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post #91 of 1450
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Originally Posted by greatbleuheron View Post

I just got an e-mail advertising Julep's Freedom Polymer Topcoat.  I wonder if the fact that they're pushing it means that it will be an option in the August box?  I'm new to Julep and the Maven program, so I haven't yet built up experience of their patterns for including things they're pushing on their customers.  It just seems crazy to me that someone would pay $18 for a topcoat in their teensy little bottle, while if it was an add-on for five bucks, I'd happily give it a try.

 

Has anyone tried the topcoat?  I seem to recall having read some reviews in people's blogs that said it didn't work, that polish dried slowly and then smudged.  Julep, of course, maintains that it works.

I didnt get the email, but they send a lot of emails like that.  The top coat is usually an add-on for 9.99 I think.  I do like the freedom topcoat a lot because it is super shiny but it doesnt dry as fast as Seche Vite (at least for me).

post #92 of 1450
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Originally Posted by gemstone View Post

They included it in our boxes when it first came out.  I personally really love this topcoat.  It works best if you wait a little for you polish to dry- most importantly for nail art- but using the quick dry drops have worked great for me to get it dry enough.  People want to compare it to seche vite, but even if seche works better I won't use it because of all the chemicals.  It does help my manicure last much longer than a normal topcoat, and I have found very little shrinkage, I only get it if I'm not careful about covering the whole nail.  I have been waiting for it to be an add on or in the secret store.

Thank you!  It's good to know that some people have found that it does work.  Yes, I'd love it if it were an add-on or in the secret store--I'd definitely try it then.  Eighteen bucks?  No way.

post #93 of 1450
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Originally Posted by Lolo22 View Post

I didnt get the email, but they send a lot of emails like that.  The top coat is usually an add-on for 9.99 I think.  I do like the freedom topcoat a lot because it is super shiny but it doesnt dry as fast as Seche Vite (at least for me).

Ah, more information!  Thanks!  I could maybe do ten bucks.

post #94 of 1450

updates

post #95 of 1450

they topcoat doesn't work for me. took forever to dry and mudded up my polish.

post #96 of 1450
Julep sent me an unordered quick-dry top coat when it was first launched and told me to keep it, so I tossed it in with my other top coats unopened and forgot about it. I found it the other day: It was only half full and completely unusable. I know it was completely full when I got it, and I didn't use it, so it dried out in the bottle in storage. Lesson learned: Tighten the caps when you get them if they're not sealed.
post #97 of 1450

I love the freedom top coat.  It is important to wait 5-10 minutes for your polish to dry (depending on the brand's dry time) before applying it though.  You don't put it on when your nails are still wet.

I also don't bother with the whole "dries in 2 minutes under a light bulb" thing anymore either.  I did that for like the first month or two, and would always mess them up by hitting my nails on the light bulb.  If you just paint it on and sit your hands still for 5 minutes, it really does dry hard and shiny and you're good to go.  I like to paint my nails while watching TV.  It times out easily by commercials/coats of polish, and keeps me sitting my hands still.

 

I only have shrinkage if I don't cover the entire nail. Last time I used it I missed a tiny streak along the edge of one nail, and it caused a thin line of space between that uncovered spot and the rest of the nail.  Also, make sure you don't get it on the skin of your cuticle, because it will allow moisture under it and it will start to peel off. 

 

The only other top coat I have good luck with is Sally Hansen's Insta-dry in the red bottle.  It dries fast too, but the shine doesn't last as long as Julep's freedom. 

post #98 of 1450

I love Sally Hansen's insta dry. I've never used the julep freedom top coat though.  I might have to add it on this month... Unless I spend all my money on other add ons.  rolleyes.gif I'm so impatient!!

post #99 of 1450

8mL for $10 is not worth it to me. There are so many other just-as-good TC options where the product-to-ratio quality is much better. I have mine (and grabbed another in a box, but I'll probably be selling that). Mreh.

 

Also, I know it's to protect the TC, but I hate not being able to see how much of it I have left.

post #100 of 1450
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Originally Posted by Genevieve Barba View Post

I love Sally Hansen's insta dry. I've never used the julep freedom top coat though.  I might have to add it on this month... Unless I spend all my money on other add ons.  rolleyes.gif I'm so impatient!!

The Sally Hansen is my HG top coat I have been using it for years, I try new ones but I always go back to that one.

post #101 of 1450

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the top coat question!  I'm not only new to MUT *and* Julep Maven, I'm also new to regular nail polish use (and boy am I building up one hell of a collection!), so I appreciate hearing opinions on what does and doesn't work with top coats.

post #102 of 1450
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Originally Posted by foxyroxy-26 View Post

Text Julep to 33733 & you should receive a 50% off coupon code.

Thanks will try it.icon_smile.gif

post #103 of 1450
Thread Starter 

i'm totally in need of spoilers, as lame as that is. except you're all nutso about julep just as much as me!

post #104 of 1450
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Originally Posted by greatbleuheron View Post

Ah, more information!  Thanks!  I could maybe do ten bucks.

Yes, $10 is much more reasonable for a top coat that you use with every manicure! Has anybody compared the Freedom top coat side-by-side with Seche Vite? I don't know that I am willing to give up Seche Vite for an unknown product.

post #105 of 1450
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Originally Posted by Jac13 View Post

Thanks will try it.icon_smile.gif

Sorry, I'm a little late to this party.  Can someone tell me what kind of coupon code you get if you text Julep to that number?  Is it a coupon that will work on any order from Julep, or is it just about getting started on the Maven program?  If it's workable on any order, I'll try it too!

post #106 of 1450
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Originally Posted by greatbleuheron View Post

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the top coat question!  I'm not only new to MUT *and* Julep Maven, I'm also new to regular nail polish use (and boy am I building up one hell of a collection!), so I appreciate hearing opinions on what does and doesn't work with top coats.

I am only two months old, greatbleuheron! I got the intro box in May, the June box through customer service because the Maven window had already closed, so July was my first experience as a Maven. Julep has tapped into a great marketing technique with a product that has survived the recession and is booming full speed ahead, as is my knowledge about manicures and polishes and colors and COLLECTIONS! Ha! I admit I did learn a lot from YouTube from MissJenFABULOUS's basic hand care video, and Robin Moses's videos about basic tips. I signed up for Birchbox and Ipsy at the same time as Julep. I love the subscription programs, but have decided after 3 boxes from all of them, to let my Birchbox and Ipsy subscriptions go so that I can concentrate on my manicure collection! Mostly Julep!!! This will allow me to get the add-ons every month with the money I would have spent on the other two products. I came up with nothing in three months of those two subscriptions that I fell in love with, only confirmed that I didn't like Oscar de la Renta's Something Blue which I really wanted to love. I got my first Mystery Box this month from July. I have hit the Secret Store both in June and July, I have ordered several "special" one day onlies ads from Julep, I hit the Warehouse Sale in June. So Julep goodies FAR OUT RANK the other programs. There is no comparison! I read that lipstick is used as a measurement of government evaluations of consumer spending because lipstick survived previous hard financial times. It has not done as well this time, but I think the secret is that nail polish has taken it's place as the one luxury item that women of all financial situations is still willing to find the money to buy. It transcends all age groups and finances.

post #107 of 1450
Thread Starter 

i saw in self or women's health that polish is one of the few things to have seen an increase in purchasing

post #108 of 1450
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Originally Posted by r4chel77 View Post

i saw in self or women's health that polish is one of the few things to have seen an increase in purchasing

Historically, lipstick used to be the big recession-proof product. I'm not surprised that it's changed to nail polish now for several reasons I need to type out on my laptop instead of peck out on my phone.
post #109 of 1450
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Originally Posted by meaganola View Post


Historically, lipstick used to be the big recession-proof product. I'm not surprised that it's changed to nail polish now for several reasons I need to type out on my laptop instead of peck out on my phone.

 

Meaganola, I gave up trying to type on a smartphone .... except when I am waiting in doctor's offices or something like that. If I'm not bored to death, whatever I have to say can usually wait until I get back home to my laptop!
post #110 of 1450
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Originally Posted by r4chel77 View Post

i saw in self or women's health that polish is one of the few things to have seen an increase in purchasing


I think my purchasing alone could account for those stats. icon_lol.gif

post #111 of 1450
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Originally Posted by meaganola View Post


Historically, lipstick used to be the big recession-proof product. I'm not surprised that it's changed to nail polish now for several reasons I need to type out on my laptop instead of peck out on my phone.

Yep. I'm not sure what your reasons are, but I think one of the really valid reasons is that the average price of lipstick has become more expensive than the average price of nail polish. In drugstores, the "average" polish is under $5, while the average lipstick is probably between $7-10. That has to be a huge contributing factor, more than anything else.

post #112 of 1450
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Originally Posted by angismith View Post

I am only two months old, greatbleuheron! I got the intro box in May, the June box through customer service because the Maven window had already closed, so July was my first experience as a Maven. Julep has tapped into a great marketing technique with a product that has survived the recession and is booming full speed ahead, as is my knowledge about manicures and polishes and colors and COLLECTIONS! Ha! I admit I did learn a lot from YouTube from MissJenFABULOUS's basic hand care video, and Robin Moses's videos about basic tips. I signed up for Birchbox and Ipsy at the same time as Julep. I love the subscription programs, but have decided after 3 boxes from all of them, to let my Birchbox and Ipsy subscriptions go so that I can concentrate on my manicure collection! Mostly Julep!!! This will allow me to get the add-ons every month with the money I would have spent on the other two products. I came up with nothing in three months of those two subscriptions that I fell in love with, only confirmed that I didn't like Oscar de la Renta's Something Blue which I really wanted to love. I got my first Mystery Box this month from July. I have hit the Secret Store both in June and July, I have ordered several "special" one day onlies ads from Julep, I hit the Warehouse Sale in June. So Julep goodies FAR OUT RANK the other programs. There is no comparison! I read that lipstick is used as a measurement of government evaluations of consumer spending because lipstick survived previous hard financial times. It has not done as well this time, but I think the secret is that nail polish has taken it's place as the one luxury item that women of all financial situations is still willing to find the money to buy. It transcends all age groups and finances.

Hi angismith!  You and I are piling up Julep polishes at an alarming rate!  I got the intro box in June, and my first real Maven box at the end of June/beginning of July.  But all of this was initiating by seeing some random internet stranger's link to the warehouse sale, where I did major damage. 

 

You make a good point that these smaller make-up items are fairly recession proof.  Personally, I'd rather buy lots of nail polish than lots of lipstick, since I generally know what lipstick I like and don't want to experiment in ways that make my face look nasty!  Meanwhile, you can go hog wild with all kinds of different nail polish colors and all that might go wrong is that your nails get a little bit stained.

post #113 of 1450

Haha, and now I'm ridiculously happy that I finally have my first heart. :)

post #114 of 1450
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Originally Posted by greatbleuheron View Post

Hi angismith!  You and I are piling up Julep polishes at an alarming rate!  I got the intro box in June, and my first real Maven box at the end of June/beginning of July.  But all of this was initiating by seeing some random internet stranger's link to the warehouse sale, where I did major damage. 

 

You make a good point that these smaller make-up items are fairly recession proof.  Personally, I'd rather buy lots of nail polish than lots of lipstick, since I generally know what lipstick I like and don't want to experiment in ways that make my face look nasty!  Meanwhile, you can go hog wild with all kinds of different nail polish colors and all that might go wrong is that your nails get a little bit stained.

Exactly! I am very picky about my lipstick (still haven't found my favorite yet though). How we feel about our beauty is interwined with our self-image and lipstick is part of that. But like you say, what can go wrong with your nails but a little bit stained? Gel polishes are, however, another story for another day. I like the freedom to do a basic manicure or an intricate nail art. And if you screw up buying the wrong color for you ... well, there's usually someone - a mother, sister, niece, BFF, church member, teenagers - that would be happy to take it off your hands, so to speak!

post #115 of 1450

My friend just signed up for the intro boho glam box and is getting the picture below. I don't ever remember this cream. Maybe it's in the August box? Or perhaps just a new addition...its not on sale individually on the site.

post #116 of 1450
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Originally Posted by Alicia Loves View Post

My friend just signed up for the intro boho glam box and is getting the picture below. I don't ever remember this cream. Maybe it's in the August box? Or perhaps just a new addition...its not on sale individually on the site.

I think you may be the first to break the first of the August surprises, Alicia! Mint Condition along with that beautiful mint polish .... and the blue matches the packaging. I did notice during the Summer Days/Summer Nights, that everyone got Glycolic Hand Scrub in updated packaging. It has been available on the site, but marketed in black and white tube. Ooooh, I can feel the excitement building. Am I going to upgrade to everything? I thought I never would, BUT ... you know the saying .... NEVER say NEVER!

post #117 of 1450
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Originally Posted by greatbleuheron View Post

Haha, and now I'm ridiculously happy that I finally have my first heart. :)

I was the same way when I got mine, LOL! Silly, isn't it, how the tiniest things can just make our DAY!

post #118 of 1450
I just can't resist the Julep sales and specials. Today was an especially bad medical day. it took three tries to get my IV in and I had to drink the three huge bottles of disgusting barium stuff. I guess it's time for more nail polish.

Btw Angie.HowI did that medical appointment with the messed up nail polish go?
post #119 of 1450
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Originally Posted by swimsalot View Post

I just can't resist the Julep sales and specials. Today was an especially bad medical day. it took three tries to get my IV in and I had to drink the three huge bottles of disgusting barium stuff. I guess it's time for more nail polish.

Btw Angie. I did that medical appointment with the messed up nail polish go?

Are you talking about when the bottle of Drew broke on me Sunday night? I got all the Drew cleaned up except on my index finger. No one even noticed. I worried for nothing! I contacted Customer Service and they are shipping me a new bottle of Drew! How cool is that?!

 

Try to hang on until Friday night/Saturday morning before you buy any more polish! The Maven window will be open .... and the decisions will have to be made! Do we stay strong? Or cave ...... anybody know if you can use partial Jules/partial payment to pay for an upgrade?

post #120 of 1450

I can see them accidentally letting us see the boxes early, but I really don't think an intro box would have a brand new product that hasn't been in a maven box yet.. but a pedi cream is totally appropriate for August imo so who knows!

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