Today we will be looking at swatches of the Julep Maven October it Girl Box, including Tia as an add-on. For those of you who don't know, Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish subscription box. It costs $24.99+tax per month. Boxes range from only polish boxes to beauty boxes and some boxes that have a combination of the two. With that out of the way, lets get on to the swatches!!
Dana is a white polish with blue shimmer. The polish is opaque in 2 coats. Formula is a little thick, so you just have to be sure not to get too much on the brush. The blue shimmer gives it an opalescent quality minus the pink reflect. Sadly, the blue shimmer that is very noticeable in the bottle is not very noticeable once applied to the nail, except in direct sunlight. The other interesting thing about this polish is that it is black light reactive; which I don’t know about you; but I don’t own a black light, nor do I really go to places that have black light on a regular basis, so that aspect of the polish, though unique doesn't do too much for me. Overall, this polish kind of let me down a little bit, I was really hoping for that beautiful blue shimmer to translate well onto the nail, but alas, it did not.
Ledi is a black polish with a hint of silver shimmer. Once again, the shimmer in this formula is very subtle. On a more positive note, the polish did go on smoothly and evenly, and was opaque in 2 coats. I have to admit I do appreciate a dark polish that applies as effortlessly as this one did. I just wish that shimmer was a bit more noticeable. With that said, with top coat this polish shines beautifully! Which made it a little difficult to photograph without my or my cameras reflection popping up.
Shailene is a purple dense shimmer with gold shimmer. This polish went on okay, it was not the smoothest application, but not the worst either. The first coat was a little streaky because the polish out of the bottle is a little thick, so I wanted to be careful not to get too much on the brush. It was opaque in 2 coats. I think because this polish is just so packed with shimmer that it does not lend itself easily to a smoother application. On a more positive note, the shade is gorgeous and has a lovely dimension to it with the gold shimmer.
Tia is a sheer black jelly polish with what appears to be micro glitters in gold, green and copper. This polish was a little gloopy right out of the bottle, but application was okay. This polish took 3 coats for full coverage. Otherwise, the polish is very pretty. I do admit, I have a little bit of a soft spot for jelly polishes
Overall, this box was okay. It didn't really WOW me as much as I had hoped it would. After having been a member for a little over a year, it seems like Julep has a tendency to get a little repetitious, and has been stuck in a little bit of a polish rut. Don't get me wrong, for the most part the polish formula is always on point, so they are great quality polishes. I'm just wishing for a bit more variety and quirkiness!
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