Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review – May 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.
I used to work at Sephora so I’m so happy I was able to get off the waitlist this month!
FYI – Play! by Sephora is currently in semi-waitlist mode.
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.
This month they included all of the samples in this adorable drawstring bag!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box.(Check out the 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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Sephora has such an excellent info card – it feels like reading a magazine! This month’s “theme” is focused on products with good, earthy, natural ingredients.
They have such thorough information on each product and brand! There’s also great tips on how to use each item and ways to get different looks with the lip products.
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.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! – 1 oz, value: $9
I haven’t tried this hair mask yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I had a lot of hair loss post-partum and now that it’s growing back in, I’ve been wanting to get into hair masks– I’m curious to see how much healthier my hair will feel.
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine – sample
Each Play! Box will have a perfume sample in addition to the other 5 samples. I know I’m definitely not alone with not being thrilled with perfume samples… I never end up using them so for me they may as well be a sample card. I did learn a lot about fragrance while working at Sephora that made me have more of an appreciation for discovering them, though.
This sample is a little mini spray, like perfume sample-size. (pic below). This product is a sort of primer for masks. It’s supposed to optimize your skin’s condition to benefit the most from masks, as well as help them wash off better. I’m a little skeptical about this product, so I’ll definitely have to use it next time it’s mask night (I really want to think that masks straight on skin would work best), but I can tell you I like this as a facial mist, at the very least. (FYI – this isn’t recommended to use with a peel-off mask.)
KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial – .34 fl oz, value: $12.09
I have tried this product before, and I like it. The scent is a little strong but it’s a nice overnight treatment.
Both of these masks are pretty well-known ones from Origins (especially the charcoal mask). I love the charcoal mask but have yet to try the Drink Up mask. Both get great reviews, and I want to be sure to use the Maskimizer along with a mask of the same brand, since those masks are what it’s really made to work with.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Sample in Kimchi – .05 oz, value: $8.33
I adore BITE beauty! All they do is lip products and my favorite thing about them is that everything they make is made with food grade ingredients! Meaning all the butters, oils, and pigments in the lipstick that you’ll inevitably accidentally ingest is totally not going to be bad for you. This shade, Kimchi is described as a “shocking pink” and I would say that’s accurate. BITE always sends out hot pink lipstick samples, even with their last line of lipsticks.
(Also, I think this mini version of their full-size lipstick tube is adorable.)
Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon – .001 oz, value: $1.80
This is a pretty tiny lip liner, but definitely still enough for a few good uses. The colors is a nice, rich neutral one that is flattering on a lot of skin tones. This formula went on really smoothly for me and has a matte finish. Bonus: I was still able to kiss my baby without leaving marks on him with this!
The top swatch here is the Bite Beauty Kimchi lipstick – the color payoff for this formula is awesome! Plus it’s very hydrating. The bottom swatch is the Tarte lip crayon. It’s a little soft of a formula, so apply with a light hand.
And here are the lip products on me! I know the Bite Beauty lipstick is quite bold for some people – try it, though! You may find that you love the shade once it’s on you, or at least see how you like the formula and check out shades that are more in your comfort zone.
When I was in New York to film with Elizabeth & Clarke for their new Unstainable clothing collection (and also checked out Birchbox Soho while I was there), I accidentally found Bite Beauty’s Bite Lip Lab! You can actually create and formulate your own lipstick! We couldn’t stop in because we didn’t have time and I knew I’d want to spend a lot of time there, but you have to schedule a time to come in and make your own lipstick, anyway.
If you’re in the area and get a chance to go to their Lip Lab, tell me all about it!
Verdict: I really enjoyed the May Play! by Sephora box! The packaging and presentation is fantastic and most of the samples are pretty good size! I used to work at Sephora so I’m a little extra giddy to get my Play! box. I love keeping up on new releases from my favorite brands.
What do you think of Play! by Sephora? Did you get off the waitlist this month like me?