After last month’s unboxing, I was really excited about my February Julep Maven Box. Since I’d ordered so late in January, I didn’t get the options to select my box’s contents, and it was a surprise when I opened it. This time around Julep sent me a notification of release of the February Collection offerings and gave me a four day window to research and select my options. They also sent out an email offering a free heart confetti nail polish if you entered the promotional code. Free stuff? Yes, please!
What I got:
Nail Polish in Rosie (charcoal grey with magenta glitter) – I thought this color was really cool. I have plenty of gunmetals and magentas in my polish arsenal, but not one that combined the two, let alone had the glitter factor. Two coats with no top coat, and I was able to keep it on my hands for a week before it started to chip noticeably. Not bad considering the cleaning and cooking I’ve been up to. I still struggle with the texture of glitter polishes – I prefer my nails to feel smooth -, but texture aside, I will absolutely wear this one again.
Creme to Powder Eyeshadow Stick in Warm Gold Shimmer – I was a little apprehensive about this product; I haven’t had much luck with crème shadows in the past. It was solidly “okay”: not great, but not unusable either. The color was lovely, but the wear was a little uneven. It works much better with a primer, but I had hoped for a throw it on and go kind of ease. All and all, I’ll keep it in my make up bag to use with my Urban Decay Naked Pallet.
Don’t Leave your Brows at Home in Warm Brown – my favorite item in this month’s box. I was a little disappointed when I realized that this wasn’t a pen; I have to unscrew the bottom which holds the brow makeup and then dip the brush into it… which I would have known if I’d actually looked at the product description before I added it to my box. Lesson learned. That being said, I’ve used this every day since I’ve gotten it. The angled brush makes filling in and shaping your brows very easy, and the texture of the pigment is relatively light, so you can build the color slowly rather than going from zero to Jennifer Connelly.
*Bonus* Heart Confetti Glitter Polish – I was so excited about this; I had visions an adorable Valentines manicure dancing through my head the moment I entered the code. Alas, it was a good thing I didn’t have to pay for this, because it was really disappointing. The micro confetti part works just fine, but the large pieces of heart shaped confetti were disinclined to come out of the bottle. I had to tilt the jar to the side and sort of scoop the pieces out with the brush, which made for a laborious and less than smooth application. Ultimately ,I gave up, and now the bottle sits sad and alone on my coffee table. Festive, but unloved.
I will admit, there is a little less magic when you choose the contents of your subscription box, but it was worth it to find myself with products that I 100% was eager to try. I plan on curating my box again next month.