There has been a lot of buzz around Julep nail polishes. Many people swear by them and love their Julep Maven subscription box. I’ve been really into painting my nails lately and I’ve been considering subscribing to the Maven box although I do wonder “How many nail polishes does a girl really need?” Don’t answer that…. So far I’ve been holding off because of a) the price, b) I haven’t liked any of their intro boxes.
When I saw that the the Martha nail polish was part of the Birchbox Limited Edition Box – Prestige Headliners – Birchbox for CEW I knew that I had to have it.
Martha is an opaque baby pink. The color looks nice with a more tan skin tone but I find it to be almost a bit too bright. I usually like softer pinks and this color is less of a neutral and more of a pop of color. I’m having difficulty finding clothes to pair it with because I like colorful shirts but in my opinion this nail color clashes with a lot of things.
The polish has a somewhat thicker consistency and the first coat goes on kinda blotchy. A second coat wasn’t quite enough to even out the color. I have tried three coats in the past but that has led to bubbles. Due to the consistency you have to be careful not to apply too thick of a coat or you’ll risk bubbling as well. The brush is similar to OPI brushes, wider, which allows for an easy three-stroke application but I find that it’s hard to hold the brush since the bottle is square.
The bottle contains about half of what OPI nail polishes do and costs $5 more ($14 for 8 ml / 0.27 fl oz). Combined with the thicker consistency I’m curious to see how long one bottle lasts. So far I’m not convinced that I’d pay full price for a Julep polish but receiving them in a subscription or limited edition box is a good way to get them at a discount.
What do you think of Julep nail polishes? Do you subscribe to the Maven box?