For background: I am cheap. Crazy cheap. Not "Extreme Couponers" cheap, but I admire their commitment. I generally shy away from subscriptions of all sorts because I don't like the idea at all of adding another bill to my collection, and this definitely qualifies as a luxury item. However, the Maven program spoke to me, and so far, I'm pretty happy. I look forward to receiving my Maven package every month, and while it's not the kind of service that everyone would enjoy like I do, if you love trying new nail polish and/or beauty products, you should definitely take a look at this subscription. For more info, you can check out Maven FAQs. If you decide it's a fit for you and want to join, do me a solid and use my referral link.
But I digress-you came for the polish. All that being said, I was kind of underwhelmed by this month's selection. First up was Greta, a "loganberry multidimensional microglitter." It's pink and sparkly-nice, but nothing to write home about. I also got Octavia, a "smoky indigo creme" that photographs poorly, but is most definitely a purple-y indigo color. Julep polishes tend to skew darker than the swatches on their website, but this one was pretty close to what you see there. Finally, as a free gift (yay free!), this month every Maven box contained Love. It's not up on the website at this point, but it's a very unique glitter with gold flecks, which create a shimmery gold base over another color or with several coats, and fuchsia glitter. If you ignore my messy paintjob, you can get a feel for them below:
|Left to right: Love, Octavia, and Greta|
See how much more exciting they are together? As a side note, does anyone have any nail photography tips and tricks? I know it can be done well, but I haven't mastered it yet, and these photos don't do this manicure justice. If I may say so myself, I am a genius. ;)