October Julep Maven Box - The Rebel Set

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Several readers (both in the comments here and other social media) have pointed out that they've had a really difficult time cancelling their Maven accounts and dealing with Julep customer service. Some people have even had to change their credit card numbers! Yikes! Please see the comments below for more details!

There is really no way to turn me off from something faster than to associate it with steampunk. Sorry folks, that's just one of my little foibles. I suppose I (perhaps unfairly) associate it with the kind of men who wear fedoras with EVERYTHING and cry about "reverse racism" on their OkCupid profiles. You know the type. So when Julep released this steampunk-inspired Maven box, I nearly skipped the month. Clearly, I gave in to my better judgment and actually looked at the polishes. I was delighted to find there are all sorts of visually interesting colors and finishes this month! I ended up going with the "It Girl" set with an add on of a glow-in-the-dark topcoat. (Spooky!)
My box arrived right on time. The contents were in perfect condition, with a little quote from Joan Jett and a small packet of candy corn added in, which I thought was a cute touch.


The colors I received, from top to bottom, are as follows: Ciara, Missy, Kendra, and Casper.
Ciara
Ciara is described as a "vampy magenta with teal microglitter." I don't know that I would call it magenta necessarily, as you can see for yourself how brown in tone it is. Despite the slightly inaccurate description, I actually really like this as a fall color. Not exactly a jewel tone, but the color evokes a "leaves changing color" feeling nonetheless. The unexpected touch of teal microglitter adds visual interest to an already unusual color. It's shown here with two coats. 
Missy
Missy is a gorgeous silver foil. I've been looking for a color just like this for some time now, but metallics seem to have a longer dry time than your average polish. Shown here with two coats, I found Missy to have an above average dry time in comparison, and it was actually really easy to clean up around the cuticles. I definitely recommend if you find yourself consistently disappointed in metallic polishes. I think this will be awesome for holiday nail art!
Kendra
Kendra is described as an "army green frost." I know that I personally associate "frost" with white or silver microglitter, so please note that Kendra is army green with gold microglitter. I think I've told you guys before that I feel like army green is my power color for this fall, so this was definitely my favorite polish of the bunch. Shown here with two coats, Kendra was the first polish from this collection that I wore for longer than a swatch, and while it lasted several days without chips, it did start to show some wear at the tips of my nails. Typical for a mid-range polish, really.
Casper
And finally, my add-on polish for this month, Casper. I swatched it at just one coat here, clearly without a base color. It can be worn on its own or as a topcoat! And the best part is- it actually works! Just make sure you expose it to light for at least 15 minutes before testing it out. I probably won't get much use out of this, as for some reason, my nails glowing in the dark freaks my poor doggies the hell out!  If you guys are interested, I can set up some sort of giveaway if you want to take it off my hands. Just let me know in the comments below.

Once again, I am impressed with the quality of Julep polishes. They honestly keep improving every time. I also appreciate that they are coming out with interesting new beauty products every month, even though I often skip them. If you're interested in becoming a Julep Maven, here is a referral code: http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/87183/. I do believe you get your first box free! Let me know what you think if you decide to try it out.

30 comments:

  1. Steampunk, I still don't really "get" what steampunk is. Zeppelins are steampunk? So are tophats? I dunno, man.


    I really like that glow-in-the-dark topcoat. I like that it has the shimmer so you can layer it over other colors and it looks sparkly instead of weird and cloudy like most glow-in-the-dark topcoats.


    I hate the damn bottles these polishes are in, though. I have one that someone gave me and I always knock it over.

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  2. I was impressed by the polishes by Julep but I hated the customer service. Also some of my nail polishes had terrible smells. I think you can find a better quality and lasting polish for cheaper elsewhere but it was a good idea.


    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

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  3. Love the polishes! However I do feel uneasy about that quote stripped from context, possibly because I associate it with the kind of men who wear fedoras with EVERYTHING and cry about "reverse racism" on their OkCupid profiles.

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  4. I'm so with you on the steampunk. When I tell people I'm not into they look at me like I'm an alien. Sooo not my bag.
    Can you get the Julep subscription in Canada?

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  5. The Joan Jett one? Because I 100% agree, major yikes!

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  6. Haha!! At least now you know you're not alone in this. :) And yes, they do ship to CA!

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  7. Oh no! That SUCKS and I'm sorry you had to deal with that. I've never dealt with their customer service, can you elaborate?

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  8. Girl if you want that glow in the dark topcoat, I will send it to you!

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  9. I've had wretched customer service as well - battling it right now. They charged me again for 3 months with no notice or billing receipt being sent to me. And then they sent me the October polishes w/o sending me an email saying to check them out - the very first month that has happened. So to sum, they renewed and charged me w/o telling me, and didn't send me the maven monthly reminder so I had no clue I was still signed up with them. And now they won't refund the October charges to me. I am LIVID.

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  10. Oh shit, seriously?!?!? How can they even get away with that?

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  11. That would be awesome! Do you want cash monies or a trade?

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  12. Let's do a trade! That sounds fun.

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  13. "There is really no way to turn me off from something faster than to associate it with steampunk." Hahaha, I think I love you.

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  14. I feel so opposite from you right now, because I love steampunk and hate Julep. I've always associated steampunk with women, because almost everyone I know who shares my love of it is of the female persuasion. You should give some of Gail Carriger's books a look to get my feelings on it.

    But onto the polish. I just, ugh, I wanted to love Julep so much. I really did, but I tried 6 different polishes and they all sucked. The consistency of every single one was way off, super runny. I also hated their brushes. I do love the look of that silver one though.

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  15. I'm wearing Kendra right now. I actually for got to skip this box like I normally do so when it showed up at my door I was sorta dreading what I might find inside. Luckily this box was up my alley.

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  16. Oh yes. And when I told them it was the first time I hadn't gotten a monthly reminder they said "oh it's just a courtesy email." They are so shady.

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  17. Kendra is totally my favorite one this month, by far!

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  18. Have you tried them recently? I know they got A LOT of complaints about both the consistency of their polishes and their brushes, and they've changed both since they launched. Definitely not saying they're perfect, because they're certainly not, but it seems like they're at least working on it. I'm now concerned about the amount of people who have told me horror stories about their experiences with Julep customer service after reading this post! Why bother improving your products if you have terrible customer service, ya know?

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  19. They over charged me, they sent my box weeks later than everyone else and actually only sent me the additional item I purchased so I had to contact them to find out what happened with the actual box. Person I dealt with was very snooty and couldn't understand why I was having issues. However my second order went smoothly but was already tainted by the first. I know you can't judge a company by one employee however the company should be actively reviewing their employees if they are the main people in contact with their shoppers. I shouldn't have to pray I get a nice employee every time I call. Mind you I am generally a very patient, soft spoken person so there was no need for the lip from the lady.


    It just seems sketchy to me. I cancelled my subscription. I did like some of the polishes but, I think you can find on par or better ones at a cheaper price.


    -Chrissy of crashbeauty.com

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  20. I've heard this happen to quite a few people so far. It's absolutely not a one person occurrence.

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  21. Okay lemme DM on you Twitter in a few (I'm shady__pines)

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  22. Yeah, I'm staying with them one more month because my next box is free, then I'm cancelling my account. Too many people have sent me horror stories about them after reading this post.

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  23. I absolutely understand Erin. The fact that they said they couldn't do anything is absurd. I just expressed some of my reader's concerns with our new, local ULTA store. The General Manager gave me a call to discuss the issues so they can improve the store. Customer Service is what makes or breaks a company in today's economy. It's absurd that they treat customers this way.


    I hope another company comes up with this idea, because I will of course try them. Like I said before, I loved the idea. Just not the company.


    -Chrissy of crashbeauty.com

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  24. There is Cult Nails, have you tried them? I haven't yet, but I'm thinking about it. http://www.cultnails.com/

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  25. When I signed up it took them like WEEKS to get back to me!

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  26. Oh my goodness! I might go crazy waiting hehe. Worthwhile though!

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  27. See I always thought Julep was something you can buy int he store. I didn't realize it was a subscription box, but judging by the comments I will try Steampunk because I need to polish my nails more often.

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  28. I actually just tried them for myself this summer. (I'd sampled a friend's a while back). I do love their cuticle oil, though. And actually, I had a great experience with customer service, it sucks that others didn't.

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  29. I love polish and I love subscription boxes but I only use Zoya, I trashed everything else! I base my purchases heavily on other users reviews and the dreaded star rating, and since there is already an issue with customer service, I don't think I would ever even consider Julep. Credit card information these days is soooo not secure, and a dishonest company (with rude employees) is a disaster waiting to happen.

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