Julep Maven Review & Free Box Coupon Code – March 2016
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.
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).
The Subscription Box: Julep Maven
The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription)
NEW COUPON — Use this link to get a free box when you sign up for a 3-month subscription!
The Products: Nail polish plus beauty items.
Ships to: US and Canada
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!
This month I could not decide which polish colors I wanted in my box. I loved them all! I went back and forth trying to choose during the entire selection period. This is the second time this has happened in the almost 3 years since I have been a Maven. Last time that happened, I decided to go with the Polish Lover Upgrade and get all the colors. This time I told myself that if I couldn’t decide by the last day, it was either go big or go home.
Since you are reading this now, you can guess what I decided. I will get to that more in a minute. In the meantime, I should also mention I wanted 2 add-ons.
Since I wanted to try 2 eyeliners from this month, I decided to add them to my box as well. The add-on price was $6.99 each, but I opted to use 600 Jules (Julep points) each instead so I added these at no out-of-pocket cost to me.
When Pencil Met Gel – Ocean Blue – Retail Value $16
When Pencil Met Gel – Electric Teal Shimmer – Retail Value $16
Here are the eyeliners swatched. Ocean Blue is on the left; Electric Teal Shimmer is on the right.
Clean Slate Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Refill – Retail Value $10
If you pick 3 or more add-ons, you get a free bonus gift. Since I was already getting 2 add-ons, I decided it was a good time to also pick up a nail polish remover refill since this is my favorite polish remover and I could use some more. The add-on price was $5.99, but I opted to use another 600 Jules instead so there was no out-of-pocket cost to me. My bonus gift was Julep Nail Color in Nayely – Retail Value $14, a papaya nectar crème color, which I didn’t have before.
Okay, back to the regular box itself. The back side of the card had a quote I liked
by Kevyn Aucoin (who, incidentally, had a palette in the Neiman Marcus POPSUGAR Must Have Box 2015 box which is awesome).
The upgrade to receive all the polish is an additional $30 on top of the regular box price.
When I went with the Polish Lover Upgrade, I received all 10 polishes this month and the Pearl Gem Decals.
Pearl Gem Decals – Retail Value $6
I haven’t tried the decals yet, but probably will later this month with my daughters.
Here are the first 5 colors included in the collection as pictured above from left to right:
Julep Nail Color in Abby – Retail Value $14 (honey almond sheer crème)
Julep Nail Color in Sage – Retail Value $14 (green tea chrome)
Julep Nail Color in Monique – Retail Value $14 (mother of pearl chrome)
Julep Nail Color in Charlene – Retail Value $14 (hint of lavender chrome)
Julep Nail Color in Kenna – Retail Value $14 (dove grey crème)
I really like almost all of the colors! Kenna is my least favorite of the bunch and the most difficult to work with though.
And the same colors in that order on my fingers, starting with my pinky and working counterclockwise:
Continuing on with colors 6-10 above (listed there in order from left to right):
Julep Nail Color in Skylar – Retail Value $14 (harbor blue chrome)
Julep Nail Color in Trudy – Retail Value $14 (botanical teal crème)
Julep Nail Color in Cecile – Retail Value $14 (Caribbean breeze holographic jelly)
Julep Nail Color in Yen – Retail Value $14 (concord grape crème)
Julep Nail Color in Yiyi – Retail Value $14 (pink freesia holographic jelly)
The holographic jellys are so pretty on their own and would make great topcoat! This is the first time I have tried them and I will definitely choose them again.
And the same colors in that order on my other hand, starting with my thumb and working counterclockwise.
Finally, swatched on the nail polish bottles themselves:
This box also came with bonus candy and a coupon code for a FREE Bareface Cleansing Oil with your next purchase of $30+ (Expires April 30th, 2016.)
Verdict: I’m happy with my selections this month. What do you think of the March 2016 Julep Maven box? Which items did you pick this month?