Julep Nail Polishes

Julep Nail Polishes
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110 reviews

30% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $$$


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on 7/4/2017 10:16:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have been painting my nails weekly for the last 40 years. I have tried nail polishes worth less than $1 and more than $20 a bottle. This is the first time a color lasts at least 5 days and looks as good as day 1. I did not use a base. I have tried 5 different colors, 4 of them were strong colors and all lasted. I guess the results are different for all and that may explain the bad reviews. Opi chips on my nails after a few hours. So happy I found Julep.

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on 3/26/2017 2:34:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Wow! I'm kinda stunned at all these bad reviews because I've just tried Julep recently and really like it!
I got an online deal to get 12 free polishes for signing up for the Maven subscription. I figured I could quit after the first month if I didn't like the polish... but I do.
Yes the formula is a bit runny but nothing I can't work with. I've tried 5 colors so far and am impressed with the pigment and coverage,
NO chipping here! I'm wondering if the other people are doing base coats and top coats? Because I was amazed at the wear of my first Julep manicure- I cleaned, did dishes, etc and didn't have s chip for 3 days!
The bottle IS a little harder to handle but I guess that's the tradeoff for cool packaging, lol. I do enjoy the slimmer bottles for traveling tho.
The price is s but high also, I would NOT be buying these at full price but the deals on the site make them pretty reasonable individually.
I also love that I can customize my box- no surprise each month but I love that I can choose what I need.
I'm normally an Essie girl, I've always preferred that brand above the others... but I'll be wearing a lot more Julep from now on!

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on 2/26/2017 8:06:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I do my nails every weekend. This was my first Julep polish experience and will definitely be my last. I have the color Coco. It is easily the most thin, streaky polish I've ever used. Three coats required for a nice even finish. Doesn't dry quickly. The bottle lends itself to tipping over, brush is ok, Just a normal brush. I personally don't require the pro-wide brush because my toenails are teensy, so meh on that point. The packaging does look pretty, and the shade actually is lovely, so if you don't mind putting that much effort into it go for it. It is 4 free, but if that's what you're after, go with Zoya. Their formula blows this stuff away.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I'm pretty surprised by some of the terrible reviews here! I have been a Julep maven for over a year and I have over three dozen of these polishes. It has become the only brand I ever need to use. I started out as a multi-brand user, I had a bunch of drugstore brands and also Color Club, OPI, etc., and some indies I got for the glitters. After I had a range of colors from Julep I've completely stopped looking for some thing better.
A really big pro is the top coat. It is not advertised as quick drying, but it dries very, very fast for me. I absolutely stopped wasting the money on Seche Vite (where half the bottle becomes unusable anyway). I got a free bottle of Seche last month and tried it, but see no reason to change my mind. For specifics: I often do two coats of polish over a base coat layer. Sometimes three, or a thick layer of glitter. Add this top coat, and everything dries beautifully.
Not sure why some people have issues with the dry time. If you look at the reviews on Julep's site, it comes up sometimes as well. I've never had that problem at all, even when I discovered the best product...
The bonding base coat. Omg, it's so much better than any I've tried. I have thin, damaged nails (due to my behavior, not the polish) and this has completely stopped the corners chipping after a couple of days, as they usually did. I literally can wear a manicure for a week now.
And that's always the Julep colors. I honestly don't know why people have so many issues. One thing that I discovered a few years ago is it helps greatly if you wipe your nails down with rubbing alcohol and wait a minute before applying (it not just cleans them, but also dries them if there is any moisture).
I use Julep polish every single week, one or two manis depending when I get impatient. The only thing I wish they had was a matte top coat. The colors, the glitters, the textured finishes, the matte metallics, everything.
For this review, I considered lowering the "Price" score to four lippies, but really, any other brand is the same. Drugstore stuff never performs as consistently for me. And if you're a maven, everything is very reasonable.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Other

The tl;dr version of this review can be summed up as follows: No. Bad. All wrong. Do not buy.
I signed up for a free Julep Maven trial box, then forgot to cancel before they shipped me another box (which was heavily discounted, luckily). I actually loved some of the colors they sent me, including one that I normally wouldn't go for (an orangeish red with a bronze metallic sheen). I have now tested several shades and formulas with varying results. I gave them 2 lippies *only* because some of their colors are beautiful and just what I had been looking for. I also liked the aesthetic of the packaging and the bottles. However, the tall, skinny bottles are a nightmare to work with...they tip over very easily, which can create a huge mess. The brush is okay, nothing special. It's just your basic cheap/thin nail brush. Overall, the packaging just needs to be more functional/practical/user friendly.

The polish itself is highly pigmented, but super runny! It literally dripped sideways off the stem of the brush as I did my nails and plopped all over my work surface. No matter how many times I wiped the brush, the polish still kept coming down to the bristles from IDK where and leaving puddles of polish on my nails. Messy, difficult to clean up (due to the heavy pigmentation), and not self-leveling. I consistently had bare, super thin spots and really thick gloppy spots on the same nail, which took some effort to even out.

Drying time was an issue with most of the colors I tried - even thin layers of Fifi were damp and smudging after 30 minutes drying time per coat. The oxblood and metallic blue colors I tried were good to go with 30 minutes between coats, no smudging. So, at best, I need to spend an hour drying the color, plus however long it takes to cure the top coat after that. After all my effort to dry my nails, I was bummed that 3 of the colors chipped the *same day* just by texting or typing on my laptop. I normally don't even complain about chipping, because my expectations are super low in that department. If I could even just get to the next day before chipping started, I would be happy...but Julep is a same-day chipper. The one exception was a color called Austen, which did not chip on my toenails only (but then again, toenails rarely chip, so this isn't worth many brownie points).

For the price point, Julep is seriously lacking as a nail brand, and I would not recommend their stuff at all. I've seen individual polishes going for $12-$14 each on the Julep website, which is a solid 50% - 100% more per bottle than other, better brands (like Essie). Even Sally Hansen, Revlon, and $2 Sinful Colors nail polishes blow Julep out of the water in every way. I will probably end up pitching certain colors, like Fifi, that are excessively difficult to work with and are just dupes of other brands anyway.

on 10/8/2016 2:53:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

**See updates at the bottom of my review**

My review is only for the polish as a retail customer. I have no experience with customer service or with being a Julep Maven.

Unlike the others here, I've had an excellent experience with this product.

I used Jessie (Bombshell) on top of Seche Ridge Filler then topped it off with Essie All in One. I just needed one coat of the polish which went on smooth and dried opaque. No streaking whatsoever.

The polish dried quickly...within 30 minutes. Right after, I cooked dinner then washed dishes. No chips, dings or dents.

I will report back after I more have experience with the product.

Update 1 (10/14/2016): I applied the polish on 10/08. It is now 6 days since application and I have no chips. Yay!

on 5/5/2016 5:22:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I'm coming out of a long hiatus from reviewing because I bought quite a few of these polishes and found out how terrible they are. The colors are wonderful. Pick anything on the visible spectrum of colors we know, and Julep has it. That's the only good thing about it.

It never really dries completely, and you have to use 3 or 4 coats to get coverage. So if you do it with base and top coats, you've got about 5 coats, and if you layer colors one on top of another, or use one of their "transformers," it's even more coats. I could deal with that if it would last more than a few hours. It mostly comes off in large sheets-- little ovals that flake off at the least bit of impact. I'm not doing heavy manual labor here. I'm talking I go into the freezer for a couple of ice cubes or to type and it's coming off in sheets. I'm not chopping wood or slopping the hogs here.

The prices are ridiculous, and they play games with sales and bonus items that you can add to your subscription box. One month a set of 4 polishes in a box will be going for $40. The next month you'll see it as a bonus item for $15. The month after that, they'll have it at $50 in a different section of the store. All this kind of pricing does is make me wonder how much I'm being ripped off on other items.

The packaging is insanely wasteful. All the polishes and other items are on one layer on top of a pile of shredded paper packaging in a box I could put three cats in. I'm sure this woman has studied marketing and there is some reason why other women love to get huge boxes with nothing in them. I'm not other women.

You can skip any shipment, but you have to remember to do that. I am at home most of the time and I still forgot once. I can't imagine trying to remember to mess with this between kids and a full time job.

You can't delete your credit card info from their site, or cancel your account on site on your own. You have to email them and tell hem to delete/cancel, and you have to wait for them to get around to it. The fact that I can't remove my own CC info makes me furious.

If you are dying for a particular color of this polish, and for some reason you can make it actually stick to your nails, get the single polish on ebay or some other place. Otherwise avoid this product and the company. I could have overlooked a lot of the irritating things about this polish if it would stay on my nails even for just a couple of days. Better yet, skip it, put a bunch of Sally Hansen and China Glaze in a box, then open it 2 weeks later. You'll be much happier.

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on 6/12/2016 10:53:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

They reel you in with a free beauty box, and then you try to paint your nails and disaster ensues. The packaging is cute but the brush is flimsy. The colors are gorgeous but the formula is either runny or globby, with streaky coverage at best. It takes an eternity to dry, and then when it does, it chips almost immediately. Seriously, if a company's thing is nail polish, you'd think they'd at least do a decent job, but the product is sub par at best.

3 of 5 people found this helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I so happen to be a julep Maven and personally enjoy Julep's makeup and skincare products and find that they are excellent in quality and the packaging for them is great to. However unfortunately, none of these ring true to their nail polishes which sadly is what julep is known for which puzzles me... Yes they have a beautiful and fun variety of colors which is what reels you in. But when it comes to the polish formula itself it is really really crappy, streaky, patchy, sheer and just runny. It won't dry for crap and will smudge easily. Even when using their basecoat and white base polish on some that recommend to do so. I honestly haven't tried one julep polish that I haven't been disappointed with and it's almost so sad because I love the colors so much but the quality and application just don't cut it. Especially for the price!! I'm surprised that for being such an expensive nail polish brand they haven't improved their formula. I personally believe that julep should be known for their makeup and skincare that are actually good quality products worth your money but definitely not for their polishes... That's really the only reason why I even stay a maven member is for everything but the polish. So bottom line I wouldn't recommend these nail polishes. Just get something cheaper, chances are they will work much better and save you a heck of alot of money. Sorry julep! but your polish really needs some improvements or some price cuts to go with that formula if it's not gonna be changed.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Confusing business model. So I get its a subscription box but what is this skipping and no skipping thing. I don't even want the things they send me. There are business where they allow us to return partial items. This company you can't. And they don't cover your return fee.
Nail polish colors are great. But for the price and size, it's not worth it. The makeup, I hate it. There are other beauty boxes that's a lot better and tailor to you. Dont buy here! Stay away!!!

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

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