Julep Maven: March 2015 – The POP! Collection – Modern Beauty

In March, Julep introduced “The POP! Collection” featuring their new lipstick line and lots of bright shades. I couldn’t resist the new beauty products so I opted for Modern Beauty with a bunch of fun add-ons.

Box Open Box

MODERN BEAUTY BOX
Lipstick Box Primp
Primp Swatch
Light On Your Lips
– Primp:
(Retail $22.00/Maven Price: $17.60)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “A full-coverage lipstick that floats on and feels weightless. Primp: Marsala crème”
Julep swatches are really awful for choosing colors so I took a gamble that Primp would be more of a nude pink, than a hardcore warm brown. Thankfully, my gamble paid off and I got a lovely wearable nude. The lipstick isn’t super moisturizing, but it’s not drying either. Personally I’d wear it over some type of hydrating base or balm. The packaging on this lipstick is quite substantial (it has a magnetic cap) which gives it bonus points.

 Eyeliner Eyeliner Close
Eyeliner Swatch
Fluid Eye Glider: (Retail $20.00/Maven Price: $16.00)
Verdict: Love!
Description: “A jet black eyeliner pen with a no-fray precision felt tip that makes it easy to create thin or thick lines.”
I’ve always been skittish with liquid black liners because it’s just so easy to give yourself raccoon eyes instead of the awesome cat eye you were hoping for. I love, love, love this liner. It has a superfine tip which makes it easy to use and it stays put on my super oily lids. This is my favorite liquid liner from any brand that I’ve tried.  Julep really hit a homerun with this.

Lip LinerLipliner Close
Get In Line Invisible Lip Liner:
(Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $12.80)
Verdict: Like!
Description: “A clear, waterproof lip liner that works with any lip color or gloss.”
I’m in the camp that lip liners need to be either nude or invisible. There is nothing more hideous that a super dark line around your lips that does not go with your lipstick at all. I think this will work fabulous with my vampy red lip products. The invisible liner will keep the red from feathering while ensuring I don’t have that dated mismatched liner look.

MARCH FREEBIE!
Candy

Candy! I’m generally not a Smarties fan, but free is always good!

ADD-ONS:

RemoverRemover Close
CTRL + Z Eye Makeup Eraser:
(Retail $10.00/Sale Price: $8.00)
Verdict: Like
Description: “An opthalmologically-tested corrector pen featuring a precision tip loaded with gentle eye makeup remover.”
Oh the pains of perfecting a cat eye. Does anyone ever get both eyes to look the same on the first try? I was so psyched to see this pen because I need all the help I can get when it comes to getting my liner just right. You have to use a light touch with this since the applicator tip is kind of hard and you don’t want to tug much on your delicate eye area. It generally worked but if you remove too much at once then you can end up sort of smearing it around. I love the idea of it, and the execution is mostly there so I’m giving it a “like” rating.

Harmony BottleHarmony Swatch
Harmony:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: Holographic jagged-cut glitter top coat
I love jagged glitter so I had to grab this. I think it will be fabulous for jelly sandwich style manicures where you layer glitter between sheer polish.

Ming BottleMing Swatch
Ming:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Love!
Description: Sheer wild orchid jelly
Jelly polishes are my favorite finish, so the moment I heard Ming was a jelly it was going in my box. This is such a pretty romantic shade for Spring. It makes me think of Monet paintings and wildflowers.

Ali BottleAli Swatch
Ali:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description:   Hint of mint soft focus (semi-matte)
I wanted to try at least one of Julep’s new “soft focus” finishes, so because I love mint I opted for Ali. I’m not quite sold on it, since it can read a little more white than I would like. I’ll need to experiment with it a bit to see how really feel.

Lucky BottleLucky Swatch
Lucky:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Like!
Description: Kelly green and gold coin multi-dimensional, full coverage glitter
I grabbed this because I don’t have much in bright greens and I thought it would be nice to have a St. Patrick’s day polish amongst my stash.

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

Addon Freebie
Francis:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Verdict: Déjà vu anyone?
Description: Celery green crème
Poor Francis, she’s like a social awkward cousin that your mother keeps forcing you and your friends to hang out with even though no one wants to. Julep has been handing out Francis in all kinds of mystery bags and freebies. The saddest part for me is I purchased Francis when she first came out, and now I’ve lost track of how many I’ve received. I just give them out as gifts and this is a freebie, so it’s all good.

OVERALL:

Full BoxVerdict: Love!

I’m in love with Julep’s new liquid liner and their beauty offerings this month were practical picks that will get a lot of use. I adore the Ming polish and I’ll have some fun playing with the other shades. This box had a ton of product and I only paid $56.65. The regular retail for this haul would be $133.60 and even with the regular maven discount, I’d still have to pay $114.80

Have you tried Julep’s new liquid liner or any of their new lipstick line?

JULEP NEWS!
Julep has a new mystery box for April! There are two options, one with all beauty and one with all polish. They also feature two new polishes: Pamela & Cora. You pay $24.99 and are guaranteed to receive $100+ product value. Some lucky folks will also find a Markkit necklace along with their Julep goodies! Good luck!

THE BACKSTORY
COUPON CODE:
If you love Julep’s products, you can try out a box for free just use the code: FREECOLOR
Just remember this signs you up for a monthly subscription. If you don’t wish to receive boxes you will need to call Julep to cancel. You can also opt to skip a month and you will not be billed.

Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products. They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

Monthly Maven Options:

My Maven Subscription: $24.99 per month – Allows you to customize your box
3 Month Prepaid: $19.99/month

Maven Luxe: $39.99 per month – Gives you access to add on more expensive items
3 Month Prepaid: $34.99/month

The options:
Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.

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.

Julep will email you with the contents of your regular box selection, and at that time you can opt to keep it as is, change it, or skip. Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons along with access to Julep’s “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from Julep’s website along with free Shipping.

Julep also has a rewards program that gives you “jules” for taking your monthly boxes and on your birthday. You can use jules to pay for monthly boxes and some other items chosen by Julep.

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, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. 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.

2 thoughts on “Julep Maven: March 2015 – The POP! Collection – Modern Beauty

  1. I still haven’t tried a Julep box, and I wish my subbie budget wasn’t so tiny. I loooooove that marsala lipstick shade!

    • I was really afraid the Marsala would be awful, but I really like it. I wish Julep sold their makeup in Sephora along with their polish so I could swatch everything.

      If you love Julep, you could just save up and try a mystery box which are one time purchases. They have two right now that each cost $24.99.

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