It may sound strange when I tell you that I never purchased a monthly subscription box (beauty related) until now, even though I'm a beauty blogger. It seems that everyone else is joining this bandwagon of product sampling craziness. Ultimately, I lost to all the temptations, especially when there is a great deal (or when you score a coupon like I did).
I got to try out the much raved about Monthly Maven Box (originally $19.99) from nail polish expert Julep for only $0.01 (+ shipping charge of $3.99).
This little black box is jam packed with 4 products for hands and nails.
- Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub (30ml)
- Julep Essential Cuticle Oil (8.2ml)
- Julep Nail Color in Barbara (8ml)
- Julep Nail Color in Meryl (8ml)
I'm not really a polish junkie, but I've been lusting after Julep products, which offer some very trendy and unique colors that I don't often get from other brands.
A full review on this hand scrub will be for another entire post.
The nail colors definitely got me excited, and they look extremely stunning in bottles.
Barbara has loads of multidimensional magenta glitters, making this a gorgeous and glamorous shade to be used either alone or paired with another color underneath. The sparkles are so shiny and eye-popping, and they don't look like cheap materials that you find in a craft store. However, the texture of this is horrible. It's thin, uneven, and hard to work with. Instead of brushing on the glitters, I had to pad them onto my nails slowly because otherwise, I won't achieve an even finish. To get a decent result, I had to pad on at least 2 layers, which cause the finish to be a bit rough. So Ya! I have a short attention span and quickly got annoyed halfway through.
Barbara, in my opinion, is still a great polish, even though it lacks a smooth application. What I really don't like is Meryl, which is a chic and sleek grey shade with a creamy finish. You can probably tell from the swatch above, it's far from perfect even with two full coats. Again, the texture is extremely thin and runny and gives me such headache when trying to apply this.
However, the finish result is very decent with 3 coats.
I gave a brief try with the cuticle oil and so far so good. The glass packaging is elegant, and the roller-ball design is easy to use.
Overall, this is a wonderful adventure for anyone who loves nail polishes or simply beauty products in general. Even at the full price a month, this box is well worth every penny. I'm not quite sold on the qualities of these Julep polishes (or may be I'm just unlucky because I know there is a cult following for these), but as I've mentioned, some shades are truly unique and one of a kind.
What are your thoughts about these monthly subscription beauty boxes? Do you purchase a few every month as well? Which one is your favorite so far? ~Angela