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The first weekend of the month, my August Julep Maven box arrived, and it was a great way to start off the month. It came wrapped in the prettiest tissue paper with a metallic medallion design and at first glance, I was a lot more impressed with the colors than I thought I would be.
Along with the normal two bottles of nail colors, the third item this month was a Gel Eye Liner. We each got to pick the shade and I got it in Smoky Taupe Shimmer. I just could not resist the preview image and it did not disappoint. I love how it defines without the harshness of black.
When the Maven window opened and subscribers can pick their box, I wasn't feeling any of the choices but once I realized one of the color choices for Classic with a Twist was actually named Katie, well I had to stick with that one!
On three of my nails above is Avni, an African violet shimmer. This is a true deep purple shimmer and not as blue as it's appearing on my monitor. It's super pretty, but I would probably be more excited about it if I didn't already have Purple with a Purpose by OPI. While not an exact dupe, the OPI shade is a lighter purple shimmer it's not enough of a difference to really need both in my opinion.
On my ring finger accent nail is Katie, an orchid iridescent shimmer. This is a pretty color but the formula is difficult to work with, a little clumpy. It also looked bumpier on the nail and even a top coat didn't smooth it out as much as I'd have liked. This was kind of disappointing since it's my "name" polish.
I am skipping the September box, even though that was a tough one to forgo, so this might be the last Julep Maven review for awhile. I just didn't like any of the combinations of polish in the boxes, even though I loved the make up bonus - a super Plush Pout Lip Crayon.
Not sure about the future of my subscription for this one. I don't really want to commit to another three months or pay the $5 up charge to customize on a monthly basis. Since I'm not getting two colors I absolutely love each and every single month and there are so many other polishes I want from OPI, Essie, and all the gorgeous fall colors coming out from Zoya, etc...well, there are only so many bottles of polish that I have room for.
I don't know if it's worth it to continue getting what are essentially two mini bottles of polish and a third item for the same price I could get two full sized bottles of colors I absolutely love and can pick out in person. The main thing holding me back from cancelling completely, is that I do love the unique polishes and finishes that I have gotten from Julep.