Last month I purchased the Julep Jewel Heist Mystery Box - full of joy and anticipation of fabulously sparkly polishes arriving in my mailbox. I mean, just look at the beauty in the picture above (snapshot from the email they sent) - to look at that is like seeing the heavens open and feathery angels draped in white descend while trumpets play and each one is holding a harp made from a different precious gemstone in their arms...
Boy was I disappointed.
First off, it took forever to get here. Shipping is usually 5-10 business days, and their stuff usually does arrive right around the 8th day. This time around, it was well over the time and I had to email them to find out what was going on. Waiting for something so anticipated is pure torture! The coveted package finally arrived yesterday. I bounded home in the rain from the mailbox and set my package down, eager to tear it open to reveal the glittering surprises within. I suppressed this urge and gingerly cut the tape and flipped the lid.
This is the sight that greeted me:
My smile froze on my face as I pulled out the contents for closer inspection:
Oh Julep - How have you disappointed me? Let me count the ways...
I'm going to start with this. This picture above is actually a snip from this post, where I review the 100 Degrees of Mystery Box. Why? Because I already received this item in that box and now I have two of something I will never use. I have to guess this is a poor seller if it's showing up in all the mystery boxes.
Moving on. The next item to disappoint is these Twistband hair ties. They're not even a Julep product. Don't get me wrong, all ladies need hair ties, if you have long hair, you can never have enough. However, no matter how fantastic they claim these are, they're not really for me. I like to wear my ponytail high and tight, and these do not hold my hair. Within minutes, it was sad and droopy. So I'll use them until they get lost and I have no use for the discount on the membership. Nor would I ever pay this amount of money for a hairtie - unless there were actual jewels in it.
Value of product: $4.00 + $7.50 (for the membership discount)
Next, we have this eyeshadow brush. A great compliment to the eyeshadow I received (see next item), but not really anything I need because I don't wear eyeshadow or blush.
Next up is this palette of five neutral shades of eyeshadow which are great for fall, but not very reminiscent of jewels. I mentioned previously that I do not wear eyeshadow, so this is another disappointment for me.
Finally, something I will actually use. I love lipgloss and this is a pretty colour for the fall season, but I still don't see anything yet that has to do with the whole Jewel Heist theme. The cool thing about this gloss is that it goes on like a neutral, then slowly changes into a pink. I will use this because I have it, but it goes on stickier than other glosses and feels thick and uncomfortable on my lips. I wouldn't ever pay $20 (or $16) for this, and if I did, I would have been pretty upset about it.
Finally! Something I want to use in a promised jewel tone! I am really not crazy about orange, but quite frankly, I was just just happy to see polish in the box. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, my expectations were high for a box full of lovely, sparkly polishes and unfortunately had to settle for one in a shade I'm not crazy about.
So, I paid $27.98 for this mystery box. What were the contents worth, all told?
So if I was a Maven, I would not have received $100+ value in this box (as advertised) - or do Mavens get a better box? I'm still on the fence about signing up to be a Maven - and this box put me on the no side for a while. One thing is for sure, even though I was really, really disappointed this time, I will try again with the next box. Let's face it, I love surprises.
Click to take the quiz and find out which is your style! You can also become a Maven by using this link (and get your first box free by using code FREEBOX at checkout) - and I get some referral points so I can get more pretty stuff for me from Julep. If you do sign up using my link drop me a line and let me know!
All opinions expressed in this blog are my own, unbiased after testing the product(s). The product was fully paid for by myself. The subject of this blog entry has no expectation of a review, favorable or otherwise.
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