As the end of the month comes, so does another Julep Maven Box.
This month I left my trusty It Girl and went for Boho Glam's box.
Personally, I wasn't as interested as everyone else was in the polish remover (I only use acetone these days so I don't know when I will even get around to reviewing the remover) - I just didn't like the color choices this month for It Girl so I switched to Boho Glam which offered a White and Minty Teal Metallic.
Let's start this off with my unboxing photos and I'll review as we go!
|This month the box came in Pink! It was also significantly bigger than usual.|
|Julep branding on the side, long and narrow this time!|
|Happy Birthday Julep! If I'd have known, I'd have sent you a present!|
|The usual literature that accompanies the monthly subscription, a review of your items on one side and then some ideas on the other, and then an inspirational quote on another paper.|
|This months "wrapping" of the products was done with a re-usable branded Julep bag.|
|Cute black bag, I like it. It's got pink accents and the quote is nice as well.|
|It's about the size of a lunch bag, thin plastic. I love the pink sides!|
|Goodies wrapped in tissue inside the bag.|
|This months Boho Glam option - 2 polishes and a pump style bottle of "conditioning" acetone free remover.|
|The polishes! Isla and Piper.|
NOW on to the polish reviews....
|Julep Isla. 3 coats and nothing more. What a nightmare those brushstrokes look like, right?|
|This shows the polish after I have added a top coat. Did NOT smooth out the brushstrokes at all.|
|So I sponged on another 2 layers of Isla to blend the strokes out.|
|Another coat of Top Coat and now we're in business. THIS I can get on board with.|
|Gorgeous frosty white metallic with a champagne undertone.|
|Julep Piper. I can see we are having some Deja Vu here...3 coats, nothing else. Brushstroke hell.|
|Added a top coat, no help.|
|Sponged on 2 more layers.|
|3 coats, top coat, 2 sponged layers and another of top coat for this final look. WAY better.|
|Look at how soft and gorgeous this is now!|
|The sponging didn't totally knock off all of the strokes but it's a huge difference.|
So...my overall thoughts on this box are 50/50.
The white grew on me, but like I said, if it's close to Au Champagne I do not need this at all because why have a polish that takes so much effort to look good when I already have one far more superior that takes 1/4 of the time to get right?
As for Piper...after the sponging it's pretty good. It's got a soft metallic look going on that I do not have in any other polish I own, so it's a keeper. But when do I not keep a teal/mint shade?
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