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Play! By Sephora September 2016 Subscription Box Theme Spoiler!

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We have the first sneak peek for the September 2016 Play! By Sephora subscription box! (And good news – the waitlist is open!) The theme is The Unbasic Basics:

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Check out the video below:

What do you think of the September 2016 Play! By Sephora box theme spoiler? Any guesses on what will be in the box? It looks like an eyeliner:

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A hair product:

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A face skincare product:

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Lipstick:

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And maybe some laughter:

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All good things! 🙂 Check out our Play! by Sephora reviews, and all of our reviews of Cheap Subscription Boxes to find more similarly priced subscription boxes!

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

101 Comments

  1. What I found another site

    Kat Von D tattoo liner
    Anastasia clear brow gel
    Dr Jart water drop moisturizer
    Tory burch Jolie fleur perfume
    Living proof perfect hair day night cap
    Sephora rogue shine lipstick

    Hope this helps 🙂

    • Thanks!
      If that’s true I will use everything except the lipstick. Good box for me 🙂

  2. one thing that is a plus for me even if the sizes are small is—i can go and buy them ! with my ipsy and birchbox i receive some samples that i like and would like to buy more or a color that’s better on me or something like that. well with some of the online only/imported/indie/etc i’m stuck to ordering online. why would i want to pay s&h for one lipstick or eyeshadow when i can run to the store? of course i’m lucky i can get to major stores and sephora in ten mins so i’m have an instant gratification /patience issue i guess lol but i am more likely to to do that than order something i cant look at in person first.

  3. I think Sephora playbox is the best the products are always good, small or not there are legit., I use to get Ipsy but some of the samples I received started to smell bad, I don’t trust Ipsy’s products at all, if your a Beauty Insider at Sephora you get points that add up for your subscription.

    • Yes…..this! I hated Ipsy except for the cute bags. Birchbox was just ok. With Sephora I love the brands so much more. Plus, I’m a perfume junkie and love that I get a sample of that every month.

    • I feel the same exact way. Even if the samples are smaller at least they are from legit high end brands. I had ipsy for almost 2 years and really got tired of the crappy brands. I almost feel like people judge this box too harshly simply because it’s from Sephora. Put any of these samples in another subscription and people would love it.

    • Anastasia clear brow gel
      Kat Von D tattoo liner
      Living proof perfect hair day night cap
      Tory burch jolie fleur
      Dr Jart Water Drop moisturizer
      Sephora rogue shine lipstick

      What I found on Reddit post

  4. I’m so tired of people hating on this box; I feel like I need to defend it!

    Okay, yes. The samples are rather small. But they are of high-end products. I would rather have a smaller sample from a well-known brand than a full sized product from a company I’ve never heard of. I’m not familiar with the majority of brands Ipsy sends out and don’t feel as trusting that they’ll always be safe to put on my face.

    Even though the sample sizes with Play are smaller, I have yet to finish one completely since I started subscribing. I am just started to finish samples from other boxes I received in May. At this rate, I will never need to buy another mascara, moisturizer, cleanser, exfoliator, eye cream, blush, etc., etc.

    And the most important fact – it’s ten dollars. Are you really going to miss 10 bucks? I won’t. I could buy a $60 moisturizer that will maybe last 3-4 months, or I could get an endless supply of smaller samples AND get to try new products.

    Speaking of new products, maybe you don’t like something in a particular box. Simple: swap it or donate it. Maybe you even dislike an entire month’s box. -Gasp! Again: swap it, donate it, or even sell that baby on eBay to someone without a subscription and make a profit.

    So by all means, cancel away if this box isn’t your cup of tea. But I personally love it, and I know I can’t be the only one.

    • Yes, yes, yes. Thank you Casey!

    • Girl, I 100% agree! The people getting upset that they charge the card before the box is sent shouldn’t be upset or surprised. When you sign up for the box that’s exactly what they say will happen. I also don’t care if I see spoilers before I can skip because that’s part of the fun and point of a sub box! Not to mention if you use the products sparingly as directed they do last a long time! I love trying all sorts of amazing things I may not have thought to try or buy on my own. And for 10 a month it’s totally worth it. I love Sephora Play and have never been disappointed. Liked some boxes more than others but it’s always high end amazing WELL KNOWN brands! I don’t like Ipsy or Birchbox as I know virtually nothing about any of the products they put in. Sephora forever! Lol

    • I agree with you! I’ve been subscribed since the first box, and there’s been something usable and interesting for me in every box. For instance, the Sephora brand makeup sponge/blender – got to try it out, learned I hated that type of application, and didn’t blow 20 bucks on a Beauty Blender, plus got some other samples.

      My one critique is I wish they would mix up the makeup selection a bit and/or provide lip colors that are more universal – I don’t wear bright pink or red lipstick, so the Bite lipstick in hot pink wasn’t for me, but other than that, I’ve enjoyed the boxes so far. The Ouai wave spray alone was worth the $10 for July’s box.

      I think people are missing the point in that these are high end products, it would cost an absolute fortune to send full size items out for $10. Also, the complaints about seeing the same products across subscription boxes – obviously this is going to happen when a company is launching a product, they’re going to place their samples with well known subscriptions.

    • Agree !!! Even though you do not get full size items the values are true values. People actually spend those prices for the products in play. The products in Ipsy or boxycharm I do not find to be true values as the products can typically be bought at a high discount or they are from brands no one buys anyway. I also don’t understand everyone complaining about sample size, that eye balm will last me at least a month, a mini eyeliner will last months, the eyeshadow will last months (does anyone ever in finish an eyeshadow?). Plus I would rather try high end samples than full size products from brands I have never heard. I’m done my rant and I loved that eye balm from last month :).

    • Well said Cacey!! So it took a month to get off the waitlist, big deal. I enjoy every bit of my Play Sub (and my Allure, Ipsy & Scentbird subs too)! I mean the postage just to mail an empty box is almost $10 & they send me stuff inside??? Heck yeah!! So I skip a lunch or dinner out once a month, or pass on yet another cute top that’s on Sale & get my beauty subs instead. (I have a very tight budget.) I love that I stumbled across MSA!!!❤. It’s definitely an addiction for me just reading the reviews & discovering new subs. Especially the past few weeks, as I’ve been mostly immobilized & homebound after an auto accident 3 weeks ago. Thank goodness for the Internet, Amazon 2 day delivery & the Internet!! ??

    • well said!!!

      • I concur!!! My husband complimented me on my hair the other day. The smell and how curly it looked…I can thank the Ouai spray! Never would have discovered it and the sample is so generous it will last awhile!!! LOVE Sephora PLAY!

  5. Any update on the spoilers?

  6. I’m definitely cancelling after I get this months box. The fact that they charge your card the first of the month, but don’t ship until very late in the month is annoying. They should not charge until the package is ready to go. Add that onto the fact that we never see spoilers until it’s too late to skip. Also, the itty bitty samples are not worth it. I like subscription boxes because I go on cruises often and I like to take samples with me. Sephora samples don’t last even a week. Too frustrating.

    • To be fair, they used to charge around the 9th of the month – I’ve been getting the box since the first month – and I typically received my boxes between the 18th and 20th of the month. They changed the charge date in the spring, around the time it opened up to a wider subscriber list, so it may be that they charge earlier to know how many boxes will be sent out and have more time to put them together. Birchbox is similar, they charge the 1st of the month, not when the box is sent out.

    • Yes I am about to cancel too, I am sticking to my Ipsy bag. At least I get full size products well at least 2 out of 5 of the items. Been with Ipsy 2 years now. Sephora samples are small, hate I have to wait till end of month to see what I am getting. Ipsy lets you know within couple days of them charging your card.

    • I’m so glad I canceled last month! I only did 2 months, and both were lost in the mail because of a problem with the shipping label. To their credit, they replaced each one with a random box of samples which were sooo much better than the Play! boxes. When I finally got the first box in the middle of the following month, I was like “Wha?!” They took samples to a whole new tiny level. The box is only $10, but so is Ipsy that has some deluxe and full-size products.

    • This month will be my third Sephora Play box. I was so excited. As soon as I heard about Sephora creating a box I went to sign up for it as I live no where near a Sephora. I was wait listed for what seemed like eternity. I swear the cloud parted and choirs sang when I got my email informing me my number had come up.

      I’ve been severely disappointed with Sephora’s subscription box. Never would I of imagined that Sephora’s samples would be so tiny. I havent been wow’d by anything I’ve gotten in the past two months, heck last month as a few here have mentioned one of my samples wasn’t even a full sample. I’ve seen babies sneeze and produce more fluid than what came out of that tube.

      I’ll be ending my subscription after this box. I signed up for Boxycharm last month, received my first box within a week of subbing and was far more pleased with the items I got. Five, full size products for 21 bucks verses the 11 (with tax) I pay for Sephora crumb teases. I truly am bummed about it as I was looking forward to trying brands that are exclusive to Sephora but I’ve decided my money is better spent with Boxycharm.

      • “I’ve seen babies sneeze and produce more fluid than what came out of that tube.” Lololol! And “crumb teases.” BOL! No lies detected here. So funny!

      • I agree, after being on the wait list for over a year I was so excited to receive the first box. It came, I opened it, what a disappointment! The next two boxes have arrived and with the exception of the Kat Von D eyeliner this month, I honestly want to send it all back. I am also disappointed in the little white bag that accompanies the products each month. It is make-up, honestly, I don’t know anyone who would choose a white bag to store colorful products! I just cancelled my subscription so a new spot is open! I don’t even mind that the products are small in size, it is the selections I have received that I do not like. This box and Glossybox have been the biggest disappointments compared to the others I receive.

  7. The box picture shows white bottles around it so it looks like a liner (we Seeger putting liner on obviously, mascara, lip stick literally cause it looked like a stick product, skincare product and nail polish? Or hair product cause she’s touching her hair in the picture. Who knows anymore and I agree all the themes are the same and pretty much the same products just different brands. I bet cause Sephora just launched a bunch of stuff don’t doubt one will be in it for sure.

  8. Where are the spoilers? I’ve been checking everyday. ? Been so looking forward to the spoilers. ?

    • Me too!

      • Where is the insider chick when you need her?! ?

    • Me too

    • I’m actually getting irritated ?… like…the no spoilers equivalent of hangry… spangry??? Idk…just give me my spoilers you mole!

      • Ditto!

      • LMAO! Your comment actually made me laugh out loud.

        I was getting impatient too (especially in the last few days of August). But now that they’ve already charged my card, I’ve made peace with it. I hate not having been able to make an informed choice, but I’m stuck with this box either way now, right?

    • Me too! The hecks going on?! Maybe since it’s getting closer to shipment maybe I’ll jut do a complete surprise this time. Oh but it’s so hard!!

    • I am to !!!!

  9. I think it seems like a good month. It all looks useful to me. Looking forward to spoilers.

  10. I think a nail polish might be featured. Maybe a julep nail polish?!? I’d love to see that. Side note, I feel like the themes are the same each month, not sure why but it all feels the same.

    • I’ve been thinking the same thing about the themes!!

    • I hope not Julep. I am not a fan of that nail polish. It chips within hours of me applying it and it’s never as opaque as I want. I’m going to hope for Formula X.

  11. I really hope our anonymous insider gets the inside scoop soon ? I love knowing the spoilers for the month early on and then dreaming about them and how I am going to use them for weeks until they arrive lol

    • Agreed!!! ??

    • agreed! so glad I’m not the only one 😉

    • I check this site almost daily to see if the spoilers are up yet! Haha

      • YES! I’ve been checking for spoilers ever since I received this month’s box

  12. it is totally the Kat von D tattoo liner, they are pushing that hard in the 500 pt box, and she just redid all of the lock it concealers

    • I hope so! I love my Kat Von Danielle liner, but it died so would love another one without actually having to purchase it 😉

      • Not Danielle.. ?

        Autocorrect can be so wrong, so harsh sometimes lol

      • I would be SO HAPPY if it was a black Kat Von D liner!

    • I’d be surprised/annoyed if its the Kat Von D liner, that was in the March box. I’ve been subscribed since the first box, and I haven’t seen any repeats yet.

  13. Just so people interested in this sub know, I just received a different box than the one showing on my account page. When I emailed customer service, I was told that what shows up on your account page is not guaranteed to be what you receive. I got the box w/ the Caudalie. My account shows the other box. Also, I had emailed to find out what happened to my box, as it was shipped on the 12th. On the 19th the shipping date changed to the 22nd. CS kept telling me it would arrive on the 22nd after I already said it didn’t arrive on the 22nd. Then changed to the 26th. Cancelling!

    • so I had an issue with mine not receiving a sample listed in the box, I emailed them and they sent me 100 point reward as a consolation. They should give you a reward as well if you let them know what happened!

    • My box came very late last month as well! It said it “shipped” on the 12th but did not arrive until the 24th. I was tracking it and it went all over to different post offices, very weird. I have not been that impressed with the boxes so far. This box doesn’t seem exciting to me at all, and honestly I’m very close to canceling. I have gotten so many products that I’ve received in the past as freebies or with points. Getting a little annoyed.

  14. Idk, but I do recognize the model in the images and video from America’s Next Top Model, haha!

  15. Does anyone know how to cancel this box? I’m not really loving it. I’ve been hesitant but I just don’t think it’s worth it to me. Any help would be appreciated. Btw I did look on the play! Site but couldn’t find how to cancel. Need help!!

    • I just emailed them. It was really easy.

    • @Dana – You might have missed it under the FAQs, but here’s Sephora’s policy for cancelling the subscription:
      Q: What is the cancellation policy?
      A: “You may cancel your subscription at any time by following the instructions on your My Account page or by calling Customer Service at 1-844-PLAY-HLP. As of May 1, 2016, cancelations must be made before the first of the month to affect the current month’s box. If you cancel after the first of the month, you will be charged for and receive that month’s PLAY! by SEPHORA product box, which will be your final one. For example, if you would like to cancel and not receive the May box, you must do so by April 30. There is no cancelation fee, and we’ll be sorry to see you go!”

      (If you sign in to your Sephora account, go to My Account, scroll downward to Play by Sephora section, and you’ll see the “Update or cancel subscription” link.) HTH

    • I’ve been really underwhelmed with all the boxes I’ve gotten from them. I’m considering cancelling but wanted to see what was in the box this month. I know it says deluxe sample sizes but holy cow they are tiny. I get Birchbox and Ipsy too and their products are much better sizes. I know they aren’t always as high end but I like that I get at least 1 full sz product and can get more than 1 time use. I did like that last month the products were able to be used together but they were just so tiny. Am I just spoiled by my other subscriptions? Also I’ve been thinking of cancelling all 3 and getting Boxycharm instead.

  16. It looks like that living proof hair oil that birchbox just had

  17. Does anyone know if they’ll open up shipping to Canada soon? we have a warehouse here so I don’t see why thy haven’t yet 🙁

  18. Maybe a cleanser or makeup remover? Hair oil.

  19. Killin’ it with your new profile pic, Liz!!

  20. I think the lipstick looks like one of the new MAke up Forever ones. They just relaunched their whole lipstick line, so that would make sense.

    • That’s what I think too. It looks like the exact MUF shade that has been a gift with $25 purchase on their website.

  21. OMG I love the new profile pic, Liz! Awesome awesome awesome!!! XD

    • Thanks so much!! 🙂

    • yeah! FANTASTIC!

  22. Yassssss, I love the pic!

  23. That looks like a Living Proof sample in the mirror.

    • It does! Good eye! 🙂

  24. I love the new profile pic as well! Except for the lipstick, this sounds a lot like this month’s box LOL

    • Aw, thank you, Victoria! 🙂

  25. Your new profile picture is great! I love the way y’all are reviewing all the items by actually wearing them-the clothes and the make up! Only downside? Such great pictures makes me want all the boxes!

    • OMG what a compliment – thank you, Susie! 🙂

  26. I love your new profile photo Liz!!

    • Thanks, Beka! I was a few years past due for a new pic! 😉

  27. Def going to be a nail polish of some sort… At least that’s what the white-out picture look like on the pamphlet. It seems like you guessed the rest too! I’m loving Sephora more and more each month. I haven’t been disappointed like I’ve been with Ipsy…

    • Although it does look like there is another mascara like tube… so I could be off hah

    • That polish definitely looks like julep but I wonder if sephora is still carrying it now that Ultra picked up the full line. Totally odd…
      And the little tube with the rounded end looks like the orange clinique eye prep they gave out a few months back…but I don’t think sephora repeats the exact product much so I can’t see that being in the box either :/

      • Also he’s holding a lipstick… maybe they are trying to throw us off hahaha

  28. I’m actually thinking about canceling my sub to Sephora. I’ve been meh about every box. As far as $10 subs go, I am diggin’ Ipsy way more.

    • I’ve been the complete opposite haha! I’ve only liked maybe one thing per my latest Ipsy bags.

    • I was in the same boat. I unsubbed for August and I’m not really regretting it!

    • Me too!

    • I just suspended Allure, but didn’t cancel yet in case it gets better I won’t have to create a new account. I am soooooo close to cancelling Sephora, but FOMO is making me hesitate. I am lucky if I use half of the items from any of the boxes. Mostly what I get ends up in the “give to family and friends” pile. FOMO is really making me crazy. My husband just shakes his head in bewilderment. It’s a no-brainer to him! LOL!

    • Me too. I was so excited when I got the email I was off the waitlist but eh, not so impressed, especially with the size of the samples. I don’t think I’ve ever used every item in any of my boxes but my sister and bestie are happy to get what I don’t use. They both have different coloring and hair type than me so they benefit. I did try edivv to swap stuff but only ended up using it twice. I have a pretty big stock pile right now so I might try it again. I never need another black mascara ever. I have so many. I wish the box companies would mix it up a bit, maybe a colored mascara or something fun. I love Benefit’s They’re Real mascara but I have 2 or 3 unopened along with Urban Decay Perversion, I think I also have 3 of them. I do like getting nail polish but again, most are some sort of dark pink or red, which I usually wear on my toes but I’d like to experiment with some fun colors. I love the purple I got in last month’s Ipsy’s bag.

  29. Wow, looks like another great box. I have been very pleased with my Play! sub so far.

  30. Still waiting for my August box! Got a shipping notification on Aug. 12 and hasn’t had any activity since. Has this happened to anyone else?

    • It happened to me. I e-mailed them yesterday and my box mysteriously started moving.

    • I got mine today!

    • Same. Got the notification on the 15th and it hasn’t moved. Why not send the notifications when they actually start moving?

      • Same thing here (August 15). Still waiting a few more days before complaining.

        • same here, august 15th also. also waiting a few more days.

    • Same here . same with my allure box too ?

    • Same here @Casey

      • On the ups website it says to expect delays for some orders because of flooding in GA and LA… Maybe this is affecting your orders…?
        Severe Flooding Continues to Impact Service in Areas of Louisiana
        Posted August 18 , 12:00 pm ET
        Severe flooding is expected to continue impacting service in Louisiana today.
        We will work to ensure the safety of our employees while minimizing effects on service. Our teams are assessing the service impacts from the weather and implementing contingency plans to help ensure that shipments arrive at their final destinations as quickly as conditions permit.
        Continue to check here for the latest information about service impacts and to track the status of your packages. As we assess local conditions, we will post ZIP codes where no pickups or deliveries are being made.
        Resources
        To be notified via email or text when the status of your package has changed, select the Notify me with Updates feature when tracking your shipment on ups.com. Please continue to visit ups.com for service updates as well.
        For more information about the service impact on UPS Freight® pickups and deliveries, please visit UPS Freight.
        Contact your local The UPS Store® directly for information about any impacts to their hours of operation. Visit The UPS Store to find the location nearest you.
        Note that the UPS Service Guarantee does not apply when transportation networks are disrupted due to events of this nature. For more information, refer to the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service.
        All ZIP Codes Affected
        Louisiana (7)
        70510, 70520, 70521, 70559, 70578, 70583, 70592
        California (4)
        92344, 92371, 92394, 92397

        (Just in case the other post was difficult for you to read)

        • Ah! Yes. I live in SC and we had delivery problems last year when half the state flooded. All in good time. 🙂

    • I received a shipping notice on the 12th and there is no activity. It says ready to go or something to that effect. I live in Indiana so I doubt the flooding would cause an issue.

    • Same here.

    • Me too. I got my shipping notice on the 12th also. I would swear there was an estimated arrival date on it also. However, when I checked again today because it hadn’t arrived yet, now there is nothing about estimated arrival date.

    • Same thing happened to me, I emailed Sephora customer service about it a few days ago and the only response I got back was a generic one that was totally just copied and pasted from their FAQ.

      • I received my tracking info on the 12th, the same day my daughter received hers. My daughter received her box yesterday, so I called Sephora because tracking showed no movement on my box SINCE the 12th. They reimbursed my $10.80 after I complained because there is no reason I should wait until the 25th for a refund (they can’t send replacement boxes). Obviously there are some shipping issues if they can’t access the tracking info and if my daughter received hers when they “shipped” the same day. If I do receive the box, I will call and let them know. Seems like this happened to many costumers this month.

        • They can’t sent replacement boxes.I complained about 1 item being like it seemed like it was open and empty and they sent a whole new box. I hate when they send samples in a giant tube and I literally did not have enough to even apply on my face to try

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