Every month, Julep opens the window between the 20th and 25th of the month for you to pick out exactly what you want in your Maven box for the next month. I am always super excited to pick out my Maven box each month, so I never forget about the Maven Reveal window … well, I did forget about it once a few months ago, and then I forgot about it again this month. I guess I was a little too busy at the end of this month, so I didn’t even check my e-mail for like a full week.
(Clockwise from top): Julep Length Matters Mascara; Julep Nail Color in Jessie; and Julep Nail Color in Fazia
So, if you don’t customize your box you get the default box based on the style profile that you chose when you signed up for the program. My style profile is “Bombshell” so, instead of a heavily customized box (which is what I usually do), I got the basic “Bombshell” box this month. I’m definitely happy with the items that I got, and I love the two nail colors, I just wish that I remembered the Maven Reveal window so I could have added-on extra products. There is absolutely no way that I’m going to forget to choose my products for next month’s Maven box!
Julep Length Matters Mascara
Julep debuted two brand-new mascaras this month– the Length Matters High-Impact Mascara (the one I received, pictured above), and the Go Big Volumizing Mascara. I probably would have found the volumizing mascara more useful since my lashes are so sparse (although they have been growing in a lot better lately), but the lengthening mascara has definitely been living up to its name. I’ve been wearing it every day since I received my Maven box last week, and I’m really liking it so far. It’s not my favorite mascara ever, but it’s definitely been getting the lengthening job done without the clumpiness, and it lasts pretty much all day.
Julep Length Matters High-Impact Mascara ($26/$20.80 for Mavens for 0.34 oz.; julep.com) is made with a finely tapered, micro-bristle brush that “layers on more and more mascara for a softly curled, wide-eyed” lengthening look.
Julep Nail Color in Fazia (top); and Julep Nail Color in Jessie (bottom)
Julep’s collection for November, The Friendsgiving Collection, included the two new mascaras, plus nine new nail colors in really pretty festive fall shades. I love the two colors I received (above), but there are a few others I probably would have added to my box this month if I didn’t forget about the Maven reveal window! These are the two “Bombshell” box colors of the month.
Julep Nail Color in Fazia ($14/$11.20 for Mavens for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “liquid garnet” with a shimmer finish. It is formulated with Julep’s “breakthrough Oxygen Technology” that provides for a faster-drying and longer-lasting nail color while allowing 30% more oxygen to permeate the nail bed than other polish. Like all Julep nail colors, this shade is “5-Free” — it contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP or camphor. It is also “vegan-friendly.”
Julep Nail Color in Jessie ($14/$11.20 for Mavens for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “deep Kalamata” shade with a crème finish. It is a super dark brownish-purple — I love this color for the fall! This shade is also formulated with Julep’s Oxygen Technology, and it is also “5-Free” and vegan-friendly.
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I loved the nail colors I received this month and I am really liking Julep’s new lengthening mascara so far. I wish I remembered the Maven reveal window so I could have added more items onto my box this month, especially some more nail colors because this month’s collection had some super pretty shades. Even though I didn’t customize my box this month I’m definitely still happy with the basic “Bombshell” box that I received 🙂
Pricing & Availability:
Julep Maven is a customizable monthly nail and beauty subscription box. Maven boxes cost $24.99 per month, or $19.99 per month with a three-month pre-paid subscription. Julep also offers a “Maven Luxe” tier of the program which costs $39.99 per month or $34.99 per month with a three-month paid subscription. To subscribe click here, or visit Julep.com for more information!
Julep started out as a nail polish/nail care company and has quickly been evolving into a bonafide beauty company, encompassing all areas of makeup, skincare and even haircare products. I got turned on to Julep’s beauty products through their monthly Maven box subscription and I have been highly impressed at how well most of these products work — the ones I love do exactly what they’re supposed to do, and they easily match and sometimes even surpass their counterparts from well-established beauty brands.
There are a few Julep beauty products that have disappointed me, but there are definitely more that I love and have been crazy surprised at how well they work. This post isn’t exactly the greatest representation of the best Julep beauty products, or my favorite ones, but these are products that I (mostly) bought before Christmas that I’m only getting around to reviewing right now.
Some of the products I bought with those purchases aren’t even available anymore on the Julep website (so they’re not listed here), but what’s great about Julep is that they are constantly experimenting with new products and doing away with the less-popular ones that may not work as well. I review the newer Julep products that are featured in Maven boxes in my Julep Maven posts, and they also contain some of my favorite Julep beauty products (like the gel eyeliner and eyeliner brush from the February box, which I reviewed here).
So, without any further babbling, here is an overview of some of Julep’s beauty products that I have recently tried that are definitely still available at Julep.com and haven’t been featured in recent Julep Maven boxes. You can check out the beauty products in recent Maven boxes in my Julep Maven posts at this link.
Julep Lip Vernis in Camellia
Julep recently debuted their new lipgloss line in Sephora stores, which is simply called “Julep Lipgloss” (reviewed later in this post). This lipgloss pictured here is an older product, and I actually like it better than the newer glosses, but, unfortunately, it looks like Julep might be doing away with this formula. The Lip Vernis line comes in four different colors, all on sale for $4.99 (down from $18), but it seems that this color (“Camellia”) is currently out of stock. I’m not sure if they’re going to bring this one back.
Julep Lip Vernis (on sale for $4.99, reg. $18 for .25 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “ultra-creamy, long-wearing gloss” with a “mirror-like finish.” I have only tried it in this one color, “Camellia” (a nude blush creme), but I found that the non-sticky formula goes on super smooth and the soft, baby pink is the perfect color intensity for a gloss. When comparing the Lip Vernis to Julep’s new Lip Gloss line, I found that the Lip Vernis gave a much better color payoff; even though the color is semi-sheer, it has a more milky, creamy consistency than the sheer colors of the Lip Gloss line and felt very moisturizing and nourishing. I posted a swatch of the Lip Vernis next to the Halo Lip Gloss set (directly below).
Julep Halo Lip Gloss Set, Merriment (left) and Peace (right)
Julep debuted this set as part of their 2013 holiday collection, and I was actually surprised to see that it’s still available to purchase. This set is also on sale for $22 (down from $36) and, even though I haven’t used these glosses much just yet, they have a great moisturizing formula and the berry color comes out as the perfect sheer, light berry shade. I don’t like wearing dark reds on my lips, so I was happy that this comes out a lot lighter than it looks in the tube.
From left to right: Julep Lip Vernis in Camellia, Julep Halo Lip Gloss in Peace and Merriment
Julep Halo Lip Gloss Set (on sale for $22, reg. $36 for set of two glosses; julep.com) is described as a set of two shimmery lip glosses with a conditioning formula enriched with Julep’s “proprietary Power Cell Complex” — an “age-defying, antioxidant-rich blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil.” These glosses were definitely way more moisturizing than I thought and they aren’t sticky at all. “Merriment” is described as a “super-shiny clear shimmer” and “Peace” is described as a “festive fuchsia shimmer.”
Julep Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara
This next product turned out to be one of my favorite brown mascaras. I almost always wear black mascara, but decided that brown wasn’t all too bad, and even better for some more natural makeup days, and this shade is the perfect brown. I also have very sparse lashes, which I have been growing back for a few months now (they are finally “normal”-looking again), and this mascara definitely makes them look longer and separated. This product is also currently on sale.
Julep Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara (on sale for $12.99, reg. $24 for .32 oz.; julep.com) is an espresso brown mascara with “lash growth enhancement ingredients” and a micro-fiber applicator that “separates, lengthens and conditions individual lashes to lock in moisture and protect from breakage.” I was very impressed with this mascara, especially because it actually did something for my super sparse lashes, and I just received a brand-new one (full-size!) in Julep’s Cupid Mystery Box (which I decided not to review, since the New York weather made my package come extremely late — way after Valentine’s Day).
I feel like I have tried nearly every sea salt/”beach waves” spray on the market and to no avail. I have pretty damaged hair from all the color treating (which I have actually been turning around finally by using the Wen haircare line), plus unruly waves … so, sticky, drying “texture” sprays don’t usually do much good for my hair. This one for Julep actually made a difference thanks to its moisturizing, sulfate and paraben-free formula.
Julep Sea Salt Texture Spray ($17.60 for Mavens, reg. $22 for 3.9 oz.; julep.com) is a texture spray that uses salt water infused with a combination of marine botanicals that “provide intense moisture and essential nourishment,” a “two-punch combo” that protects hair from sun damage while creating “ocean-kissed, tousled waves.”
This sea salt spray adds texture, boosts volume on wet hair and adds “piecy texture” to dry hair. The waves actually come out smooth and natural-looking, and it doesn’t leave hair crunchy at all. I haven’t used this spray that much just yet, but I plan on integrating it into my hair routine more over the next few days.
The next product is not so much a beauty product — it’s more in tune with Julep’s background in nail polish and nail care. A good cuticle oil is absolutely an essential product and this one works great. I have a lot of bad habits, one of them being chewing the skin around my nails (I’m getting better, though!) and this stuff moisturizes and smooths out the area around my nails perfectly.
Julep Essential Cuticle Oil ($14.40 for Mavens, reg. $18 for .29 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “natural blend of essential oils and Vitamin E” that “hydrates and strengthens nails and cuticles.” This cuticle oil extends the life of your manicure and leaves a “glossy sheen.” It can be used daily to soften rough cuticles and strengthen nails.
Julep Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer
I actually haven’t even really used this next product. I tried it out once, under the Julep Lip Gloss, and that was it. I’ve had such dry/chapped lips this winter that I’ve been focusing more on using balms/Chapstick/lip conditioners than I have on plumping and priming my lips. This product didn’t get such great reviews on Julep’s website, but I did like how it looked underneath the nude-colored lipgloss (below). I’m going to try it out again tomorrow since my lips are finally back to normal.
Julep Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer ($17.60 for Mavens, reg. $22; julep.com) is described as a “multi-tasking marvel that plumps, moisturizes and preps lips for flawless application.” It is formulated with Sepilift DPHP for plumping and has a “tingle” to tell you it’s working. This lip primer is also supposed to keep your lips hydrated and smooth, while locking your lipstick or lipgloss in place.
Julep Lip Gloss in Glowing
The last two products are Julep’s recently-released lip glosses, simply called Julep Lip Gloss. I really thought I would enjoy these glosses a lot more than I did, but I haven’t really used these that much, either, so I can’t really make a final judgment. I found these glosses to be smooth, but it seemed like so little product was applied with the wand and I had to dig around in the tube and apply it at least three times to notice more color and shine. I guess these shades are considered semi-sheer, but I really thought the color would stand out more.
Julep Lip Gloss in Timeless
Julep Lip Gloss ($16 for Mavens, reg. $20; julep.com) comes in 10 different subtle colors that provide “unstoppable shine and luscious hydration.” These shades are described as “subtle sheers,” so I guess that’s why I felt like I had to apply it a bunch of times before I saw a real color payoff. I just don’t really see the point in creating a product that comes in ten different colors when each color nearly looks the same with just one application (the more applications, the more you can actually see the color).
“Timeless”, left, and “Glowing”, right.
I purchased “Glowing,” described as a “sheer light pink,” and “Timeless,” described as a sheer nude. I actually found that the nude color was more noticeable than the light pink, but it doesn’t look that way in the above photo. I had to swatch these glosses heavily on my hand for them to come up in the picture, so I applied each one at least three times. I still don’t like how this swatch photo came out, but these glosses really are so sheer that you can’t really get a good idea of how they look on the lips from a swatch on the hand. I would have posted a picture of them on my lips but I’m still a little embarrassed about the over-dryness/chapped-ness, so I’m not doing any close-up lip photos at the moment!
All of the above products are available at Julep.com, and the last two lip glosses are also available in Sephora stores (but not online just yet). Julep releases a new beauty product every month with their monthly Maven subscription program, which costs $19.99 per month. Click here to sign up or head over to Julep.com for more information.