Play! by Sephora Review – April 2016
Play! by Sephora is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription. Each month they send you six samples, a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! PASS for in-store learning.
FYI – Play! by Sephora is currently in semi-waitlist mode. On Friday, we discovered that you could sign up without being on the waitlist or getting an email from Sephora about being off the waitlist. Since then, off-the-waitlist emails have been coming in to customers on the waitlist, but it is clear that the waitlist didn’t work like a waitlist should. I keep thinking of this quote with Sephora and the word waitlist:
Anyway! Hopefully everyone who wants a subscription is off the waitlist, but if you are still waiting for an invite, check the comments on this post for lots of tips.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Play! by Sephora
The Cost: $10
The Products: Five deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample, a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! PASS for in-store learning.
Ships to: US
The info booklet for this subscription is one of the best I’ve seen, and I love that it has useful tips and illustrations for applying makeup/using your products.
And subscribers get a Play! card to take into their local Sephora store:
With the card, you get in store tutorials on how to use the products in the box, and 50 extra beauty insider points with any in-store purchase.
Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil – .1 oz Value $7.60
Milk officially makes the tiniest and cutest samples! Also – why can’t all foil packet samples come with a cap? So useful!
Now that I’m done obsessing over the packaging – let’s get to the product! This oil is lovely – it has a light citrusy scent and absorbs quickly. You can use for your face body or hair. I’ve been using it as a body oil and love it.
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream – .1 oz Value $5.30
I found this eye cream to be gentle and hydrating – and I love that you can apply it directly from the tube to your skin. I didn’t notice any brightening effects, but I like it enough to use the entire sample!
Sunday Riley Good Genes – 10 ml Value $35
This is a great sized sample – 1/3 of the full-size version! This serum gets such great reviews and is free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. I don’t love the scent – but I’ll get over that if it improves my skin tone!
Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2AM Kiss – 2 ml Value $3
Based on Sephora’s new brand messaging around the Play! by Sephora subscription, all boxes will now include a perfume sample and 5 other deluxe samples. I normally complain about perfume samples in boxes, but 5 deluxe samples for $10 is amazing – so I’ll just consider this bonus!
Sephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel in Peony – .35 oz Value $7.30
This cheek tint gel is really easy to blend – very important for a cheek tint! It’s also a buildable color so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. Sephora recommended applying it with a (Sephora) brush, but I applied it with my finger tips and had no problems!
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien 1.7 g Value $18.50
This is almost the same size as the full size version. It reminds me of the NUDESTIX lip crayon (that I love), but this formula has more shimmer and shine to it.
Here are both shades swatched:
Verdict: This box has a value of about $77. That’s amazing for a $10 box! The brands and sample sizes are great too – and the presentation and extra info is wonderful. I have no complaints about this box! I think this is the new beauty box to beat!
What do you think of Play! by Sephora?