The theme of this box was "The Boudoir Collection", which I only feel the need to point out because clearly the Julep creative team and I are shopping at different lingerie stores. (The last bra I bought was this hot pink and yellow monstrosity by Mimi Holliday. I think Julep has to release a leopard print nail polish before they can truly claim to be underwear-themed.) BUT HEY, I can still appreciate a good lavender satin.
As has been my pattern, I chose to upgrade my box. And, as has been my pattern, I feel that I should note that I wouldn't have upgraded if I didn't have the points to do so for free.
My upgrade included nine nail polishes, quick-dry nail polish drops, and a cuticle softener.
The nine nail polishes in the collection include:
Mae is a cool, dusty lavender color. It's described as a "Satin" but it's nothing like any satin that I've ever seen. It reminds me of the Illamasqua rubber-finish nail polishes more than anything.
Farrah is the grayer, shimmery version of Mae.
Noelle is a shimmery, soft taupe.
Annemarie is sort of a "mauve meets milk chocolate". This is definitely the least romantic color in the collection.
Hope is a snowy white.
Hannah is a muted sage.
Mona is a dark, smokey gray.
Abigail is a shimmery scallop-pink.
Margot is a full-on glitter gold!
Here are my messy nails, featuring Farrah and Mae:
|Julep Farrah and Mae|
I was kind of expecting the quick dry drops to be really boring, but I was pleasantly surprised. They don't seem to do their job any better than a drugstore product, but they smell fucking awesome. The inclusion of rosewood oil, lavender oil, and ylang ylang oil means that this product smells like an aromatherapy shop.
Shockingly, it's actually not even very expensive. This product is a full fluid ounce, twice the size of a standard nail polish bottle. (Given the teeny weeny sizes of Julep nail polishes, this is particularly shocking.) This product is $14.00 for non-subscribers and $11.20 for Mavens. For comparison, the Essie Quick-E Drying drops are $14.95 for 0.5 fluid ounces, or $29.90 per fluid ounce. That's more than two and half times the Maven price, ounce per ounce.
Vanish Cuticle Softener and Remover
So, I hear we're supposed to care about our cuticles for some reason. (This is why you should never listen to my nail polish advice. I have no idea what I am talking about.) I heard on the grapevine that if you paint your nails over your cuticles, the polish doesn't last as long and also... is ugly.
This product is sort of a milky substance that you can drop on your nails and it will, in theory, let you kind of moosh your cuticles out of the way. As someone who habitually does my nails in the bathtub, I didn't see any difference between this product and regular old water.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with my Julep box. It could have been a little bit more exciting, but the nail polishes and the quick dry drops are both solid and I'll definitely use them. The cuticle softener, if I'm being totally honest, will probably just live a sad, lonely life under my bathroom sink.
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