This month’s collection is called the Paradise Collection. It’s a stark contrast to last month’s Pop! Collection. After seeing this month’s assortment, I realized that I really like to buy brightly-coloured nail polish. This is first time I’ve ever done the Ultimate Upgrade, and I’ve been a maven for almost 2 years.
My first impressions were:
There are 5 polishes in the collection that I am dying to try! They are Danielle, Randi, Danica, Jenna and April.
The next 3 are ok. I would have put these on my nice-to-have list if I didn’t opt for the Ultimate Upgrade. They are Drew (Back from the Vault), Cassidy and Connie.
Addison (A tart lemon creme) is lovely, but from my March post, I mentioned that I need not have any more yellow nail polish.
My real live impression, once they arrived:
Danielle was a lighter blue than I was expecting and with a greener shimmer/chrome to it than I anticipated. Randi is almost a neon pink (I’m in love with pink right now, so I’m happy), Danica is a beautiful purple. April is a darker version of Jenna, but I’m without any true oranges in my polish collection so I’m still really happy with these. Drew is beautiful, and pinker version of Julep’s Shawn. Cassidy was surprisingly nice, its a brighter, bluer version of Julep’s Lissa. Connie is super really close to Bette. This purple colour is one that I never choose to wear, but when I see it on other people, I’m like oooh, I love that. So I’m not super disappointed in this. Addison is a really bright, almost neon yellow. Really pretty, but this for sure, for sure, for sure my last yellow polish!
Angie was the add-on polish, which is an amped up holographic silver. I decided not to add this on, to save my wallet from some damage, but also, I already own Tin Man, which is Angie’s less holographic cousin. Somehow, days later I picked up Angie in the secret store. It’s underwhelming when you first put it on, but is marginally more holographic once dry. You don’t need this if you have Tin Man.
The Ultimate Upgrade (UU) also includes the Oxygen Bonding Base Coat – I love trying new base coats. I used to love the Oxygen Base Coat, but then I tried Nail Therapy, which I liked better, so I’m excited to see how this one compares to them both.
Also, the UU included 2 new shades of lipstick (Girl Something and something else)
And the focus beauty products this month were for the Brows. “Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home” available in 4 shades: Taupe, Warm Brown, Cool Brown, and Rich Brown, and “Lock Down Your Brows” a clear brow gel. The 2 shades included in the box were Warm Brown (second lightest colour), and Rich Brown (the darkest colour). If I were to get one shade, I probably would have gone for the Cool Brown.
Julep is working on having a fully customizable UU box. They posted on Facebook, that you could call to get a shade if this didn’t work for you, which helped me make the decision to go with the UU. No harm, no foul, if I could get the Cool Brown Brow Colour, right? They annoyingly wouldn’t honour requests before we received the actual box, but my box arrived on April 8…sadly with all the make up products missing. I still like Julep but it was disappointing to find that half of what I ordered didn’t arrive, but this also the first time this has happened to me.
Despite the Brow colour debacle, this box is still amazing value at $74.99 USD (Even with the exchange rate). It also hurts less, because I had prepaid for the 3 month subscription last month, so $20 USD of it was prepaid.
If you want to check out Julep, here’s the link!