It's been a while since I've picked up a Julep mystery box because I've gotten quite a bit of polish overlap which made me think that they used the boxes as a way to get rid of old stock. But I've heard lately that there's been an improvement in mystery box polish selection, and when I saw one of the polishes that would be in Cupid's Mystery Clutch I had to get it. I'm a huge fan of glittery/confetti nail polishes, and both featured polishes were confetti types!
Cupid's Mystery Clutch is on sale for $24.99 until 2/15 and promises over $100 worth of nail polish and beauty finds. They also said that if you ordered by 2/6 you'd get it in time for Valentine's Day. I took them up on that promise because my Julep orders always take 4 weeks to reach me. BUT! They must have heard my expletive-filled grumbles because this box took just three days to get here. I guess Julep forked over the extra $$$ for Express service in order to avoid hearing my pitiful whining over 2500 miles of ocean.
Anyway, here's what was inside the box:
Valentina (Bombshell) - Pink chevron glitter top coat. Chevrons are cool...if they're all facing the same direction. I'm weird when it comes to angles and points - they all have to face the same way or else it just looks messy to me. Holy crap, Type A much?
Yuki (Classic With A Twist) - Snowy heart glitter top coat. I love hearts, and it's okay if they're not facing the same direction because they're rounded. I know, what the hell is my deal, right. Yuki means snow in Japanese and this gives a nice snowy but slightly pink touch to your manicure. I heart hearts.
Myriam (Classic With A Twist) - Casino red creme. Whoa. It's like walking into a stop sign. I'm not sure if I'm confident enough in my nails to draw so much attention to them.
Margit (It Girl) - Mushroom with rose shimmer. Very nice color. Horrible description. Who wants to wear mushrooms? This is a shimmery taupe that I'm sure I can get tons of use out of.
Jessie (Bombshell) - Deep Kalamata creme. As in the olive. Better than being named after a mushroom, I guess. The folks at Julep must be hungry.
Sylvia (Classic With A Twist) - Lilac purple creme. This was my freebie add-on. I know I always gripe about purple, but with spring just around the corner I thought it's about time to get out of my comfort zone. And what better way than getting a free polish to do so?
|Close-up of the confetti toppers, Valentina and Yuki|
Gel Eye Glider - Navy Smoke (Value: $16.00) - It's called navy smoke but I call it black. Even up close the swatch looks black. I haven't done a side-by-side comparison with the Blackest Black color which I also own, but I'm fairly certain I won't be able to tell the difference. That said, I do love how well this pencil glides and sets. The description doesn't lie - within 30 seconds it really does stay put. I tried rubbing the swatch off my hand so people don't start asking me why I'm drawing smiley faces on my body like a middle schooler, but I failed at it. I was able to smudge it a little, but it lasted through several hand washings before finally coming off.
|Gel eye glider (Navy Smoke) swatch on my hand and on a piece of paper|