Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Julep Maven Unboxing: September 2012

I got my Maven box in the mail today!  It came really early this time.  I kind of unwrapped this mindlessly while watching tv, so all of the wrappings are undone in my pics.  The polishes came in a cute polka dot tissue bag. :)  Okay, so let's see what I got!

First off, there were two info cards and a cute magnet.  This month's box carried Julep + Trina Turk collaboration shades.  The colors were inspired by Trina Turk's Modernist Maverick Collection; hence, the fashion design theme.

The products I received were two nail polishes and a mascara.  The two polishes are Gunta (royal blue creme) and Popova (kelly green creme).  I think these colors are gorgeous, especially since I love blues and greens.  They did, however, remind me of two shades from China Glaze's Safari collection.  I quickly went through my stash for a bottle comparison and here's what I found out.  As far as I can tell, Popova is more green than CG Exotic Encounters, while Gunta leans more navy than CG Man Hunt.  So I compared Gunta to CG First Mate and they look almost the same.  Of course, I'm don't know how they will compare on the nail, but in the bottle they were quite similar.

Here's the mascara in Espresso Brown.  On the packaging, it says: "Instant glam for any look plus lash growth enhancement ingredients as your secret weapon.  Micro fibers lengthen, strengthen, and plump to boost the luster of every lash.  Super-fine applicator smoothly separates and coats with emollients, antioxidants, and conditioners to lock in moisture and protect from breakage."  Whew, that's a lot.  Hopefully it lives up to all that.  I am excited about trying this, but I do wish that the mascaras kind of followed the Trina Turk theme as well.  I wouldn't mind some blue mascara!  But I guess not everyone would like that. :P

If you're interested in becoming a Maven, you can use my link to sign up at Julep Maven*.  Please note that your first box will be an introductory box.  I believe you can use code PENNY to get your first box for only a penny. :)

So what are your thoughts?  Have you received your Maven box yet?  Which product are you looking forward to the most? 

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  1. Wow - you got yours QUICK!
    Im excited for the mascara, is it square lucite? it looks awesome, just for the tube alone! I hope mine comes tomorrow! I went with the box that had a dark grey and mushroom color.

  2. Hmmm I like the color of these polishes, but I wish they were a little more unique. kwim? Not a maven yet but seriously considering it. I'd like to know what you think of the mascara it seems like there's a lot going on in that one product lol!

  3. The tube looks like the same tube their lip glosses usually come in. Hope you got yours by now! :)

  4. I agree that the colors could have been more unique. I actually think Popova might be unique to my stash. I don't own any dupes at least. But in general, I think Julep's Maven program is a great way for beginning polish addicts looking to expand their collection.

    As for the mascara, I found that mine did a nice job of lengthening my lashes, and I didn't experience any clumping during application. The wand itself is curved and was easy to use, but a little hard to pull out of the tube. While the color is brown, it wasn't much different from a black. I thought it was nice, but not amazing. I'll probably have to use it for at least a month to see if it delivers on the lash growing claim.

    These retail for $24, which feels really overpriced. If I wanted to use that much on a mascara, I'd probably purchase a high end mascara instead. ^^


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