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Julep Maven Review & Free Box Coupon Code – February 2017

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Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty subscription box. They make all their own products, so subscribers get a good value each month – over $40 retail worth of product for $24.99 a month.

And, if you sign up for 3-months up front, you get the $19.99 rate.

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Each month Julep releases a new collection on the 20th, and you can decide which box you want, you can upgrade to the entire collection, or you can skip that month.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: Julep Maven

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription)

DEAL:

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Use this link and coupon code FREEFALL at checkout to add the 12 piece Beauty Set to your cart. 

The Products: Nail polish plus beauty items.

Ships to: US and Canada

Check out all of my Julep Maven reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

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This box came with a fold out sheet detailing the beauty item for the month and the new colors launched.

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Now, onto the items!

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First, Julep usually includes a bonus item like candy in every box! This month it’s a foil sample of the No Limits Luxe Hydrating Creme. I liked this face cream a lot – it is just as luxe and hydrating as I was expecting! The only downside for me is that it is scented.

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Julep Nail Polish in Jolene – Value $14

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This polish is a full-coverage “Iron Ore” metallic. It’s super shimmery, and it catches the light beautifully!

(Swatched in lower photo.)

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Julep Nail Polish in August – Value $14

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This shade is described as a “Chocolate Cherry Ghost Shimmer.” I have tried a few “ghost shimmers” now, and I have to admit I can only see the shimmer in the bottle. On my nails, this just looks like a high-shine coffee creme. Here it is on with the Jolene polish:

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Julep It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon in Blossom Pink Creme – Retail Value $20

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I’ve sampled these lip balm crayons before and I love them! The lip balm center is moisturizing, and the color coverage is good, too. Here it is swatched:

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And this box also included a coupon for a free polish with your next purchase of $10 or more.

Verdict: I’m happy with my nail polish selections this month, and the beauty item isn’t a new discovery, but it’s a lip balm I love so I guess I played it safe this month! What did you think of the February Julep Maven box? Which items did you pick this month?

If you haven’t signed up for Julep Maven yet:

Julep is offering this 12-piece nail polish FREE set with a new subscription!

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Use this link and coupon code FREEFALL at checkout to add the 12 piece Beauty Set to your cart. 

This box is $24.99 with a monthly subscription or $19.99 with a 3-month subscription. Check out our Julep Maven reviews to learn more about this subscription box!

Details: All Maven plans automatically renew, and you may cancel anytime. Billing occurs on the 27th of each month. Once you join, you’ll be able to customize your monthly Maven box with your favorite nail colors & beauty products from a brand new Julep collection (or wait for a surprise). Your free welcome gift includes three nail polishes and one beauty product.

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

46 Comments

  1. This month was my first Maven box and I was so excited, what a let down… Out of six polishes I received, one a free gift with my add-ons, only two looks like they did on the website. The free gift was an anemic, pale green and after three coats its still streaky. My two ghost shimmers look matte on my nails, some shimmer does show in the bottle. I didn’t receive a sample or the coupon. I don’t think I’ll get another maven box. Been hearing great things about their Korean beauty products and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for a good sale to try them down the road. This is the first subscription box I’ve ever been disappointed with (to be fair I’m less than thrilled with Squix.)

    • They have amazing customer service, if you are really unhappy, they will make it right. I’m sorry you had such a bummer experience for your first box. I seriously have loved them from day 1.

  2. I got the blossom pink lip crayon too, and it’s perfect for my pale, cool complexion! The formula is wonderful as well.

    I subbed to Julep for the nail polishes, which are great (though I wish they’d put out some more exciting effects like holos and super glittery formulas – and a ghost shimmer with actual shimmer would be lovely). I’m really surprised by how much I like the makeup and skincare, though.

  3. I only buy Julep’s mystery boxes. More value for me.

    • I ordered the last one, Diamonds are Forever. The value was good, but the blush stick I got was too orange for me and I wasn’t into the glitter polishes that much, which I think ended up being 1/3-1/2 the value of the box.

      I know people put things up for swaps, but I feel like mystery boxes haven’t always done it for me, and I was ordering to try Julep for the first time. Julep’s pick-your-own is actually a pretty cool model if you like their products while still being a good value.

      • Ellen, what was in mystery box? I am still debating if I should order or not. Do you mind share the information please.

        • I think shes talking about the one back in december…
          Still waiting on spoilers for the one thats currently on sale 🙄🙄

        • Diamonds are forever was the December/holiday mystery box deal. It had six polishes (Tish, Delia, Lonnie, Delores, Tyra and Dominique) a blush stick in warm bronze, illuminator and lip gloss. I also picked up a 9.99 add on for free because of a coupon deal they had, which added on another blush stick and nail polish. Two of the box’s polishes were silver glitter polishes in slightly different tones which made sense for the theme but weren’t exciting to receive.

  4. I got the lip balm in Mulberry and I love the color and formulation. It is one of the only colored lipsticks/balms that actually doesn’t dry out my lips. I got Yiyi, which is a pink holographic jelly polish. I really like it and with 2 coats it’s semi-opaque. Julep is seriously my favorite box!!

  5. My little sample this month was the Love Your Bare Face Cleansing Oil (which I already love) so they may vary, which is fun. Jolene & August seem to look really cool together.

    • Yes! I got the cleansing oil too and it is the best thing ever. I already ordered the full-size.

      • I got that sample too and love it. I also got the Blossom lippie and it’s great too, but I already love them, Vintage Mauve and the other plummy/lilac shade I forget the name of being my favs. I for once didn’t choose a polish this time, opting for their clear lipliner and travel sharpener since I needed both. Jolene is making me think twice though! Really pretty. Julep Maven remains one of my favs and I was very tempted by the mystery box this month but don’t really NEED anything, but have liked the ones I’ve gotten in the past.

  6. I’m not sure that I can resist this sub any longer. I really don’t NEED the polish, but would love that 12 piece kit and could try it out for the 3 months. Can anyone share the ease of cancelation?

    • Super easy, but even better (imo) is that you don’t even have to cancel, you can just skip whenever you want and keep accumulating points & receiving Maven discounts.

      • ^This. Very easy although I’ve never even thought about it. I just skip months when I want or need to!

      • i LOVE LOVE the skip a month option and have used it since month 3 of joining…which was almost a year ago. That way I get access to the sales, without the commitment of a box a month. They send an email when it’s time to review your box so it’s really easy to remember to check through the box, then hit skip.

    • The 12 piece collection they give you as a freebie is amazing. It comes in a beautiful box and the color variety is really nice. I’m super happy I signed up for this sub.

    • 12 piece kit is spectacular, it came in special present box where nail polish stored in foam and the colors are so bright and pretty. I loved that box.
      I signed up for 6 month so my monthly sub only $17. It was kind of glitch with my account and I could not select the items, so they sent me lip crayon, gel eye pencil, and one polish, which I was so happy about.

      • Thanks! I think I’m gonna do the 6 month option too. It’s a lot easier to justify that way.

        • yes, it is actually $16.66 a month 🙂

        • And if you are selective and buy only what you want, a 6 month sub can last you a really really long time. Ive had my 3 month almost 1 yr bc i basically just get a box when specific items i want (shower oil, facial skin care, SOME makeup…saving my last box for their foundation i know must be comming out soon!!) are available and otherwise skip and buy things if they go on sale or come out in mystery box spoilers. Because you chose only what you want and the products (except the nail polish…i dont get it?!?!?!) are super jumbo full size, i think its THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK in subscription boxes ❤❤❤

          • I can’t wait for the upcoming foundation, hope it’s as nice as their other makeup items have been, for the most part.

    • You will love it! I just started using them in early December and the discounts on products alone have been worth it. I now use the entire Korean Skincare line- it is amazing! my skin is glowing every day(omg the Radiance oil!). I’ve been so happy with their nail polish/nail products, as well. I’m not even big into nail polish, but it’s getting me to branch out from the same colors I’ve been wearing since I was 15. I highly recommend the translucent lip glosses, too. I had 3 arrive today and i can’t decide which i love more.

      I switched to the 6 month subscription about…literally 2 minutes ago. I called and they updated my account and I was off the phone in a minute from dialing to hanging up. Great service! People on here have said canceling is just as easy.

      • Well I signed up!
        I read that you get Jules for your birthday too, and mine is this month. Where do I enter that information?

        • I think that is in the account info section(one of the sub sections on the left side of your account screen). I filled all that stuff out when I opened my basic account for ordering products and only had to update my beauty bio for my Maven box preferences.

    • I think I’m in the minority here, but I hate julep polishes 🙁 They take soooo long to dry and peel off. 🙁

      • I think the pastel colors..especially the older “soft focus” ones take too long to dry and use to struggle with that alot about 2 or 3 yrs ago when i first joined, but if you havent tried their polishes recently, id say you might be surprized their formulas have changed alot. Still chip like crazy. Theres maybe 5 out of like 50 that i own that will wear for 7 days, all the others chip withiin 2-3 days 😶…but i dont do the whole base/top etc so kinda my own fault..?? And im the same with all polish…finding the right topcoat to make them last is a science 🙁

        • Hmm I don’t have that problem with a good base and top coat. I like their quick dry topcoat in the black bottle, it rivals Seche Vite, it dries so fast and glossy!

    • I just did the same because of the 12 set. I emailed them and asked if they would let me pick my first box instead of a curated. They said yes and credited my account for the first month and sent out my 12 piece immediately. I ended up selecting all makeup for my box. I’m truly impressed with all their selections other than polish.

      • I took advantage for the 12 piece set also. I am not sure how Julep works.

        With the half off coupon I am not sure what to pick, lol. Do you think the cleansing oil that everyone raves about will be there when we pick our boxes? Or should I take advantage of it and buy it now?

        I’m also thinking about the eyebrow powder.

        • The Dont leave your brows at home is one of my favorites, im not a makeup person so im imtimidated by powders but DLYBAH is soooo easy to use and looks really really good. This and brow powders are hardly in boxes. The oil most likely will be an option to include in your box. If it doesnt expire soon, id say wait for the maven window to open so you can get a better sense of their poducts and even more discounts in the secret store which is usually even more discounted than 50%.

          • Thank you Linda for your reply! ☺The 1/2 off is for 48 hrs. I won’t get the oil then and maybe choose some small things and brow powder and wait for the secret store. You were very helpful, thanks again!

          • Agreed!

        • Their gel eyeliners are AMAZING! I just got four in my last box (two with the order and two as add ons) since I like them so much. They are the easiest to apply and I have tried numerous ones. Absolutely my favorite product from Julep

      • So I signed up today, is that within the window that will let me customize my March box? I don’t want a curated one either.

        • Yep, log in on the 20-24 of this month to customize your march box. 🙂

      • I emailed and asked if I could pick out my 1st box after seeing your post and they said no that the welcome boxes are always curated. I wonder what comes in that box. Does anyone know?

  7. Do you know if they charge more if you edit your box? My box price is $26.99 a month and no longer the $24.99 price. I also didn’t get the foil sample either this month.

    • I did a special 6 months prepay in December so I’m not sure about the price discrepancy (I have not been charged any extra for editing my items though). But I also did not receive a small sample. I thought maybe it was because I added on 3 items and therefore got a free surprise polish instead….but who knows…

      • I did the 3 add ons + a free polish and still received a sample, so it must have been a weird fluke?

        • Or maybe I just didn’t notice and threw it away with my paper??? 🙁 That was my first “oh no” thought until I saw someone else say they didn’t get one. I’m going to have to see if I still have the box at home and look closer….

      • I didn’t get any samples either and I did order 6 extra things.

        • I didn’t get a sample either, but I got a little packet of nail jewels that I know I didn’t order!

        • This is the first month I stayed with my basic box but swapped out a couple items, it was still 19.99, and didn’t do any add-ons and got a sample. I haven’t gotten samples every time in the past so I think it’s just random.

    • Are they giving you the monthly price now? I haven’t noticed being charged more any month, but I pay for 3 months at a time (I’d do 6 months, but my partner might not be happy…).

      I made a custom box, did 3 add ons, and got a cleansing oil sample. Maybe you got nail decals? From my experience, it seems unlikely that choosing a higher-value box would cause any issues.

    • The price can go up if you add/swap out things that go over the ‘basic’ box you get every month, and if you do add-ons.

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