Simple Manicure

My First Julep Maven box & Julep Renee

June 24, 2012

Have you all heard of Julep? I had never heard of them until just a few months ago when I heard about their Julep Maven boxes. Basically, it’s a subscription service where you receive a box of nail polish (and sometimes other assorted manicure/pedicure items) for $20 per month. You take a style profile quiz to see what type of box you might like and then those are boxes you receive each month. But you can also swap for a different box if desired, or skip a month. It’s very flexible, which is what I like.

Anyhow, I got my very first box just over a week ago (btw, I received the American Beauty box). Inside were two colors, pedicure toe separators, and a pedicure lotion. I had heard that Julep polishes were thicker than other polishes (great for just one coat manicures), so I was curious about the formula.

Enter Julep Renee, a pale lavender polish. I received Rene and another polish, Eva (a bright berry red). I have a few polishes that look very similar to Eva, but none like Renee, so of course I decided to try out Renee first…

As reported by other bloggers, the Julep formula is thicker than I expected. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t overly hard to work with. I could have gotten away with one carefully applied coat of polish, however I did apply a second coat. And the beauty of it was that it self-leveled and evened out. Perfect! It also played with Seche Vite, my all time favorite top coat. Just passing the Seche Vite test gives any polish bonus points with me. :)

All in all, based on this one polish, I’m going to keep my Julep Maven subscription. Julep polishes are now being sold at Sephora for $14 each, so to receive at minimum two polishes + any extras they send for only $20 is a steal in my book. And a no-brainer for any nail polish junkie. :)

EDITED TO ADD: My only complaint about Julep polishes is that they are smaller than the average nail polish bottle. Most polishes are 0.4 oz – 0.5 oz. However, Julep polishes are only 0.27 oz. That’s nearly only half. Not sure what’s up with that. (Butter London is 0.4 oz. and also costs $14 at Sephora).

Here’s another look at Renee before I go…

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  • Kelly O. June 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Love that color:)

  • Holly June 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve been getting these as well and I love them. Fun colors.. July is the first month I switched to another Style.. I’ve been a Boho Glam.

  • nicole June 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I love julep maven. I am American beauty as well, although this month I went for boho glam instead.

  • Jana Oliveira June 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Do you know if they test on animals?

    • Stephanie July 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      No, Julep doesn’t test on animals. They never have.

  • Stephanie June 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    thanks for introducing me to this site!!! Have you seen or tried the marbling technique!? I just tried it out! Time consuming but worth it!

  • Melissa Bi. June 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Pretty colour :)
    Your polish is always applied so perfectly around the cuticles! Any tips other than having a naturally steady hand?

    • kristina July 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Clean up with a stiff brush and polish remover. Don’t always rely on this, though. It’s better to practice practice practice. :)

  • TeaJae June 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    brand new to your blog, happy to be here, thanks for the julep box suggestion wasn’t familiar with them. i’m a die-hard zoya girl i will give julep a try. thanks again

  • Nnenna July 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Just stumbled onto your blog and I’m such a fan! You take beautiful pictures of your nails :) I really like Julep polishes, and although I don’t get my box every month I’m really pleased with all the colors I’ve received so far!

    • kristina July 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks, Nnenna! :)