PLAY! by Sephora The Beauty Remedy Edition Review – October 2017
FYI – this box is now sold out.
There were two versions of this with slightly varying products. This is a review of version #2.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Cost: $20 ($140 value)
Discover the best in luxury with one of two exclusive, limited-edition boxes—available online only. Choose from two collections, each with six trial-size samples from Sephora’s top brands, curated by our experts. Indulge in modern luxury with state-of-the-art formulas and breakthrough ingredients that are sure to cure beauty bag boredom. Plus, get to know your exquisite new collection with the help of six limited-edition cards featuring detailed product information.
PLAY! by SEPHORA: The Beauty Remedy Edition is an individual set of luxury items, not a monthly subscription.
The info cards this month came sealed in a little foil pack.
Each product had its own info card.
The flip side of each card had very aesthetically pleasing and well-organized information for each item. They had sections for the amount to use, the time to use (morning, afternoon, night), description, side effect, and the size of each sample. I wish there was this kind of breakdown for every item in subscription boxes… saves us some research!
One of the coolest things about this special edition box is the case it comes in! It’s a hard-sided case that zips all the way around, has a mesh pocket on one side inside, and a wrist strap. It is very Pepto-Bismol pink, and I sort of wish they were black or something instead, but I’m sure plenty of people out there do like this shade of pink so that’s fine. That being said, I (and many of our readers) do think it would have been nice had they offered different color cases between Editions 1 and 2 (maybe one pink and one black or something).
Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence – 1 oz, Retail Value $35.80
This is a new product from Amore Pacific! It’s pure fermented green tea extract, which has anti-aging and antioxidant properties. (This product was only sent in Edition 2.)
This 1 oz bottle is a really nicely packaged deluxe sample! It comes in a frosted glass bottle, which feels really luxe.
I’ve only tried this essence twice (after cleansing, before moisturizing), and I like it so far! It feels very refreshing and calming when I apply it.
La Mer the Moisturizing Soft Cream – .24 oz, Retail Value $40.80
(This La Mer cream was sent in both versions.) This is a lightweight moisturizing cream. It’s actually the only La Mer product I’ve ever tried. A little goes a long way with this!
This cream left my skin feeling soft and supple. I don’t totally care for the fragrance but it doesn’t irritate my skin and overall works well! One thing worth noting: I was really glad to see my sample jar of this was actually full.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer – .33 fl oz, Retail Value $17.16
This is probably YSL’s most popular product. This is a primer that’s made to blur your complexion and give you a smooth, glowy look.
Looking at this primer you can actually see super-fine, golden flecks that are there to help with the glow factor. It’s quite a nice primer! I think it works well and it feels good on the skin, and I noticed a difference in appearance. It’s not slippery like silicone-based primers, either, and I like that personally.
Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm – .04 oz, Retail Value $20.57
This is a translucent lip balm from Givenchy that is designed to be moisturizing, plumping, and color-boosting.
This really goes on quite clear and is supposed to work with your own skin’s pH level to subtly boost the color into something that’s truly “your natural color but more.”
As you can see, it really is just a clear balm that maybe adds just a subtle pink to my lips. The texture was nice and hydrating, as a balm should be, and it was comfortable to wear.
Giorgio Armani Ecstacy Shine in 400 red – .05 oz, Retail Value $19
This lipstick is meant to have a balm texture and hydration while still providing intense color. I’d say that pretty truly describes it.
This shade looks darker in the tube than it does on, I think because of the hydrating and balm-like texture. This also makes it so that the color isn’t super opaque – it has just a bit of sheerness to it. Still tons of color, though.
Here’s the Giorgio Armani lipstick on.
Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume – .14 fl oz, Retail Value $10.60
I’ve tried a couple Atelier Cologne samples before, thanks to various subscription boxes and have never been crazy about them, but I have to say I actually really like this one!
It’s a significantly Sandalwood fragrance, but it also has dulce de leche and rare spices included in the formula. I also love the travel spray design – travel sprays and rollerballs are my favorite packaging for perfumes.
Verdict: I thought this special edition Sephora Play! The Beauty Remedy Edition box (Edition #2) was really fun and exciting. I’m happy with the size and value of the products – there are some quite expensive products in here! Everything really worked for me, as well. The value adds up to $143.93 which is incredible for a $20 box. I’m definitely happy with that.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, both versions are now sold out.
Value Breakdown: At $20 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence: $4.97
- La Mer the Moisturizing Soft Cream: $5.67
- Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer: $2.38
- Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm: $2.86
- Giorgio Armani Ecstacy Shine: $2.64
- Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume: $1.47
What do you think about Edition #2 of the recent Sephora Play! The Beauty Remedy Edition releases? Did you buy one of them?