Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review – February 2017
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.)
Every month they include all of the samples a little drawstring bag with a different design. This month is a soft, pink, satin bag!
FYI – The box variation I received this month is box ending in #575. To find out which box you’re receiving at the beginning of each month, follow these instructions:
“If you log in through a browser, not the app, and go to my account > account details > online orders and open the play! Order Details, you can see the “item number” next to the image.”
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: U.S.
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.
I do have to mention, you can walk in and get shown any tips and even a “mini makeover” at the Beauty Studio (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. and teach you what they’re doing) 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, or any other products you’ve had your eye on.
This month’s theme is “the Soft Side,” and making “a radiant understatement.” I really like that concept. I love seeing a simple, natural look that is fueled by well-taken care of skin and easy makeup!
On the very inside of the folded info sheet is thorough details and tips about each featured product. They always give helpful information and advice so I definitely recommend making sure you read these!
NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound – 0.07 oz, Value $9.10
This is not a matte liquid lipstick that dries down to be non-transferrable. It wears more like a cream lipstick – it sets to be semi-matte, but it wears a little like a gloss in that it doesn’t dry completely. I like the formula and the applicator, and it’s very comfortable on my lips! This shade is also very pretty – I know a lot of people will be happy to see a more easy-to-wear, everyday shade in their box! This shade, Bound, is a rose pink.
Too Faced Lip Injections Glossy in Milkshake – 0.03 oz, Value $4.71
Admittedly, like Liz, I generally don’t notice any difference with plumping lip products. However, I noticed a little bit with this one – but uncomfortably. The info packet says to expect some tingling while it gets working, and I did, but it lasted quite some time and honestly my lips were left feeling slightly irritated. I suppose that may be the idea behind the plumping process, though? Put enough of something that stings to boost blood flow to your lips? I didn’t find this to be too bad, but I just don’t need the effect enough to bother with the discomfort. I did notice while looking over the reviews on Sephora, that there’s a big influx of new reviews from people trying this in their box that said they had a much worse reaction to this formula than I did – I recommend testing this on your hand or something first!
The look of the product itself, however, is glossy and pretty with some subtle glimmer that I love the look of. The shade is pretty pale even for me and washes me out a little. The formula is slightly sticky, too. I think that the right color of this gloss could be a good product for someone who feels they need the plumping effect.
Here are swatches of the Too Faced gloss (milkshake) and the NARS lip glide (bound).
Sephora Lashcraft Length + Volume Mascara – 0.094 oz, Value $3.42
This is a new mascara from Sephora Collection. It’s meant to lengthen and volumize with a flat, paddle-like brush. I actually really like this formula, especially for the price. The wand gives me nice control and the nylon-infused formula is clump-free and lengthens well. I didn’t notice a ton of volumizing myself, but overall I like the result. It’s designed to just wash off with water, too, and doesn’t require chemicals or makeup removers! I wore this today and I felt like it was smudging under my eyes just a little throughout the day, but it really wasn’t much. The size of the sample irked me, though – this isn’t even a normal travel-size mascara. I wouldn’t have minded so terribly, except the cap is basically just as long as my thumbnail and was very hard to hold and use.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – 0.17 oz, Value $10.20
I love good eye creams! I haven’t tried this one from Origins before, though, so I was excited to try something new. This cream is great – it’s lightweight and absorbs well but it left my under-eyes feeling hydrated for a good while afterward. This is designed to reduce dark circles and depuff. I don’t have a problem with either of these on a regular basis so I can’t speak to how well that works specifically, but I can tell you my eyes felt so good after using this. New favorite!
Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer – 0.24 oz, Value $4.56
The Pep-Start line is the latest release from Clinique. So far I’ve only tried the eye cream, which I like, but I am so glad I also got to try this moisturizer! It’s fantastic for mornings because it dries matte and helps blur skin imperfections, which add up to also being a fantastic primer. It also felt nice and cool on my skin. I used this this morning and I thought it was great.
Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence – 0.04 fl oz, Value $2.28
This perfume is supposed to be “sensual, radiant, and express glamour and luxury,” with notes of champagne, orange blossom, bergamot, hydrangea, honeysuckle, saffron, vanilla, and amber. The fragrance is a confident, floral one and I think some people may find it a little mature. One thing I learned while working at Sephora is just how different every perfume smells on individuals just due to their body chemistries. My beauty educator, for example, said she couldn’t wear fragrances that had apple in them because her body chemistry turned it sour. Personally, I think fragrances with patchouli end up funky on me. All that to say, this may smell light and flirty and floral on some, but others’ body chemistry and taste preferences may think it smells a little old. What do you think about it?
Here I am wearing the Too Faced Lip Injection Gloss and the Sephora Mascara. The gloss is paler than any lip product I own, but I actually like it more in this picture than I did in the moment. This is the kind of nude that would work with a bold or statement eye – maybe in the summer with a bright eyeliner?
And here’s what the NARS Lip Glide looks like on. I love it! And I’m happy with the look and performance of the Sephora mascara as well.
Verdict: This wasn’t my favorite overall Play! by Sephora box, but I still enjoyed it because I got to try and discover some great new products (which is the whole point, right?!). I was also happy to see some more neutral/easy-to-wear lip colors because so many of our readers have commented that they want to get more of those (rather than yet another red or bright pink lippie). All in all, I really have fun getting to try new products and new releases through Sephora’s subscription. The value adds up to 34.27, which I’m happy with for $10.
What do you think about the February Play! by Sephora box? What variation did you get?