So it's September, which means I received an all new Julep Maven Sneak Peek Box! As you may recall, I took the Julep Maven quiz and my sneak peek box is Classic With A Twist. This month, the sneak peek box included the Julep Everyday Hand Cream with SPF 30, Julep Essential Cuticle Oil, and Julep nail color in Toni. Last week I mentioned that I prefer cuticle balms over cuticle oil, and since I already had a Julep Essential Cuticle Oil from a previous purchase, I decided to use the shelf pull option and get something else instead of the Essential Cuticle Oil. What did I receive instead? Julep nail color in Ellen.
Here's a look at everything in the Classic With A Twist Sneak Peek Box!
Another bottle shot of Ellen and Toni:
I am okay with everything that was in this month's box. Nothing really knocked my socks off, but still good nonetheless. This morning I decided to try on Julep Toni. Toni is a purple-tinted taupe creme. The formula could definitely benefit from few drops of nail lacquer thinner - it was soooo thick! This is 2 coats of Toni:
|Julep Toni, in direct sunlight|
|Julep Toni, in shade|
I went through my stash to see if I had any similar colors to compare to Toni. I came up with 2 polishes that seemed to be very close in color: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander In Chic, and China Glaze Below Deck. Commander In Chic is missing the purple hue, and stands on its own as a true taupe. Below Deck was very close to Toni, but Toni seems to be a warmer version, while Below Deck is noticeably cooler. Most polish lovers probably don't need both.
|L-to-R: SH CSM Commander in Chic; Julep Toni; CG Below Deck|
For some reason, I just love mushroom taupe colors like these so much in the bottle, but I feel like they do nothing for me on my nail. [Note to self: stop buying polish in this color!] Yes, they're fantastic and work appropriate, but I luckily have a job where my coworkers like my eccentric nail polish, so I don't have to play it safe. Given the issues with the thicker formula, Julep Toni is likely going to find herself in my share/stash drawer.
Julep Toni is available online at julep.com. It retails for $14 for a 0.27fl oz bottle. If you haven't already, go and check out the Julep Maven program - it's such a great deal for only $19.99/month!