Julep Maven Box Sign Up Bonus 12 Polishes

Note: Some of these photos may look edited (particularly the header photo) but they are only edited in an effort to make the photographs look as true to real life color as possible. The header photo is probably actually most representative of the genuine appearance of these polishes in the bottles.

When I signed up for Julep Maven box, 12 full-size nail polishes were available as a sign-up bonus. I think they run this deal fairly frequently just with different nail polishes, but I think the current deal is still these polishes so if you like the ones you see here you can sign up now to get a month or more of a good deal on nail polishes PLUS this bonus. These polishes retail for $14 each.

I have all of these false nails so I’m using them for swatches! let me know if you like this swatch style, as it’s a lot easier for me to get through a lot of polishes in a shorter period of time without putting my nails through it all.

Peyton (Wonder Maven)

Note: The label in the parenthesis of these titles is the collection to which these polishes belong.


This color is a beautiful bright purple with a shimmer that shines a deep purple-pink. Despite being these bright pinks and purples it’s deep and dark enough that it still looks mature. There is also an almost indiscernible gold shimmer that appears at certain angles. You can’t see it in this picture, but when natural light hits the very brightest curve point is almost gold.

Using falses let me hold these up to the light and see more patchiness than you would ever see on the natural nail. Against a backdrop, this looks totally even but does appear patchy against the light.

If you haven’t had fake nails before you might not know, but paint on fake nails when held to the light almost always look surprisingly streaky, so keep that in mind as I talk about it – streakiness in the light generally doesn’t really matter on natural nails.

Alexandria (Bombshell)


I did not know what to expect from this. First things first, this is so much brighter than it appears above. Look at the top image of all the polishes in this post for a better idea of how bright it is. It is definitely hot pink. Beyond that, it is labeled matte, but it is so shimmery and a shimmer-matte is not a formulation I am familiar with.

I think it’s interesting. I am still forming an opinion about it because the color is not something I’d reach for and the matte finish is interesting and different enough to sort of confuse me. There’s something about it that reminds me of plastic toys, and the matte finish I think actually makes it more toy-like.

Streaks don’t really appear against a backdrop unless you are actively looking for it but are fairly obvious against the light.

Florentina (Classic With a Twist)


I don’t love this nail polish but its mostly because it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. When I saw it I thought it would be an awesome metallic holiday red. However, it swatches a little darker and more orange-brown than that. It’s still a lovely color, however, the undertone just isn’t the bright true red I wanted it to be which is what it looks like, to me, in the tube.

Online this is labelled as a duochrome and I think it’s supposed to be duo-chrome with orange, which is probably why the tone is different than I want, however, I really don’t see the orange enough to call this a true duochrome and it has a brown darkness to it that isn’t suggested by the company photo or description in my opinion.

There is zero patchiness on a backdrop. The streakiness is little enough that one more coat (I did two) probably would fix it.

Pacita (Wonder Maven)

This is the only color other than Alexandria that has a differently labeled finish. This is sheer and to be honest, I’m disappointed because I love how it shows in the tube. However, I think especially over a black or a close-to-black purple or brown this would look really beautiful. The swatch looks muddy I think due to the color of the false nails (“natural”) and therefore it doesn’t look great, but I see potential for this purple-burgundy that has both violet and gold reflects.

Despite being sheer it’s actually fairly even and non-streaky when held to the light (for some reason it looks a lot more streaky in the picture than it does in reality). That said, it really does not look good on its own and needs to be layered over something.

Daylee (Bombshell)


This is the most gorgeous color that I want to start writing this in my the tone of my actual mental voice right now instead of remaining somewhat proper and professional like I try to just so you can see how much I love it; like, seriously this is so gorgeous I’m in love, the metallics are beautiful and awesome.

It’s a great true gold with a finish that reminds me of chrome powders. You can’t see but at the edges, as the light hits it differently, it becomes green and then blue at the very edgy. It is so interesting and gorgeous, and the color change makes it look even more like a true metal.

It has very little streakiness when held to the light, but looks less pigmented all over in the light (I think probably because most of the color seems to come from microglitter rather than general pigment).

Jonna (It Girl)


This is a great green edging on yellow-green and has the same chrome finish that the above nail polish has. This one shines a deep bright teal that the edges which doesn’t show in my pictures but looks beautiful in real life.

This has the same non-streaky but sheer in the light look that the above one does.

Eunice (Bombshell)


This is a beautiful metallic blue. It’s a true bright blue with a metallic finish that I think is a pretty unique color but still a good everyday color.

This one is one of the least patchy and most fully colored when held to the light.

Lolo (Bombshell)


I’m actually kind of sad about this. It’s this great almost black blue in the bottle, it’s one of the few that has zero glitter in it (though supposedly the website says it has shimmer), and unfortunately, it does not translate onto the nail. It’s the only one I don’t really suggest.

This is streaky against a background (and therefore, on the natural nail) just to the naked eye. Where it is fully pigmented it’s the same dark beautiful blue that is in the bottle, and perhaps another layer would bring it to the color I want, but every other one of these swatched fine on two layers and I find that going above that begins to exacerbate any problems with texture, splotchiness, and generally not-drying that can happen, so it underperforms compared to all the other polishes.

Hana (Boho Glam)


This is a smokey purple that I think leans a bit toward a dusty pink rather than a true purple. There is some larger multicolored glitter in it that shifts mostly between silver and green in my opinion. It definitely goes on with a lot of glitter.

This is another that goes on very evenly and shows up fully pigmented in the light.

Aimee (Boho Glam)


This is a very bright light purple with a lot of silver shimmer in it. There’s something very young about it to me like this is something middle school me would have loved. The website says this is a metallic finish but this does not finish like the other metallics – the glitter is simply too much for that.

I know that it looks very full on the nail, however, I actually misplaced my swatch as I write this so I can’t let you know how it is against the light.

Alaina (Classic With a Twist)


This color is so totally beautiful, I love it as a neutral nail and I am not someone who generally loves neutral nails so that’s a lot for me. It’s a really amazing color that is almost a purple-tinted gray.

This is a creme finish that goes on very smooth and full with just one coat and becomes even in the light on the second coat, so it’s really great.

Jenica (Bombshell)


The final nail polish! We end with a good one that I actually really like. It’s a glitter polish, and it definitely looks glitter. It’s hard for me to describe but it’s definitely not a metallic however the amount of and smaller size of the glitter makes it look closer to a metallic than a glitter polish.

This one looks totally fine on a background but does look pretty patchy in the light.

The Verdict

Overall, these nail polishes were a great value, and worth it even if I didn’t like the subscription. I did, in fact, like the subscription, so it was an awesome bonus on top of a great subscription that I really like. I find these nail polishes of a good quality and they’re all very unique.


Julep Mystery Box – Bling It On

Julep occasionally does mystery boxes and I got this one in late November. I wanted the chance to review some of the products in here fully so this will be posting after the box is no longer available. I hope, however, that this gives you some idea of what their mystery boxes are like. If you are interested in them, they seem to run approximately monthly. December’s is all gone but January’s should be available soon!

Your Lip Addiction Tinted Lip Oil Treatment in Obsessed ($22)


I wasn’t sure how this was was going to go at first, because I haven’t worn anything sheer in a while, but I was ready for the oil treatment. My lips are currently all messed up because of the winter months, and this felt amazing on them. It really felt hydrating and worked like a charm at keeping them smooth. I would only say it has a very lipstick-y smell that isn’t necessarily pleasant, and a slippery feel that didn’t bother me but I could see bothering some people.

It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon in Magenta Plum Creme ($20)


This was much more familiar to me than the lip oil, though I haven’t used a tinted lip balm in a while. Let me tell you, when they say full-coverage, they mean it. This basically covers like a lipstick, smells amazing, and works like a really quality lip balm at hydrating.

No Limits Lux Hydrating Cream ($24)

I, unfortunately, haven’t used this yet! But, it came with the box so I wanted to make sure I included that it was in there.

Skip the Brush Creme to Powder Blush Stick in Moonlit Sand ($24)


I have mixed feelings about this. It is a pretty nice feeling cream – it doesn’t feel too sticky, or heavy, or greasy. However, I’m not sure on the color. It is not a blush color to me, so I want to use it as a highlight, but it’s too dark for that. It blends out lighter except it blends out to a point I don’t think you can really see. I would be willing to try a different color for this, and have found some success using it as a blush topper.

Maxine (Not Available)


I’m so sad that this isn’t available because it is a great, true, silver holographic. There are no big chunks, it just leaves a great glittery holographic sheen on the nails.

Reina (Not Available)


I was interested that this was “textured” and it did not disappoint. It felt so interesting that I was rubbing my nails all day – like a soft grit. It looked really nice, a very good deep black with a holographic shimmer.

Missy ($14)


This is almost a chrome color – the silver shimmer is that finely milled. You can still see some specks, however it is so awesomely close to a silver chrome and goes on in one coat.

Eunice ($14)


This is a perfect true dark blue metallic. It goes on very opaque in two coats, and is a great all-purpose blue. The metallic is very pure metallic; you don’t catch any glitter specks in it at all, it shines like polished metal.

Shawn #Shine ($14)


This is almost just like Missy with its chrome style, however it ha a gold-silver shift that makes it a unique metallic to me.

Jane ($14)


This is the only chunky glitter I’ve gotten. I think it would work best as a top coat but as you can see it can be layered to get pretty opaque – the photo above used three coats. It’s a beautiful shiny copper glitter that is big without being so chunky it becomes tacky.

Let me know if you are interested in more of these mystery boxes, or if you’ve ever gotten one yourself!

December Julep Maven Box

I signed up for the Julep Maven Box. If you don’t know, its a beauty box run by the cosmetic company Julep. It includes cosmetics and nail polishes, and you can personalize it every month; I chose to only receive nail polishes and will likely continue to use this as a nail polish subscription.

Mira (Bombshell)


This is such an interesting nail polish because I wasn’t sure how a matte was going to transfer with all this glitter, but it actually looks so super awesome. It’s a great black matte color. It’s a true black and it looks badass, and the glitter that is in it is itself dark so it gives an interesting shine and sparkle without lightening up the black at all.

Lonelle (Boho Glam)


Okay, I didn’t notice until I just now went to the website to grab the title link, and apparently, this is holographic. Looking more closely at it, it’s not a lie! It has shimmer that reflects the entire spectrum of the rainbow so it is in fact holographic. This is a pretty cool toned back holographic because the rest of the shimmer is a very true yellow gold that looks pretty awesome. This is a glitter nail polish and goes on like one, however, unlike most glitters that I would personally say need to be put on with a sponge, swiping three coats on will actually give you fairly full coverage. It also works as a glitter top coat on another nail polish if you only put a layer or two down.

Emmaline (Classic with a Twist)


This is a great deep, deep burgundy that leans toward dark purple but with a definite red note. The shimmer basically matches the color of the polish. It goes on with minimal streakiness that disappears on the second coat. It’s a really good fall color, in my opinion, and I wish I got it earlier, because I’m leaning toward bolder dark colors as we move from fall to winter rather than these colors that I wouldn’t call neutral, but I wouldn’t call vivid.

Leia (Boho Glam)


This literally looks like a Christmas tree with multicolor lights, and I am in love. If I hadn’t bought a (beautiful) set of false nails (that you will see a post on soon) I would be wearing this for Christmas because it really genuinely reminds me so, so much of a Christmas tree. I think it’s totally wearable as a non-holiday color, but that fact of it is what is making me love it so much. It is bright evergreen with holographic shimmer, which is what gives it that lit tree effect.


As you can see in the header, I also got little gold studs that came with it, which I think will be great to make an interesting12 look, especially paired with Lonelle – Lonelle as an accent nail with the gold studs on a more basic color is a great idea to me (which you might see soon 😉).

The Verdict

The thing with this subscription is that it should be worth it because you get the opportunity to choose your own nail polishes; none of them should really be misses unless the formula just sucks in real life. So far, all the formulas are good and pigmented and look even better in real life than I expected when I chose them online. So, for me, this is great and worth it. The subscription is $20 a month and you can sign up here if you are interested.