Julep Maven: December 2014 – The Countdown Collection – Classic with a Twist Box

For December, Julep introduced “The Countdown Collection” featuring their new orbital eyeshadows. As one of the “grandmothered’ mavens with a non-customizable box, I opted for the Classic with a Twist box and then went a bit overboard with add-ons. (There was glitter involved and I just couldn’t help myself).
Big Julep Box

Julep sent me a giant box, with lots and lots of crinkle paper and my usual little box nestled inside. Julep went a bit overboard this season with the packing so I’m now searching for alternate uses of crinkle paper.
Open Big Julep Box

THE CLASSIC WITH A TWIST BOX

IlgaIlga Swatch
Ilga:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: Rich Bordeaux crème
The biggest section of my polish hoard is for dark reds so I opted for this classic box so I could nab this one. It’s very pretty and while not super exciting I think it’s a great shade for pedicures.


Sienna
Sienna:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Gift
Description: Sophisticated, shimmery gold
If you love Julep than this one might seem familiar. Julep has now started to reissue one “retired” color each month and December’s was Sienna. I already own this shade so I included this in a Christmas gift. It’s both sophisticated and fun, so it’s a great addition to your polish collection. I do wish that Julep would feature the “retired” polishes as add-ons only since many of us long-term mavens already have them.

SupernovaSupernova Swatch
Supernova:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: Charcoal with electric orchid pearlescence
All the orbital eyeshadows looked so cool that it took me a long time to decide which ones to choose. I decided to gamble on this purple shade because I don’t have anything similar in my current makeup arsenal. The problem is that it sort of looks like a giant glittery bruise on me. I’ll definitely need to experiment with this color so I don’t look like Glenda the Good Witch gave me a black eye. Also keep in mind that these orbital shades are incredibly glittery—like holy,Batman that’s a lot of glitter, glittery.

ADD-ONS:

MoonglowMoonglow Swatch
Moonbeam:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Silver with lilac pearlescence
I wanted to treat myself to another orbital eyeshadow so I could try to use them together. I’m sort of in love with any colors that use the word “moon” in them and I thought I could use the silver layered with all kinds of other shadows I own. This is basically a beautiful luminous silver glitter and with a light touch I think I could even get this to work for day time.

 

Topcoat
Silk Effect Topcoat:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like
Description: A fast-drying, silk finish top coat.
I haven’t gotten a chance to try this out yet, but I’m giving it a positive review for the sole reason that I really want to see Julep making more interesting topcoats. If you’re not a polish collector, these types of topcoats can really expand your collection by offering different finishes for the polishes you already use. I’m looking forward to trying this one out with some metallics.

Reindeer
Reindeer Games Duo:
(Retail $28.00/Maven Price: $20.00)
Verdict: Hit!/Gift
Description:
Duo includes:
Neely (It Girl):
Sparkling cranberry full-coverage glitter
Nic (Bombshell): Black crimson crème
Neely Neely Swatch
I already own Nic and love the shade, so that one went into the gift pile. I bought this set exclusively to get Neely. I hate that Julep pairs these new polishes with old ones since it penalizes their most loyal customers who collect all the shades. I just wait until the set gets low enough in cost that the dupe(s) becomes just a free bonus. When I nabbed this set it was $7.99, so it was worth it for me, but I wouldn’t pay full price for it, even though I think Neely is gorgeous.

NellNell Swatch
Nell:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Blushing holographic full-coverage glitter
Photos do not do Nell justice. If magic could be a nail polish color, it would be this one. It is this beautiful pale pink with an amazing rainbow sparkle. It’s the shade every little girl who dresses up like a Princess wants to wear and every woman who remembers that fondly would enjoy gazing at. Even in the bottle this color is gorgeous and I consider it a Julep must have.

ADD-ON FREEBIE:
If you take 3 or more add-ons, Julep offers a free mystery gift.
Candy

So along with this lovely candy I received…
Free Gift
Blank Canvas Lip Pumping Primer: (Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $7.99)
Description: A multitasking primer that preps lips for flawless, all-day color.
Julep has been trying to unload these for a while, since they’ve been popping up in mystery boxes for some time, but it’s free so I can’t complain. I’m going to add this to my stack of lip primers that are going into some gifts.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Verdict:
Hit!

I paid $55.59 for all these items (including the freebie) and received a retail value of $142.00 and a maven value of $100.60, so I feel like I got a great value.

I really thought the orbital shadows were a fun new product even if I’m not sure I can pull off the looks. Nell was amazing and it was great to see the silk topcoat, but a lot of the other colors in this collection were a bit dull. Julep’s holiday collection on the other hand was a-mah-zing but you could only nab them in exclusive sets (like Neely in the Reindeer duo). I think that Julep creating two separate full collections really split their focus. They should have combined the two offerings into a fabulous December collection full of exclusive add-ons instead of a lackluster December collection and a fabulous, but hard to acquire Holiday set.

Did you pick up any items from the Julep December collection? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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The options:
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Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.

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Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure, was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

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