A while ago on Facebook, an ad popped up with an offer for a FREE Julep Maven box. Being the compulsive clicker that I am (seriously, I am hard put not to click on the ads on my OWN site), I clicked through and bought the box (paid $2.99 for shipping, regular price for the box is $24.99).
Afterwards, I immediately had buyer’s remorse because I realized that I was automatically subscribed for the monthly box. I called to cancel my order, and they were very nice about canceling it and said they would still send me the Welcome Box. So, points for customer service, Julep Maven!
My Julep Maven Welcome Box contained 4 items: 2 Julep nail colors, a Julep lip crayon, and a konjac sponge.
I was honestly the most excited for the konjac sponge because I’d never used one before. I tried it for the first time last night and I really like it. It’s very gentle and jelly-like and I feel like it does give my skin some very gentle exfoliation.
It’s just fun and squishy too. And it also came with a little suction hook to hang it up in your bathroom, which I thought was very thoughtful.
I wasn’t quite as excited about the other items in the box, because honestly, I’m not that into nail polishes. With a baby and a toddler, I don’t want to expose them to chemicals in nail polish remover and nail polishes (though the Julep polishes are 5-free, which is nice), and I prefer to just go to a salon and get a pedicure.
But maybe I’ll bring these to the salon next time and have them put it on. The colors are “Polly – It Girl” (the hot pink) and “Fifi – It Girl” (the light pink). I can’t really comment on the quality of the polishes, as I’m not really a nail girl, but I like the colors.
I also wasn’t terribly enthused at first about the Julep lip crayon, as plum isn’t a color I normally go for. That white core in the middle is supposed to be a lip treatment/conditioner.
I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on though. It goes on super smooth without settling into lines or dry spots, and the color payoff is fantastic. It does feel quite moisturizing, and I’m starting to really like the color too. Although it’s not a color I’d necessarily choose (I tend to stay more within the realm of corals and reds), I like it and it’s a nice departure from my usual. That’s the point of these beauty boxes, right?
Just don’t kiss any babies because this lip color transfers like it’s going out of style. (Excuse my deer-in-the-headlights look; I’m still figuring out how to do this whole selfie thing).
So would I subscribe to Julep Maven?
Personally, I probably won’t, because I don’t usually apply nail polish at home, and the focus of the Maven box is nail polishes. Although I do appreciate that they include skincare and makeup products too, I feel that I can get that from other subscription boxes with a broader range or just buy them myself. $24.99 isn’t pocket change, and I get more excitement and anticipation from ordering that amount of Korean skincare products. But that’s just me.
Also, the fact that all the products are Julep products is actually a downside to me. A big part of the reason I like beauty boxes is so I can discover new or unknown brands that I might love, which you don’t get with this box. I’m pretty sure my beauty brand ADHD would kick in within a couple of months and I’d be moving on to the next thing.
On the other hand, one really nice feature of the Maven subscription is that you can customize your box each month (after the box choices come out on the 20th) by switching out products and nail colors. You can also choose to skip a box (or a few) or gift a box to a friend (there’s even an app for that). So if you want to get more Julep products, and want a little more control over your subscription, it’s a good choice. You’ll also continue to get discounts in their shop without necessarily buying a box every month.
Where to buy:
Julep Maven – $24.99/month
I am not a Julep affiliate so I don’t have any referral links for you, but if you head over to SubscriptionBoxMom she has a ton of promo codes for free Welcome boxes if you’d like to start a subscription.