Julep Maven Review - June 2013 - Beauty Subscription Box
What is it? Julep MavenHow Much? $19.99 per month, shipping includedWhat’s in it? At least $40 worth of products chosen depending on your style profile, or upgrade your box for an additional $30 and get the entire collection for the month ($220 value).
Modern Beauty: Get two full-size beauty products in every box.
Boho Glam: Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.
Bombshell: Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.
Classic with a Twist: Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.
It Girl: Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.
I finally received my June Maven box after two weeks of anxious waiting. I've been reading Facebook, blogs and online forums and the backlash surrounding the DD Creme and DD Concealer is deafening. There are some angry Mavens out there! I will share some of my own opinions on the matter in a future post after I do some "science" experiments. Until there, here is my basic review of the June Modern Beauty Maven Box.
First look... I hate how Julep continues to use these paper shreds and they leave a fine dust over EVERYTHING. Plus it's not all that environmentally friendly. Anyway, I digress...
Julep DD Creme (28g/1oz, $36 regular, $28.20 maven)A dynamic do-all makeup that goes beyond BB crème to moisturize, prime, perfect, and protect—both instantly and over time. SPF 25 provides daily defense from the sun; Two patented anti-aging ingredients decrease the appearance of pores and fine lines; Hibiscus and olive extracts keep skin hydrated; Lightweight, buildable coverage with an ultra-smoothing finish.
The infamous DD Creme. One ounce net WEIGHT not one fluid ounce volume. This is where the major frustration comes in. Julep used a large container to hold a very small amount of product, resulting in a tube that feels, and literally is, half empty. But it does weigh one ounce. I weighed mine right after opening my box. My little kitchen scale read 1.5 ounces - 1 ounce of product and 0.5 ounces for the packaging.
But the big question is... does it work? Well... see for yourself.
Hmm... that's rather dark for a "light" shade... I'm a little worried.
Ok... this is terrible. Dirty faced Lohan, here I come.
Wait.... what the? This isn't so bad after all! It takes a tremendous amount of blending but blend in, it does. I'm not in love with the texture and the almost matte like finish and feel... but hey, it could have been worse!
Julep DD Concealer (3g/0.11oz, $32 regular, $25.60 maven)
A multifunctional concealer that disguises and diminishes the appearance of dark circles, discoloration, redness, blemishes, and other skin flaws. Brightens and evens skin tone; Erases minor and major imperfections; Age-defying antioxidants protect delicate and damage-prone areas; Light-diffusing powders minimize wrinkles and pores.
The DD Concealer is even more infamous than the DD Creme. And for good reason. This one is only meant to weigh 0.11 ounces. It's essentially two foil packets worth of product in a tube that is easily meant to hold at least 0.5 fluid ounces (or more) of product. I had to cut my tube open after taking this picture and doing my swatch, to get any more product out.
And now for the swatch... you may want to cover your eyes...
Similar start to the DD Creme... hopes are high.
Hmm... this isn't as sheer as the Creme... it's a little cakey actually.
I'm not sure if the picture does it justice, but the top portion of my hand is orange. This NOT a self-tanning product, it's a concealer! Yikes! This is a no-go for me.
So I'm one for two on the DD revolution. One thing is certain, I would never, ever, ever buy these products again. Regardless of whether of not the cream worked for me, these two products are so grossly overpriced, it's insulting.
Did you get a June Maven box? What did you get? Any thoughts on the DD Creme and DD Concealer?
*All photos are unedited to show actual colours and are taken without flash, in natural light.
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