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Julep Maven Nail Polish Giveaway, Promo Code and Review

UPDATE: And the winner is... #45 Donna F.! Congrats to our winner and thanks to everyone who entered.

Please note: This giveaway has ended and is closed to further entries.

Recently I received a free introductory "Classic With a Twist" Maven Box from Julep, a relatively new monthly nail polish "club." Keep reading for my review, then scroll down for a fab giveaway and a special discount code if you'd like to try Julep for yourself.

My Julep box contained two bottles of nail polish and one tube of hand cream. Typically this box would sell for $19.99 and is valued at over $40. If you're a Julep Maven member, you'll receive a new box each month with the option to skip any month or send your box to a friend as a gift.

So what did I think? My initial impression was that the box and packaging was very pretty but essentially all you're getting is two small bottles of nail polish for $20. Each bottle holds 8 mL or 0.27 fluid ounces of product. In contrast, you get 14 mL or 0.5 fl oz in a typical bottle of China Glaze nail polish and 18 mL or .6 fl oz in a typical bottle of Orly nail polish (so roughly double the amount you get in a bottle of Julep).

So how was the polish? According to Julep, the brand offers "the most exciting runway colors and the most effective and innovative hand, nail and foot care products." Additionally, all Julep polishes are free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. And after using both polishes, I will say it's good polish and comparable to other brands I've tried.

The first color I tested, Maya, is a "peachy pink seashell, like a shimmering pearl." It looked good after one coat and achieved bottle color in two coats. This color instantly reminded me of Deborah Lippmann's "Glamorous Life" and Orly's "Rage" - it's almost a rose gold metallic. It's really pretty but it's a "soft" color - I've noticed that this particular color always seems to get scratched easily, whether it's the Lippmann or Orly. I think it's just that pigment that comes out softer than other colors. "Glamorous Life" was used on the Badgley Mischka runways last season so I can attest to Julep's claim of having the latest runway colors - but this pink isn't my favorite hue. It's really pretty but not very fashion forward.

The second color I tested, Taylor, is the "perfect periwinkle creme" and I have to agree with that description. It's definitely one of those can't-stop-staring-at-my-hands colors. As my nail polish expert friend @TheFabFatale tweeted, this color seems to glow. It's a color that will get definitely get noticed and has become an instant favorite for me. It's similar to China Glaze "Secret Periwinkle" but more vibrant. Two coats does the trick.

A note about the bottles: The design is luxe and chic but the tall skinny upright shape makes them liable to tip. On the other hand, they fit easily into small pockets and clutches, which is great when you're on the go. The applicator is average, my favorite brush is still the tapered brush in the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line. And since many of you ask me about odor, Julep polishes are stinky as usual, use in a well ventilated area.

So in conclusion, these are great nail polishes if you want to treat yourself to something special each month. But don't forget the overall price and the fact that you'll probably still want to buy other colors from other brands. I think sending Julep as a gift is the best feature about this brand.

Ok, now you've heard my two cents. Time for a giveaway!

Julep would like to give one lucky Budget Babe reader a complimentary Julep Maven intro box (valued over $40).

To enter:

  • Tell us in the comments what's one nail polish color you'd like to see from Julep in the future.

  • Tweet this post using the Twitter button below (leave one additional comment for one additional entry)

  • Like this post using the Facebook button below (leave one additional comment for one additional entry)

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers. Entries must be posted by 12 noon on February 14th to be eligible to win.

Why wait? Give Julep a go and see what everyone's buzzing about. Use code THEBUDGETBABE at checkout at to receive your first Julep Maven Sneak Peek Box for just $5! (valued over $40).

Disclosure: As stated above, I receive one free Julep Maven box for the purpose of this review. This is not a sponsored post.

i just bought the julep valentines mystery box...can't wait to see what i get! i haven't joined yet even though i probably spend more than $20/mo on nail polish anyways so not sure what i'm waiting for! i LOVE julep's "hayden" is a bright neon peach color but i would like to see a softer peach color from them.

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife
#1 jenn~the stylish housewife (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 12:27
tweeted via @stylishhwife!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife
#2 jenn~the stylish housewife (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 12:29
The one nail polish color I would like to see from Julep in the future is mint green :-)
#3 Valerie Smith on 2012-02-07 12:40
Tweeted :)@ralvyandbubba!/ralvyandbubba/status/166939200623616000
#4 Valerie Smith on 2012-02-07 12:42
Liked :-)
Thank you!
#5 Valerie Smith on 2012-02-07 12:43
i'd love for julep to create a dark blue jelly polish.
but i HATE their bottles! they tip so easily. however, i do love their colors. i have gotten a lot of compliments on Helena and Anne.
#6 Marsha on 2012-02-07 12:44
#7 Marsha on 2012-02-07 12:46
liked facebook post
#8 Marsha on 2012-02-07 12:50
I'd love to see the perfect shade of nude!
#9 Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 12:53
I would love to see a white nail polish from Julen. I have tried a couple of them, but it looks very odd on my hands.
#10 Sheba Kunhimohammed on 2012-02-07 13:00
I just tried to redeem your coupon code and it wouldn't allow me to on Julep's website. :-(
#11 Laura Ashley (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 13:06
I'd like to see robin's egg blue in Julep's color line up!
#12 Michelle V. on 2012-02-07 13:28
I just liked your post via facebook
#13 Michelle V. on 2012-02-07 13:31
I would love to see some sort of champagne, rose gold, or bronze hue. I feel like these colors are really complimentary on a lot of skin tones.
#14 Celia W (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 13:34
Also, retweeted:!/futonbunny/status/166953006334607360
#15 Celia W (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 13:35
I'd love to see a minty beige!
#16 PC on 2012-02-07 13:35
And liked!
#17 Celia W (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 13:36
I'd love to see a minty green!
#18 Ivy (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 14:01
I would love a neon color to get ready for summer!
#19 Kristin Taylor on 2012-02-07 14:06
I'd love to see a rich, matte brownie color. I love the new matte polishes!
#20 Angela @ bayleafandbeijinhos (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 14:13
Oooh, yes, a mint green would be heavenly! Just a touch, though.
#21 Erin O'Brien (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 14:17
I "Liked" on Facebook this post. :-)
#22 Erin O'Brien (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 14:19
I would love to see a mint green - I'm obsessed lately!
#23 Kaitlyn on 2012-02-07 14:30
I've been looking for the perfect moss green-- not too bright, not too dark, and creamy!
Thanks for the giveaway! :-)
#24 Weatherly Richardson on 2012-02-07 14:35
I love a neutral or a dark purple, with shimmer or hollographic-ish. I know, not in 1 polish of course. Tks for hosting giveaway!
#25 Lisa Ng (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 15:16
I've liked your giveaway on facebook
#26 Lisa Ng (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 15:17
I tweeted your giveaway!/lisacng/status/166978680722169856
#27 Lisa Ng (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 15:18
I would love to see a peridot color
#28 JennyO (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 16:03
I would like to have it in Tangerine! A bright shiny orange!
#29 Maggie Colvin on 2012-02-07 16:16
I'd like a peachy pink with a tiny bit of metallic.
#30 helene on 2012-02-07 16:33
Entering to win! I would love to see a pinky metallic..similar to OPI's Aprhodities Pink Nightie (my fav. color ever!)
#31 Susan G on 2012-02-07 17:35
I would love a matte black color.
#32 Megan Hoper on 2012-02-07 18:34
I tweeted your giveaway....@BeeterHoops ;-)
#33 Megan Hoper on 2012-02-07 18:36
I would love to see a mint green color from Julep. The color is unexpected and so on trend for spring.
#34 Olivia D. on 2012-02-07 18:51
Liked this post on Facebook :-)
#35 Olivia D. on 2012-02-07 18:53
I would love a neon color for spring, maybe orange.
#36 Kiran on 2012-02-07 19:46
id like to see a hunter green... kind of like butter london's racing green.
#37 amy on 2012-02-07 20:17
This is a cool giveaway. I think Julep should incorporate a minty color in their lineup. Their colors are so vibrant, a mint would be a great addition.
#38 Tracy on 2012-02-07 20:24
I agree with the hunter green suggestion. How pretty would that be!
#39 Meg S on 2012-02-07 20:25
I'd want to see a mint green!
#40 Jessica F on 2012-02-07 20:43
Shining yellow like sun.
#41 mahnush on 2012-02-07 20:43
I liked the post on facebook!
#42 Jessica F on 2012-02-07 20:44
#43 Jessica F on 2012-02-07 20:45
I'd love to see a gray color
#44 Pamela on 2012-02-07 21:40
I would love to see a rainbow sparkle color like Deborah Lippmann's "Happy Birthday"!
#45 Donna F. on 2012-02-07 22:34
I would love to see a minty green!
#46 Katie (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 22:35
tweeted the giveaway!/DonnaJustine/status/167089046953271297
#47 Donna F. on 2012-02-07 22:36
#48 Katie (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 22:37
I liked the facebook post!
#49 Donna F. on 2012-02-07 22:37
I hit the facebook like button - ktkatherine
#50 Katie (Homepage) on 2012-02-07 22:37
I would like to see a pale blush color.
#51 Adele on 2012-02-07 22:40
I "liked" the post on Facebook.
#52 Adele F. on 2012-02-07 22:41
I like to see blue violet sparkle.

#53 MelodyJ on 2012-02-08 00:15
i would like to see some glitter, i like a sparkly nail
#54 Carolyn on 2012-02-08 00:45
They seem to have so many! I'd say a bright coral, bc it's my favorite!

Hope I win :-) I would've bought the membership but it looks like they're sending out a glitter polish similar to one I JUST purchased. great deal though!
#55 Liz (Homepage) on 2012-02-08 01:54
I'd love to see a metallic silver color.
#56 Stacy on 2012-02-08 06:40
I'd like to see an opaque pink/white color that isn't streaky!
#57 yuri on 2012-02-08 07:00
I would like a pretty emerald green.
#58 Tammy Grizzle on 2012-02-08 09:50
I like to see tangerine!! It's one of my favorite colors.
#59 Ella P. on 2012-02-08 11:03
I tweeted the giveaway,!/cheeta_kat/status/167277685754703873
#60 Ella P. on 2012-02-08 11:06
I need the blue.
Seriously adore it.
#61 Nicole @ Giraffelegs (Homepage) on 2012-02-08 11:07
Tweet tweet!! ;-)
#62 Nicole @ Giraffelegs (Homepage) on 2012-02-08 11:08
I "Like" this post on facebook!
#63 Ella P. on 2012-02-08 11:08
I "liked it"!
#64 Nicole @ Giraffelegs (Homepage) on 2012-02-08 11:08
I'd like to see from Julep a neon nude color, if that is possible.
#65 Phoebe on 2012-02-08 14:35
I'd like to see a shimmery purple/pink.
#66 Heather M. (Homepage) on 2012-02-08 16:04
i've been seeing a lot of chatter about julep {and other beauty boxes} around the blog world these days. what a neat, neat concept. and who doesn't love a box of beauty supplies?? i think julep will DEFINITELY need to feature a pretty lilac purple for the upcoming months. it SCREAMS spring is here and summer is around the corner. {even though i'm trying to hold on to winter...}
#67 amanda (Homepage) on 2012-02-08 17:01
Ohh, what pretty colors! I'd love to see some nude-ish glitter polish with glitters of all different sizes! :-)

Thanks for the giveaway!
#68 Liz on 2012-02-08 19:32
I'd love to see a nude colour :-)
#69 Lena on 2012-02-08 20:09
One colour I would love to see is a nice warm brown

#70 belinda mcnabb on 2012-02-08 22:25
#71 belinda mcnabb on 2012-02-08 22:32
shared on facebook
#72 belinda mcnabb on 2012-02-08 22:33
I'd love to see a bright neon matte color!
#73 Cynthia on 2012-02-09 09:35
I tweeted about the giveaway (1smileygirl)
#74 Cynthia on 2012-02-09 09:36
Definitely a great nude!
#75 Katie on 2012-02-10 18:05
I would love to see a light pink glitter.
#76 Chelsey on 2012-02-11 03:11
#77 Chelsey on 2012-02-11 03:12
I liked your Facebook post.
#78 Chelsey on 2012-02-11 03:15
I'd love to see a seafoam green ;-)
#79 CrystalCorrinnn on 2012-02-11 13:28
Tweeted too ;-)
#80 CrystalCorrinnn on 2012-02-11 13:30
I'd like to see a mauve polish! THANKS!
#81 charlotte on 2012-02-11 21:32
I've recently been looking for a nude nail polish color I could use, so yeah looking forward to that.
#82 Sara on 2012-02-12 00:06
I would love to see a bright coral color for spring! Thanks for the chance to win!
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#83 Gina M Maddox on 2012-02-12 09:08
#84 Gina M Maddox on 2012-02-12 09:09
Liked this post on fb-

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#85 Gina M Maddox on 2012-02-12 09:10
I love a good brick red.
#86 Mary (Homepage) on 2012-02-13 00:08
I would love cherry red! Thanks for a super giveaway!
#87 anash on 2012-02-13 17:21
Thanks for the chance to win!
email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com
#88 anash on 2012-02-13 17:23
I'd really like to see some glitters. The only one I saw was the gold glitter Oscar.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! :-)
#89 Katy M on 2012-02-13 20:51
I just Tweeted about this giveaway here:!/katygmorris/status/169237403607908352

#90 Katy M on 2012-02-13 20:53
I liked this post on FB as Katy Morris.

#91 Katy M on 2012-02-13 20:54
I would love to see some very bright, almost primary nail polish colours! Thanks for the giveaway!
#92 Teresa on 2012-02-13 22:13
I Tweeted:!/YarnerT/status/169257984956960768
#93 Teresa on 2012-02-13 22:14
I liked this post. (let me know if you want my Facebook name)
#94 Teresa on 2012-02-13 22:15
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