Hey y'all! It's Lisl. Today, Arden and I are totally pumped to share our excellent haul of nail polish we got from Julep's May Mystery Box. We're not subscribed to Julep's Maven boxes (these come once a month), but every once in a while Julep releases a mystery box, and Arden and I jumped at the chance to try out some of their polishes!
I myself cannot resist a good mystery box; it's like it's your birthday in the mail! What is inside the box? You don't know! It's a mystery! We got the box last week, when Arden was away, so I texted her pictures of what we got, and when she got back we had a "draft" to decide who got which polish. (Basically, we just took turns choosing which polish we wanted).
For my first pick, I chose Dakota, which is a rosey-coppery metallic.
It applied beautifully, but you'll notice that you can definitely see the brush strokes still, in case that kind of thing is an issue with you. I used two coats in these pictures.
My next choice was Annette; Julep calls this beauty a "light dove-grey creme" (but with an accent grave on the middle "e" which I refuse to add because it makes me feel like I'm putting on airs).
I would like to add that there was a slight pinkish tinge to this grey, and also it is perfect.
My last choice in the nail polish draft was Jackie, and let me tell you, I really lucked out that she was still available because she ended up being my favorite polish of the lot. (Yeah that's right, I am anthropomorphizing my nail polishes).
I drafted Jackie last because she was a red polish, and I already have a lot of red polishes. But man is she the best red polish I have ever owned. Not too vampy, super bright, a touch of orangey-ness. She has a jelly-like consistency (Julep says it's a creme for what it's worth), but is still opaque in two coats.
One thing I noticed and liked about all my Juleps was that they where thin, but not runny, but also somehow not too sheer. I don't quite know how this is possible but it made application super easy. No streaks or pulling or anything. And I know there is top-coat (Good to Go) on here and everything but look how shiny! (So shiny).
Overall, I was super pumped for my haul. I'd definitely wear all of these on their own, and am also excited to do some fun arts with them.
Arden: Here are the swatches I did of our new fancy-schmancy Juleps! First off is Amelia, a sheer gold shimmer polish.
The application was pretty good; the worst part was how easy it is to see the streaks where I applied it. (Sorry, pinky finger! They're especially visible on you.)
While we're super duper happy with these polishes, a word to the wise: Julep bottles only hold .27 fl oz (8 mL) of polish. Most other brands come in .5 fl oz bottles. Is it worth $14 for half the polish? Your call. [Lisl: The Mystery Box was $25, which I think is pretty worthwhile for 6 polishes, even though they are small bottles. I agree though that $14 for one bottle is a little out of my price range].
So have any of you gotten Julep mystery boxes before? How have your hauls been? Let us know in the comments!