My Julep November 2014 Maven Box is here! November’s Julep Maven theme was the Friendsgiving Collection, a set of rich cremes, shimmers, and metallics. The new beauty products were two different mascaras: Length Matters for extra length and Go Big for volume. I have enough mascara samples to last me for years, so I skipped the mascara and picked up a new shade of Julep’s Gel Eye Glider eyeliners instead. Since I have a customizable My Maven box, I selected the Gel Eye Glider in regal teal shimmer and two polishes (Sawyer from the Boho Glam box and Fazia from the Bombshell box). The extra treat in the boxes this month was a couple pieces of caramel candy.
I wasn’t very excited about this month’s collection but I had enough Jules for a free box so I decided to take one. I own quite a bit of polish at this point, so lately I’ve been trying to pick colors I wouldn’t normally buy in order to step outside my comfort zone. This month I went with Sawyer, a brown-based duochrome and Fazia, a dark, vampy red.
Sawyer is described as a copper patina molten and I’d say that’s pretty accurate. I don’t own many brown polishes because they seem a little boring to me but I decided to try Sawyer anyway. I was surprised by how much I liked it. Julep’s swatches make Sawyer look like a flat shimmer color, but in reality it’s a pretty purplish brown copper with a greenish gold duochrome. I don’t know why Julep didn’t promote this color more- it’s gorgeous in person and a very unique color that I haven’t seen before. This is a warm, cozy color for fall, and the finish is great. The formula is also wonderful. It’s not too thick or too thin and is almost a one-coater.
It was hard for me to capture Sawyer accurately- it just has so much going on. Here you can see some of the green/gold duochrome. I wasn’t a fan of the gold/green duochromes like Chanel’s Peridot and OPI’s Just Spotted the Lizard, but since Sawyer is brown-based it works much better for me. Sawyer is $14/11.20 Maven here.
Fazia is described as a liquid garnet shimmer. I don’t really wear red polish and I don’t like polishes that are so dark they are almost black, but something about Fazia called to me. Just like Sawyer, this is a color I wouldn’t normally have bought but I am so happy I got it. Fazia is a great deep red with shimmer although it is not quite as shimmery in person. This is a vampy fall red that doesn’t look black on, but it does have a pearl-like finish that makes the edges of the nail look darker. Fazia has a great formula and is almost a one-coater.
It is also hard to capture Fazia’s finish in pictures, just because so much of the finish depends on how the polish catches the light. Here you can kind of see how the red really stands out in some areas and in others it looks almost black. Still, this is a color that looks red in any lighting, not only in direct light. I topped Fazia with Paris, an older Julep holographic glitter topper that is a lot of fun to wear. Fazia is a beautiful color and it may make me reconsider red polishes in the future. $14/11.20 Maven here.
For my third item, I picked a Gel Eye Glider in one of their new colors- Regal Teal Shimmer (the other new colors are Bronze Shimmer and Graphite Shimmer). I got Julep’s Gel Eye Glider in Taupe Shimmer as part of my August Maven box and I love it. It reminds me a lot of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. Julep’s liners go an easily without any tugging and they last all day. I love teal eye liners and never seem to have enough, so grabbing Julep’s was a no-brainer for me. Regal Teal Shimmer is a dark teal that leans more blue than green and has just a slight shimmer. It’s a really pretty color and darker than most teals I’ve seen which is nice because it will be easier to wear. Julep’s Gel Eye Gliders are $16/12.80 Maven here or they have a few packaged sets here.
I feel like Julep really dropped the ball with their marketing for this collection. When I looked at the swatches I was pretty “meh” on all of the polishes. I had no idea that the finishes were so unique and that the colors would be so much prettier in person. Why wasn’t Sawyer described as a duochrome? People love duochromes! If I had known Fazia was a pearl finish, I wouldn’t have hesitated to select it! It almost seems like the new Eye Glider colors were an afterthought as well. I wish Julep wouldn’t have focused so much on the mascara in these boxes because the colors are so wonderful and I feel like that wasn’t conveyed well enough.
There were four promo codes in the Julep November 2014 Maven Box:
Use 20PLUS for $10 off a $20 purchase (through 11/30, not valid on Mystery Boxes, Secret Store items, Jule Boxes and gift cards).
Use 15PLUS to get a free polish with a $15 purchase, through 11/30.
Use DROP30 for 30% off a purchase, through 11/30.
Sign up for Julep Maven using my referral code here and use the promo code FREEFALL to get your first box (3 polishes and 1 beauty product) for FREE, just pay $2.99 shipping.
You can read more about Julep’s Maven program and my experiences here.
Julep Maven is a subscription service. By signing up you agree to their terms of service. You can call or email to cancel at any time. Their window for choosing products is the 20th-24th of each month, and then you are billed on the 27th and boxes start shipping. You can earn a skip every six months. My Maven is $24.99 per month or $59.97 if you pay for three months upfront. Maven Luxe is $39.99 per month or $104.97 if you pay for three months upfront.