Julep, $24.99 per month (US and Canada only)
Melba is growing up too fast! She barely fits in the Julep box!
Julep is a monthly beauty subscription that contains a mix of nail polish, skincare products, and makeup. Originally, Julep did only nail polish, but they've branched out over the years. Subscribers are able to customize their boxes, so you can get all nail polish, all makeup, all skincare, or any combination of the three. If you don't want to customize your box, Julep will put together a box for you based on your profile. Each month, Julep releases a new collection of nail polish and then either a new product or new range of products. You can choose any three of those or you can choose from a selection of past products if the new collection doesn't appeal to you. You can also add on additional products at a discount. Julep lets you skip a month or have a month of your subscription sent to someone else. Besides the monthly boxes, Julep also has a secret store for subscribers and offers subscribers a discount on all of their products. Normally, I don't like beauty boxes that feature products from only one brand, but Julep's skincare, makeup, and nail polish are of really great quality, so I make an exception for this box.
Here's what I got this month:
- Julep Nail Color in Marina (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Rendee (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Eve (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Channon (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Alexandria (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Sarai (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Lida (full size, worth $14)
- Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Bronze Shimmer (full size, worth $16)
- Julep Nail Color in Tranquil Taurus (full size, worth $14)
- Julep Nail Color in Kimball (full size, worth $14)
My May box was worth $142. Normally, you get three products per month, but I loved all the nail polishes in the May collection, so I upgraded to get them all. I got three add-ons -- the eyeliner, the Tranquil Taurus, plus a nail polish from the May collection for a friend that isn't pictured as it is the same as one of the colors I got -- so I got a free gift, Kimball. Julep always throws in an extra. Sometime it's candy, sometimes it's a sample size of a product, and, last month, we got a full-size nail polish for the extra. This month, though, they were back to candy and I got two teeny packs of Sixlets.
Instead of getting the normal three products, I chose the Polish Lover's Upgrade so I could get the entire May collection. The colors this month are matte metallics, which sounds weird, but it works. There is shimmer in all the polish, but the liquid base of the polish is matte. It's a pretty cool effect. I find plain matte polishes to be on the boring side, but the shimmer adds something special. The collection of colors this month, which Julep says was inspired by Belize, is so bright and happy and perfect for when we're about to go into summer.
Julep describes Marina as a royal raspberry matte shimmer, Rendee as an ultraviolet matte shimmer, and Eve as an iridescent lilac matte shimmer. Marina in real life matches the picture above pretty well. Rendee, though, had a lot more purple in it than the above picture would make you think. Eve was a little paler in real life and there was a lot of beautiful iridescence to it that the photo didn't catch. Eve was my favorite color of the month. Marina and Rendee needed the standard two coats, but I did a third coat with Eve as it is quite pale.
Julep describes Channon as a water lily white matte shimmer, Alexandria as a coral oasis matte shimmer, Sarai as an emerald isle matte shimmer, and Lida as a sunflower yellow matte shimmer. Channon and Sarai are both nice colors, but they were my least favorite colors of the month. Channon was kind of boring. Matte white nail polish can often give you a white out look, but the shimmer in Channon kept that from happening with this polish. Channon needed three coats because it is so light, but the others were fine with two. I expected Sarai to be a medium green, but it ended up looking more teal than green. I loved Alexandria and Lida. Alexandria is a little orangier in person than it looks above. Lida is a fun, bright yellow and it's not a color you commonly see for nail polish. I made the mistake of trying Lida and Alexandria on my nails at the same time and it gave me a ketchup and mustard look. They're beautiful colors, but I don't recommend using them together.
All of the colors this month went on smoothly and were easier to handle than other Julep formulas. The four darkest colors -- Alexandria, Sarai, Rendee, and Marina -- would be okay with one coat, but I would recommend two. Lida definitely needed two coats. As I said above, Eve and Channon need three coats because they are so light. If you like the matte metallic look, make sure you use a matte topcoat as a standard topcoat will kill the matte effect.
My first add on this month was the When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Bronze Shimmer. I absolutely love Julep eyeliner, so I get a new color most months. They didn't have a new color for May, but I'm getting low on one of my favorite eyeliners, Julep's Smoky Taupe Shimmer. I was going to replace it with the same color, but I was looking at the swatches of Bronze Shimmer and Smoky Taupe and saw that they looked quite similar, so I decided to try the bronze. The bronze is a warm medium brown shimmer and the smoky taupe is a cool medium brown shimmer. I like them both a lot, so I will probably buy a new Smoky Taupe Shimmer also. If you haven't tried this pencil yet, I highly recommend it. Julep's liners go on so smoothly and evenly and last most of the day.
My other add on was Tranquil Taurus. Julep calls Tranquil Taurus a grounded honey wheat metallic. I'm a Taurus, so I decided I would get this color as I needed another add on to get a free gift. This is so sparkly and beautiful! My free gift for my add ons was Kimball, a high-voltage watermelon vivid sheer. I've seen this in Julep's shop and have never been drawn to it. It looks like a pinky-red when applied on its own, but, if you layer it over a white base, it's a hot pink. This is okay, but I would not have chosen it for myself.
I'm loving my May Julep box! I went a little heavy on the nail polish this month, but the colors were too good to pass up! I've never had a month where I wanted all the colors before. The matte metallic finish was different and beautiful. I know it won't be for everyone, but it was perfect for me. My favorite color was definitely Eve, but Lida, Rendee, and Alexandria were close runners-up. The Tranquil Taurus nail polish was also pretty. The only product this month that I didn't love was the free gift, the Kimball polish. I didn't hate it, but it just wasn't for me. I often end up liking the free gift polish more than the nail polish I chose for myself, so that was a surprise! Overall, though, I am very happy with the May box.
Did anyone else get the May box? Did you like the matte metallic polishes as much as I did?