: I liked the variety of the products I received in both months, and the color of the lip gloss was a nice neutral which fits nice with my style of "classic with a twist".
I really loved receiving the Julep box - they were speedy in their delivery, and I received the box within the timeframe that they advertised. The box itselt I thought was quite cute, and the packaging was perfect - great packaging for the products themselves while they travel and overall I thought it was really pretty!
I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the polishes because it wasn't consistent and although the products themselves were good - but nothing outstanding. Although I think the value is great for two polishes and a full-size makeup, for me, I wasn't in love with the products themselves to continue to purchase them. I'm still on the fence about whether to continue this subscription service - I'm leaning towards cancelling it right now.
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