I don't know how to rate this nail polish -
the colors are beautiful, and I usually hate colored nail polish (always go natural or French), but I find myself experiementing with theirs.
When the nail polish is finally dry, it's amazing. My nails break constantly usually. When I have Julep nail polish on, they never break or chip and grow long (finally) I have always wanted long, natural nails.
BUT the polish takes a century to dry. Huge down fall for an almost perfect nail polish. I learned the hard way when I first used it that it doesn't dry fast after I waited about 15 min, then went about my normal business and got polish everywhere. I have timed it up slowly from there and even with sitting, watching a movie, and not doing ANYTHING with my hands, over 3 hours later (no joke) the polish is still soft and smudges off. It takes around a full day for it to get totally hard and by the time it does, I already have areas that are screwed up. Right now, I am trying to give myself a French Manicure at my desk and it's been over 30 minutes and the whites of my nails aren't even dry, so I can't put on a top coat yet. That's how slow it is. I am only putting 1-2 coats. The nail polish is so thick, you don't need more than that.I even ordered the Quick Dry Drops and no cigar, still hours of soft nail polish that gets smudged in a heartbeat, then dries like that, if you happen to be nowhere near your nail polish remover to start again.
The nail polish itself is pretty thick and weird - it goes on beautifully on some nails, and others, clumpy or has streaks. When you try to fix areas, it'll smudge and get worse, so you have to remove it all and start from scratch.
So I still use it because the benefit is having long, non-breaking nails, but the time and energy to get it on is really not that great.
This is the worst nail polish that I have ever used. I got three colors: Bette, Laree & Princess Grace.The packaging is so adorable and the colors are very pretty in the bottle. Unfortunately, those are all the good things I can say about them.
The formula is terrible. It is thin and streaky and all the colors required at least 3 coats to look somewhat decent. I applied 5 coats to try to get it to look opaque but that never happened. This polish also NEVER dries! I even used Revlon's Liquid Quick Dry, which works beautifully with all other nail polishes, to help it speed along but even with the help, Julep polishes just never dried. I cannot believe they market this stuff as quick drying.
Don't waste your money. I have polishes that cost a dollar that is much better than this stuff.
The packaging and colors are very cute, but this is probably the worst nail polish I have ever used. As another reviewer mentioned, the nail polish clumps and it's nearly impossible to apply evenly. I had to apply, use nail polish remover, and reapply on several nails. I would not recommend this product, nor would I ever buy it again.
Cute colors, impossibly long drying time. You basically have to not move for 3 hours if you give yourself 2 coats.
I have only bought these when they were on sale, and I'm glad I did so. Julep has beautiful colors but the quality of the polish is very questionable.
The formula comes out thick and difficult to spread smoothly, afterwards it takes many hours to fully dry. I am currently typing this with still-soft Julep polish on my nails, and it has been 2 hours. Too frustrating.
I personally don't mind the smell, this is how most nail polishes smell to me, and it's much less harsh than the smell of remover.
Also, $14 full price for that tiny bottle? No way, buy it on sale if you really really want a certain color guys.
Worst polish I've used in terms of drying time. You literally have to wait either a hour, or put a great top coat on and wait a min of 30 min for it to dry. Other than that, the colours are gorgeous, my favorite is Joanna (great on NC40 skin) and the bottle is beautifully modern. Goes for $14 at Sephora, but got mine at Marshalls for $5.
Unlike many my experience with Julep was okay. I got my first maven box after seeing a FB post. Yes it was free, I only paid $2.99 for shipping and It took 5 days to arrive. I must say the packaging is beautiful! Comes in a nice pink box, items are nicely arranged. I got 3 polishes,a base coat and an eyeliner with its sharpener. I even love the bottles the polish comes in. BUT....my first impression of the polishes was smell really, really bad. Strong chemical odor. And the polishes themselves arentthat great. I did like the base coat and havent tried the liner yet. I cacancelled my subscription cuz I honestly dont think its worth th $25. And I would not repurchase or recommend.
I love the packaging and the color choices, but this product sucks. It it thick, making it streaky and impossible to apply evenly. I did two coats on one hand, didn't bother with the other hand, and then removed it all. Awful.
I recently started getting the Julep Maven box and I am so unhappy with the customer service. It took me two weeks to even get ahold of someone, even after leaving 4 voicemails telling them they need to call me in order to cancel my last box. They said that since it was a Maven Box I was unable to return my order.
Today I spoke with a customer service rep and told him that I wanted my money back. So, long story short after being on hold for 20 minutes I will be able to ship my body butter that makes me sneeze, and two ugly color nail polishes back. I also canceled my account (finally) and will be getting reimbursed.
I've only been a Julep Maven since February. My experiences have been good. I had questions about an order and they were answered promptly (and politely). The colors are pretty and (most) of them are decent formulas. I really like the base and top coats. They're shiny and last a decent amount of time (average about 5 days). I have come across a few colors that have been a bit gloopy, but they're usually old formulas that are on super discount ($3 or so). I agree that they're not worth the $14 retail price. Especially since the amount you get is .27mL versus a normal nail polish which is .50mL. It makes me feel like I'm mostly paying for packaging. I'd feel better if they were $9 or contained .39mL. I don't ever go through a whole bottle of nail polish, but it's still seems unfairly priced. Overall, they're nice people and their polishes are decent, but I feel that the novelty is wearing off and I'll use my $20 elsewhere.