I’m posting this October Julep Maven review a little late (I got my box a couple weeks ago) — but, even though it’s late, it’s kind of sort of appropriate for today since today is the first day of the November Maven collection reveal. I just finished editing my Maven box for next month and saw some really sweet nail shades and other goodies (like the Holiday collection sneak peek) … but for this post I’m still focused on the October box, which I absolutely loved!
First up are the nail shades that I chose with my October Maven box:
Julep Nail Color in Laurel ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Raven feather silk.” I really liked this color, it’s like a shimmery black-ish color, but it looks almost dark gray because of the silver-y shimmer. The shimmer is also kind of muted so when you first look at the nail you might not even realize it’s a shimmer color. This is the only shade this month that I took a photo of (above), although this photo doesn’t really do this color justice. I’m going to start taking nail color swatches for all Julep Maven boxes from now on!
Julep Nail Color in Anya ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Climbing ivy crème.” I’m not gonna lie — I got this color mainly for the name, because of Anya from the Buffyverse 😀 But I also really love this ivy-green shade, it’s perfect for fall and it has a gorgeous crème finish.
Julep Nail Color in Colton ($10 special right now, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Black iris crème.” This shade is also really pretty but I think it’s more of a deep purple than a black. Either way it’s a super dark and rich shade, also perfect for the fall.
This blush was probably my favorite product in the October Maven box. I received it in “Rosewood,” a new shade in Julep’s pore-minimizing blush line and I am totally obsessed with it. This color is a mauve-ish rose shade, which is a bit darker than most of my usual blushes (which is one of the reasons why I love it so much), and It’s also perfect for this time of year.
Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush ($24 or $19.20 for Mavens, 0.26 oz.; julep.com): A “groundbreaking blush” that “minimizes complexion imperfections” with light-diffusing diamond powder and vitamin B6. This blush formula contains Julep’s “Power Cell Complex”, Rosehip seed oil to deliver essential nutrients and green coffee bean oil to invigorate skin and promote cell turnover. This blush is pretty generously pigmented and it blends very well. I have to say, once again, that I absolutely love this shade — it looks wonderful and has a perfect hint of subtle shimmer.
I was pretty surprised at how much I also loved this eyeshadow stick that Julep debuted this month. I’m usually not a huge fan of eyeshadow sticks and I never have much faith in cream shadows other than my tried-and-true favorites, but this crème-to-powder formula was pretty impressive. I love how easy it is to use this shadow stick and the best part is that it blended beautifully with the shimmery powder shadows I tried it out with. It lasted for my whole work day, but my eye makeup always seems to last extremely well when I apply my Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer first (my favorite).
Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick ($18 or $14.40 for Maven subscribers, 0.04 oz.; julep.com): A two-in-one crème-to-powder shadow and eyeshadow smudger. This “crease-proof, stay-all-day” shadow is formulated with skin-smoothing vitamins C and E and it blends easily before setting to a long-lasting finish. It is available in six different shades.
These last two items were both add-ons that I chose for my October Maven box (the eyeshadow stick was the third add-on that I chose this month). I usually choose three add-ons every month because Julep will send you a free surprise every time you pick three or more add-ons with your Maven box. This month I received one of the nail polishes (that I wrote about above) as a free gift — I think it was the “Colton” shade, but I’m not 100% sure.
But anyway, I really needed good nail files so I decided to go with this nail file trio as one of my add-ons. I don’t know why but it has been SO extremely hard for me to find good nail files lately. I’ve only been able to find ones that do a pretty crappy job at filing and I end up throwing them away after just a few uses. So anyway, I am really glad I added these Julep files to my October Maven box because, as simple as they are, they definitely work well and get the job done. Totally worth it. I don’t see these files available anywhere on Julep’s website but I do see them every month when I pick out my Maven box as available add-ons, so I think the only way to get these specific files is to add them on to your monthly Maven box.
The last product this month were this super cool neon yellow Halloween nail stickers. These are also not available for regular purchase on the Julep website, but Julep usually comes out with different nail wraps and stickers every month or so during the Maven reveal. I’m going to try these out next week for Halloween and I’m sure I will be Instagramming them once they’re on my nails 🙂
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I loved my October Julep Maven box. I am seriously obsessed with this blush shade and how awesomely blendable it is as well as the eyeshadow stick, which is also awesomely blendable and has great staying power. I’m loving all three of the nail colors I received this month, the nail files are great and I can’t wait to try out the Halloween nail stickers. This was definitely one of my favorite Maven boxes.
Pricing & Availability:
Julep Maven is a monthly beauty and nail polish subscription service that costs $24.99 per month with the option to upgrade your box for a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or head over to Julep.com for more information.