Julep Mystery Box, $25
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I paid: $25
Julep is company that makes nail polish and other makeup products. It sells them individually at pretty high prices, but also packages them into a monthly subscription box, “Julep Maven”. That subscription is $24 a month and usually includes two nail polish and a makeup item, but it allows for quite a bit of customization. Julep Mystery Boxes, on the other hand, are issued less regularly, cost $25 and don’t allow for customization. However, there are often coupons that allow you to get an extra item of your choice with the box. Personally I think they are a better deal, in particular if you order them after seeing some spoilers (though bear in mind that the products you get may be different). This mystery box included five nail polishes (my daughter absconded with the blue one, so it’s not in the photo). The kit also included a nail polish remover pen, a mascara and nail decals. I was able to buy it with a coupon that allowed me to get a top coat for free. All in all, I paid about $3 per product!
This is what I got:
Darby Boho Glam nail polish ($14)
The Nadia is a brighter yellow than what shows in the picture. It’s a very summery color, somewhat glittery and easy to apply. I’m sure I’ll wear it.
The Darby is a somewhat glittery hunter green. I loved the color, but it’s somewhat runny and it was hard to apply to my left hand. It was also impossible to get off with regular nail polish remover – I ended up using another nail polish to do the deed. The Darby was one of two new colors guaranteed to be in this collection.
Dawnelle Boho Glam nail poish ($14)
The Marla is a very pretty wine color. It was also a bit runny and hard to put on, but easy enough to remove. I will enjoy wearing it.
Dawnelle is basically a light copperish colored glitter. You can use it by itself or on top of another color. It wasn’t really my thing and, like other glitters, it was hard to remove and I needed to use another nail polish to do it. This was also one of the new guaranteed colors in the box.
The last color I got was the Lolita, a dark blue. As my daughter took it, I can’t say how easy it was to apply.
I’ve never been able to color within the lines so I always make a mess when I put nail polish. This pen is supposed to help clean up the borders. It works best if you dip it on nail polish and use it on your nail & cuticles. It doesn’t work well at all for polish that has gotten on your skin. The tips also get stained very quickly and they start to fray. Still, it’s somewhat helpful.
Go Big Mascara ($24)
This is a pretty generic mascara. As I don’t have one, I was happy to get it.
This was the one item I chose to get for free with my promo. It seems to work fine as a top coat. It was a bit thick, but not too hard to apply. It did make it very hard to remove nail polish, however.