Play! by Sephora #609 Subscription Box Review – April 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.
FYI – The box variation I received this month is box ending in #609. 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 “a Step in the Right Perfection,” and the info booklet is all about taking your products and routine to the next level, and offers lots of tips throughout your entire beauty routine!
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!
Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover – 0.84 fl oz, Value $3.73
This makeup remover is definitely effective! It removed my eye makeup well. Plus, it’s gentle so it’s good for contact wearers and those with sensitive skin. It also contains ingredients to condition and strengthen your lashes.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – 0.25 oz, Value $9
If you’ve been a part of the subscription box world for a little while, you’re probably familiar with this primer. Smashbox makes excellent primers (they even have a whole line for different skin types and needs), and this one is a classic oil-free option. Primers help smooth your complexion to help your foundation look better, helps you need to use less product when you apply foundation, plus primers create a barrier between your skin and your foundation to protect it.
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask – 0.5 fl oz, Value $9.39
This mask smells amazing! It’s in a marmalade-esque texture and also contains a paste made from Mediterranean lemons that offer some gentle exfoliation, too. It’s very citrusy and refreshing and is designed to revitalize dull skin and add a vibrant, healthy glow.
Make Up Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil in m-10 – 0.5 g, Value $5.25
I know black eyeliners are generally received with a collective groan from most of our readers, but honestly, I’m really excited about anything from Make Up Forever! They’re a pricey brand that makes amazing products. Their name is Make Up Forever because every product they make is meant to have amazing staying power and incredible pigmentation. And, after playing with all of their products while working at Sephora, I have to agree that they totally do! This liner pencil is no exception – it applies very smoothly, is an intense, opaque black, and doesn’t budge at all.
After a couple seconds to let it set, I could rub my finger back and forth over this and it didn’t even blur.
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel – 2 single-use packets, Value $11
The full size of this peel is $88 for 16 treatments, which makes these 2 single-use foil packets actually value $11 altogether. This peel is supposed to be a medical-strength dose of retinol that exfoliates, promotes collagen production, reduces the look of wrinkles, and promotes a firm, radiant complexion. Two uses aren’t enough to really see a huge difference but peels are one of my favorite things to do for my skin. I love to use a peel and then a replenishing or hydrating mask afterward.
Each foil packet contains a pre-soaked pad that you massage thoroughly onto your skin. It’s really convenient, and it makes it easy to carry the product onto your neck and décolleté as well – those areas are often forgotten about during the use of anti-aging products!
Pinrose Secret Genius Perfume – sample scented sheet
This perfume is described as “warm & sweet gourmand” which is basically right up my fragrance alley. I love those kinds of fragrances. This perfume’s key notes are caramel and vanilla (yum) but also has notes of white chocolate, sandalwood, and cedarwood. I know many people write off the “bonus” perfume sample in this subscription (I kind of do, too) but it’s always a pleasant surprise when it’s a perfume I actually really like!
Verdict: This was a pretty good Play! by Sephora box for me. I got to discover some new skincare products that I like, and I’m always happy with any Make Up Forever product. The value this month adds up to $38.37, which I’m definitely happy with for a $10 discovery box!
What do you think about the April Play! by Sephora box? What variation did you get?