So I decided to probe into the world of Julep Maven for a week. Some of what I discovered this past week were quite beautiful, some sneaky…
Let me start off by saying that I’ve only gone as far as receiving the Welcome Box for the month of May, (a free box of four products, I just had to pay $3 shipping) and decided to cancel the subscription soon after I received my package.
There are a lot of things to cover about this whole experience, and it might be easier to watch the video I made instead, which I will link at the bottom of this post. However, I’ll try my best to organize what I have to say in the most concise ways possible:
Packaging/ First Impression
Everything came packaged in one cute, 4×4 purple box. Each product (three nail polishes: Shelly, Flora, and Vicki plus one lip gloss: Graceful) came in its in own individual packaging within the box. Each bottle of product was made of what seemed like lightweight glass, and everything looked simple and professional. There’s a label on top of each nail polish bottle on which you can swatch the color — which is a great idea for anyone who stores their nail polishes all together in a bunch and might have trouble distinguishing one polish from another.
Brush: easy to use, good size, easy to control
Nail polish: First coat of nail polish is quite opaque, barely need a second coat. Starts to crack and chip within the second or third day. The cracking is horrendous. As far as wear goes, however, most of the nail was still covered with varnish after one complete week.
Lip gloss: Sheer. Not too hard or sticky. Felt lightweight and easy on the lips.
Subscription/ Clarity of Subscription Sign up and Costs
Not at all clear that this was a subscription service. I luckily heard about this on YouTube prior to this, so I knew what I was getting into. However, as I signed up for the Welcome Starter Box, I was never notified of my new subscription plan. Before I could order my Welcome Box, I was told to enter my email, and I would instantly become a “Maven.” This was the only way I could proceed, and this automatically signs you up for their $24.99/ per month subscription service. This is dangerous for anyone who hasn’t heard of the company before.
Opaque nail color, decent duration of color.
Hazy on the subscription plan sign up, products are nice but are quite pricey and do not seem to be worth the medium quality.
That’s about it for my review! To hear me talk about it some more, watch my review on YouTube here.
If you have any questions about this at all, hit me up with some messages or comments!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week and Sunday.