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Hello again. My second Julep box of my 3-month sub came a while ago, but I didn’t have the motivation to take photos and write something up. Motivation is a scarce thing around here these days.
I signed up for a 3-month subscription when there was a fantastic promo going around so I’ll be getting all three boxes plus a welcome box for about $17. Or an average of $4.25 per box. What a great deal.
A month-to-month subscription is now $24.99/month where a 3-month subscription is $19.99/month so you save $5 a month. Do I think Julep Maven is worth $24.99, or even $19.99, a month? Not really. But since my entire 3-month sub costs less than even the discounted $19.99 price, I’m not one to complain. Like I’ve previously mentioned, based on cost (and size) of the individual polishes, I think brands like Zoya and OPI are more cost effective– they’re both cheaper and contain more polish per bottle. Zoya and OPI also have a huge range of colors and I especially love Zoya’s formulas. Zoya also has great promos to get polishes at discounted prices. I better move onto this month’s Julep box before this turns into an even bigger “I ❤ Zoya” post.
My default style profile is the “It Girl” profile which normally contains three full sized polishes. I took advantage of the ability to customize your box and swapped out Linden (a pool blue crème) for Lissa. While I really like the look of Linden, I already have a similar blue polish and don’t have any teals.
So in the end, my box consisted of:
- Braiden, a graphite stardust (textured matte glitter):
- Lissa, a tumbled turquoise crème:
- Dawn, a citron crème:
Here’s what they look like on human nails:
Formula obviously varied between the three.
I found Dawn to be the sheerest and a bit streaky but still gorgeous. I thought it’d lean more green/chartreuse but it really falls under the yellow family. I’m surprised how much it doesn’t clash with my skintone though; it’s a really striking and different color for me. Win!
Lissa is hands down my favorite of the three. I don’t own any teal or turqoise colors and this one is really beautiful. Formula is smooth and applied great; opaque in one thick coat. I’ll probably use this for my next manicure.
I was hesitant to keep Braiden in my box but I figured it would be an easy polish to trade away. Matte polishes are my favorite but I hate any textured polishes. I barely stand glossy glitter polishes because of the glitter because I have a tic of running my fingers over my nails and love that smooth feeling. While Braiden is this really lovely medium gray, it’s the most textured nail polish I’ve encountered (Zoya Savita coming in second). I thought it’d be a nice dupe for Zoya Loredana (one of my top three favorite polishes) but Braiden’s lighter and too rough for my liking. It applied surprisingly even and easily though. Unlike a lot of mattes, it doesn’t dry too quickly. But like most mattes and glitter polishes, it’s super un-fun to take off. Had to soak my nail in remover before it’d budge. Based on my experiences with mattes, I’m not sure having a base coat will really help with this problem though.
Overall, I’m happy with my box. Really wished Braiden worked out, but I’m not butthurt that I don’t have yet another nail polish to add to my collection. My box was packed a little messily with that gray stringy stuffing hanging out of the box, but it’s not a big deal.
I also got a coupon for $10 off your next Julep order of $20+. Feel free to use it; don’t forget to read the fine print 🙂
If Julep Maven sounds like something you’d like to sign up for and you’d like to use my referral link, you can find it here.
p.s. i’m hating this new “make a new post” layout and dislike how it’s a pain to get to the page with the old layout. boo.