Julep: The Vivid Collection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Julep box arrived a couple of weeks ago and while I was very excited for it I had some stuff come up in my personal life that has prevented me from blogging about it along with a ton of other stuff. Hoping to catch up this week before I head to Sakura Con on Thursday.

The Julep's April 2014 collection is called The Vivid Collection and I ordered the Ultimate Upgrade which costs an additional $55 to the $19.99 but I used my Julep Jules points so I didn't pay for this box out of pocket. Love those Jules since it's the 2nd best program behind Birchbox's rewards program.

The Ultimate Upgrade contained all nine Vivid polishes plus both brushes as well as single blush and bronzer of my choice. I chose Peach Bellini for my blush and Light Golden Bronze. So let me start off with the blush and bronzer.

Glow Pore Minimizing Blush

Direct sunlight - no flash

My arrived shattered and I have contacted Julep about it. I last heard from them today stating they closed the resolved the matter however I don't know how since prior to that I was told to send them pictures of the items for them to review. I emailed them again in response to their email and told them I sent them photos last week and resubmitted the photos in case they didn't get the pictures.

The color is very pretty but not what I would consider to be a peach color much less anything remotely like a peach Bellini in terms of color. To me a peach Bellini is a pinkish-orange color with a light golden glow. The Julep Peach Bellini in person is more of a mauve than a peach while in their pictures it's close to a real peach Bellini. This isn't the first time that Julep's own photos are misleading to what the products look like in person. Don't get me wrong, I still think the color is pretty it's just not what I expected.

Glow Pore Minimizing Bronzer
Direct light - no flash
I normally do not use bronzer.but took a chance with the Ultimate Collection in choosing Light Golden Bronze. Like the blush, the bronzer arrived slightly damaged. It's not shattered like the blush but at the bottom right corner and along the edges it's cracking so one accidental drop and it's going to shatter. Not a big deal in my book since I'm probably not going to use this on myself in the first place.

Interesting enough both the blush and bronzer contains diamond powder. Fancy! lol
Ingredients for Glow Blush & Bronzer: Zinc Stearate, Calcium Silicate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate (Vitamin B6), Diamond Powder, Silica, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Tree Peony) Root Extract, Squalane, Dimethicone, Trimyristin, Ethylene Brassylate, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Oleate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysilicone-11, Alcohol, Magnesium Stearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019), Red 36 (Ci 12085), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491/77492/77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742).

Manufactured in: USA
Blush: $24.00 / $19.20 Maven
Bronzer: $28.00 / $22.40 Maven

It's just a shame that every single time I order cosmetics from Julep that something arrives damaged. The lip plumper from a few months ago leaked out of the side of the tube and then the metal exterior tube came off exposing the actual tube. The Eye Sheens came leaking and runny instead of firm and full. I think I may just stick to Julep's polishes because I don't recall off hand if I've ever had a problem with their polishes other than a few times where the brushes were warped.

Blush & Bronzer Brush
The Blush brush and Bronzer brush are synthetic brushes made in China.

I have used both brushes and found that the brushes to be okay. I'm not fond on the weight of handles, too heavy and wide for my hands. I think for those with arthritis in the hands or who have fine motor skill issues that these brushes may be problematic. Ideally a brush should be balanced and fit in a persons hands and fingers so applying the product is quick and easy and when working with a heavy brush that's too thick and heavy it can be a problem. I actually like the bronzer brush as a powder brush instead of using it with the bronzer. The blush brush was nice but I have my a favorite blush brush with a shorter handle that's easier to hold.

I do suggest washing the brushes first before use because there is a lingering glue smell coming from the bristles. Since the bristles are synthetic you can use any type of soap on it be it Dawn or Mona Lisa's Pink Soap or EnKore's brush soap.

Blush brush: $24.00 / $19.20 Maven
Bronzer brush: $28.00 / $22.40 Maven

The Nail Polishes

The nine colors in the Vivid Collection include the three from It Girl, two from Bombshell, two from Classic with a Twist and the two from Boho Glam. While most companies typically send out pastel colors in the month of April, Julep decided to go with bold, vivid colors. While pastels would have been nice I'm pretty happy with the colors sent out - especially the purple!

Mariska Classic with a Twist
Caitlin Classic with a Twist
Flora It Girl
Bailey It Girl

Maren It Girl

Phoebe Boho Glam

Sunny Boho Glam

Tatum Bombshell

Kayla Bombshell

Polishes: $14 / $11.20 Maven (each)

Overall, I think I'll probably stick to just their nail polish collections from here on out since I've had nothing but bad luck with their cosmetics arriving undamaged. It's easier than constantly having to contact them because something arrived leaking, broken or falls apart after a few uses.

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