ProcrastiNails: My Julep Maven (December 2014) Customized Box Unboxing, Swatch and Review!

Unboxing of my Julep December 2014 Beauty Box with two polishes and an eyeshadow.

Hooo-ey! This box was a roller coaster from start to finish! Unexpected highs and unexpected lows from the products I picked up, but that’s part of the fun of subscription boxes right? 🙂 The overall polish collection wasn’t really speaking to me so I once again went with the featured beauty item and also picked up a new effect top coat. Add a punch of glitter to my selections (because New Years is coming up after all) and we’re good to go!

Dollops of the Julep Silk Effect Top Coat, Chatoya and Zenith Eyeshadow
Silk Effect Top Coat, Chatoya and Zenith as pictured on Julep

Unboxing of the Julep Maven December 2014 Countdown Collection

New Years Eve is coming and the year is drawing to a close, and appropriately enough Julep decided to name their December collection The Countdown Collection. There were a few true chromes in the set that I originally wanted to try but they’re shades I already have from multiple other brands (silver and rose gold) so I passed. I feel Julep could have pumped it up with more glitter (there were two this month but both were alterations to previous formula’s from what I can tell) so I wasn’t overly excited about the base collection.

Quote card and discount code for $10 off from my Julep Maven December 2014 Beauty Box

“No one looks stupid when they’re having fun.” – Amy Poehler

Candy was once again our free gift this month, and I have to say: these are the most American mints I have ever seen. They have Made In America printed on them with a flag and the wrapping is entirely red, white and blue. As a Canadian I find this hilarious for some reason. It’s like making maple syrup candies and writing CANADA all over them.

Here is the coupon code for this month, I assume we aren’t getting discount codes for the beauty items anymore because Julep keeps selling out of them before they even release.  

  • TENOFF for $10 off your next Julep order of $20+, two uses per customer, valid until Jan 31/15.

Unboxing of my Julep Maven 2014 Beauty Box with all products displayed

This month the beauty items were Orbital Eyeshadows, and since the collection didn’t wow me I decided to pick one up. Julep also introduced a new silk finish top coat and they allowed it as a swap-in option for the boxes so I grabbed that up (because of my loooove of Julep’s silk finishes which you’ll get to read about in just a minute).

So let’s dig into the box!

Julep Orbital Eyeshadow in Zenith

Image of the Julep Orbital Eyeshadow in Zenith being unboxed

Julep Orbital Eyeshadow in Zenith
Price: $18 ($14 Maven) for .12 oz / 3.5g
Availability: Julep

Description: Cocoa with gold pearlescence eyeshadow with triple the pigment for intense brightness, incredible stamina, and endless looks. 

Ingredients: Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide  (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499)

I’m sorry I don’t have a swatch of the shadow to share with you – makeup swatches aren’t really my thing. On first application I didn’t find this shadow as pigmented as I was hoping, but it definitely holds a TON of shimmer. I’m looking forward to playing around with it!

Julep Silk Effect Top Coat

Swatch of the Julep Silk Effect Top Coat over Julep Aisha

Julep Silk Effect Top Coat
Price: $14 ($11.20 Maven) for 8mL
Availability: Julep
: A fast-drying, silk finish top coat that gives a diffused, non-glossy finish to any polish it’s applied over

I swatched one layer of this top coat on top of two coats of Julep Aisha, and I have to say I’m disappointed in it. Julep’s silk finish is one of my all-time favourite polish finishes (basically a soft matte) and every time there’s a new silk polish available I snag it. It was a no-brainer for me to pick the top coat up when it came out – “Now I can make all my Julep polishes silk polishes,” I thought to myself! Unfortunately where I expected a soft and possibly shimmery matte I got a semi-glossy milky finish. Hm. You can take a look at some of my silk polishes from January 2014’s Boudoir Collection to see what I was hoping for.

Swatch comparing the Julep Silk Effect Top Coat to the Freedom Polymer Top Coat

I also did a comparison with a glossy top coat (Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat) so you could see the difference. I really expected there to be less gloss with the silk top coat – as you can see it just made the polish look foggy. :/ Hm. Maybe I’ll like it more with lighter shades or shimmery polishes? Here’s hoping!

Julep Chatoya

Swatch of the platinum glitter Julep Chatoya

Julep Chatoya
Price: $14 ($11.20 Maven) for 8mL
Availability: Julep
Colour Profile: Boho Glam
Description: Bright platinum glitter top coat
Finish: Glitter

Chatoya thankfully makes up for my disappointment from the silky top coat – this stunning glitter bomb blew me away from the moment I started applying it! And to think that it was a last minute adjustment to my box! I used three coats (without top coat) to make this look like full glitter, but you could totally do one or two to make it a glitter topper instead.

Macro swatch of Julep Chatoya

It describes itself as a ‘platinum,’ and fair enough from a distance it does look that way. But from this macro shot you can see that the glitter is actually a combo of silver, pink and blue. This is basically Julep Clio with smaller glitter particles (which I totally don’t mind). 

Swatch of Julep Chatoya

See what I mean about highs and lows? The Silk Effect Top Coat was less enjoyable than expected (and I did have quite high expectations – though I didn’t think they would be hard to meet), and the glitter bomb I threw in on a whim turned out to be awesome!

About the Julep Maven Program: The Julep Maven program costs $24.99 a month and is fully customizable, or you can pre-pay for 3 months and receive each box for $19.99. You can also upgrade to the Maven Luxe program for $39.99 a month ($34.99/mo if you pre-pay for 3 months) which entitles you to a fully customizable box plus one additional product per month. And you can skip or send to a friend whenever you want!

If you’re looking for gifts for the holidays remember to check out Julep’s 12 Days of Very Merry Daily Deals! A new deal every day including free gifts, discounts and more. The box at the top of the column to the right is set to update daily with each new deal, so check back often to see what’s up!

Let me know what you think of this month’s box, and thanks for visiting! 🙂