I finally FINALLY got my Maven box in the mail yesterday (after the debacle of them putting the wrong address on it and it being sent all around the state before going to me), and I couldn’t be happier with it! I love almost all the colors and I definitely think the polish lovers upgrade was the way to go!!So the first color I tried out was one of the ones that I didn’t honestly think I would like all that much, only because it seemed to boring compared to the rest of them. I put Briana on first, and this is one coat with no top coat.
I love Briana SO much! It’s not like any blue that I own yet, and the consistency is SO spot on. Julep REALLY knows what they’re doing with their creme polishes.
*edit* After having Briana on for a day, it already chipped. I had a top coat on too. It might be better with a couple coats, but not loving the longevity of this product. : (
After Briana I tried on DeAnn, another polish that I thought I wouldn’t like as much, for the same reasons.
DeAnn was amazing as well. Same thing with the consistency being AMAZING. It’s a little more pink than it looks here, and SO beautiful. I don’t go for reds/pinks as much, and was definitely pleasantly surprised with this one.
After DeAnn was Margarita, the third one that I was kind of hesitant about (haha I was hesitant about all the cremes, I thought they’d be boring).
Margarita was another VERY pleasant surprise. It’s a nice lightish royal purple, PERFECT for fall. Same deal with the creme finish. Perfect consistency.
After Margarita was Shailene. I was SO excited for Shailene, because the swatches were AMAZING, until I read reviews online about the consistency! I was moderately scared.
I feel SO so mixed about Shailene. On one hand, I love the color. It’s so sparkly and amazing. On the other hand, the reviews about the consistency weren’t wrong. It was hard to put on, and kinda glopped. I’m thinking some polish thinner would fix it right up.
Logan was next for me, and another one I was pretty excited about!
Logan is SO much more beautiful than the shot lets on. It’s got this amazing subtle purple shimmer to it. PERFECT consistency too. Definitely a little darker than the online swatches let on though.
Marla was up next! Another one I was excited for!!
Marla is an AMAZING shimmery red that reminds me perfectly of vampire blood. Julep nailed it with their shimmers this month, and Marla definitely didn’t disappoint. This photo is with one coat, so I think that with two it would be nearly PERFECT.
Dana was next!! I was kind of skeptical about Dana as well, because Julep has kind of a problem with their white polishes.
Dana was exactly what I expected. Stark white, can’t really see any blue at all, and definitely streaky (which is ALWAYS to be expected with white polishes, I don’t care what you’re trying). Now, I don’t have a black light, nor have I been under a black light since my high school best friend’s 15th birthday party 10 years ago, so I can’t speak to how it looks under a black light, but my guess would be blue? Most whites turn blue under a black light though, so I don’t know what’s special enough about it that it deserves it’s own “Black Light Reactive” label.
Next was Tia! My add on! I was SO EXCITED FOR TIA and I think it’s my personal favorite out of the collection.
Tia was definitely a jelly polish. This photo is 2 coats, no top coat, and the second coat was DEFINITELY necessary on top of bare nails. I loved the different copper colored glitters in it though.
After Tia I tried on Nancy, another that I was excited for and probably the main reason I decided on the upgrade.
Nancy is definitely a beautiful sage green metallic. It is a tad bit streaky after one coat, but definitely clears up after a second. One of my new instant faves. : )
Last was Ledi. I had an INCREDIBLY difficult time photographing Ledi for whatever reason, and it’s not my favorite.
Julep in my opinion has a serious problems with blacks as well. I have Jet too and it’s got the SAME issues. Streaky, takes about 3 coats, and doesn’t dry well. I love the idea of Ledi, and it definitely has some shimmer the closer you look at it.
Verdict: I’m incredibly happy with the entire collection, one of my favorites from Julep so far. I would definitely buy all the colors if I didn’t already buy them, and other than some formula problems with Shailene, the formulas are almost all spot on.
Hope you all are enjoying your Maven boxes! Only 8 more days until the next renewal! : )