I’m sure that, by now, most of you have heard of Julep and its polishes. But, for those that really don’t know, Julep is a Seattle-based company with both physical nail parlors and a great web-based subscription system. Subscribers to their Julep Maven program receive a monthly box with newly-released colors. A total of five “Style Profile” boxes exists, each with either two polishes and a skincare/bodycare/nailcare product OR three polish colors. When you initially sign up, you are recommended a Style Profile, but you can always switch to another Profile if the other colors speak to you more that month. (I’m usually Classic With a Twist, but I’ve skipped around to other Profiles.) The best part? You can skip a month or cancel anytime. Plus, you can try out a special intro box for just a PENNY! Use the code COLOR2012, PENNY, or COLORS4ONE to get your intro box for $0.01. It’s a win-win, really. If you want to cancel, just make sure to do it before the 24th of the month (or you’ll get charged for that cycle). Warning: You’ll probably not want to cancel. And you’ll probably get addicted. Fast. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I first got hooked in because I was looking for good 3-free polishes. I signed up for the intro box and the rest is history. I now have more Julep polishes than both my fingers and toes can handle.
The fun thing about Julep is that everything about them is girlmaximus cute. The boxes come super cutely packaged. They usually throw in adorable extras in their boxes (like Pixistix!). And then, once in a while, they come out with fun surprises. Like patriotic polishes for the 4th of July or Canaday Day. And like these Mystery Boxes.
For $19.99, you run the chance of getting $60-$200 worth of Julep products. And some even win the entire Julep collection of polishes! I had never ordered one of these Mystery Boxes before but I took the plunge for this month’s box. Mystery Boxes are fun because receiving one is like Christmas in __________ (insert month of the year when they release these boxes). If you happen to be home the day your USPS tracker updates to “Out for Delivery,” be prepared to become an insanely unproductive member of society because all you’ll do is stalk your mailwoman. Or maybe that was just me.
I was lucky enough to get one of their bigger boxes! My Mystery Box: Fast Dry Top Coat, Nail Therapy (base coat), Sandra, Emma, January, Taylor, Best Pedi Creme Ever, Pomegranate Scrub, Julep Nail Growth Revitalizing Serum, foot file, and nail file.
I’m super stoked about the nailcare products (the therapy base coat and revitalizing serum). Repeated polishing sure gets hard on the nails. And that pedi creme is seriously the best. ever. I tried out a tube from my intro box and my feet have seriously never been the same. Did I love every color in my box? Not really. (I’m more of a creme finish kind of girl.) But that’s the luck of the draw. Did I discover shades I wouldn’t have ordered for myself? Absolutely. (I’m looking forward to trying out Taylor!) My only gripe (mostly on behalf of other people) was that I was left wondering if these were indeed “best-selling” colors, as touted in their advertisement or just a way to clear up inventory. Judging from the posts on their Facebook page, some colors were getting repeated complaints (Vera, I’m looking at you). While I know color preferences are inherently subjective, that one made me wonder if it was even a popular color among the general populace. Also, many got dark, fall-appropriate colors, which made this June-themed Mystery Box not very June-themed. Finally, I was a little disappointed that Sandra was included in this bonanza seeing as it was just included in the June It Girl box (which is the box I opted for that month!).* Err. I guess these were three mini-gripes. All in all, though, it was great fun and I would probably do this again. After all, you are bound to get more value than the $19.99 you put in. In fact, you get even more value from these boxes than your Maven boxes, which give you a value of $40 (versus a minimum of $60 with the mystery boxes.)
Watch out, mailwoman. Stalker incoming.
*Update: I have since tried Sandra and it is ridonk (in a good way). It’s almost opaque in one coat and the formula is super easy to work with. It is bright with a great frosty/metallic sheen. I love it on my toes. So at least there’s that?
You can sign up for the Julep Maven program and use the code PENNY or COLOR2012 to get your intro box for $0.01 (with free shipping to boot). You can call to cancel any time after that. Otherwise, the subscription service costs $19.99 a month for up to three polishes. Regular price for single polish purchases is $14.00 for non-Mavens, and $11.20 for Mavens. If you want to check out the finish and quality of these polishes in person, Sephora has begun to carry Julep colors.