Julep Review, June 2017

Julep, $24.99 per month (US and Canada only)

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This baby bun loves that Julep doesn't test their products on her cousins!

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.

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Here's what I got in my June Julep boxes:

My June Juleps were worth $108.  I got a box and so did Emily, so I've combined them for this review.  I chose one of the "big" new items this month for each box plus two nail polishes from the June collection.  The June nail polish collection wasn't quite as good as May's, but I still liked four the six polishes enough to get them.  The two new nail polishes I passed on were Kaitlyn, a "berry pie créme," and Fran, a "sassy red créme." Créme finishes just aren't my favorites.

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Julep Nail Color in Marisol

Julep Nail Color in Marisol

Julep Nail Color in Jaydra

Julep Nail Color in Jaydra

Julep Nail Color in Elsie

Julep Nail Color in Elsie

Julep Nail Color in Signe

Julep Nail Color in Signe

Marisol, which Julep describes as a "golden amber metallic," had a smooth, deep gold finish.  It was my third favorite of the four I got this month.  Julep calls Jaydra a "Tuscan rose sheer holographic."  This wasn't quite as holographic as many of their holographic polishes are.  It looks almost like a plain créme until you get into the sun.  Once you are in the sun, you'll get some holographic sparkle but it wasn't that impressive.  This was definitely my least favorite polish of the month.  My favorite this month was Elsie, a "strawberry popsicle holographic jelly."  This had tons of holographic sparkles!  Julep calls it sheer, but it's not all that sheer after two coats.  The last nail polish in my box was Signe, which Julep calls a "red-hot coral shimmer."  This was my second favorite polish this month.  When you're inside, it looks like a deep reddish coral with lots of shimmer.  Outside in the sun, though, it's a much brighter, orangier coral.  

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Julep's new product for the June collection was With a Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara.  This mascara is a little different from all other mascaras I've tried -- the spoolie has two lengths!  The end of the top of the container twisted so that you could make the spoolie short and fat or long and skinny.  You're supposed to do a coat with the short setting first to give your lashes lots of volume, then you lengthen the brush and give yourself a second coat for length.  This is my new favorite mascara!  I was really impressed.  It gave me tons of length and volume, didn't clump, and curled my lashes up a bit.  I love this stuff and can't recommend it highly enough.  Best of all, the bamboo extract and peptides in the mascara are supposed to make your lashes longer, fuller, and healthier.

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Swatch of Julep Cushion Complex in 120 Linen

Swatch of Julep Cushion Complex in 120 Linen

Julep recently came out with their first foundation/concealer!   Their new Cushion Complexion is a tube with a cushion tip that you can use to apply the makeup either as a foundation or a concealer.  It currently comes in eighteen colors.  Julep has a guide to help you choose the best color.  I had a hard time choosing between 120 Linen and 130 Ivory.  For reference, I'm a 1Y2-1Y4 in Sephora's ColorIQ,depending on the time of year.  120 Linen ended up being the perfect color for me.  I tried this both as an all-over foundation and as a concealer and found it worked well both ways.  I was very impressed by the formula.  It blended in well, gave me just enough coverage, didn't look caked on, and didn't look gross on my oily chin, as many foundations do after several hours.  I prefer using it as a concealer instead of a foundation just because the tube is small and the cushion applicator makes it easier to use to touch-up rather than use it all over.  If you're looking for a new foundation or concealer, give this a try!  

Julep Nail Color, left to right: Cancer, Dahlia, Stephanie, Sylvie, Virginia

Julep Nail Color, left to right: Cancer, Dahlia, Stephanie, Sylvie, Virginia

I also got the following Julep products this month:

I used some credits I had with Julep to get some extra polishes this month. I figured I might as well include them in the review.

Julep Nail Color in Cancer

Julep Nail Color in Cancer

Julep Nail Color in Dahlia

Julep Nail Color in Dahlia

Julep Nail Color in Stephanie

Julep Nail Color in Stephanie

Julep calls Cancer a "glistening crab shell duo metallic." This is such a gorgeous color!  The picture doesn't do it justice.  It's a pale pinky chrome that looks amazing on me.  Dahlia is described as "goldenrod microglitter." Dahlias are my favorite flowers, so that was definitely part of the reason I chose this.  This is a very yellowy gold microglitter.  It's pretty, but it's not my favorite.  Stephanie, a "juicy cherry holographic," is a good, basic red with a holographic touch.  I really love Julep's holographic polishes as it's like I have a little rainbow on my hands when I'm out in the sun. 

Julep Nail Color in Sylvie

Julep Nail Color in Sylvie

Julep Nail Color in Virginia

Julep Nail Color in Virginia

Sylvie is a "high-voltage pink iridescent glitter." This is my favorite of the five that I got with my credits.  This is chunky, hot pink, full coverage glitter.  It's a very fun color.  Julep describes Virginia as a "mahogany iridescent molten."  I was expecting a very warm brown when I saw it described as mahogany, but this brown is on the cool side.  It's an okay color, but not quite what I was expecting.

I'm really happy with my June Julep boxes and my extra polishes!  The mascara and Cushion Complexion were absolutely amazing and I recommend you give them a try.  The nail polishes were pretty, but the mascara and concealer were the real stars this month.  My favorite polish color from the boxes was Elsie and Sylvie was my favorite of the ones I got with my credits.  

What did you think of Julep's June collection?   Did anyone else try the mascara and concealer?  What did you think?