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Bondi Box Review – August 2013 – Nail Polish Subscription

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Bondi Box Review - August 2013 - Nail Polish Subscription


UPDATE: Bondi Box has some substantial shipping issues – As of 10/27 I am still waiting for my September and October boxes to arrive. My first box experience (this review) was great, but given the fact that I haven’t received any other boxes, I can’t recommend this box until they have fixed their shipping and get a proven track record. Hope that helps!

The Bondi Box is a new nail polish subscription service from Bondi New York. Considering one full-size polish from Bondi is $12.50, you get 3 polishes in each box, and a 3-month subscription worked out to only $16.67 a month, I had to sign up! (Oh, also Bondi nail polishes are 5-free!!

Bondi Box Review - August 2013 - Nail Polish Subscription

The Box:Β Bondi Nail Polish Box

The Cost: $19.99 a month (or save more with 3-month, 6-month, 12-month subscriptions)

The Products: 3 full size Bondi Nail Polishes ($37.50 value), a deluxe beauty product, and 25% off all regular nail polish purchases.

Ships to: US and International (no additional shipping fees for international customers!!)

FYI – the first box will be the August box, and the colors will be a mystery. After that, you will be able to preview upcoming boxes and skip if you aren’t interested in that month.


Bondi Nail Polish in Brick Road – Value $12.50

Bondi Nail Polish in Fuschia-istic – Value $12.50

Both of these colors are great end-of-summer shades. I also just love the Bondi nail polish bottles with the matte tops!

Bondi Box Review - August 2013 - Nail Polish Subscription

Bondi Nail Polish in City Slicker – Value $12.50

I like that they also included a metallic shade, which I consider to be more of a fall shade. I hope the September box is all fall colors!

Bondi Box Review - August 2013 - Nail Polish Subscription

Suki Color Fresh Finish Mineral Cream Makeup Luscious Lips Berry Cream Trio – Value $31.95

If this continues to be the type of deluxe beauty product we can expect in each Bondi Box – I will subscribe forever! I discovered the Suki brand through subscription boxes and absolutely love their exfoliating cleanser that smells like fresh lemons, and is free of all harmful ingredients!

I didn’t know they had a makeup line, but now I’m thrilled! I’ve been looking for an all natural lip stain, and the wineberry shade in this trio is a perfect match for me. What a win!

Verdict: I paid $16.67 for this box (3-month subscription) and I received nearly $70 worth of nail polish and beauty products! I hope that future Bondi boxes are this good, because as of right now – I’m hooked! Did you get the August Bondi Box? What did you think of it?

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.


  1. Cancelled!

  2. I just got my August Bondi box after a ton of delays which were very well handled by the Bondi team. I had them shipped out to me in India and I got them in a week, so no complaints on shipping! I got Blue Skies, Horny Mistress and Strarry Night! My mom already whacked my bottle of Horny Mistress cause she loved the shade and I had to put on Blue Skies immediately – so pretty! I got a bottle of clear I’m Vers as my gift, I was really hoping for the Suki palatte, so I was a bit disappointed with that. I hope we get the September box soon, I loved the colors I picked out!

  3. I’m wondering if you’re received your September Bondi Box and if so do you plan on reviewing it sometime soon?

    • I received an email from Bondi that there was a delay in the September box shipment due to formula issues, so the September box won’t actually ship until October. πŸ™

    • No one is getting a Bondi box in September.

  4. You are so lucky with the beauty extra you got. I ended up getting 2 boxes. Each had a small fowl smelling ‘perfume’ that had no name on it and stank of rubbing alcohol. Also got a ‘cheek tint’ that was a running colorless mess, and an 80’s inspired shadow stick. You can see them in my blog.

    I DID love Bondi’s polish though. For anyone asking how it compares to Julep… ITS BETTER! πŸ™‚ no joke. at all. screw julep. πŸ™‚ this formula is better.

    • Hi Barbie,

      Thanks for the feedback on here. I did follow up with your email so I hope that you received it.

      We have definitely taken on board the feedback about some of the gifts that were shipped and moving forward you can expect only high quality, rigorously tested Bondi branded products πŸ™‚

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can be of further assistance.


  5. I received my Bondi box (and actually ended up ordering a gift box for myself as well). So excited to get my six shades, which included Horny Mistress, Teal Magnolia, Limelight, and Chasing The Sun.

    In the past I resisted signing up for nail sub boxes, but was very excited about Bondi. I like the quality of the nail polish, as well as the amount /size of the polishes.

    My beauty products, which included a suki foil, a lip balm, a facial mask, argan oil, and a few other items, were just extras for me. I was more focused on the nail products as opposed to the beauty items.

    But for an introductory box, it was a smash hit in my eyes. Look forward to the coming months and the fall colors!

    • DeSha thanks so much for the feedback. The team are really excited about debuting the Fall/Winter collection for the September box πŸ™‚

  6. Don’t think it’s a julep knock off just another option like with birchbox and ipsy but anyways I noticed the bottles actually have more polish but I’m also curious how the formula compares to julep? I’m considering switching but on the fence since I’ve been a loyal maven

    • Chelsey, I am biased so I’m not going to offer a recommendation compared to Julep, what I can say is if you check out MakeUpTalk and search for Bondi New York, or visit our fanpage on Facebook – or google Bondi New York formula, there should be enough information for you to make a decision πŸ˜‰

  7. How does this formula compare to Julep? Please let us know once you give it a try:)

    • I love Julep!

  8. I saw someone else’s box where their extra item was some chocolate lip balm that sells for $3 and a couple of Suki foil packs. So I think your mileage varies a lot with this box! But I am a nail addict so kinda interested.

    • Hi Angie,

      The beauty products for the debut box were as much a mystery as the colors. There was no set criteria for what customers received it was a case of the products being pre-packed and then put through the labeling process.

      What I can tell you is that from September onwards, the product in the box will be the same for everyone and of equal value πŸ™‚

  9. It looks like an awesome box. I love the colours in this one.

  10. Still waiting for my tracking info to update. I hope when my box does arrive, it is as good as yours. City Slicker looks amazing!

  11. I would love to know your thoughts on the suki color! scent/ lasting power/ feel/ etc…

  12. So this is just a Julep knock off…

    • I think it’s better than Julep

      • I think so too!

    • I think Julep is better too! They are awesome!!

    • Hi Megan,

      I think there are some differences between Julep and ourselves, we offer 24/7 customer service, you receive three full sized polishes for the same price as Julep’s (Julep’s polishes are half the size) and 100% of our net profit goes to our charitable foundation.

      That being said, Julep does a lot of good in their own right and as with any business, everyone has their personal favorites πŸ™‚

      • Hi Richard,
        There are a ton of differences between you and Julep.
        1) They are a real company
        2) They actually have a subscription based service and can pay their bills
        3) They don’t pretend to be charitable
        4) They don’t commit mail fraud
        5) They have released more than just one season of nail polish (F/W ring a bell)
        6) They don’t belittle their customers online when they have had too much to drink πŸ˜‰

    • I wouldn’t consider this a Julep knock off. I tried Julep in the past and was very disappointed in the quality of polishes. I believe this is a way better value and better polish.

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