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Julep Express Yourself Mystery Box + Coupon – February 2018

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Julep Express Yourself Mystery Box February 2018 open box

Early this month, Julep released another beautiful mystery box, “Express Yourself”!  Julep periodically releases awesome mystery boxes featuring exclusive nail polish shades and sends all sorts of products available in the Julep store.

FYI – The Express Yourself Mystery Box is no longer available for purchase.

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Julep Express Yourself Mystery Box February 2018 review

About Julep Express Yourself Mystery Box

The Box: Express Yourself Mystery Box

The Cost: $24.99 + free shipping!

Coupon: Use coupon code SAIDYES to get a free mani + lip set with a purchase of $30 or more!

The Products: Nail polish plus beauty items.

Ships to: US and Canada

Julep Express Yourself Mystery Box February 2018 Review

Julep Fluttering Heart Cosmetic Bag

Julep Fluttering Heart Cosmetic Bag – Estimated Value $7

This bag isn’t available for sale, so I based my estimate on what I would pay for this bag if I bought it at a store. It is lined on the inside with a fun print on the outside, and the fabric was a bit thicker than your regular Ipsy bag. It is a little small, however.

Julep nail polish in Dora,

Julep Nail Polish in Dora, .27 fl oz (full sized) – Retail Value $14

Julep describes this as an “Exotic Magenta Iridescent Shimmer.” When you initially see this polish, all you see is the magenta. When I was painting this, however, is when the micro iridescent shimmer showed up. The shimmers are small and not easily noticeable, but they are gorgeous and it really makes this polish unique from your regular magenta polish.

Shown here with two coats and no top coat. Julep polishes usually have a great consistency, and this was no exception.

Julep nail polish in Ximena, .27 fl oz (full sized)

Julep nail polish in Ximena, .27 fl oz (full sized) – Estimated Value $14

Sadly, I can’t find this polish available on the website, which is a bummer because this was my favorite color of the bunch. Julep describes this as a “pink sugar iridescent,” and it makes me think of fairies and unicorns. The light lilac/lavender/pink color with the iridescent sparkle makes this a unique polish to my collection, which is an impressive feat in itself.

Julep Express Yourself Mystery Box February 2018 open box inside

I used three coats and no top coat for this swatch. It was opaque after two, but I wanted to try and build the color up more. Formula-wise, this is a great consistency. It was easy to apply and control, so no polish accidentally ending up on my cuticles. This would be an awesome topper over a darker shade, too.

Julep nail polish in Channon, .27 fl oz (full sized)

Julep nail polish in Channon, .27 fl oz (full sized)

Julep Nail Polish in Channon, .27 fl oz (full sized) – Retail Value $14

Julep calls this a “Water Lily White Matte Shimmer.” Personally, I think that’s a lot of words to describe a polish that looks just like fresh snow. This is almost a grey-tinged white— it is not a pure white. I didn’t really see any shimmer, but I loved the matte finish on this unique white polish.

Shown here is three coats and no top coat. One thing to be aware of is that since this is a matte, it dries a little differently. I started to apply the second coat before the first coat dried, and that caused the first coat to become a bit uneven in some places. Thin coats and waiting a bit between applications is the recipe for success with this beauty.

Julep nail polish in Tess, .27 fl oz (full sized)

Julep Nail Polish in Tess, .27 fl oz (full sized) – Retail Value $14

This “champagne nude metallic” is a gorgeous pale gold polish. It is also really versatile, and it pairs well with the other polishes included in this box. I don’t really have much else to say except that I love it!

Shown here is two effortless coats with no topcoat. The formula was perfection, and this is a good staple to any nail polish collection.

Julep Nail Polish in Myrtle, .27 fl oz (full sized) – Retail Value $14

Julep calls this a “Flapper Red Creme.” This is definitely a classic red color with a lot of shine.

Julep nail polish in Myrtle, .27 fl oz (full sized)

Shown here is two coats. Formula and application were effortless. The color itself isn’t anything groundbreaking, but the ease of application and the great formula is what makes this red stand out from other classic reds. Red polishes typically stain your cuticles, so it’s extra important to make sure your red polish isn’t going to pool around your cuticles when you apply it.

Julep It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in At Midnight, .14 oz (full sized)

Julep It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in At Midnight, .14 oz (full sized) – Retail Value $20

While I wasn’t new to Julep nail polishes, this was my first time trying their lip mousse. I have to say, mousse is a really good word for how smooth and soft the formula of this lipstick is. At Midnight is a “fireball red matte” and fireball it is! Julep states that this lipstick never feels dry, and I would say that is accurate. However, that makes me nervous when I wear it that it is going to smudge easily. This is supposed to be a color that lasts all day, but it transferred a lot for me. When I wear brightly colored lipstick I want it to be glued to my lips, so this product isn’t the best fit for me. For people that want comfortable lip color over lasting forever, however, I think this lip mousse is perfect for that.

When I was working on this review it was a no makeup day for me. Here is the lipstick on, where it matches perfectly with the natural red in my skin. Usually, if I am wearing brightly colored lipstick it is with a full face of foundation, but I know MSA readers like to see lip products in action. This one is for you, fellow readers.

Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer, .042 oz

Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer, .042 oz – Retail Value $16.00

This is a really creamy waterproof pencil liner. The slate grey shade is a softer version of my typical black, which I think makes it perfect for using it on my lower waterline the way the Clarins Selfie Box recommended. It was comfortable to apply and didn’t move once it set. I am a fan!

Here is a swatch of the eyeliner under the lip mousse.

I decided to do two different nail art looks. Here is a little leopard print using Tess and Dora + some black acrylic paint.

And here is an ombre using Channon and Ximena.

Verdict: This was my first Julep mystery box, and I loved it! Julep polishes are always great quality, and I enjoyed trying out the makeup products. Plus, I felt all of the items were cohesive with one another, making it a perfect mystery box for the month of February. Julep promises a $100+ value for a $24.99 box, and they definitely delivered on that! I look forward to the next mystery box Julep produces.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Unfortunately, this box is no longer available for sale.

CouponUse coupon code SAIDYES to get a free mani + lip set with a purchase of $30 or more!

Value Breakdown: For $24.99, I received about $113 worth of products! Since this box included 8 items, you’re paying about $3.12 an item.

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What did you think of this Julep Express Yourself Mystery Box? Which items did you pick this month?

Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a lover of all things subscription box and look forward to coming home to boxes after long days at law school. My current favorite is FabFitFun, but I am excited to branch out, try new boxes, and find new favorites.

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. You look great on your no make-up day! I appreciate all the reviewers who are willing to show the products and clothes on. I know that can be intimidating, but as a reader, it makes so much difference seeing the items! I also like seeing the polishes on next to the bottle. You are very thorough and I can’t imagine all the painting and especially the removing. The nail art was so fun to see, thank you!

  2. I love ximena. I hope they put it up as a single afterwards. Their metallic are all gorgeous but I couldn’t justify spending $25 just on one polish I really wanted and feeling so-so on everything else.

  3. I LOVE your leopard nails! I also love seeing the lippie on your lips, and I like that you show the polish colors close up, because I get more of a feel for the colors that way. Thank you so much for this review!

  4. Sometimes julep sells nail polish for $5 each. In the past I’ve gotten make up products that were over a few years old. Mystery boxes can be all over the place in my opinion, but thank you for the review!

  5. This is a great review. Thank you so much for showing the nail polish on, it really makes a difference 💅🏾.

  6. Great review! I love the order of your photos, and how you model all of the products. 🙂

    I’m still patiently waiting for my box. I never get shipping emails from Julep, so I have no idea if it’s on its way. Fortunately, I’m a patient person so I’ll give it some more time, but I can’t wait to try those colors!

  7. I looooove Ximena. Such a great color. I liked all the colors, but I have enough purples and reds, so those were kinda a waste.

    I’m not sure how I feel about the lip color yet. The consistency was weird in mine. I think it may be partially dried out? Unless it’s just always a thick consistency. It definitely didn’t feel whipped.

  8. Great review! I liked the nail art – super creative!

  9. You do the best nail polish reviews! How long do these looks take you to do??

    Love your lipstick reviews as well – you look beautiful without makeup (and with it too)! Thanks for always modeling the products for us.

    • Thanks for reading and for your kind words, heat7918!

      • Oops. Forgot to mention. I’ve been doing nail art for the past seven or eight years so nail art doesn’t take that long for me. I was able to do the leopard print in about 5 minutes once the base layer was painted. The ombré takes a bit longer because you want the layers to dry in between, but no more than 10-15 minutes for that.

  10. This looks like it was a great mystery kit. I don’t paint my nails often, but I do like the Julep products I’ve tried. Their lip mousses are right up my alley. I loved seeing the polishes on your nails too. They look great! I loved the ombre look you did too.

    • I thought it was an awesome mystery box for the price! Julep makes good nail polishes. Thanks for your kind words!

  11. I bought a box and got the same thing. I miss the old days where they had multiple variations.

    • Hopefully julep will have a mystery box variation soon, am2cents 🙂

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