Hello! This post is going to be a two-for-one! In August, I ended up getting TWO Julep Mystery boxes; a Golden Box from the Secret Store and the Picnic Mystery box with the special color, Evie. I wasn't going to buy the Picnic box since A. I have waaaaay too much nail polish from Julep (I really want to branch out and start trying other brands. Incidentally, I purchased some polish from a couple indie brands, so when they come I'll definitely be making a post about them!) and B. I need to save my money for our PAX/Seattle trip at the end of this month. I ended up caving in and buying the box because I had a terrible week, thought Evie was a super cute color, and had a little extra spending cash from some things I sold at my parents' garage sale.
I'll start with the Golden Box since that's what I got first. On the first of the month, Julep opens the Secret Shop to any Mavens who got a box for that month. The Secret Shop is open for just three days and it's full of deals: some are just okay, but sometimes there are really cheap special sets (I've gotten a few of these before). In the July Secret Shop, Julep offered Mavens a chance to buy a special Golden Mystery Box for $29.99. Golden boxes are the special, high value boxes that some people get. For just $5 more than a regular mystery box, I figured why not buy a guaranteed Golden Mystery box. The Golden Boxes usually have a value of $125-$200, so for about $30, you can't go wrong.
In my Golden box, I got four polishes, two (sort of three) products, and a special treat! You can kind of see everything in the box shot above, except the polishes which are hiding in the spotted bag.
On to the polishes!
Almost forgot the bonus treat!
Overall, this was pretty good box, especially for just $30. Value-wise, it doesn't quite live up to the promised $125, though I've noticed this happening with pretty much all of the mystery boxes I've gotten from Julep. At full retail price, this box is valued at $111, at Maven/sale price it's worth $77.18. I'm still getting my money's worth, so I'm not upset or anything, but it would be nice if the mystery boxes were actually worth the minimum values promised by Julep.
Now for the Picnic box!
And now for the polishes!
Overall I'm pretty okay with this box. It's not as great as my Golden Box, but I didn't get any duplicate polish colors and the lip scrub is a good product, I just already own it. Evie is super pretty, though, and I really like the thrill of mystery boxes, so I don't feel like my $25 was misspent. At full retail price, this box is worth $68.50, at Maven/sale price it's $54.80.
Mystery boxes are so exciting to me; it's getting to the point where I almost don't want to subscribe to any boxes that aren't mysteries. I know some people really don't like not being able to pick their products, but I think it's fun, and it's a great way to try colors or brands that you wouldn't normally try! Even though Julep mystery boxes aren't perfect (tend to be less value than what Julep promises - though you do always get your money's worth, chance of duplicates - especially if you have been buying a lot of boxes like me, a high concentration of old/sale products), they're fun and really, isn't that the most important part?
Thanks for reading! <3!