The deets: I talk about Julep Maven extensively here. I am pretty sure this is the first mystery box since March; I don't know if it's a quarterly thing or if it's whenever Julep wants to get rid of older polishes. If you are on Julep's mailing list, they send out a notice whenever there is a mystery box, with a coupon code for the box. I believe the June mystery box deal ended at midnight last night, but the link seems to still be working. Here is the link; the code JUNEMYSTERY drops the price to $19.99. Julep promises $60-$200 worth of product in each mystery box. I'm not sure how many people get the $200 boxes, but I've seen reviews where people got a ton of stuff, so it might be more common than the golden box.
Date of arrival: Friday, June 15 (I think I ordered it right after I posted my golden box - fast shipping!)
Packaging: I knew I wasn't as lucky this time when I saw the wee box. The pretty packaging cheered my up though - Julep's stuff always looks so pretty. I love how they go the extra mile with the rubber bands around the bubble wrap. Safe and secure. A+
Contents: As predicted based on box size, I got three polishes, a nail file, and one product (Elixir, which is argan oil). The polishes were:
- Natasha, intense orange creme (Bombshell)
- Heather, chic platinum greige with a metallic glow (American Beauty)
- Sandra, friendly, frosted magenta (It Girl)
I haven't tried out the argan oil yet. I currently use and love amika oil treatment (from my February Birchbox, and possibly my favorite BB find ever) and Moroccan oil frizz control (from my Spring QVC Test Tube), plus I just got that
Sandra was a repeat from my golden box, so I will be saving that for a future giveaway or CDP.
Natasha is beautiful reddish orange - pretty much the color I will think of whenever anyone says Spring 2012. I didn't get off my butt to check, but I'm pretty sure it's a dupe for Essie's Ole Caliete (which I LOVE), so I probably shouldn't have opened it. A-
Heather is GORGEOUS. Greige and greyed out pinks and purples are what got me addicted to nail polish in the first place (I blame you, OPI French Collection). For as many greige-y colors as I have, I don't believe I own anything quite like this. It has these tiny multicolored sparkles when it's in direct sunlight - so pretty! First coat was a little brush-strokey, but the second coat and topcoat fixed that. A
I didn't have the thickness problem I had with the June box...quite the opposite actually; these ones were a little too thin. I almost dripped Natasha on my carpet, which NEVER happens. Like I said before, I wouldn't pay $14 for a polish that isn't perfect, formula-wise, but I'll keep my subscription because I love the service so much. I will be skipping months that don't have amazing colors though.
|2 coats on the toes, one on the nails, no topcoat.|
Overall impression of the box: Obviously I would have loved to be one of the people who got $200 worth of stuff, but I had no expectations after I lucked out with the golden box. I am excited to see if the alternate uses for argan oil pan out, and I love 2 of the 3 polishes. Win! B+
Overall impression of the service: I am a fan, would recommend. A
If you want to sign up, I get a free month for every 2 of you who sign on and stay with Maven for 30 days - here is the referral link, if you want to use it. Right now you can get your first box for a penny if you use the code COLOR2012.