Subscription boxes are all the rage these days. Maybe you go in for the bookish ones like Book Riot's Quarterly or Powell's Indispensible or maybe you have more of a beauty and fashion passion for Stitchfix or Ipsy.
I decided my first subscription undertaking would be Julep Maven. You may have seen the ads for Julep. They offer high-end beauty products...primarily nail polish. They're also wildly prolific in my Facebook feed, and I completely ate the bait. When they offered a free introductory box for the cost of shipping ($2.99), I was in! I received three nail polishes, a double-ended eyeliner, and a full-size cuticle serum.
I was initially attracted to Julep products because 1) the nail colors are gorgeous and 2) truthfully, the packaging and advertising are really attractive. Apparently, I'm not just a #coverho, I'm an #adho. Just keepin' it real!
The introductory box arrived lightning fast, and I got three nail colors I liked: a dark purple, a light purple creme, and a glittery green.
And then I tried the polish...
The formula was ridiculously runny, and after three coats (two were unacceptable), it was still streaked and partially translucent. I can't even tell you how disappointed I was. It also dried this really odd, matte quality that was just yucky. Given the price of the products outside of the subscription ($14 per bottle), I expected decent quality.
I quickly hopped on the phone to cancel my first regularly-priced Julep Maven subscription box. I was excited about the colors initially, but after the failed attempt with the free box colors, I was not paying $25 for anything. Luckily, the cancellation process was easy, even though it's required that you cancel via phone (lame!). I did not receive my confirmation of cancellation until after the date by which I was required to cancel to get out of the first paid box, but the company did honor the call time which was within the cancellation requirements. I had nightmares that I'd receive another box of sub-standard product and still get charged after reading some horror stories online.
Yesterday, I had a weak moment and thought, "Well, maybe the other colors aren't so bad. Maybe it was just a formula problem with that one bottle?" Not so much. I tried the light purple creme, and it was like painting my nails with white out. So. not. cool.
Needless to say, I made the right decision to break up with Julep Maven, and I thought I'd share my experience just in case you were thinking of jumping onboard. Run for your lives!