When I ordered my first, free, trial box there were a few different options I could pick from. Julep determined which style profile suited me best based on a short quiz, but I didn’t have to go with that box and ultimately decided not to. While three of the five Maven Style Profiles come with two polishes and a product, one comes with two products, and the one I went with, It Girl, comes with three nail polishes.
So the most important question– how were the polishes? Well I loved them. I’m not a huge fan of Julep’s bottles, because they are pretty long which means that there is often polish on the “wand” above the brush which I had to sorta wipe away on the side of the bottle in order to stop it from dripping, but their colours are fantastic. The bottles themselves are pretty small, at only 8mL, which isn’t something I expected and is good to know when ordering. Full price the polishes are $14, which is pretty expensive for a small bottle, but the quality is excellent. All colours were fully opaque in one to two coats, and had a great shine to them even without top coat. The reason this post is a few weeks late is that I didn’t want to review a product before I’d tried it, so I waited until I’d tested out all three polishes and I took photos of them when I wore them. Spoiler: I loved them all!
When I first took it out of the box, I thought Rebel was just a pretty silver shimmer, which is sorta how it appears in the first photo, but as soon as I looked at in the light I knew… it was the kind of holo I’ve been wanting for ages. Unfortunately I didn’t realize until now exactly how difficult they are to photograph, especially when there aren’t really any sunny days, but hopefully this gives a bit of an idea what it looks like (and it may be worth Googling to find a better swatch if you’re interested). It applied smoothly and it’s definitely my favourite of the batch because I can’t wait to wear it again this summer when there’s a bit more light to really show of its brilliance.
If you’re not sure if Maven Boxes are for you, there’s a great promotion where you, like I did, can get one for free to try out! All you have to do is enter the promo code ‘freemaven’ when you sign up, and pay for shipping, which was only $3.99 to Canada, a fantastic deal.
Is Julep a brand you’ve heard of before? Are you interested in checking out these Maven boxes? Would you wear any of these colours? I know I’ll definitely be wearing them again in the future!