Julep Maven Intro Box: Thoughts and Review

Hey πŸ™‚

I just signed up for the Julep Maven program and got my intro box in ‘It Girl’ for one penny. I’ve been curious about Julep polishes for a while, since people rave about them. I have to report that I have mixed feelings.

This is what I received in my intro box. For one penny (seriously, that isn’t a gimmick. I paid $.01, no shipping and handling with code COLOR12).

Toe seperators, Julep Lily, Julep Sasha, and Julep Daisy.

Let’s take a look at Lily first. This is a fushia polish. Here it is two coats of a base coat, with Seche Vite as a topper. You really need a glossy top coat, because even though these are creams, they dry weirdly matte. I dislike that.

This is a very pretty summery color. It retails for $14. All Julep polishes are 3 free and not tested on animals. They barely have any noxious polish scent either.

Keep reading to see my thoughts on the other two!

I am going to give you the bad news before the good news. Sasha was a complete bust. The polish was goopy and gross and thick and for $14 (okay okay, one cent) it shouldn’t be that way. This is high end polish! I will probably contact Julep to tell them. I think this was *hopefully* a bad batch.

It literally pains me to show you this. This is how it applied on my toes. I couldn’t even get full coverage. it clumped and smeared and it is just gross. I am sorry for disturbing you, but you needed to be warned.

So I promptly removed that hot mess and painted my toes with Daisy. MUCH better. Pretty creamy yellow. This is one coat. I could probably do two, but after the Sasha debacle, I had no more patience. Sorry for showing you my freakishly long toes.

Final Thoughts: I am a little concerned. I hope Sasha was a fluke. I will probably only try one more box though.

Price: 8/10 (yay for the one cent box, neigh for $14 a pop polish)
Staying Power: 8/10
Packaging: 10/10
Color/Wearability: 9/10
Quality/Branding: 7/10 (There should be better quality control here).

Total: 42 = B = Pleased Panda
What do you think? Tried Julep? Had an issue with ‘Sasha’? Have any reccomendations on other uses for rather useless polish? Tell me in the comments!
xo PrettyPanda
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12 thoughts on “Julep Maven Intro Box: Thoughts and Review

  1. A friend gave me the sasha she got from her julep box, it didnt clump but it came out ultra gritty, it looks like i have sand under the polish, i love the color but the formula is completely off.

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  2. A friend gave me the sasha she got from her julep box, it didnt clump but it came out ultra gritty, it looks like i have sand under the polish, i love the color but the formula is completely off.

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  3. I got Sasha in my Boho Glam intro box…and while I don't want to be too upset because it was only a penny, I actually stumbled upon this post because I wanted to know if anyone else had problems with it! Its just thick and goopy. I'm sure a few drops of polish thinner will fix it, but like you said, for a high end brand they should have better quality control. On the other hand (no pun intended) I LOVE Toni, the other polish color I received.

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  4. I got Sasha in my Boho Glam intro box…and while I don't want to be too upset because it was only a penny, I actually stumbled upon this post because I wanted to know if anyone else had problems with it! Its just thick and goopy. I'm sure a few drops of polish thinner will fix it, but like you said, for a high end brand they should have better quality control. On the other hand (no pun intended) I LOVE Toni, the other polish color I received.

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  5. Hey Rachel! Welcome to the blog, I am so glad that you had the same problem ( I mean, I am sad, but glad to not be alone) and I know it can be fixed but they should have checked on this. I am so glad you love Toni though!!

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  6. Hey Rachel! Welcome to the blog, I am so glad that you had the same problem ( I mean, I am sad, but glad to not be alone) and I know it can be fixed but they should have checked on this. I am so glad you love Toni though!!

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