This is my very first Julep mystery box and I'm very glad I bought it! I love love love mystery boxes and I can't wait for them to release another one. For this box, they were launching their "Sea Salt finish" polishes, which are nail polishes with a gritty texture. I know it sounds kind of weird, but it looks really cool on and the texture adds some interesting contrast if you use it on an accent nail. I don't think they've added the sea salt polishes to their online store yet, at least not from what I've seen. In the boxes, you were guaranteed one of the new sea salt polishes. There are three different colors; a taupe, a beige, and a black. Each box also contained at least $70 dollars worth of products, but could have up to $200 worth of items (this is "retail value"; Maven's technically got less value for their boxes since they pay less for the products to begin with. The boxes were $25, so it's still a pretty good deal, especially if you got a $200 value box.)
This is how my Mystery Box came; as you can see, I wasn't one of the lucky ones and I got a $70 value box.
With the $70, there were a couple different varieties you could get. There were boxes with three polishes and two products and boxes with four polishes and one product. I don't know what ratios of polish versus products you could get in the $200 boxes since I haven't seen any posts describing what people got in them. I ended up getting a box with four polishes and one product.
Out of the four polishes I got, my favorite by far was the color Simone.
My next favorite polish from this box is Jill, the Sea Salt finish polish.
The next polish I got was a glitter polish called Vivien.
Finally, I got the color Claudette.
And that was my April 2013 Julep Sea Salt Mystery Box! I'm really sad that I missed the mystery box that came out before this one, especially since it looks like I just barely missed it (I joined the Maven program around mid-March, I think). I keep saying it, but I just really love mysteries and surprises and not knowing what I'm going to get. I definitely feel like this box was worth the $25 I paid for it, especially with Simone and the matte top coat. I'm looking forward to the next mystery box, and I hope they release another one very soon!
As a side note, this is what my backyard looked like around the time I got this box:
Thanks for reading! <3