Prices and values have changed over time, but currently, the standard Julep Mystery Box is $24.99 for $100+ worth of products (the value is calculated based on the full retail value of each product, which is kind of lame since Julep products are almost always on sale and, if you're a Maven, you get a 20% discount on everything anyways). I don't know why, especially since it's not even that big of a difference, but I'm much more reluctant to purchase mystery boxes now that they're $24.99 than I was when they were only $19.99. Normally, coupon codes don't work on mystery boxes, so I when I found one that did, I wanted to take advantage of it as quickly as possible. If I hadn't found a code that brought this box down to less than $20, I'm not sure if I would have been as willing to purchase it (even though, again, this ended up being one of the best mystery boxes I've ever gotten!).
One thing that I really liked about this box was the variety and balance of products which, again, is weird since I haven't been too interested in Julep's makeup products. There are six products in this box: two nail polishes and four color cosmetics which includes a lip product, an eye liner, an eye shadow and a cheek product. I'm not sure if everything really goes together, but again, the point of this box is to be bold, and bold doesn't always match.
Overall, I'm very impressed with how the four makeup products performed, especially since I wasn't expecting much out of them to begin with. I'm also pleased with the two polishes that were included in this box; Julep polishes can be a little hit and miss and I feel like both of these were hits for me. Is this box worth the $20ish I paid? Yes! Would it have been worth the full $24.99? I would still say yes, but without the exclamation point. Am I going to purchase more mystery boxes in the future? Maybe, but now, more than anything else, I'm going to be much more open to trying new makeup products from Julep.
Thanks for reading! <3