It’s Julep time! If you’re new to Julep Maven, it is Julep’s monthly subscription box full of nail polish and beauty products. Each month debuts another collection of polish colors and products, and Julep prides itself on high-quality, responsible items. Each month Mavens can either choose between pre-set boxes ($19.99/month) containing polish, products, or a mix of both, or we can customize a box to perfectly suit our taste ($24.99/month or pre-paid for 3 months at $19.99/month). Check out Julep here! 

Lauren and I both subscribe to Julep Maven, but Lauren skipped this month (yes, that’s a thing you can do!) so I will be reviewing my selections alone this time.


This month’s collection was the Set Sail Collection featuring “new nautical” colors of polish, a new eye shadow line, new eye shadow brushes, and new lip colors. I pay for the customizable box (but pre-pay for 3 months at a time so it’s the same price as the regular pre-selected boxes).



The colors seemed a little…. redundant this month. Still, I chose the bottom right powder blue (Jessica) because I don’t already have a similar color. It looked almost periwinkle on screen, but in person it’s a beautiful sky blue. I am currently wearing it on my nails and I’ve gotten several compliments for it.



I am doing my own makeup for my wedding (which, as of my writing this, is 5 days away HOLY CRAP), so I was intrigued by the eye shadow palettes making their debut this month. My dress is ivory and I’m going for a softer bridal look, so I added this palette to my box:



It appears a little more lush on screen, the coral color is a bit pinker and lighter in person, but the gold is GORGEOUS. It’s sparkly and dense, which just so happens to be what I look for in gold eye shadow.

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My final item this month was the new shader brush. They also released a shadow brush, but I have several of those already and was intrigued by the blending capability of this one. I have been really pleased with the quality of Julep’s brushes – they are super soft, dense, and durable. I am very happy I included this in my box, it performs as advertised.

Final Grade: A+

I really love this box. I adore the polish color, it is great for summer. The shadow is a really nice quality, and the brush is a great addition to my makeup case. I chose not to include any add-ons, and I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting that awesome cantaloupe-looking orange. Perhaps it’ll be available next month – can’t wait to see spoilers for the June box!



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A foodie, travel junkie, and reality TV aficionado who derives an unnerving amount of joy from dressing her giant dog in ridiculous costumes.

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