Julep Leaf It Behind Mystery Box Review & Free Box Coupon Code
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.
This is a review of the Leaf It Behind Mystery Box,which is fall themed and no longer available.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About This Box
The Subscription Box: Julep Leaf It Behind Mystery Box
The Cost: $24.99 + $3.99 shipping
Julep is offering this 12-piece nail polish FREE set with a new subscription!
The Products: Sunshine is fine, but fall is all mine! This seasonal mystery box is full of beauty & nail surprises.
Ships to: US
Julep Maven Leaf It Behind Mystery Box Review
Be Strong Oxygen Nail Therapy, Full-Size! Retail Value $18
This nail treatment is made with an oxygen nail formula to allow nail beds to breathe, botanical extracts to fight breakage, and hexanal to harden nails. I have had acrylics for almost three years (ignoring a spat with a hand mixer, but that is a different story), and I will probably have acrylics until the day I day. Yes I know, I should let my nails *breathe* and acrylic *damages* them, but I just do not feel like myself unless I have a coat of acrylic overlay on my natural nails. Anyways, the point is that I do not use treatments like this but I have a plethora of friends who do, and this will be happily received by whoever I end up gifting it to. In my pre-acrylic days I religiously used nail strengtheners like these as base costs and my nails responded well to that, so I can see the value of including this in the box.
Eyeshadow 101 Crème-To-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in Burgundy Shimmer, Full-Size! Retail Value $18
This port wine shimmer eyeshadow is exactly the kind of jewel-tone shades I think of when I think of autumn, but while I love the idea I thought the execution was a bit lacking. This is creamy to apply, but it definitely does not have “huge color payoff” as stated in the description. This needs a good eyeshadow primer in order to get a good color payout, but even then it isn’t going to look like the online swatches.
When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner in Soft Black, Full-Size! Retail Value $16
This is a charcoal matte eyeliner that is super smooth to apply, and once it sets it does not budge. I guess this “soft” black is different from the “regular” black eyeliners that subscription boxes love to include, but I wish instead a shade like fig or forest green shimmer was chosen instead to really fit the fall theme.
It’s Balm Full Coverage Lip Crayon in Almond Nude, Full-Size! Retail Value $20
This chubby lip crayon has a hydrating treatment core packed with sunflower oil and Vitamin E, and it really does make this lip crayon feel nourishing while also giving some full-coverage color. Almond Nude is a bit too camel for my fair skin, but I think this should work for a wide variety of skin types that aren’t super pale like me.
Here is the lip crayon swatched below the eyeliner and above the eyeshadow.
Julep Nail Polish in Gabriella, Full-Size! Retail Value $14
Gabriella is described as a warm vanilla sheer crème, and sheer is definitely an apt description. With two coats this was almost at opacity, but if I went for a third coat the layers of polish would have been too thick. The formula itself is somehow milky, yet thick at the same time, and it did drag when I went to apply my top coat. Honestly, the best word I can think of to describe this polish is squishy, but that isn’t really what I look for when I am painting my nails. Also, normally the black tops of the polish can be removed from the lid, but this one refused to budge.
Julep Nail Polish in Yvonne, Full-Size! Retail Value $14
There are literally so many things wrong with this polish that I do not know where to begin. I’ll start by saying that most matte-formula nail polishes are problematic because they are designed to be used without a top coat (top coat = shine). The best matte nail polishes I have found is the Zoya Matte Velvets line, but other than that most matte polishes will fall short—Yvonne included. This formula was thick and lumpy, and it really showed brush strokes—issues that would be solved with a top coat. Honestly, if you want a matter nail look, reach for your favorite regular polish and a bottle of my holy grail matte top coat to get the look you are going for.
Here are the swatches, with Gabriella on my ring finger and Yvonne on the others. Honestly, do these colors scream fall to anyone? I felt like I was reviewing a wedding themed box with these nail polish shades, not an autumn themed one. Based on the gorgeous jewel shimmers shown in the advert for this box, as a consumer, I am very disappointed in the shades chosen.
Julep Buffer Blocks, 4 pack – Retail Value $5
To round out the box we have a four pack of buffer blocks, an at-home manicure staple. These have different grids on each side for maximum smoothing and shaping, and I like using the thicker grit side to smooth out any sharp edges my nail shape may have.
The Verdict: Honestly, this box was a letdown. If I wasn’t disappointed in the color selection, I was disappointed in the formula. While it is great to get 7 full-size items in a box if you had shown me what the contents were prior I would not have purchased the box. I guess that is part of the risk you take with a mystery box, but I just feel like Julep could have done better. Value-wise, I calculated a value of $105.
To Wrap Up:
Can you get this box if you sign up today? No, this box is sold out.
COUPON: Use code POLISHGIFT to get a 12-piece Polish Gift ($160+ Value) with your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box cost $28.98 ($24.99 + $3.99 shipping), and I calculated a value of $105. That means you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Nail Treatment: $4.97
- Eyeshadow: $4.97
- Eye Liner: $4.42
- Lip Crayon: $5.52
- Gabriella: $3.87
- Yvonne: $3.87
- Buffing Blocks: $1.38
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