Monday, June 25, 2012

Julep Maven Intro Box: Thoughts and Review

Hey :)

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


  1. Yikes I just got sasha as part of my intro box and I haven't tried it out yet. I hope it's not a goopy mess!

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    1. I hope it isn't for you either! I am crossing my fingers and hoping I just got a bad tube. Thanks for dropping by!

  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.

    1. Hey, thanks for taking the time to comment!
      How weird is that? They majorly messed up on the Sasha formula, I am glad I am not the only one!!

  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.

    1. 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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