There were actually two upgrade choices this month. The products for the month were a lip primer and a lip gloss. You could upgrade to get all the polishes, the primer, and a gloss of your choice for $35 extra, or you could upgrade to get all the polishes, the primer, and all the glosses for an additional $55. I opted for the former choice. In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't pay for this box with money. I paid for it with Jules, which a part of Julep's point system. You get Jules for making referrals, for accepting boxes (as opposed to skipping), and for having birthdays.
If I was paying for this with cold, hard cash, I would not have upgraded. I would have gotten the "Bombshell" box, which had an orange polish, a so-vampy-it's-almost-black red polish, and a "black honey" lip gloss.
|What my "Bombshell" box would have looked like.|
Pictured from left to right, the polishes included:
Cynthia (from Classic With A Twist)- This is a taupe with iridescent glitter that seriously looks like Christmas in a tube.
Sheila (from Classic With a Twist)- This is a cherry red that would look right at home on a lady in a soda fountain.
Nic (Bombshell)- A gothic-looking reddish black.
Aisha (Boho Glam)- The color of a really good berry smoothie. None of that yogurt filler.
Brielle (Bombshell)- A rusty orange. If you were painting a Thanksgiving scene, this color would definitely be involved.
Alexandra (Boho Glam)- An eggshell.
Lola (It Girl)- A deep navy.
Winter (It Girl)- A light gray.
Chloe (It Girl)- A shimmery coffee.
I didn't swatch them all for you purely for laziness-related reasons, but I did paint my nails using Nic and Brielle, the two Bombshell colors. I've been told that the fact that my nails are always so messy makes me more "relatable", so I'm glad that my crappy attempts at manicures makes y'all feel better about yourselves, I guess.
|I swear to god, all the polish on my fingers will get picked off when I shower.|
|Julep Lip Gloss in Posh|
|Julep Lip Gloss in Posh Swatch|
|Julep Lip Gloss in Posh on Human Face|
Inside the primer is this sort of spongy applicator. You click the button on the back and the product oozes out of the tip like the sponge-version of a Stila Lip Glaze. The product is basically sheer, with a tiny bit of a light pink tint. It feels quite sticky when you first put it on, but it feels normal under a regular lipstick.
I tested its efficacy the same way I tested the Chapstick "primer" I got from Birchbox: one half of my mouth got primer, the other did not. This time I used MAC's Russian Red as my testing lipstick. I waited four hours and a meal and photographed my results. I don't think my picture really did justice to the primer's efficacy. There was a huge difference between the side that got primer and the side that did not. I was actually pretty impressed at its ability to keep my lipstick on. I don't tend to wear lip primers, but I'm beginning to think that I may need to modify that stance. That being said, I didn't compare this to any other lip primers, so all I know is that lipstick + Julep primer works better than lipstick alone.
Finally, I got a sample of the Luxe Repair Skin Serum. I actually didn't quite realize what this was before I opened it, but, uh, it's oil. So if you are into the whole oil thing, go for it. For me, I just spilled it all over my hands and body and then grumpily threw the packet in the trash.
Overall, I'm really happy with this box. I liked that there were so many non-glitters since I get so damn frustrated trying to remove glitter nail polish that I tend to avoid it completely now. The lip primer was totally functional, which was great, and the lipgloss was surprisingly fabulous (and I say this as a non-lipgloss lady). I also would have been happy with the Bombshell box if I hadn't upgraded. As an added bonus, after I accepted my box, they sent me an online code for a free nail polish.
If you are interested in joining Julep, you are more that welcome to use my referral link by clicking here. You can get your first box free using the code "FREEBOX" or "SCENICROUTE".