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Julep Maven Review & Free Box Coupon Code – April 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 items you want, you can upgrade to the entire collection, or you can skip that month.

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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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Julep usually includes a bonus item like candy in every box. But, this month, it’s a full-size nail polish!

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Julep Nail Polish in Sara – Retail Value $14

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This is a blue creme that gives full coverage in one coat! (Swatched in lower photo.)

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And FYI – the caps of Julep nail polishes are removable so you can swatch the lid!

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Julep Nail Polish in Josie – Value $14

This is the nail polish I picked for April. It’s an apricot orange creme, with a high shine finish.

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I always gravitate to subtle pinks and beiges in my nail polish, so I tried to deviate a little this month, and go for a pastel but bold color.

I’m happy with my choice – it feels fresh and bright for spring. It took two coats for full coverage. Here it is one with the Sara polish as well:

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Julep Feels Like Velvet Full-Coverage Eyeshadow Duo in Rose & Vacay – Value $20

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This is the featured beauty item this month, and I’m so glad I picked it! It’s hands down one of my favorite Julep beauty items to date.

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I went with the matte shade duo. I love shimmery eyeshadows, but mattes are much more wearable for me. And these two colors are perfect for everyday looks:

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And the “Feels Like Velvet” name is true! These powders feel so lovely! They have excellent pigment, too.

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Here are both shades swatched:

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Julep Eyeshadow Brush – Value $18

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This soft bristle brush is perfect for blending eyeshadows. It works for both powders and cremes.

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Plus the metal base makes these brushes look extra luxe!

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

Verdict: I’m so impressed with the value of the box this month! 2 polishes, an eyeshadow duo, and an eyeshadow brush for $24.99 is great. (Even better if you do the 3-months for $19.99 deal).

What did you think of the April 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.

45 Comments

  1. I haven’t subbed in a while but I buy in bulk when there’s a good sale. I LOVE their gel eyeliners. I have two of the eyeshadow duos and they’re very pigmented (almost too much for my fair skin!) but I also get a lot of fallout from them under my eyes. The julep nail file is also my favorite! 🙂

  2. I unsubbed a few months ago, but think I’m ready to go back. They have the best shimmer polishes. And I’m addicted to the Holographic and Matte polishes.

  3. I got 2 eyeshadow dous and a polish this month (not all for me) and we got another polish Sara) and the eyeshadow brush!

    I get these for my Grandma(lots of stressful stuff going on for her atm, so a package is her light), that she was only getting one thing(we were splitting 3 way for once) and then she gets the brush! I wanted it at first but apparently “it’s too long for a beginner”! lol

    Gotta love Julep! She thought we had the wrong box at first, and I figured they made a mistake(although brush likely was). Perfect timing 😀
    Will subscribe for a long time!! <3

  4. I haven’t tried the Feels Like Velvet duos yet but I love their beauty and skin products. Their colored balms and gel eyeliners are my favorites. Everything looks great on you!

  5. So I subbed and got in on the FREEFALL promotion for 12 free polishes. They are NOT the colors shown on the promotion. I got a bunch of super dark blues and greens and oranges that I will never wear – no pinks or reds at all. It’s basically a bunch of whatever their overstocks are. I feel completely duped! Not a good start to this sub.

    • BTW, I just threw them all on swap – offering at half RV.

    • I didn’t get all the colors listed in promo but was happy with every thing I got. Some of the darker colors I will wait til fall.

  6. Oh! I recently re-subscribed to Julep, and completely forgot the bonus candy they used to throw in, so when I got Eliza as a bonus polish, I just thought they made a mistake in my favor. haha! But, this was my 2nd box in my 3-month subscription, and I don’t recall getting a bonus item in the 1st box. I’m going to have to look at last month’s review to see what I missed out on. 🙂

  7. I got 2 extra polishes as well – Eliza and Rose.

    One of the eyeliners that I ordered as an add-on arrived damaged – the tip fell off. When I tried to advance the tube, nothing happened. Surely that small amount of product isn’t all there is? Going to have to contact Julep, I guess.

    Overall, though, I am extremely pleased with the quality of Julep’s products, and I love this subscription!

    • No, they are great and filled to the end i think (though ive never reached that point) but yours may have dried out. This happened to some i gave my mom bc she didnt take care of them and lost the tops (smh). They are the best eyeliners ive ever had. In fact (im 30 yo) and didnt bother with eyeliners until i found these. (Now i like marc jacobs too…and more brands are doing gel…but the stargazer set is what sold me)

    • You have to sharpen it with a sharpener! It’s a pencil, not a tube that can be twisted.

  8. I got a white extra polish. Its good for French manicures and it was free, so I’m happy.

    I got nail polish (Dylan – crème pink) eye shadow duo (iced chai shimmer and graphite matte) and an eyeliner. I love their eyeliners so I tried a bit of a bold colour in the ultraviolet and its gorgeous. I can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    I love that I get to pick from nail polish, skincare and makeup for this box depending on my mood (or other sub boxes).

  9. Got 2 extra polishes – Eliza and Rose – one for the add-ons, and one for the extras that I ordered, I guess.

    Ordered some of their “When Pencil Met Gel” eyeliners – they are lovely, but one of them arrived with the tip damaged, and it doesn’t appear as if these particular eyeliners rotate up; the tip is all of the product that there is….

    • Their eyeliners need to be sharpened, they don’t advance on their own.

    • It might have dried out. Youll find out once you try to sharpen it. It should be melty smooth, not hard r clumpy. My mom ruined a bunch by leaving the cap off …smh who does that 😑
      These are the best 😎 and if yours is ruined you should reach out to see if they can help so you dont miss out on getting to know their awesome products… love these 😍

  10. That eyeshadow looks so nice! Wish I would have picked it…back to julep with a coupon I go….

  11. Not sure which free one I got as a bonus, because I also got a free one for having three add ons.

    My extra two were – Eliza (blue with high color shimmer) and Bianca (sheer dark grey base with traditional iridescent glitter).

    Both worked well with the polishes I chose for my box itself, really happy with them.

    I just can’t get the lids to come off the caps of my polishes! What’s the secret?

    • They are tricky little buggers sometimes! If you wiggle back and forth (front to back) while pulling they come off a bit easier. I’ve gotten all the ones off that have a swatch sticker, but ones that don’t like the special edition or ones with metallic lids don’t seem to come off at all and I tried everything!!

      • This is a total revelation to me! I was always wondering, how the heck you so the swatch on the top of the lid/cap if brush attached to cap.

        • The first month I subscribed, I peeled those little stickers off to swatch them, grumbling the whole time about how annoying it was for Julep to put them on top of the cap. Haha. I felt like such a doofus when someone told me the caps came off.

          • Just had that same experience after reading this review 🙂 and now i hate hiw wrinkled the stickers are on all my old caps.

          • I never thought of peeling the stickers off, I used a toothpick to “paint” it on lol. Of course that was before I knew(from seeing that here, not Julep and possibly on a reveal video with Jane) you could take the caps off!!!
            Funny how we all knew to swatch but they never said how, yet we all tried to anyways!

          • Oh and I have to add, after I learned about the caps a few months into Julep, I had to go back and repaint them all! (it was evident it was done by a toothpick!)

      • Thank you!

    • Pull extra hard. I have 1 ive never been able to take off.
      Is eliza the holo? How do you make it stay on your nail? Mine comes off sooo fast (minutes to hrs, while other jules last 3+ days) 😣 but its my favorite color

      • Got it! Thank you! I wondered how we were supposed to swatch them all this time!

        Yes, I think that is Eliza. It is really beautiful. If a polish chips a lot in a particular area I tend to put a width wise coat on first before I make my final coat from cuticle to tip of nail like normal. Maybe that would work for you and this polish? I know with Ellis (which is also holo) I needed that, or like you said it would be gone in minutes of drying.

        • Thanks! Ill try that right now🔍

        • It worked!!! Survied 2 showers, gym, cooking and cleaning on my thin long nails 😲 thank you so so so so so soooooo much! (Plus, got a complement from barista at starbucks 😎)

        • I’ve never heard this before… I’m definitely going to try it!

          • It was a little messy for me since im not used to polishing sideways…i might use my pile wand next time! And my polish is still on!!!, just did a quick touch up bc of 1 small chip and minor tip wear and they are looking flawless! This is unheard of! Thanks again for the “tip” 😁

          • Every polish I’ve ever tried chips off of my right index finger in 1-2 days, so I’m really excited for the possibility of improving that nail in particular. 🙂

            I’m just waiting for this horrible freezing weather to leave again 😣

  12. My extra polish was white. Kind of disappointing but it was free! So I’ll trade it down the road.

    • You can add a couple of drops of your favorite dark fall color to make a new spring pastel! This is what i always do with my white dupes😎

      • Thank you so much…i never even thought about that. Now I’m so excited to see what i can make!!

      • You are a genius!

        • Only bc i get the “julep white hot” trio set for the base coat and top coat (+ white polish i never know what to do with) bc its cheaper to buy as a set @$16 – coupons always work on
          It 😁
          It was an old sweet steal they never took down so you have to google the link.

  13. I did not get extra polish :(.

    • Oh no! Did you get something else? Or no bonus item at all?

      • I got bonus for my 3 adds on, but no bonus for my box 🙁

        • I would contact CS and I would probably word it as “I received my bonus polish for the month that everyone else received but did not get the gift which I earned for the purchase of 3 add ons”

        • Same with me 🙁

          • Correction, like Svetlana, it’s the same thing with me. It’s confusing with the 3 add ons, and it’s my bad, the invoice does list the April gift for 3+ add ons, but then it doesn’t list anything at all for the extra polish, so it threw me off, but it is in the box! Never mind /:) Forget what I said! 🙂 I’m embarrassed!

    • I have to sincerely apologize. I went home and checked my box again, and YES, I DID received extra polish for box and another extra polish for getting 3 adds on. Julep is very generous and good company.

      • Yay! So glad to hear the bonus polish was there! 🙂

      • They are a good company! I’ve always found them to be very helpful & generous, with excellent customer service.

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