Subscription Box Insanity: Julep Mystery Polish Grab Bag (Aug. ’15)

Julep Maven box

Julep Maven box

I had been getting notices for awhile for the Julep Maven box. Though I’m not a nail polish fanatic, I finally decided to bite and I’m actually really glad I did!

Julep has their own product line which includes skincare and other items, with the main focus being the polish. They are supposed to be made with less harmful ingredients than other polishes and beauty items. After receiving my first box, I later found out that Julep will often put out special edition “mystery” boxes. This review is for one of those. (See my other Julep reviews here.)

Let’s get this show on the road!

THE DETAILS: This special edition Mystery Grab Bag is slightly different from the usual monthly mystery boxes; it includes 10 nail polishes. More like an end of season discount mystery pack; it retails for $20 and is typically not eligible for any discount codes, but you can add gift with purchase codes.  The normal Julep Maven box costs $24.99 per month and you typically get two polishes and a beauty product of some sort, based on some preferences you fill out when you join. You also get a short window each month to make some selections for the next month’s box. This box ships throughout the U.S. and Canada and shipping is included in the price. It is non-refundable but Julep recently changed their policy such that you can opt out any month that you don’t want to purchase. This change actually inspired me to reactivate my account!

First Look

First Look

I love Julep’s mystery boxes because usually I feel like I get a really good value for my money.  This is my first Mystery Grab Bag; at first glass I have rather a mixed reaction. However, let’s dive in to see what’s there. (Note that Julep was having a flash sale as well, so I added on one of Julep’s eyeshadow palettes.)

Shari, Vicki, & Marjorie (Top-Bottom)

Shari, Vicki, & Marjorie (Top-Bottom)

Here are the first three polishes in this mystery box. They are Shari (delicate sweet pea crème), Vicki (pink flamingo crème), and Marjorie (citrus orange frost). Each has a retail value of $14 so have a combined value of $42.  I received the color Shari in a past mystery box so that is going for swap. I really like the brightness of Marjorie and Vicki and will be keeping them!

Bette, Chloe, & Queen Anne (Top-Bottom)

Bette, Chloe, & Queen Anne (Top-Bottom)

The next three polishes are Bette (electric neon purple crème), Chloe (warm cocoa frost), and Queen Anne (lilac confetti microglitter). I’m a little bit less enthused about these three. Bette is pretty but I just received a similar color in a creme finish. I’m not digging the sparkly brown of Chloe, and I already have Queen Anne. Retail value these combined is $42.

Kelsey, Sydney, Paula, & Keiko (Top-Bottom)

Kelsey, Sydney, Paula, & Keiko (Top-Bottom)

The final four polishes in the box are Kelsey (powder peach crème), Sydney (red-orange crème), Paula (persian blue with gold microshimmer), and Keiko (charred olive shimmer). Kelsey and Paula are somewhat different colors for my collection but I have a color similar to Sydney and I received Keiko previously and do not like it. Retail value combined is $56.

Sweep Photogenic Palette

Sweep Photogenic Palette

I decided to get this Sweep Photogenic Palette as an add-on, since it was on special! However, when I opened up the box, I found that one of the colors was broken. I’ll be reaching out to customer service to see if I can get a replacement. Retail value is $54. (UPDATE: Julep responded back to me a few days later and promised to ship a new palette out for free; I can keep this one so maybe someone won’t mind it as a swap. Nice!)

Ok, so I think if I hadn’t had such a growing collection (due to Julep being addictive) I think I would have felt better about this box. Unfortunately there  are 6 of 10 polishes that I will be swapping. In terms of true value for the money, I paid $38 total, including the add-on. I received a total value of $194 in product.  That’s a pretty good deal, even despite the repeats.

Did you get any deals from Julep this month?

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