Julep Maven Review & Free Box Coupon Code – August 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.

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.

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)


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

Use this link and coupon code POLISHGIFT at checkout to add the 12 piece Nail Polish Set to your cart. 

The Products: Nail polish plus beauty items.

Ships to: US and Canada

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Julep Blank Canvas Mattifying – Value $28

This is a new beauty release for Julep, and I’m all about trying new products!

The formula felt a bit more like a moisturizer than a primer, but it dried matte with a smooth finish. It didn’t keep me completely shine-free all day, but it worked just as well as most other primers I’ve sampled. (So, I’ll use this tube up completely, but I won’t buy it again.)

Julep Nail Polish in Wilma – Retail Value $14

This color is described as a “Mojave Sunrise Gold Chrome.” And it really lives up to that lovely name!

It’s rose gold in a certain light, more silver in other views, and in general, it’s just a perfect neutral metallic. (And only one coat for full coverage!)

(Swatched in lower photo.)

(And good to know: you can pull the caps off of the tops of these bottles to swatch them!)

Julep Nail Polish in Lizzy – Retail Value $14

This shade is a “Cappuccino Crème.”

The finish is a high-shine creme, and it’s pretty much my dream neutral nail. I could wear this every day.

This color took two coats to get full coverage.

Here it is on with the Wilma color:


Verdict: I’m loving my nail color choices this month! And I appreciate that I got to sample the primer at a deep discount. (As a subscriber on the $24.99 monthly plan, each item in this box cost me $8.33.) I highly recommend this subscription if you love nail polish and/or you like having control over your beauty box items1

What did you think of the Julep 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!

Use this link and coupon code POLISHGIFT 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. 

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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  1. I was amazed at how long the polish lasts! I was anxious to try another one, but 10 days later, still no chips! This might not be true of every one, but so far so good! The first free 12 set is impressive. I recommend keeping a list of what you get. It’s easier to choose in the future without looking through your whole stash.

  2. Okay y’all can someone please explain to me how this works if you don’t like nail polish? Do you get to choose strictly from the new releases they have each month or can you go into their store and pick any two items? The products look seriously awesome but I’m just a tad bit confused….

  3. I received my free set and love the colors. I got extremely excited when I saw that one of the polishes was named after my late mother, Kay. I used a gold sparkly polish and it goes on so well. I just picked out what I wanted today and I’m getting the other primer. Not the matte one. I also ordered some polish for $5 each. Can’t beat that!

  4. Did anyone who got the mattifying primer break out? I saw several people in a Facebook Julep group I’m a member of complain they got terrible breakouts after using the primer.

    • I’ve been using the mattifying primer for about a month. I agree it’s a pretty good primer but doesn’t really mattify. I had a breakout at the beginning of the 4th week but it was in an area I don’t focus primer on so I’m pretty sure it was stress related. That Smashbox primer that shows up everywhere makes me breakout though! Ugh.

  5. Oooh that Wilma looks nice! And of course you had to have Lizzy. I always buy anything named Bonnie or Bonbon.

    I just joined and won’t get my first box until September, but I do want to say something about the free 12 polishes. It has been noted that you don’t get the ones in the picture and that some of the sets haven’t been very nice. Mine was beautiful. My only gripe is that the 11th and 12th were the same one! No big worries though. I have 11 new beauties in my collection and gave the dupe to my boss. Honestly, with the hundreds I have, will I really mind being one color short?

    • I loved my 12 polish selection too. And then the colors I didn’t get but wish I had, I am slowing getting with my sub.

      That being said, they could be up front about it and mention that the selection you get isn’t the pictured set. Some people are going to complain no matter what, but I think a lot of the complaints would be prevented with better expectations laid out.

      • I agree.

  6. I hated one of my picks this month. I got Eve and didn’t realize it was matte finish.

    • I got eve and was disappointed at first too. Tried it again a month later with a top coat and now I love it!

  7. Wilma is my favorite nailpolish, ever. Its gorgeous, it goes on flawlessly and is the perfect amount of neutral and glitz. Its only down side is rven completely dry its still a bit soft but a good top coat cures that easy.

    • It really does look beautiful.

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