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Julep Maven Review & Free Box Coupon Code – March 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!

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!

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This box came with a fold out sheet that details 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 is two nail polish remover pads.

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I try to use only acetone-free nail polish remover, but these will be good in a pinch.

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Julep Nail Polish in Lara – Value $14

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This polish is described as a “shell pink with gold shimmer.”

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I always gravitate to subtle pinks and beiges in my nail polish, so I picked this looking for a pale pink with a hint of sparkle.

Unfortunately, I think this polish reads more white than pink on my nails:

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It’s still a pretty color, but not what I was expecting and hoping for.

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Julep Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops – Retail Value $18

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These drops are scented with lavender and ylang ylang, and I love them just for that alone! In addition to making your hands smell lovely, they really do help speed up the drying process.

To use them, let the nail polish dry for one minute, then apply 1-2 drops. (Any excess product helps moisturize cuticles.) I could definitely tell a difference with these drops – I was able to get back to typing immediately without messing up my nails. (I did accidentally bang my hand into my desk and that dinged up a nail, but that’s more on my clumsiness than the drops!)

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Julep Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum – Value $28

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First, I love this cuticle serum because of the slick pen design. It’s perfect for throwing in your purse and always having on hand anytime you notice your cuticles could use a little help.

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(It’s one of those clicky pens that feels like it takes an infinite amount of clicks before the product actually starts emerging!) The formula is a lightweight liquid, so you’re not going to get the same amount of moisture as some of the more intense cuticle treatments I’ve tried, but it dries almost instantly, so it is great for touchups.

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And this box also included a coupon for 30% your next purchase.

Verdict: The Ta Da drops were my favorite item this month – I’ll be using them with all nail polish moving forward! The cuticle serum is great, too. The nail polish shade was the only miss for me this month.

What did you think of the March 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.

30 Comments

  1. I tried using the wipes this week and one wipe only took off polish from 3 nails and that was pushing it. Also, I was removing Julep polish so it’s not like it was a different brand. Not impressed with those…send me a peanut butter cup any day of the week!

  2. I got the No Limits Luxe Hydrating Creme. It is awesome and the dispenser makes it so easy to apply and no having to stick your finger in a jar. It works really well with the Boost Your Radiance Oil. It’s been so dry here lately and this combo has kept my skin looking moist and supple.

  3. I decided to sub after reading this blog. I customized to get the quick dry drops, Lara and Jennye polishes & Plie Wand. Still haven’t gotten my box yet but looking forward to it.

    • I hope you like it! This and Book of the Month are the boxes I’ve had for the longest time (I unsubscribed from my other early boxes), and I think the ability to skip months and customization are why. 🙂

      • I got my box yesterday! Lara and Jennye were both perfect. I loved both polishes for their subtle loveliness. Ta Da was smaller than I expected but did the job of drying my nails well. The only thing that irked me a little about the box was the fact my plie wand broke when I tried to use it. Still, overall happy. C:

        • Your wand already broke? Was it the actual wand end, or the cap that goes over the polish?

          I’m glad you liked everything else though!

  4. This is really tempting me! I sub to SOOOOOO many though.
    I am NOT joking when I say this site is costing me an average of $200 a week now. Argh! Fairly certain I’ll be subbing to this one soon as well.

    • I knew almost nothing about subs before I came here. I think most of us spend a lot more money after seeing all of Liz’s great reviews!

      I sometimes look at other sites to see boxes that aren’t reviewed here, and sometimes they don’t even the the items out of their individual packages! Why even bother unboxing if you aren’t going to swatch and show what the items look like out of their containers… that’s one thing I love about this site.

  5. I love that I get to individualize this box every month!

  6. I signed up and received the 12 free nail polish right away, but still have not received my March box??

    • Not sure what the holdup is but I promise their box will be worth the wait!! I love them! They are definitely one of my top 3 out of the 20 boxes I’ve tried!! (Still receive 15😆) I love the fact that you can totally customize your box if you wish! I hope you get your box soon and that you love it!!!

    • The same happened with me when I signed up to Julep in January. Apparently, as soon as you sign up to become a maven subscriber, they mail you your free gift right away. The actual subscription box usually arrives in the 3rd week of the given month. So, you should expect your March box to arrive somewhere in the 3rd week of March.

      • Really? I think I received my February box on the last day of January! I’ve learned that sub boxes arrive a lot slower/ later for some people, though, so I wouldn’t worry until next week. 🙂

  7. I customized my box. I picked out the fig shimmer eye liner and the Keaton polish from this months collection. I also got the Coco polish and some holographic nail stickers. I love the Keaton color! It more mushroom to me than maple sugar. I picked out some add ons so that i’d get a gift and they sent me a tangerine creme polish. Not an ideal color for me, but I’m going to top it with the Trisha polish and call them my goldfish nails

    • I received same free gift – tangerine polish. I used it with clear nail polish with sparkles and it come out actually pretty good.

    • Hmm I might have gotten the same color – I think mine was Linda? I’m curious if the free gift is the same for everyone each month.

      • Mine is Jenna. I might use it on its own later in the year. I like pastels, neutrals, and candy colors for spring

        • Mine was Jenna too. I got Linda some other time. Clearly I’m bad at names since Linda is grey lol.

          I think I’ll try to do more oranges and bright colors in the summer as well. I also love pastel and candy colors so those will be my go-to for a while. 🙂

          • Great minds think alike! Linda is a pretty color

          • I agree! But even though I’ve only picked out two or so oranges polishes, I have received a ton. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use them up (then again, who am I kidding – I have too many polishes to wear in a year even if I changed my colors three times a week…)!

  8. I chose Faith from the collection whuch looks far more mauve/pink in Julep’s photo but it’s quite purple. I was pretty disappointed.

    I’ve gone through two cuticle pens from past mystery boxes and wasn’t impressed so that was an easy pass for me. I picked up an older polish and the facial cleanser stick!

    • In the few reviews I’ve seen, it does look a little darker on the nail. Maybe you could call customer service? I’m sorry you don’t like the color – it’s disappointing when the bottle or online photo doesn’t match what you see in real life. 🙁

  9. Yeah, that pink is very pale – I’m not that surprised it reads as white against your skin tone. Were you able to get full coverage? I tend to avoid really light colors since they tend to be sheer, which isn’t my favorite.

    I ordered the sunscreen this month instead of the cuticle oil, and of course my cuticles started to get super dry the very next day! Let’s just hope my Allure box arrives quickly.

  10. I picked facial oil and another cleansing oil and did three low cost adds on and received free nail polish. In March definitely want to get dry drops. I noticed that Julep nail polishes dries a long time.

    • I think the dry time is very dependent on the color and finish, but overall I’ve found that 5-free or higher polishes take longer to dry (I’m guessing the excluded ingredients make the other polishes dry more quickly).

      I will say that the quick dry drops definitely work, but they have the potential to “shrink” the polish on your nail a bit. I think this is true of most products of this type, like the Seche Vite top coat. Just something to keep in mind!

      • Good to know. Thanks for the tip!

        • No problem! I’m super impatient so I’m always looking for ways to get back on my phone faster… (I know, it’s terrible)

  11. I picked a facial oil, an eyeliner, and a spring nail polish this month. I think I paid $16.99 each month since I subscribed for 6 months and the total value of my products was $66 and I love everything so far! I think this is great subscription!

  12. I was really disappointed with the nail pen when i got I several months ago. I had to use multiple “clicks ” per nail to get ANY liquid, which means I used up the whole pen very quickly. Ended up being a completely wasted item 🙁

  13. I really love that Julep included the wipes this time instead of candy.

    I did not get the Mighty pen in my box this time because I already have it. The fact that it is a lighter formula is actually a feature for me, not a drawback. 🙂

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