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Play! By Sephora October 2016 Spoilers – The Plot Thickens

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Time to put on your detective hat, because we have some new Play by Sephora October 2016 Spoiler info! Ready?


Here is what we know for certain:

The theme for the October 2016 Play! By Sephora subscription box is The Cool Cut:

This month, PLAY! by SEPHORA is bringing you innovative formulas and indie finds with a selection of the coolest must-have products.

A few weeks ago, there was a video of alleged spoilers posted on youtube that was NOT Confirmed. The forum shared it and discussed it here.

Were these the real spoilers? Maybe…


But maybe not!

Today, our anonymous tipster is back with potential spoiler info:


These are NOT confirmed spoilers, and there will be product variation as well. More from anonymous:

“The potential brands are mostly what others have already guessed, like Too Cool for School, Belif, Drunk Elephant, Skin Inc, Nudestix, Blinc, Verb, Madam CJ Walker, Derek Lam, and Tom Ford.”

What do you think of the spoiler lists? Which one (if either) do you think is accurate?

I think the list provided by anonymous matches the theme of the month better than the youtube video, plus anonymous has provided accurate spoiler info for us twice before.

Hopefully, we get more info soon! In the meantime, we can hypothesize!


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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

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  1. I got my 106 the other day and that coconut hair oil made my hair greasy. I used the tiniest bit and yuck. Straight in the trash. The rest of the products are nice although unimpressed with the Edit Lip gloss. Does nothing but make my lips ultra sticky. That too went in the trash. Not trying to be negative but I am unsure why everyone is so amazed by Sephora Play. This is my 2nd box and its not that exciting for me. Also may I ask, what does everyone go with the bags??

    • I just used two of the bags to fill with birthday gifts. One for my niece and one for a friend. I’m definitely saving the lipstix and chill bag to hold gifts – too cute!

  2. I received my Play box today ending in 106. My box contained:

    Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat
    The Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss
    Farmacy Skin Dew Mist
    Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
    Madam C. J. Walker Scent & Shine Coconut Oil
    Derek Lam 10 Crosby Silent St.

    The bag is so cute! It says, “Lipstix & Chill”

  3. I just got my box! Mine is number 072 and I got:
    -Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat
    -The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Flash Photo Gloss
    -Erborian Bamboo Crème Frappe Skin Reviving Fresh Gel
    -Farmacy Skin Dew Mist
    -Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
    -Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

  4. Mine ends in 122 and no tracking yet. Any idea what will be in it?

  5. Not sure if this is a hint at what I’m getting but when I click on my tracking for Oct box and scroll down it has a section of “You may like” products which lists products from these brands
    •Christophe Robin
    •Estee Edit

    My box ends in 072

    • Mine also ends in 072, arriving tomorrow. Am I the only one who doesn’t want to know what’s in my box until I open it? For me, the suspense and secrecy are part of the fun!

    • Did you happen to be looking at any of those products prior to your box shipping? The reason I’m asking is because the items being shown under the “You may also like” section in my Account are items I had previously been looking at, and none of the items shown were items that had been mentioned as possible spoilers (they were items I usually re-order, and had recently clicked on). Who knows, though! Looking forward to my box !

      • I think b is right, cause that section under tracking shows items I looked at both from this spoiler and in general yesterday.

    • Those are all the brands in the 072 box.

  6. Mine gets here tomorrow! It’s my first one and the suspense is killing me!

  7. Someone in one of my makeup groups posted her Play! Box a few minutes ago. She hasn’t revealed what her box numbers is yet though.

    Madame CJ Walker Beauty Cotire Coconut Oil
    Esteem Edit Flash Photo Lip Gloss
    Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycoloc Night Serum
    Farmacy Skin Dew
    Smashbox lip Gloss on Drivers Seat
    Derek Lam IO Crosby Perfume

    • i hope this is the variation i get, although so far all 3 i’ve seen look good!

    • This is the contents for the box ending in 106 – just found it on instagram and she posted her number. Just so happens to be the box I’m getting 🙂 YAY!!

      • Where can I find the number of my box?!

        • Go to the Sephora website, at the top left of the page click where it has “Your Name”‘s Account (mine naturally says Jessica’s Account), when it pulls up your account page look under Recent Purchases then by your box it will have the ITEM number. That’s the number 🙂

    • Ooooohhhh…..I want this box! Great brands and products! Fingers crossed.

    • Thanks for posting! With the various comments I’ve been reading, it will be a little like Christmas to see what my box will include!

  8. 2 boxes have been posted on Instagram. One has the exact contents given by Anonymous:
    Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
    Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee Skin Reviving Fresh Gel
    Farmacy Skin Dew Mist
    Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss
    Smashbox Always On Liquid Lip
    YSL Mon Paris

    In the second I can’t make out all the products, but there is definitely:
    Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream
    Verb Leave-in mist
    A Skin Inc product
    Tom Ford Orchid Soleil
    Some kid of lipstick?
    [6th product not visible]

    • I got the second one you posted. The exact contents are

      Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat
      Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream
      Verb Leave-In Mist
      Nudestix Intense Matte Lip+Cheek Pencil in Belle
      Skin INC. Pure Revival Peel
      Tom Ford Orchid Soleil

  9. Wow, this is actually one of the box variations.. not sure what number yet.

    ANON YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!! ^_^

  10. .62 pounds .order number ending in 22. Mines get here Saturday.

  11. It’s on instagram!!
    look for the #sephora play and someone post it.
    One nude stick
    smashbox lipstick
    Egg cream
    Verb leave in mist
    something of skin inc

    excited about the lip products!!

  12. Mine is listed as shipped, but it’s still in the ‘Ready to Go’ stage.

    My box # is 1850106 …whatever that means! I thought both unconfirmed spoilers looked …interesting. I can’t wait to see what my bag holds. Really smart of them not to release spoilers. I think there’s more buzz around this month’s box than I’ve seen in a while.

    Well, for sure, never a dull month with Sephora!

    • you’ll get
      Madame CJ Walker Beauty Cotire Coconut Oil
      Esteem Edit Flash Photo Lip Gloss
      Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycoloc Night Serum
      Farmacy Skin Dew
      Smashbox lip Gloss on Drivers Seat
      Derek Lam IO Crosby Perfume

  13. Anyone else having a hard time focusing at work today? lol

    This suspense is adding to the typical monday blues! 😛

    • I’ve been looking forward to it!!!

    • Me too !!! I keep checking … hopefully someone posts soon !

      • Someone posted a photo on instagram under the sephoraplay tag of the Cool Cuts box. I am tempted to ask her what’s in it, but I don’t want to come off like a hawk!!! haha.

        • check again…..she posted contents, though i can’t tell what all is in it

        • Hahaha!

          • She posted contents – and it looks like it has nothing to do with either spoiler lol. Feels like April fools around here! Lol Must be a variation. I’m eager to see what everyone gets!

  14. My box is out for delivery now so I will post again later with what is in my box variation!

    • Oh my goodness yes please!!!


    • Thank you! My box isn’t due until NEXT Monday. I’m sure I’ll have seen every variation possible by then. Le sigh.

    • Please tell us what’s in it!!

  15. My box is supposed to be delivered today so I guess I’ll find out this afternoon. Hope I like everything! I can’t believe Sephora tortured us like this…lol

  16. I Love this Box already. I always get to use my products from my Sephora box. I’m just disappointed that it has taken so long. Lol ?

  17. I’m liking it except for the lip gloss in a red shade. Hopefully, I won’t get that. Don’t these companies understand that not a lot of women wear red lippy? Partly b/c you need to have really white teeth and many skin tones just can’t carry it. *sigh* Please! All sub companies, NO MORE RED!

    • Or those bright pinks I have been getting the bite & Sephora brands colors were horrible they looked like something you would of seen on a 90s hooker

  18. I bought the Milk holographic – full size, full price – a few months ago and it’s now languishing in a drawer somewhere.
    Although the cool tone works for my super-pale skin, it just looked awful. Better suited to a tween – greasy and ghastly.
    So, my wish is for the second spoiler to be The One. The Christophe Robin mask is a real treat.

  19. I love this box so far, can’t wait 🙂

  20. Hum, this doesn’t seem quite right. Three skincare products? Two lip products? That’s not as even as the usual spread. I was very excited when I saw the previous set of spoilers, true, but those also made a little more sense to me.

    • The Christophe Robin is for hair 🙂 (but yeah, I don’t want two lip products either)

      • One hair, two skin, two lips = perfect

  21. Getting mine on Tuesday.. Pretty bummed out I liked the original spoilers much better

  22. My box will be here tomorrow too. Still nothing listed under the Play Products on my Sephora Account. I would prefer the first “spoiler” I’m way more excited about those options than the second “spoiler” list. I do not need any more lip products, so two in this one is less than ideal. I’m also never ever a fan of the perfume sample. It would be nice if we could choose the perfume sample.

  23. Am I the only one who’s box didn’t ship yet???? Everyone talking about theirs coming tomorrow or in two days makes me so sad. Then again maybe I just missed the email

    • No, mine hasn’t shipped either, and it’s giving me the sads.

      • Mine hasn’t shipped either! I’m starting to get worried… I’ve tried checking both the website and the app. I’m not a new subscriber, so I can’t think of any excuse.

      • Me too. I keep looking but it’s just blank next to shipment date. 🙁

    • I thought the same thing. I never got an email! But than I looked at my orders. The website is tricky with the mobile version. But I found that it shipped that way

      • Same here. No shipping email, but when I looked in my account it has shipped and should be here tomorrow or the next day.

        • Same!! I never got a shipping email but saw that it shipped through my account.

          • Thanks guys!! Looked now and I see mine shipped on Friday!

          • Ok, so now it looks like I’m the only one whose box hasn’t shipped (and I’ve checked my Sephora account at least once a day). ?

          • Mine hasn’t shipped yet. It just says “In Progress”. Waah 🙁

    • Mine hasn’t shipped either :/

      • I wouldn’t worry yet – I’ve gotten the box since the first one, and on average it is shipped between the 15th and 18th of the month, depending on how the dates fall – given that the 15th was a Saturday, they should probably be shipping today and tomorrow.

      • Mine is still pending on the site as well. I am interested to see what the boxes contain. I have a Christopher Robin hair mask from another sub (maybe last year Net-a-Porte and I HATE the smell! It reminds me of a hair mask my mother, or maybe grandmother, used back in the 70’s. The rest of the items look nice enough. Somehow the timing never works well for me to redeem the points … I find myself at Sephora literally the day before my box arrives.

        Can’t wait to see what those who get their boxes today and tomorrow post for variations!

      • I contacted customer service at Sephora last month, when it seemed like everyone had already received their boxes and I had not. They told me that everyone should receive a box by the 20th of the month. We still have a couple of days.

    • Mine says shipped but when I go to the tracking number it says they still haven’t shipped it and that’s been for 5 days its been sitting.

      • Same!

    • I didn’t get an email this month either, but on my account it is scheduled to arrive today.

      I’ve been subscribed for 5 months and my purchase date is the 4th of the month and my ship date is the 13th every month. I don’t know if any one else’s accounts are like that or if it is just mine.

  24. While I am bummed there are no spoilers, my box will be here tomorrow, so I think I’ll make it. Maybe. Kind of want to sneak into the post office James Bond style and get my mail.

    • I just went to get an update on my tracking info. It’s at my post office, so I’ll get mine tomorrow too! I wonder why they’re being so secretive this month though! Only one more day!

  25. The boxes seem to be coming later and later! Frustrating! But the Veronica Mars makes it all better!

  26. Noooo. I liked the first “spoilers” sooooooo much better:( Now it’s basically 2 lip products (my least favorite makeup) and the rest is “fillers” (for me skincare and hair stuff is fillers).

  27. As much as I would like the other spoiler, I’d still be very happy to get this one, and with the first one I feel like nobody would get the correct concealer and eyebrow shade they wanted with only 4 boxes, and it would be a mess so I’m hoping for this one. I hope the lipstick isn’t red but even if it is I would be happy it’s a smashbox liquid lipstick! Excited for the mask too, and anything farmacy. I’m really curious on what the variations would be on this one. Excited to find out soon!

  28. I’m hoping this 2nd set of spoilers is accurate! I would have only kept the Josie Maran mask and the perfume from the 1st spoiler. I’d keep all products in this spoiler, except for the lip gloss (assuming it’s red, as shown).

    But, at least it still appears there are 4 different boxes, which I assume means different variants. It’ll be fun to see what everybody gets! 🙂

  29. I am more excited about the Veronica Mars gifs than the spoilers. Now, I want to start re-watching the series again.

    • YES! I was thinking the same thing to myself as I put this post together. Are you signing the theme song in your head now, too? 🙂

      • Now I am! A long time ago we used to be friends…

  30. I’m not smitten with either possible spoiler, but I definitely prefer this one over the previous one. I do NOT want the Milk highlighter cause it’s too ’90s and reviews say it feels greasy. My face is greasy enough without any help. I have the Smashbox lipstick in Stepping Out and I’m definitely open to trying another color. I’m not very into hair masks or facial mists, but willing to try these out. The Estee Edit has very mixed reviews. I wouldn’t mind a combination of the two spoilers, if I could have the following: Smashbox lipstick, Becca concealer (if the correct, or even lighter, shade), the Erborian gel, Josie Maran mask, and the Drybar dry shampoo. I don’t really care what perfume they give me since I won’t know what it smells like till it gets here. My tracking info says my package will be delivered in 2 days, so I’m amazed that Sephora has kept this month so secret, and it’s my first Sephora Play box! I’m sad I missed out on last month’s.

  31. Maybe the fake spoiler is a Halloween trick.

  32. I don’t like playing Sephora’s games too much it seems. Really though, all the products I’ve seen look pretty cool and are new to me. Id love to try that Milk holographic highlighter. It just looks fun. And anything Farmacy is awesome. I loved the masks they sent in the June Boxy. I still have one stashed away. I do not want any red lip makeup. I have enough and more on its way from Ipsy and Lip Monthly already.

    This is only my 2nd month but I thought that once our boxes shipped, our products became available to us on the site. I know mine did last month but my box shipped like 3 days ago and all I have on my site page are September’s products. Im sure the October box will be cool but I really don’t like the lack of consistency when it comes to us finding out what we are getting. There are so many subs out there to try and new ones coming in all the time so its stuff like this that I look at when Im deciding what to keep and drop.

    • I understand. This is my 5th box and I have always seen what’s in my box once it shipped. Well, not this time!

  33. I am not at all excited about any of these products. If I had less sensitive skin or looked good in red lipstick, I might be. I would have preferred the Becca concealer. Not every month can be perfect for everyone though. If the spoilers are true, I’ll be swapping everything but my play pass.

  34. I like both spoilers but this 2nd one seems more in line with the quality of Sephora. I have not tried or heard of any of these so I’m excited to try all new things! Hopefully that liquid lipstick is in a good shade & NOT red!!

  35. Fake. For a box that’s supposed to be indie, YSL Mon Paris is about the polar opposite of that theme. Sephora has a whole highlighted collection of indie perfumes, so there’s no way they would have gone with this. Este Lauder isn’t exactly indie either, even if it is a diffusion brand…

    • The theme is indie brands or different formulas. Plus the perfume is just a bonus. I totally believe this:)

    • The one thing that doesn’t add up with this set of spoilers is that there are at least 4 variations of box numbers so I think a concealer or brow pencil would be more likely due to that.

      • Unless the variations are completely different brands/products, rather than shade variations across the same product. Our Deep Throat did list a spate of other potential brands involved this month.

      • I don’t think its brow/concealer related. I’m, getting the same box as some one who is platinum blonde and really tan. I have black hair and really light skin.

    • The theme is “The Cool Cut,” which is described as “innovative formulas and indie finds with a selection of the coolest must- have products.” If we focus less on indie and more on those other descriptors, this makes quite a bit of sense. To reiterate my comment on the previous Sephora Play thread, the phrase “the Cool Cut” is nearly synonymous (or at least evocative of) “the Estee Edit,” and since that’s an exclusive to Sephora line, it’s hardly surprising they would feature it in their box.

    • Plus, the Mon Paris was featured in Sephora’s highlighted fragrance promotion last month, “New Season, New Scents.”


  37. Red lipstick? Nooooooooo

    • I know right? Smashbox Always On Liquid Lip is great I just hope they send it in a color more people can use.

  38. Sephora is really playing this months cards close to the vest. I wonder why all the secrecy. I’ve never tried anything listed above so I wouldn’t mind it being true but a little bummed we won’t be able to try the milk holographic stick

    • And I’m so haping I don’t get the Milk holographic. ?

  39. i received my shipping notification on Thursday but no products are shown yet!!! ??

  40. I would love to try out something from the estee edit line!

  41. I’m much more inclined to believe this spoiler because it fits the theme MUCH better. I really liked a lot of the things in the first spoiler, but there would have been too many combinations of brow and skin color to be covered by 4 variations.

  42. Hoping for this second spoiler. Mine should be here this week..

  43. Adorable post! Like the post better than the box – 😛

    • This is a great post Liz. Thanks for turning something annoying into something cute and fun.

    • It makes me miss Veronica Mars :'(

  44. I was in love with the first spoiler I wanted to try everything there are in my “hope to buy” list and almost every single item from Becca benefit and milk I am dying to try this new spoiler blah maybe I will love them but total bummer if it’s true

    • I hate voice to text it auto corrects and I don’t notice until it’s already posted anyways I looked up these products and most only have three stars not excited I know reviews are not always accurate what works for one might not for another but I checked other sites not just Sephora

    • I agree, total bust for me. If these are the real spoilers mine will go straight to swap.

  45. I REALLY hope the second spoiler is right. Was not excited by anything in the first, and it didn’t fit the theme at all. Would love to try farmacy and erborian ?

    • I’m with you, Amber!
      This one looks Great to me. Fingers crossed!!?? I do love Play! every month, it never disappoints.

  46. I love the spoilers, but why the mystery lol?

    Loving Veronica Mars!!! 🙂

  47. Totally hoping the second spoiler is accurate!

  48. Loved the first spoiler hoping that one is right

  49. So gaping the second spoiler guess is accurate. I didn’t love the first one.

    • Oops, meant hoping. ?

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