Hello! This post is going to be all about my July 2013 Julep mystery box - their Summertime Big Box!
For July's mystery boxes, Julep once again gave us a choice: there was a Summertime Days box, a Summertime Nights box, and, if you couldn't pick between those two, there was a Summertime Big Box which would include things from both. Obviously, I can never make decisions like this, so I went with the Big Box! The Night and Day boxes were $25 each (with a product value of $70-$200) and the Big box was $40 (with a product value of $125-$300). I figured I'd be getting more for my money with the Big box, which is how I justified buying it to myself... Regardless of which type of box you got, you'd get two new polishes made especially for the boxes: Monica and Kyla.
And this is what lay in wait under the tissue paper.
As for my other two "night" polishes, Lucy is a "modern, dark burgundy crème" and Ellie is a "opalescent seashell pink with holographic shimmer". Ellie is currently only available in the "Flower Girl Fun" pack which includes the color Avery and is being sold at the discounted price of $16 for the pair. This is where my trouble with my box's overall value begins. When Julep calculates the values of their mystery boxes, they use the "retail value" of their products, so all polishes are counted as being $14. If you're a Maven, you can pick up anything in the online store for 20%, so any full priced polish is $11.20. However, there are some polishes, like Ellie, that are even more on sale; even though Ellie has a listed "retail value" of $14, the only way to get it is in a two pack for only $16 (and that's to everyone, not just Mavens), effectively making it only worth $8. This really takes away from the feeling of value of the mystery box, and I really wish Julep wouldn't calculate the value this way. Especially since this issue comes up twice in my box...
Here are the swatches of my polishes (minus Bess, since I didn't want to open it).
Finally, the product I got in my box was Julep's Double Duty Makeup Brush.
So that's what I got in my Summertime Big Box (version 3!). I'm very happy with all the products I received, even though I did get a double (and especially since Julep replaced my one messed up polish for free!), but my issue with this box is with its value. Like I said, I paid $40 for this box and was promised at least $125 worth of products. I know from past experiences with other mystery boxes that Julep tends to calculate values based on "retail prices", not Maven prices (which is annoying, but understandable since you don't have to be a Maven to buy a mystery box). Even at retail value, this box was not worth the promised $125! I'll show you the most my box could be worth (based entirely on retail prices) and the least my box could be worth (based on Maven and sale prices):
Monica - $14
Kyla - $14
Lucy - $14
Ellie - $14
Nina - $14
Charlie - $14
Makeup Brush - $28
Total - $112
So unless those toe separators are worth $13, I feel like I should have gotten one more item.
Monica - $11.20
Kyla - $11.20
Lucy - $11.20
Ellie - $8 (one half of the "Flower Girl Fun" set)
Nina - $7.99
Charlie - $11.20 (one half of the Maven price of the "Traffic Stoppers" set)
Makeup Brush - $22.40
Total - $83.19
Granted, you'd have to buy Ellie in the set of two for $16 and wouldn't be able to buy it for just $8, and Charlie is only in the Traffic Stoppers set so you're probably not buying Nina for $7.99, but as you can see, there's a pretty good gap between the most my box could be worth and the least it could be worth. But the big issue here is that, even at full retail price for everything, I did not get the promised minimum value of my box. And it's not like it's off by a couple dollars, it's off by almost the full retail price of another polish!
Did I get my money's worth? Yes; even at least value, I still got twice as much value as what I paid for. And I really do like the products. I just wish that Julep had been either more careful about their box values or more honest.
...I'm still going to buy the next mystery box they come up with.
Thanks for reading! <3!