This month Julep debuted “The Countdown Collection” for their December Maven box, which included nine new holiday-inspired nail hues and six eyeshadows in Julep’s newest eyeshadow formula.
I chose three nail colors this month and two of the new shadow shades, plus I added-on a set of nail stickers and since I chose three add-ons this month Julep sent me a product for free — their plumping lip primer. So I received seven products total this month — and I’m especially loving these nail colors! The shadows also look really awesome but I haven’t used them yet … I’m going to test them out and take more photos (they look soooo pretty) and do a full review post on the new shadows either later today or tomorrow.
I am in LOVE with these three colors! They are probably my most favorite Julep Maven colors that I have received in months. The other six colors in this month’s collection were also very pretty, but these three are the ones I loved the most. The whole December collection includes beautiful, holiday party-inspired shades with shimmer, glitter and crème finishes.
Julep Nail Color in Soleil ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is a “lustrous rose gold chrome” with a pretty metallic/chrome finish.
Julep Nail Color in Rochelle ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is a “boysenberry shimmer” with a shimmer finish. This one is actually a little lighter than it looks like in the photo above — I think it’s a perfect shimmery, holiday-ish magenta shade.
Julep Nail Color in Paula ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is a “Persian blue with gold microshimmer” with a shimmer finish. I think this one is my favorite of the three — although I really love them all!
These are the gorgeous new eyeshadow formulas from Julep. I haven’t tried them out yet so I’m really not sure about how well they work, but they’re supposed to be sheer shimmer shades that become more intense every time you add a new layer. I swatched theses colors on the back of my hand and they are, indeed, sheer. The color looks much deeper in the pan.
The idea behind these is that you can wear them dry for the sheer, buildable shade or you can use a damp eyeshadow brush to get the deep color intensity. I have a feeling that I’m going to wear these “wet” because I don’t think that wearing them dry really does these colors justice — they look so bright and beautiful in the packaging! Like I said, I haven’t tried them out just yet so I really don’t know, but when I do test them out I’ll do a review post and try them both ways.
Julep Orbital Eyeshadow is described as a “multidimensional eyeshadow with triple the pigment for intense brightness, incredible stamina and endless looks.” This formula uses iridescent pearls and vibrant metallic pigments to create an “effortless, multidimensional eye look,” blending the color payoff of a cream shadow with the layering power of a powder. They can be used dry for a sheer, shimmery look or wet for a more dramatic and intense color and this formula is available in six different shades.
Julep Orbital Eyeshadow in Supernova ($14.40 for 0.12 oz.; julep.com) is a charcoal shade with electric orchid pearlescence.
Julep Orbital Eyeshadow in Airglow ($14.40 for 0.12 oz.; julep.com) is a champagne shade with rose gold pearlescence.
Every month, Julep lets you customize your Maven box and they let you add on different products that aren’t included in your original box combination. The original boxes this month came with two nail colors plus one new eyeshadow (and each box style had different color combinations); I wanted at least three of the nail colors and I wanted to try out two different shadow colors so I added on one extra nail polish and one of the shadows (I’m not sure which ones exactly) to my original box combo. If you take three add-ons for the month then Julep will throw in a free product (I received the lip primer below).
So, the third add-on that I chose this month was this sheet of cute gold nail stickers. I don’t see these available to buy on Julep’s website but if you are a Maven subscriber then you will see products like this pop up every now and then as an add-on to the monthly Maven box. I tried these out last night over one of my new nail polishes and they were really easy to use. You just stick them on and paint two coats of clear polish over them. I still have a bunch of stickers left (they’re pretty long so I was able to cut them and use smaller pieces) so I want to try them out again and make a chevron-like pattern next.
I already received one of these lip primers from Julep in a past Maven box, but for some reason I can’t find it anywhere in my beauty collection, so I guess it’s a good thing that they sent me another one. I have really only used this a couple times since I first got it and then I kind of forgot about it, but I plan on using it much more now.
Julep Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer (reg. $22, currently on sale for $6.99 for 0.08 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “multitasking primer that preps lips for flawless, all-day color.” It contains Benzyl Nicotinate to instantly plump lips; Sepilift DPHP to smooth fine lines, firm and moisturize; and Julep’s “exclusive Power Cell Complex” that “combines the benefits of three age-defying, skin-boosting, ultra-hydrating ingredients:” Rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil.
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I think this was one of the best Maven boxes in months. I loved the nail colors this month and if the eyeshadows apply just like Julep says they will then I think I will love them too. I can’t wait to try them out!
Pricing & Availability:
Julep Maven is a monthly customizable nail and beauty subscription box that costs $24.99 per month with the option to upgrade your box for more goodies at a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or visit Julep.com for more information.