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A couple of days ago, I received the Julep Maven August box for the Classic With a Twist Subscription. I said that I didnt think these boxes were worth $20 each, and I do stand by that. But silly me forgot to skip the month before it was too late, so Im just trying out the products and doing a review for you all. :]
First, I used the acetone-free nail polish remover to remove this ugly manicure I did on my nails. Not the Tart Deco one I posted, something so ugly you readers will never see. >:] haha. Anyways, the polish remover claims to be conditioning, which I do agree with. Unlike normal acetone, this remover didnt try out my nails and cuticles like crazy, and was still pretty effective with removing polish. Of course, removing glitter polish is a nightmare, but if youre looking for something thats not as harsh as pure acetone, this might be a good alternative. I really like the pump top bottle. It makes it easy to use with just one hand, and its less likely that itll spill. And if youre wondering, this bottle CAN be refilled after you finish all the remover inside. You just twist off the top and pour in what you want. Just like refilling a soap bottle!
Onto the nails. I decided to use both polishes sent in the Maven box. They both have a metallic finish, and the purple and gold complement each other very well! It didnt hurt that my Fraternity colors are purple and gold too. Go Deltasigs!
They colors were fairly opaque, but not as opaque as some other polishes I have. They go on smoothly, but I do wish they came with the wider brushes, cus theyd be much easier to paint with. Alfre was a bit streaky, but after some drying it seemed to go away. Alfre has a little more black in it than I thought, but its still a beautiful color. Felicity is like painting with liquid gold! I have to admit the colors are pretty nice after a few coats and some nice top coat to set it.
The size of Julep polishes is only 8 mL, while OPI and Zoya are 15 mL, China Glaze is 14 mL, and Essie is 13.5 mL. At about half the size of OPI an Zoya, I REALLY dont think Julep polishes are worth it. Ive tried higher end nail polishes such as Lancome, NARS, and Butter London, and for the quality and price, they are worth the money a LOT more than the quality and price of the Julep polishes. Keep in mind that BOTH Butter London and Julep retail for $14 per bottle. My verdict: skip the Maven subscriptions and buy the Butter London if you want to spend that much money on nail polish. Butter London is 11 mL. Not as much as the OPI and Zoya, but at least its more than 8 mL, and I can assure you that the quality is AMAZING. Even Forever 21s nail polish is better than Juleps at only $3 per bottle.
Now go on and get more bang for your buck! :]
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