This month I got a different box then what I received last month, I chose "It Girl". I liked the colors better. The point of me signing up for Julep Maven was to pick colors that I would normally never go for and so far, I have stuck pretty true to that. This month was all about the "Oscars" so it included a bronze and a dark blue. It also included a gold glitter, which I wasn't really interested in.
Before I get into the review and more specifics, let me show you some pictures:
After applying (I used 2 coats each)
2 days later
7 days later
Professional quality “4-free” nail polish formulation, developed without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP. Shine on! $1 will be donated to organizations that support women through our Powered by Girlfriends program.A lot of the review points are going to be the same from my last review on Julep Maven because a lot of the key points still stick.
I have 2 gripes with the packaging, hence the 3 instead of a 5. One, would be that the lid doesn't line up with the jar when I tighten the jar (someone did give me a solution for this, the lids come off the actual twisty part, like a butter london polish, yet this is just extra work). This could be from me over tightening it, but I like my polishes to not dry out, specially for $14 a pop. Second, is the super small brush. I feel like I am really spoiled with OPI's brushes because they're super wide, and that is what I prefer. If you like small brushes then it won't be an issue for you of course.
No gripes from me this time. I loved both the colors I received. Rachel is a warm rich copper shimmer, Elizabeth is a midnight blue with a hint of shimmer and Oscar is a sparkle like a star with this ultra chic, multi-dimensional gold glitter (not pictured). I am happy to be adding these to my collection. I don't find anything difficult about the formula and they have great opacity.
These have been on for a week and no chipping what so ever. The only thing I see is at my cuticle where my nail has grown, but that isn't anyone's fault, its nature.
(I am changing this from a 2 to a 2.5 because I feel like the formula somewhat makes up for the price). I am going to compare these to my 3 favorite brands, which I own a ton of and buy on a regular basis. First, we have OPI - 0.5 FL oz for $8.50, then we have Zoya - 0.5 FL oz for $8.00. Next, we have Butter London - 0.4 FL oz for $14.00 (which I only usually buy as "rewards" or special treatment). Now, the typical price of a Julep Maven polish is $14.00 for 0.27 FL oz. That is right, a little under half of MOST of these polishes for way more money. Even Butter London, which is AWESOME has a better value. The price is nowhere near "affordable" however, I do feel that they may have some unique colors.
I am so happy to have this subscription, I look forward to that email every month telling me that I get to pick my next box (and I hope that one day I will be a lucky winner of the golden box). I have myself on a personal polish no buy since I have so much so it's a nice treat to get nail polish every month.
As of the day I am writing this (March 2nd), the coupon code to get your first month for a penny is still active. Just go on over to Julep Maven (affiliated code), take the quiz, pick your box and put "COLOR2012" in the discount box and you get a box for $0.01, what's not to love!?