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I’m a sucker for a grab bag. I know that, generally, they’re not always a great value, that they tend to contain old or discontinued stock, and that you might end up paying for a bunch of stuff you don’t want or need anyway. Doesn’t matter – the allure of receiving a package of mysterious goodies is too much for me. So when I got the email for the Julep Spring Mystery box, I couldn’t resist.
This was priced at $24.99, and promised at least $70 worth of product inside. One lucky box would also contain a pair of diamond earrings. Here are the contents of my Julep Spring Mystery Box.
Camille nail polish
Sarah nail polish
Julianne nail polish – Smoky grey blue crème
Grace nail polish – Classic ‘go-to’ light pink sheer
Pomegranate body creme
One-Step Polish Remover Pads (single packette)
3 hair ties
Julep nail file
Chocolate eggs (these did not make it into the picture…)
Just counting the polishes and body creme at full price, those alone are over $74 worth of product, so it did fulfill its promise.
Camille and Sarah I could not find descriptions for on the Julep site, and it does not seem that they’re available for single purchase.
Camille is a glitter polish with iridescent square glitter.
Sarah is a strawberry jelly polish with fine multicolored glitter.
The formulas on these polishes were much better; they flowed nicely and self-leveled well. Grace is very, very sheer and requires 4 thick coats to look opaque. This would be a great wedding polish, I think. It’s classic and understated.
Sarah, being a jelly polish, tended to drag unless you let each coat dry very well.
I’m not sure I can pick a favorite of this box! Camille might be my favorite just because it reminds me of an opal. Unfortunately, Camille is my the name of my boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, so it’s not his favorite. 😛 Thus is the tragedy of using women’s names for your polishes (I’m looking at you, Zoya).
The body creme is OK. It has a very nice, light whipped texture, not heavy at all. It feels like marshmallow fluff. The scent has a sharp fake note to it that reminds me of cheap generic lotions, and doesn’t smell like pomegranate at all to me.
I never buy nail polish remover wipes. I just don’t see a need for them. I used these and they worked fine, but I would never buy them on my own.
The nail file is … a nail file. Nothing to write home about.
The hair ties are cute, but they’re just not the right size for my hair. (I can only get 2 twists out of them, and I need at least 3.) I have been wearing them around a lot anyway, though, because I like the color.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this box, especially the polish shades!
Just as I was writing this post, I checked my email and Julep is now offering a “Sea Salt Mystery box.” Textured polishes are in trend this season, and it seems the “Sea Salt” polishes are their version of Zoya Pixie Dust, China Glaze Texture, OPI Liquid Sand, Milani Textured Creams… you get the idea. As much as I can’t resist wondering what else will be in the box, I can’t get on board with the textured polish trend. I love the look of smooth, glassy nails and the idea of having rough, bumpy nails just does not appeal to me at all. So, I’ll be skipping this box, with a little bit of ruefulness.
What do you think of the products in my Julep Spring Mystery box? Are you as big a sucker for grab bags as I am?
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