Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review – November 2016
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 included all of the samples an adorable drawstring bag with a different design.
FYI – There were four variations of this box. They’re all pretty similar this month, but you can see all the variations in our post about it here.
The box variation I received this month is box ending in #977. 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 (it was dated 11/1 for me), 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: US
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.
Although I do have to mention, you can walk in and get shown any tips and even a “mini makeover” (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 “Best in Glow,” which I am all about because I always feel like winter makeup is often so matte and dull… I love illumination, dewiness, and glow year-round and not just in summer! Not to mention I have dry skin which gets worse in the winter so I’ll take any help with hydration and glow I can get!
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.
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask – 0.3 oz, Value $17.25
Each GlamGlow mask is made with an ingredient called a Teaoxi, which is basically an infusion of something – this Supermud mask contains Eucalyptus Teaoxi, so you get that great eucalyptus smell and slight tingle on your face when you use this. It’s a charcoal mud mask that draws out impurities while helping to brighten and soften your skin as well. The info booklet says that in addition to being a regular mask (that you can use as often as you want but they recommend 3x a week), you can dab it on a pimple as a 15-minute spot treatment, too!
The Estée Edit Dissolve the Drama 2-in-1 Makeup Remover + Cleanser – 0.5 fl oz, Value $2.38
This is a fun makeup remover that I enjoy using! It turns from an oil to a milky foam as you use it (start with massaging the oil on your dry face, then add a little water to make it a milky cleanser, and wash off). The formula contains botanicals that help nourish and condition your skin too, including jojoba, aloe vera, and cucumber extract. I found it effective and it left my skin feeling nice and soft!
Cover FX Illuminating Primer – 0.16 fl oz, Value $6.08
You know how a lot of primers have that thick, slippery, synthetic feel and look kind of gel-y? That’s because those primers contain silicone. Many of those work great, but may not work well with some people’s skin or texture preferences. Personally, I just tend to prefer the lighter feeling of non-silicone primers, though I’ll use either.
This illuminating primer is silicone-free and formulated with a light-reflecting mineral complex. I love this primer! It does a great job with brightening, which also helps camouflage any dull or uneven patches, and gives a dewy glow that doesn’t leave you with sparkles all over your face.
All of Cover FX’s products are anti-inflammatory and vitamin-enriched in order to work well with sensitive and problem skin. Most of their foundations and concealers are heavy-duty full coverage, which is great to help cover problem skin without suffocating it. (One of my favorite Cover FX products is their mattifying anti-acne primer – if you have oily and acne-prone skin this is one of the best primers out there for you because it mattifies your skin while delivering anti-acne ingredients!)
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Rose Gold – 0.03 oz, Value $17.40
This eye color stick is just over half the size of the full size! It’ll last me a while, which is great because I love this. This is a high-pigment cream shadow in a stick which makes application super easy. You can even use this as a highlighter on your face. I’m happy with this product because the pigmentation is great, the color and shimmer are gorgeous, on-trend, and versatile. I’ve been wearing it for about 10 hours so far and it’s not creased at all.
Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink – 0.1 oz, Value $10.90
The packaging for this lip gloss says it’s 0.1 oz and the full size is listed at 0.11 oz on Sephora’s website so this really may as well be full size, I suppose! It’s just about. I like this formula pretty well. The color looks bright in the tube but is pretty sheer so it delivers a more wearable color on the lips. It’s a little sticky but not too bad. Definitely a true glossy gloss.
Stella McCartney POP Eau de Parfum Sample – 0.05 fl oz vial
This is a new fragrance from Stella McCartney and is floral and woody. I’m super picky about rose scents and this one is more contemporary and younger than rose can often feel. I like it!
Top notes include tomato leaf, violet leaf, and green mandarin, middle notes are frangipani, tuberose, and violet, and base notes of sandalwood, musk, and cedar.
Here are swatches of the eye stick, illuminating primer, and lip gloss.
Here’s a look where I’m wearing the Cover FX primer, Laura Mercier eye stick, and Sephora lip gloss. I really like all of these products! I tossed the gloss as a good on-the-go lip for errands and I’m loving the pigmentation and performance of the eye stick.
Here’s a better look at the eye stick on my lids. So wearable, and it would work on pretty much any complexion.
Verdict: I liked my November Play! by Sephora box. I loved every variation (mostly because I love all GlamGlow masks, which was one of the differences between boxes) so I’m happy I got the one I did – plus I didn’t expect to love the perfume, so that’s a nice bonus. I was happy to try some items that were new to me, too. The value also comes out to about $54.01 so I’m happy with that.
What do you think about the November Play! by Sephora? What variation did you get?