The white lacquered jewelry box doubles as a nail polish holder with dividers that can be individually adjusted. This was featured over the holidays as a stand alone item as well as featured as one of Oprah's favorite things. My guess is either julep wanted to treat the faithful mavens with this great deal or they had excess inventory they were hoping to move. Either way I liked that they filled the box with all the polishes from February along with two bonus shades. Each shade this month was given a Hollywood actress name from classic Hollywood to new starlets. While there was some disagreements over names and color choices on the message boards it's nice to see that julep included an insight to some colors on their information card this month.
Oscar- full coverage gold glitter (Two coats to opaque)
Joan- Raspberry Plum with Rose Gold shimmer (The shimmer is only really noticeable in natural light)
Sally- antique ivory cream (creamy, full coverage in one coat, not too thick)
Claudette- smokey brick red cream (one of my unexpected favorites, creamy, darker on the nail)
Claudette, Sally, Joan, Oscar without flash
Claudette, Sally, Joan, Oscar, with flash.
Helen- Smokey pastel lavender creme (perfect color for spring, opaque in two coats)
Marion- Smokey blue with silver shimmer (shimmer is most apparent in natural lights)
Laura- Olive khaki creme (color can appear different on nail depending on light, see swatch below)
Ingrid- Burnt orange creme (classic retro orange red, fits the starlet whom it is named after, two coats to opaque)
|Ingrid, Laura, Marion, Helen without flash|
|Ingrid, Laura, Marion, Helen with flash|
Julianne- Smokey grey blue creme
Rebel- Silver holographic
Ginger- Sand holographic
Ellie- Ivory pearl with purple iridescent.
(Mystery Holographic polish from Mystery box included in swatch)
Evangeline- Brick read holographic
|Ellie, Evangeline, Ginger, Rebel, Julianne without flash|
|Ellie, Evangeline, Ginger, Rebel, Julianne with flash|
Julep Freedom Polymer Topcoat- Overall i had a positive experience with this polish. It allowed me to have smudge proof nails in under 5 minuets. It made my polish feel stronger on the nail and i did not see chipping as fast.
Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment- This pink tinted polish allows your nails to look chic while in between manicures. It allows oxygen to penetrate to keep your nails looking healthy. Hides any yellowing of the nails between manicures as well.
Note: While my box is not the typical maven monthly box since it is an upgrade, Julep does allow you to place add on's to your monthly box for $4.99, use Jules (which you earn every month just for receiving your maven box, or referring friends) to upgrade (3,000 Jules required). A typical monthly maven box contains 2-3 colors of nail polish and bonuses (usually a known and a surprise). Upgrading to a full wardrobe is an additional $30, but with each polish valued at $11.50 (maven price) or $15.00 (non maven price) it is a fantastic deal no matter how you look at it! You can sign up here!
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