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Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review – May 2016

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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’m so happy I was able to get off the waitlist this month!

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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.

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This month they included all of the samples in this adorable drawstring bag!

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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

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Sephora has such an excellent info card – it feels like reading a magazine! This month’s “theme” is focused on products with good, earthy, natural ingredients.

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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.

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With the card, you get in store tutorials on how to use the products in the box, and 50 extra beauty insider points with any in-store purchase.

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! – 1 oz, value: $9

I haven’t tried this hair mask yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I had a lot of hair loss post-partum and now that it’s growing back in, I’ve been wanting to get into hair masks– I’m curious to see how much healthier my hair will feel.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine – sample

Each Play! Box will have a perfume sample in addition to the other 5 samples. I know I’m definitely not alone with not being thrilled with perfume samples… I never end up using them so for me they may as well be a sample card. I did learn a lot about fragrance while working at Sephora that made me have more of an appreciation for discovering them, though.

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Origins Maskimizer Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer – sample

This sample is a little mini spray, like perfume sample-size. (pic below). This product is a sort of primer for masks. It’s supposed to optimize your skin’s condition to benefit the most from masks, as well as help them wash off better. I’m a little skeptical about this product, so I’ll definitely have to use it next time it’s mask night (I really want to think that masks straight on skin would work best), but I can tell you I like this as a facial mist, at the very least. (FYI – this isn’t recommended to use with a peel-off mask.)

KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial – .34 fl oz, value: $12.09

I have tried this product before, and I like it. The scent is a little strong but it’s a nice overnight treatment.

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Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask Sample

Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask Sample

Both of these masks are pretty well-known ones from Origins (especially the charcoal mask). I love the charcoal mask but have yet to try the Drink Up mask. Both get great reviews, and I want to be sure to use the Maskimizer along with a mask of the same brand, since those masks are what it’s really made to work with.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Sample in Kimchi – .05 oz, value: $8.33

I adore BITE beauty! All they do is lip products and my favorite thing about them is that everything they make is made with food grade ingredients! Meaning all the butters, oils, and pigments in the lipstick that you’ll inevitably accidentally ingest is totally not going to be bad for you. This shade, Kimchi is described as a “shocking pink” and I would say that’s accurate. BITE always sends out hot pink lipstick samples, even with their last line of lipsticks.

(Also, I think this mini version of their full-size lipstick tube is adorable.)

Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon – .001 oz, value: $1.80

This is a pretty tiny lip liner, but definitely still enough for a few good uses. The colors is a nice, rich neutral one that is flattering on a lot of skin tones. This formula went on really smoothly for me and has a matte finish. Bonus: I was still able to kiss my baby without leaving marks on him with this!

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The top swatch here is the Bite Beauty Kimchi lipstick – the color payoff for this formula is awesome! Plus it’s very hydrating. The bottom swatch is the Tarte lip crayon. It’s a little soft of a formula, so apply with a light hand.

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And here are the lip products on me! I know the Bite Beauty lipstick is quite bold for some people – try it, though! You may find that you love the shade once it’s on you, or at least see how you like the formula and check out shades that are more in your comfort zone.

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When I was in New York to film with Elizabeth & Clarke for their new Unstainable clothing collection (and also checked out Birchbox Soho while I was there), I accidentally found Bite Beauty’s Bite Lip Lab! You can actually create and formulate your own lipstick! We couldn’t stop in because we didn’t have time and I knew I’d want to spend a lot of time there, but you have to schedule a time to come in and make your own lipstick, anyway.

If you’re in the area and get a chance to go to their Lip Lab, tell me all about it!

Verdict: I really enjoyed the May Play! by Sephora box! The packaging and presentation is fantastic and most of the samples are pretty good size! I used to work at Sephora so I’m a little extra giddy to get my Play! box. I love keeping up on new releases from my favorite brands.

What do you think of Play! by Sephora? Did you get off the waitlist this month like me?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

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.


  1. I like fragrance samples. but I don’t enjoy receiving samples that are clearly marked “gratis not for re-sale”. They could at least keep those types out of the box. I think they make the box seem cheesy. And foil packets, too, especially when they’re so tiny. But we get what we get. It’s a surprise, sometimes.
    It’s funny, the Bite Kimchi is identical to what I received in Target’s box this month as L’Oreal LeMatte in 100. It’s that same big, bold pink.
    I used to love the little cardboard boxes, I could use those for storage, but these little chesecloth bags, ugh. Even the Sephora hard plastic cards have been cheapened down to flimsier cards. I’m disappointed with this box.
    The Maskimizers I’ll try, shame they’re one-timers, Korres I like, Briogeo I haven’t tried and it’s a good size. The Tarte lip pencil that I received is broken at the end and unusable. Nothing is left. So much for that.
    I hope they step up their game with next month’s box. Just seems like this box was a mish-mash of samples they wanted to get rid of.

  2. For anyone that has subscribed to this box for awhile:
    This is my first sephora box and it seems like it used to be better. I was so looking forward to it and then read posts that because it opened up to so many new subscribers the value will go down. Well, I feel like I had a trick played on me. I don’t like the “bag”, the perfume smells like Christmas potpourri, I always throw away lip products (and there had to be two?!), found out I’m allergic to rose oil when I woke up in the middle of the night blotchy and face on fire. You can get samples this size for free.
    I’ve read so many have already canceled. Should I cancel? Is this usually how they are? Any think it might get better?

    • Please don’t throw away products. Not only are you contributing to environmental waste, but women’s shelters will be more than happy to take the unwanted samples off of your hands.

      A lot of women come to the shelters having to leave everything behind. Small beauty items help them feel beautiful and more normal.

      • Agreed some stuff isn’t eligible but lippies should be okay.

        • I have made up make up bags full of all kinds of make up items and donated it a women’s shelter. If it is brand new, unused, they are thrilled to get it! These shelters don’t have money in their budget for luxury items – as make up. The ladies are so grateful to receive goody bags like this.

  3. My first box, and it arrived today. I’m fine with the sample sizes and the packaging of the Tarte lipliner is adorable. I think I’ll keep everything, except maaaybe the Bite lipstick – it’s bolder than anything I’ve ever used! But there’s a first time for everything.

    Has anyone gotten the product image scan to work with the Sephora app? I’m not sure if I’m scanning the right thing, the app doesn’t seem to be picking anything up..

    • The Bite didn’t work on me straight up but looked really nice blotted down for a softer look.

      • Me, too! I was going to throw it in the swap pile when I opened the tube but I’m so glad I tried it. Pretty happy with this box overall.

    • The hair mask alone is worth the box. The lipstick would have been great except the color only works for a few women. No way would I wear it for everyday use. Its a color I would have worn when I was under 21 and that isn’t a good thing for my age now.

  4. Just got my first box, so excited. I love the bright lipstick. Looks so pretty on me. Already receive so many compliments today. Hehe. I absolutely love the perfume. Going to have to buy the perfume. I love it! I’m one happy camper. Thank you Sephora

  5. This was my first box and I’m using almost every single item, so I’m happy with it. I actually REALLY love the perfume, the Bite lipstick works with my skin tone, and I really like the Korres mask. The samples are pretty small but so far I’m more satisfied with what I got than I have been with birchbox.

  6. While I’m not a perfume person and I hate getting samples of it, I ended up LOVING this one. First thing I did was dump it into a sample atomizer I had left over so that I could use it in that instead. Smells so fresh and orangey…

    I think I’m kinda sold on Bite lipsticks, too. Normally with makeup, natural ingredients aren’t a huge deal, but when something’s going on my lips it’s nice to know that it’s edible.

  7. Got my box yesterday. It’s not my favorite of the boxes we’ve gotten so far, but I still love it and am more please with this subscription than I ever was with Birchbox or Ipsy.

    Very excited for the lipstick, lip liner, and maskimizer. I already buy the full size Origins Drink Up Intensive, and I love it.

    The perfume smells great to me. And the Korres item & hair product are just ok for me because I dislike rose scent and am on overload of hair products.

  8. I have received the Orange Sanguine before as a sample choice with a Sephora purchase–I really love it. I’m one of the small few who actually enjoy perfume samples. They’re too expensive for me to just buy unless I have a chance to wear them throughout the day to see if I will like them.

    That lipstick IS bold but looks really good on you!

    I’m a terrible judge of size….is there anyway when you all review that you can maybe put something else next to the sample to help judge size? Maybe just something to consider ;-P

  9. Does anyone know if you can use the Play Pass card in a Sephora located inside JC Penney, or does it have to be a separate Sephora?

    • I went into my sephora (which is inside a JCPenney) and they told me they did when I asked them. I would think they’d all be the same but you never know. You can always call your local store and ask before you go in 🙂

    • I used my play pass at a JC Pen Sephora this weekend. The points took a day to show up on my account.

  10. This was my first month receiving Play. I signed up for the wait list the day the box was announced. To me, the size of the samples was in line with what I’ve gotten in other boxes and (I think) reflects the fact that these are well-known brands. It would probably take me more “samples” of a brand I never heard of before I’d consider a purchase; not so much with these, so that may be why the sample sizes are smaller.

    I tried the Maskimizer and the Origins Drink Up mask last night. I am older and have normal/dry skin. The mask felt very thick — in retrospect, I probably could have gotten 2 uses from it. My skin felt wonderful this morning. I’ve used Korres’ Greek Yogurt sleeping mask before (usually after a plane flight), so I’m looking forward to trying the Rose mask. I may have a mask party with my husband and give him the charcoal mask — it might be too drying for me.

    I’ve sampled the perfume before — not my favorite, but I like perfume samples for travelling, so I’ll stash it for future use. The lip products are brands I like — will give them a try this weekend (my pencil was in good shape on receipt). The only item I’m up in the air about is the hair mask. My hair is very fine and this might be too heavy for me.

    Overall, I felt that it was $10 better spent than on the Birchboxes I’ve been receiving lately. At least I will try all of the products — at least 3 of the items I’ve received in BB lately have gone right into the trash because I know I’d never use them and to me, it’s not worth the time to try to swap them.

    I was definitely a box junkie for a while, but had trimmed it back to one BB and the occasional box from Julep. I’ve cancelled BB. Will try Play for a few months (I like to give a box 3 months before deciding if it’s for me) and keep an eye on the Allure box to see if it continues to be as good as May apparently was.

    • Sadly, I feel the same way about Birchbox.
      Just a suggestion about the items you trash; They make great donations, especially to women’s shelters. I save up items from my subs and donate them in ‘batches’. I’ve seen others on this site do the same.

  11. This was my first Sephora Play box, and although the product sizes surprised me (I thought they’d be bigger) I was actually still satisfied with everything.
    I’d rather pay only $10 to try new products that may be ‘small’ than pay $30+ for other full size subscriptions and products that I might not like.
    I also like that the perfume sample is ‘extra’ and not counted as one of the five samples. I really like the smell of this one, very natural not heavy. Ever since having kids I cant wear strong scented perfume, I get bad headaches now if I do. I haven’t purchase any perfume in a long time, I mostly use body spray or samples I receive that I like so this is a plus for me.
    I like that these are great brand names/products so far, I also like that everyone gets the same items. That was my biggest peeve with IPSY – it was a toss up trying to get good products, and they’d count teeny tiny perfume samples as a product and not like a bonus. I’d envy the girls that got the good bags of stuff -_-
    So far I have tried the Korres night mask, and it smells very rosy but its not overwhelming. I’ve used it two nights in a row and so far I like it.

    I hope next months box is geared towards ‘summer’ themed! Bring on the bronze, shimmer, nudes, coral, teal, skin & hair products! Self tanner, hair de-frizzers, body scrubs, sunscreen! : )

    • I couldn’t agree with you more with everything you’ve said. The fact that everyone gets the same items is such a plus to me, and one of the reasons that I decided to sign up. I don’t want to play Roulette to see if I get lucky with my box variation. The samples are small, but I will use everything. I’m just a little worried about the lip crayon breaking…it doesn’t seem like the greatest design. I subscribed to Birchbox for almost a year, and there was not one month that I could say that. I never wear perfume, and this one is strong, but it smells like oranges, so I feel okay about trying it. And I would love to try out a new bronzer in next month’s box!

    • im with you. for some reason i assumed the sephora samples were a little bigger than what i received. not sure why ? this is my first box as well. i didnt like the perfume and havent had much of a chance to try anything else out yet. i had birchbox for a few years and it ended up being a waste of money. i just didnt use much of anything. i will say the lip liner seems incredibly tiny. like it will take 10 mins to paint on my lips !

  12. So the Lip Liner is 1/20th of the full size. Really? Geeze. Seems crazy to make one that small. Hopefully getting my box/bag today. I’ll have to use a DARK lip line to tone down that lipstick, but I’m going to make it work! Excited about the cute little bag they added too.

    • This was my first Play box. I am also disappointed in the size of the samples. Smaller than I thought. The lip liner is ridiculous. I did like the color of it though. I absolutely HATE that hot pinki lipstick. It looks horrible on me and not a color I would ever wear. Also, even though I’ve wiped it off my lips are still tingling from something in it. Not happy. The perfume is okay. I haven’t tried the other products yet. I will probably give it another month or so and see if it improves.

  13. The sizes on most of these are so, so small. That lip pencil is a sad joke.

    Also, am I the only one annoyed that we got this on May 20? I have 10 days to use the Play Pass? Ugh.

    • I think they play cards don’t expire for like 3 months. Has that changed?

      • Oh you’re right, I’m sorry. I made an assumption because the card says “May” on it, but I just checked and the back says it expires June 30, 2016. So, not three months, but much longer than 10 days.

    • Thank you!! I feel like this box gets so hyped that people are like ‘oh this is great!’ when if it was another box, they’d be pretty unhappy, lol. I unsubscribed. The lipstick and hair item were good. Everything else was tiny tiny tiny. The tarte pencil was such a letdown.

      • I completely agree. My first thought was, ” I sat on the waiting list forever for this??” Samples are so tiny, foil packets, and everything just seemed meh to me. I’m going to give it one more month and will then cancel if I don’t like the next one.

        • I thought I would give it another month as well but after seeing this month and the spoilers for next month I just cancelled.

      • I just canceled too – I like my Ipsy and Birchbox much better.

    • Isn’t the play pass good through JUNE 30th? That’s what mine says.

  14. Has anyone tried using the Pass in the store? I’m thinking it might be fun for my teenage daughter this summer. Is it for a full face or just specific tutorials?

  15. This was my first box, and I really liked everything in it. The hair masque is my favorite, so getting a travel size is perfect. I always wear either bright or deep lip color and love Bite Beauty, so that’s also perfect. A tip for those who don’t have a matching lip liner, or who don’t want to have to buy a new lip liner for every lipstick: both Lipstick Queen and Urban Decay carry clear lip liners that keep the lipstick inside the lines, “grip” the color if you use it on your lip itself, but don’t add any color at all so don’t need to be matched and won’t change the color of the lipstick.

    • UD has some liners that are close enough to the Bite shade, anyway, if you want to go that route. I have enough lipsticks in that color family that I invested in one.

    • The Mally one I got in one box or another is a close match for me.

  16. Am I the only one annoyed she didn’t even smell the perfume?? (Or at least didn’t descrbe it) I get it’s not for everyone but neither is bright pink lipstick and she made a point of saying to try that I’m not a fan of those vials but you usually can move it to a spritzers and that fragrance is amazing! It smells exactly like an orange. There was even a card to spray it on so you didn’t have to spray it on your self. I can’t be the only one that likes that I get to try high end perfumes well outside my regular budget can I?

    • I like the perfume samples too!
      (I guess I would be more disappointed if they counted as one of our samples, but they are an added bonus and I love trying new scents without investing in a full perfume.)

      • (But I do understand that some people are sensitive to certain scents/smells, so that may be why she isn’t comfortable sampling it.)

    • Why are you annoyed? Perfume makes me sick so I wouldn’t review it either. I think Haley does amazing reviews. Life is too short to get stressed about a review! Happy Friday y’all!

    • Loved that fragrance! I love getting fragances, and would love to get more in my other boxes. Such a fresh citrusy note.

    • I just asked that same question the other day ,I love perfume samples and this one was great

    • No i am totally with you! I love perfume samples. I have two go to scents in full bottles and the rest are allll kinds of high end samples that i get to use. I love them! Great for travel.. In your purse… No complaints here! ♥

    • Seriously? Not everyone loves perfume. I am allergic to pretty much everything but Histoiries and one philosophy. Haley tries 99.9% of everything she reviews, unlike other reviewers here and other blogs. Give her a break. Such an odd thing to be annoyed by- perfume is so individual anyway. Even if she loved it and thought it smelled a certain way does not mean anyone else would feel the same way. I thought it smelled like cheap dish detergent.

      It is odd to be annoyed by something like that. Maybe Bekki should start eating meat so she can tell you what it tastes like or Regan can try the pet treats so you can tell your dog what they taste like. Or Liz can eat all the dairy and gluten products she can’t try.

      • sounds like she just wanted a smell description, not asking the reviewer to change their lifestyle. liz tells us what her husband thinks of the food she can’t eat. i don’t read dog reviews but i assume that regan tells us if her dog(s) liked the treats or not.

        of course perfumes are individual but “this has a nice fresh citrus scent” or “this smells like detergent” is not too much to ask in a review. we aren’t asking her to wear it.

        i love the reviews on this site but sometimes things are overlooked.

        • Thank you for being the only one that got my issue and didn’t get offended that I gave an opinion.

          • sometimes people take the internet wayyyy too seriously. you keep being you. 🙂

      • AMEN!!! I love Haley’s Reviews & Everyone’s! They all put in a lot of their time for us. Haley does have a little one & when my kids were little & I breastfeed I didn’t wear perfume! Whoever is complaining just go to the website or go to the store & sample it!! Nuff Said! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!!

        • Sorry but she writes reviews for her job I never asked her to wear it but open the bottle and smell if!! They get these for review purposes I even said that I get people are sensitive to scent and actually as someone that can be it’s nice to know what some thing smells like. Yes I could go to the website but a real person gives a real opinion a marketing team writes a description for selling that product.

        • Get off your cross ladies, I never asked her to wear it I expect a review on a perfume to bave a description of the scent . if she can’t do that maybe she should let someone else review it? It bugged me because I don’t like it is not how writing a review professionally works.

          • If you don’t like the way the reviews are written, there’s a really simple answer – stop reading them. Out of the many, many reviews and probably hundreds of products Haley writes every month, she missed one product that sent as a bonus. It’s hardly the crime of the century. If it bothers you that much, again, there are other reviewers that you can read. I sincerely hope you find one that better meets your standards. I, for one, thoroughly enjoy Haley’s reviews.

    • it’s called blood orange so it’s pretty obvious what it’s going to smell like. whether or not anyone likes a particular scent has little to influence whether or not I like it. it’s very subjective.

  17. I learned a new trick recently. For lip colors that are too bright or too dark for your preference, buy a white lipstick (Bite Beauty in matte blanc is the one I use) and use it as a base and/or topcoat, depending on how much you want to tone down the bright/dark color. I use this trick for all the super dark colors I’ve received in sub boxes (I’m looking at you Ofra and Boxy) that would otherwise look terrible on me.

    • I use nyx eye crayons for this i will use the flat white (I think it’s Milk?) under sometimes or if I’m ok with shimmer I use the “silver” which is more pearl white than silver on top of a bold color to tone it down. I need to try it with the bite me I guess. So fun to be a wizard with makeup

      • I think the silver tone I use is called cottage cheese I mix which is which in my head

    • Good tip! I’ll have to try that out, thanks!

  18. Did anyone else’s tarte pencil come to you fully extended? I’m scared to use it (that it might break).

    And wondering if I should contact sephora about it??

    • Yes. Mine came like that too. It was also very hard. Unusable.

      • I thought that mind was fully extended too, it certainly looks like it is…but it’s just the applicator style. Twist up and the actual product will come up. Hope that helps 🙂

    • I thought mine was like that at first, but I looked at the picture and saw it just looks like that in the design. Try twisting it, and it will come up. But it won’t go back down so don’t go crazy with it lol. I hope that’s what is going on at least with yours.

    • Yeah, mine broke off when I tried to use it. It was so small. I like the color though.

      • Mine too! The lipliner was so tiny and very hard. The tip constantly broke off. I’m not sure if this sample is representative of the full-size product, but based on my negative sampling experience – I won’t be purchasing the full-size version!

    • mine too & I thought the exact same thing. I couldn’t get it to retract so it seems like it will break on me. that’s why I haven’t tried it.

  19. Haley, that pink lipstick is gorgeous on you! It balances your face perfectly and draws attention to your beautiful eyes! You always look as though you just stepped off the runway, and I love your makeup always looks great, but for some reason this just makes you even more beautiful! I’m surprised that it works so well with your auburn hair, but it does.

  20. Haley, You have the most gorgeous skin and coloring. Even that crazy pink lipstick looks awesome on you!! Me…not so much!

  21. I actually got two lipsticks and two hair masks in mine, so that was a nice surprise!

  22. Finally got off of the waitlist and this is my first month. I’m not excited about this box, but I’m not to the point of disappointment either. My skin is too dark to pull off that bright pink lipstick. I will say that I love the formula and the fact that the color lasts, so I’ll definitely be buying the Bite lipstick in a different color. I like the Origins samples too. Hopefully next month will be better!

    • Hi, Nicky. How long were you on the waitlist? I’ve been on a few weeks now. Grazie!

      • It seems like it has taken several months.

      • Hi Heather – I was on the waitlist for a few months. I believe it was about 2 – 3 months.

  23. I always take my play perfume vials to my local Sephora and ask for a spray vial–most of the time they transfer the perfume for me!

    • I never would have thought of that. Thanks for the idea.

  24. I am still waiting anxiously for my first box. I am soooo excited. I can’t believe we get so many fun things to try. I am new to subscription boxes(Petit Vour, Play) and I can’t believe how awesome it is to receive so many products for $25(well $25.96 w/ tax for both) a month. I will make my friend super happy with the Bite Lipstick and the rest I will keep. I have been a loyal Sephora shopper and love their free gifts with purchase(maybe sometimes more than the actual purchase ;p!). Now that I’ve added Play, I get 50 bonus points when i make a purchase, a tutorial in store and 6 items delivered to my door…#WINNING!:)

  25. I’m not really looking forward to getting it myself, but I think that BITE lipstick looks GREAT on you! The lip liner reminds me too much of the dreary 90s brown lipsticks; I’ll probably toss or gift mine.

    This is my first box and I’m not terribly excited about it, but I’ve gotten worse. Oh yes, much worse. 🙂

    • Omg! Yes that’s what that liner color is it will be nice in fall but in no way works for spring summer bright lips and is too much for me alone at least until brown colors are in season again

  26. I was checking out their website for Play & it has tons of tips for these products that are very helpful! It said to use the lip stick on your lips OR cheeks! I seriously would not have thought to use it as a blush but I will have to try it because I am pretty sure it will be too bright for me as a lipstick.

    • whoa i had no idea! i don’t think i’d use it as a blush but maybe if i mixed it with a lighter color…or used it for halloween, LOL.

      thanks for letting us know!

  27. Hi Haley,

    Great review! I been to Bite Beauty’s lab and it is amazing. The “lab techs” ask you your color preference, scent, the oils you like even the adds in like shimmer. It’s an amazing and bespoke experience. However, it can get pricey as they do charge extra for some of the add-ins but it is definitely a nice treat.

    I also have tried the hair mask, if you have fine hair like I do, I would recommend mixing it with a bit conditioner as it weighed down my hair and made it feel a bit greasy. Although, it really did make my hair feel soft and luxurious when I used it with a bit of conditioner. I been using the mask for a while but haven’t gotten around to writing a review for it..hopefully soon! (click on my name if you want to check out it out). Good luck and let me know how it goes!


  28. I just got off the wait list, too, after being on it for a looooong time. Looks like they are sending to more people–hope the quality doesn’t go down as a result.

  29. This was my first month receiving it. I’m disappointed on the tiny sizes. These do not feel like “deluxe sample size” that they claim to include. I am happy to get to try Bite Beauty! The color is a tad bright but I can soften it with something over it. I’ve never used a mask primer, so that’s a new thing to me. I do like masks, at least. I gave the hair mask to my daughter, since I have so many from subs. The lip pencil is super tiny, but I’ll use it. I do like the little drawstring bag! I’m gonna keep it another month or two, to see if this is a fluke on the tiny products. If it continues, I’ll cancel.

    • I am so disappointed in the sizes. The pencil is a total joke. The masks are ok, but again, disappointed with the size based on other masks I’ve received in other boxes.

      I love the lipstick and the Korres and Brigeo sample sizes are good. But that lip pencil… yikes. I feel like I’m going to accidentally break it if I use it.

    • I was really disappointed with the sizes too. I know they’re samples, but geez these are crazy. The lip liner I got was so hard! It was not fun putting it on. I liked the color though. I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with this subscription. I was on the waiting list for so long I even forgot I had signed up. Then, when I finally sign up and impatiently wait for the 1st box that took forever to arrive, I was pretty bummed with everything in it 🙁

    • I was super disappointed in the sizes of the samples. It was like opening a Birchbox lately, had to get my magnifying glasses out to see them. I can barely hold the lip pencil in my giant man hands, not that I’d use it anyway. The Bite lipstick shade on the outside of the box is gorgeous, inside it’s Barbie pink. I guess the value of the box is there, but I was not at all impressed. I guess I had higher expectations, finally getting off the waitlist and this being my first month.

  30. You are a pro at applying lipstick!! Any tips for applying the bite beauty one? It looked to precise and even.

    • ditto on this–i felt like mine was all over the place! and i don’t have a liner to match (nor am i a big fan of liners). i love the color, though.

      first box for me, i’m looking forward to the hair mask and i love the lipstick, not sure about the masks since i never really used them before (good time to try, i guess!). i probably won’t use the liner much, not my color but i do like tarte products and this is easy to use.

      i love the drawstring bag and the overall box presentation. i’m going to give it a couple months before i decide for sure. i don’t use a lot of makeup overall but it is fun to PLAY with, so a couple more months of this should be more than plenty for me.

      • I often use neutral lip liners—like a tan or a light pink—when applying bold colors. I don’t usually think there’s a need for a matching liner when the color is so bright that it’ll cover up the base anyway. (But I also tend to wear matte lipcolors that don’t budge very much at all, so that also might be why it works for me.) You can also buy clear wax lipliners, just for the purpose of keeping your color from feathering!

        • definitely looking into the clear lipliners, thank you for the tips! any particular one you would recommend?

          • Urban Decay makes my favorite clear lip liner!

    • I know you’re asking the reviewer, but I thought I’d jump in and say that I also love really bold lip colors and I find that the key for me is lining my lips first. The finer point of a liner helps me get much more precise in following the shape of my lips, so it serves as a good “test run” before applying my color AND when I fill in all of my lip it gives a good layer for my color to stick to, plus provided a barrier around the edges so the color stays crisp and sharp and doesn’t feather out.

      The other thing I do is work my way out when applying my lipstick. So I swipe on my lipstick on the part of my lips closest to my mouth and get that all perfect, and then I carefully apply the lipstick to fill in the gap between the color I’ve already done and the very edge of my liner. Maybe that’s obvious to people, but before I did it in two parts, I used to just trip to apply lipstick the way I’d apply a gloss or something, and smack my lips together afterward, and of course that always looks bad when you have very bold colors! (So, I also don’t smack my lips together once I am done applying, but I do blot on a tissue.)

    • Erica, Tamara offered some great tips! Lining your lips first helps. I also love using No More Bleeding Lips (sold at Sephora) or Ozone lip liner from Urban Decay… They’re both clear liners that you can use as a “lip primer” or (and I always do this) a reverse-liner. So you use the clear liner and line outside of your lips where you don’t want your lip color to bleed and it helps. Also, as Tamara said, don’t just swipe and smack! In fact, never really smack your lip color at all. Take it slow when you apply, and what I do is I apply the lipstick to my cupids bow first (middle of top lip) and carefully apply along the edge and fill it in. Then on my bottom lip I apply on the inner lip first, and just slowl, with small swipes, apply to the corners and outer lip. Blot on tissues to remove excess moisture/product and that will help it stay longer. I don’t use a lip brush but many people do and find it to help precision. Hope that helps!

  31. Mine came yesterday, and it’s nice to have the price breakdown as well. I’m VIB Rouge so I had the fleeting though of “most of this I can or will get for free with points”. Do the additional 50 points with a purchase count towards my yearly earning of points or just towards rewards, if anyone out there knows. I suspect just points, but curious.

    I loved my whole box and it fits with a themed nature and beauty deluxe sample promo they have going right now, I believe the code is “future”, works on all level accounts you just have to have one.

    • *just rewards points not earning points for redoing my reward level. Yikes I’m tired.

    • They do not add to your reward level.

    • The 50 points just towards rewards point, but the monthly $10 do count towards your yearly earning points.

    • I don’t think of reaching VIB or VIB Rouge in terms of points. Reaching those levels depends on dollars spent, not points accumulated.

  32. I signed up for the waitlist AS SOON AS they announced the very FIRST box. I have yet to be off the waitlist.
    I don’t think it’s fair that they have a waitlist. It should be first come first serve.

    • i agree, that doesn’t seem right. i signed up when the waitlist opened recently and i got my first box this month. i may have signed up for the waitlist a little earlier than that but no more than two months ago…i don’t think i knew about it before then!

      i hope you get a box soon. try the post with all the comments about the waitlist, that haley linked to at the top of this post.

    • If you swap, I have the entire box listed.

    • I had been signed up for quite some time and periodically would go back to see if there were any openings. There were not. I finally got notified I was off the wait list and they said I had X number of days to sign up so I did other things. When I went back to sign up they said they were full for that month. We exchanged emails and they said I would be notified the next month. Received notification at 3:21 p.m. and I did not check emails until 8:00 pm that evening. I apparently waited too late and am back on the wait list. I am not going to be a slave to Sephora and their wait list. One more month and if I don’t get on I will not try again and also take my business to Ulta and stop using Sephora. They even had the audacity to put in the heading of the email “Your off the wait list (again)”

    • Sephora has been very clear that the boxes, until the May box, were only available in certain test markets. It seemed like they stuck with the test market pretty strictly, so I am not sure how that is unfair. All the marketing was clear that this was a gradual roll-out.

  33. Both shades look gorgeous on you! I got my box yesterday, so I am happy to see your review today! This is my first beauty box (I also get mighty fix) and I am pleased. I would never, in a million years, have tried this lipstick otherwise. I tried it though, and it looks so nice on me! Even my boyfriend liked it! It was fun to discover this, as I would have thought otherwise. I loved the formula as well, so I would definetly get in other shades. I loved the perfume, it smelled so good and lasted all day, even after I was done gardening! The rose mask was nice too, it seems like a little goes a long way. I have yet to try the other things. The nearest Sephora is almost 2 hours from me so I don’t know if I will get a chance to use the Play pass, but I knew that going into this. What a fun box, for me and I can’t wait for next month. I may have to sign up for another beauty sub, as soon as I figure which one.

    • Allure!!! It’s great! I just cancelled Ipsy and Birchbox for the Allure and Play. I also have Boxy Charm but it’s a bit higher in price. I recommend Allure for the value.

      • Me too. I love Allure box, even though it is $15 instead of $10. I just signed up for Glossy Box. We will see how that checks out. I like the Sephora box, but I thought the samples were really small.

    • i tried birchbox for two months and i wasn’t thrilled by it. i have friends who love ipsy but i don’t need all those makeup bags! i’m giving play a try and i’m tempted to get beauty fix but i hear sometimes their products are expired. i loved the target beauty box this month, keep an eye out for that one, it is a great value!

      • Thank you all for the replies, I actually keep going between allure and ipsy even though there is a price difference, it isn’t really that much. I keep leaning towards allure but, like the name of this site suggests may try to do both. I haven’t bought make up in the last ten years, since having kids so I’m trying to learn about new products out there as well as build up a nice stash. Would Allure be in line with this? I lean more towards liking high end brands but it seems some of the “drug store” brands nowadays are pretty good too. Thanks for the replies and tips, I appreciate it. And I will hopefully get the target box in time too!

    • I love Petit Vour! It is all natural and has products from small makers.

      • Is it heavy on the skin care items? From the reviews it looks more geared towards skin care, which is fine but I’m hoping for more of a mix of skin care and make up. I love the fact it’s all vegan though, I have a hard time finding all natural and/or vegan make up items that compare to high end, especially with pigmentation.

    • this is how it all starts. I’ve gone box crazy. the word “addiction” is in the site name for a reason. I get all that I can afford & a few I cannot. sub boxes have helped me break out of a rut & try new trends–beauty & style–that I likely never would have left to my own devices. there are hits & misses, but it’s always fun.

      • I hear you on the addiction part, I just love getting these boxes, the more the merrier, even if I really don’t need most of it.

  34. I wish I was getting their boxes. I’m not off the wait list yet. 🙁

  35. I love the drawstring bag the products arrived in, better than a box.

  36. Got my first box yesterday – much better than my Birchbox this month! I’ve wanted to try that charcoal mask for awhile so excited by that one and I actually just tapped out the hair mask I was using last night so that will go to use asap! I have the lip liner on today and it’s a great neutral shade – I actually have a tarte lip gloss in a similar color (maybe from Birchbox?) so they worked perfectly together. I’m also down for hot pink lips and can’t go wrong with a skin cream! I work around the corner from a Sephora so the in-store bonus points will def be used – probably will grab a sheet mask or something else small. Yay for Play!!

  37. I liked the box as well,loved the perfume,it was really nice ,reminded me of tangy oranges.The lipstick felt wonderful going on and the color was fine by me ,not a color I’ve worn lately but it worked for me.As for the hair product who doesn’t want better hair .I love mask so I can’t wait to try those out.The lip pencil was small but I liked the color so it will get used .All in all a nice first box

  38. This was my first play box and I was slightly disappointed. I gave the perfume sample to my sister because I didn’t like the scent, but she did. I thought it smelled more like a men’s cologne, she disagreed. I’m hoping I can still pull off the bright pink look. I used to wear it and high school, but switched to more flattering reds. I’m not much darker than I was back then so hopefully it’ll work. I wish they would use our beauty profiles a little more. I don’t know where they got kimchi out of that shade though. It doesn’t look like any I’ve ever eaten! Lol. I’ll use everything else for sure so it wasn’t a total bust.

  39. omg. I love that bite lipstick. when I saw it in my box , I immediately wanted to see if candy yum yum was a dupe.

  40. Holy neon lipstick!

    When I received this my first though was, oh well, too bad the color is unusable. I’m glad I tried it on, it is really beautiful and will be great for summer.

    • I thought that too. But i tried it and the hubby really liked it on me. Who knew?

  41. I think mine is finally coming today. Along with five other boxes. Eek.

    I like perfume samples (as long as they are not Harvey Prince). My fragrance collection (including FS, mini, and samples) is growing quite large. Though it will probably never overtake my lipstick collection. And I will totally wear the Kimchi lipstick to work. (I’m pale with black hair and like the contrast bright colors provide.)

    • i’ve read a lot of beauty box reviews on this site recently and your comment made me laugh because i swear every other box has Harvey Prince. i mean get some variety ppl!

      i’m not a perfume fan but i like that it’s citrus, i LOVE citrus scent. mainly because it means you can’t smell the cat litter LOL.

  42. This was my first month & I can say I’m pretty pleased. Yes the samples were a bit small but so much care went in to the packaging that it kinda made up for it to me. Like I love the presentation & how nice the mini mag is not to mention the benefits that come with having this subscription. For 10 dollars this is a great sub in my opinion. I mean come on who doesn’t like free in store makeup tutorials, earning points on purchases & all the great perks that come with the sub? I think I will keep this one for a while ☺

  43. I didn’t love this month. It was also my first month. Not excited about getting 2 lip products. I did enjoy the origins samples. The little drawstring bags are really cute too. Looking forward to June!

    • I share the same sentiment with you. This was my first box and the only thing I’m actually excited about is the mask primer and the tarte lip liner. The lipstick isn’t a good shade for me which sucks because I love Bite lipsticks!

  44. I’ve been subbed since November and find the new packaging to be less luxe than prior months. This is the first month in a couple that I haven’t swapped the entire box though, so that’s an improvement! The rose mask was strongly scented and I just want to caution people to be careful using rose products bc they can cause allergies! I can’t wait to try the Origins hydrating mask.

  45. I am not getting this, my second box. After updating my new address online, I received a notice that my card was declined. So I updated my address again by phone with customer service (I guess it’s required for Play) and after 30 minutes of signing up again, I was ready to roll. Turns out they only updated my billing, not my shipping address. I have the worst luck with anything sent by mail through Sephora. So if you move, double check that customer service changes everything!

    • I had a similar problem. I moved and called to change my address. The first month I was told it was too late because the boxes were shipping in a week. The rep changed my addresses but made the shipping address slightly different than the billing address. I sadly missed out on 2 boxes but did receive this month though. I am always polite to cs reps but honestly it seems like they are trying really hard to mess things up for some reason. Combine that with the fact that it’s the only option to update info and this sub box is more frustrating than it really needs to be.

      • ITA

  46. This was my first Play! Box and I love it! I adore Bite, Atelier Cologne, and Korres so it was all a win for me. Plus the new bags they are using ate very cute and will come in handy.

  47. I was waitlisted for I think 6 months, finally got this as my first box. Of course, my first box is the one the decide to stop doing those cute little lipstick boxes ?. All in all I liked this box but I think past boxes looked better so I’m looking forward to see next months box. I have used the hair mask before and it was just ok. The lipstick shade is not for me. I’m 40 and this just doesn’t work on me but the product itself is fabulous so I’m considering buying it in another shade. Love the tarte lip liner?. The overnight mask is interesting. I personally loved the scent. My skin is super dry so I really didn’t notice much difference in my skin and it did make my face itch a little last night. Perfume is a win for me and I haven’t tried the origins products yet but very excited to receive them, love Origins!
    For $10 I am really happy with my 1st box, can’t wait until next month.

  48. Love your reviews. I am excited for the same things in this box. I love Bite Beauty and this lipstick looks good on my pale skin. I just found out about their lipstick lab last night. I have to try it. Roadtrip! (This is my first Play! box and I am so excited too!)

  49. I think this was the perfect month for me to get off the waitlist. Bright pinks like that look awesome on me, so I was beyond excited for the lipstick. I love the citrus scent, and it stayed on a long time. I like the way the perfume smells on me as well!

  50. I just got off of the waitlist yesterday & can’t wait to get my first box in June!

    • I prefer ipsy, some people said is only 10 dollars, but they ‘re tini samples, too tini, not worth it.?

      • you may want to try Boxycharm. it’s a little more, but it’s mostly full sized items.

        • Just curious, have you ever subscribed to Glossybox? I was wondering which would be a better choice Glossybox or Boxcharm?? Do you have any recommendations on which one you think is better? Thank you

          • Laurie, I have never subscribed to Glossybox, but I’ve read online that Glossybox is more skincare and Boxycharm is more makeup. I am a subscriber to Boxycharm, and I love it. Yes, there are months when it’s not as great as others, but that’s with all subscription boxes. Based on past reviews of Glossybox on this website, I prefer Boxycharm. Hope this helps! 🙂

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