Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review – June 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 naturally couldn’t resist this subscription!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This month they included all of the samples in this adorable drawstring bag!
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.
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!
Each box comes with a Play! Pass, which is a card you can use at Sephora (in-store) to get 50 extra rewards points, and you can also get one-on-one tutorials and tips of products from a Sephora consultant.
Although I have to mention, you can walk in and get shown any tips and even a “mini makeover” (which is where a consultant will do a small demo on you like a certain eye look, how to do your brows, how to contour, matching you with a foundation, etc) anytime! So if you don’t have this subscription (or can’t get off the waitlist), you can still go to your local Sephora and try out all the products featured.
Sephora has an excellent info card – it feels like reading a magazine! This month’s “theme” is focused on minimalist products that make it simple and easy to do natural/neutral/understated looks.
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.
BareMinerals BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer – .1 fl oz, value: $2.80
If you’re familiar with the serum foundation that BareMinerals released a couple years ago, this serum bronzer is a very similar formula. It’s very lightweight and thin and a little goes a long way. You can use this to contour your face, you can add it to your foundation to warm it up/darken it to match your tan, you can add it to your moisturizer for an all-over face glow, and you can even add it to your body lotion and get a sun-kissed look that way.
BECCA Backlight Priming Filter – .2 fl oz, value: $7.60
This is an illuminating primer from BECCA. The shimmer is very fine and you won’t get any glitter-face. This is another very versatile product – my favorite way to use it is to mix it with my under eye concealer for instant brightening and an extra boost of hiding under-eye circles and the fact that it’s a primer means that it also helps my under-eye concealer not crease and stay all day. This is designed as a primer but you can also use it as a general highlighter.
Here they are swatched. A little goes a long way with both.
Tarte TarteGuard Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion – .23 fl oz, value: $4.33
Tarte came out with this sunscreen lotion last summer and I love it! It smells great, feels very hydrating, and the bottle is actually glass (not plastic) so it feels a little nicer/more expensive than the typical sample packaging I was expecting.
Bumble & Bumble Don’t Blow It Hair Cream – .5 fl oz, value: $3.10
This is a product for days where you just let your hair air-dry. It’s supposed to help add volume and a “laid-back look.” Unfortunately I didn’t notice too much of a difference, but my hair is the flattest and straightest of them all. Let me know how this works for those of you with some natural texture to your hair!
Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara – .1 oz, value: $8
This is one of my all-time favorite mascaras. It’s amazing for separation, length, and volume, and it has serious staying power – I’ve never experienced it getting under my eyes throughout the day. I always recommended this one to clients when working at Sephora.
Tocca Florence – sample
This perfume combines the notes of Italian Bergamot with Crushed Violet Petals. It’s a pretty nice perfume – sophisticated, floral, and feminine. I prefer sweeter perfumes myself, though.
And here’s a look with me wearing the BECCA Backlight Filter as a highlighter/mixed with my under-eye concealer, the BareMinerals Bronzing serum, and the Benefit They’re Real mascara
Verdict: I really liked my June Play! by Sephora box! I like the packaging, presentation, and info sheet. I think the “minimalists” theme was pretty well curated, too. The samples are all a pretty decent size that lets you get a lot of uses out of them. I love keeping up on new releases from my favorite brands that I learned about or discovered while working at Sephora. The value this month adds up to $25.83, which I’m happy with for a $10 box!
What do you think of Play! by Sephora? Did you get off the waitlist this month like me?