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Play! By Sephora May 2017 Box #280 FULL SPOILERS!

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We have a FULL SPOILERS for the May 2017 Play! By Sephora box ending in #280 thanks to ophelianouveau!

The theme for May 2017 is Rising Stars!

Box # 280 includes:

Source: ophelianouveau



Box # 272 includes:

Box #264:

The products featured in the May 2017 box are:

trèStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick
NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone
Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper in Clear
Tata Harper Purifying Mask
belif Hungarian Water Essence
SUNDAY RILEY Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
Skin Laundry Gentle Foaming Face Wash
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask
NEST Black Tulip
CLEAN Reserve Sel Santal
TOCCA Stella

What do you think of the spoilers?

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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. Why would sephora sent the greystone color lipstick to people with fair skin is beyond my comprehension.. Looks like it’s a good product, lasts a while, easy to apply, but I am definitely not willing to purchase it juat yet, after trying on this color. I might however keep it and use it once, on Halloween..

  2. That lippie has great staying power and is the most unflattering color I’ve ever tried on myself. Truly horrible.

  3. I Googled the NudeStix shade hoping the color would be better than the name greystone implies. Nope!! What an terribly unflattering color. Why do they do this? Ugh.

  4. I got box 280 and my TrèStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick is broken. 🙁

    • Me too. And I was excited about that.

  5. Anyone wanna swap? I have box 272 and I want 264.

  6. I have box 976? Does anyone else have that box variation? I’m confused.

  7. I received box #272 and I’d love to swap the Belif, Tatcha, Nudestix, and Rahua… so basically the whole box.

    I’m most interested in the Sunday Riley, Milk, Tata Harper, and Grande Lips.

  8. I got mine today, I got the 264 box and I’m happy with everything the Sunday Riley cleanser is a good sized sample so I’m thrilled about that 😊

  9. Ughhhhh….I got the worst box last month and this month too with 280. I think I will try and change my profile.

  10. I was watching the Play by Sephora video that they released on the May box already and the lady in it kept saying that they put the more gentle skincare products in the boxes of those people who had indicated that they have sensitive skin and the more exfoliating skincare type products in the boxes of those people who had indicated that anti-aging was of concern, and on and on . . .

    So I think those of us who indicated sensitive skin in our Sephora Play profile are inadvertently getting sent the basic skincare products with lower box values rather than the more interesting skincare products with higher value.

    Like I put sensitive skin and got stuck with the no frills Philosophy cleanser last month and the gentle Skin Laundry cleanser this month instead of the Ole Henrikson Vitamin C that I wanted last month and the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser that I wanted this month.

    • Wait I got Philosophy last month that was worth only freakin $3 but this month I’m getting Sunday Riley but I don’t remember changing anything

    • I definitely get all the sensitive skin stuff. Luckily this time I love the cleanser I got, even though the value is low.

  11. Got box 280 and am perfectly happy with it! I think they stepped it up with the size of the samples in this box as well, which I know is something people have complained about before.

  12. For all those wondering.. box246 is the same as box (drumroll) …. box 264 well maybe I was the only one with the reversed digits not sure .. nevertheless I wanted to try Sunday Riley happy with that that but would have been thrilled with the milk product still pretty good overall
    Plus my tresique stick was empty and broken with the highlighter stuck in the lid so I called Sephora and they were happy to help
    one thing that definitely keeps me with a box …the customer service .. thanks Sephora 🙂

  13. I’m getting box #272. Meh. Its fine.
    I was dying to try the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip or Tata Harper Mask… but more Belief and I’m down to trey the Tatcha Cleansing Oil… oh well.

    After the March Box I really don’t need more highlighter, but it looks like everyone is getting the Trestique. stick.

  14. My number is not aany of these i wrote them down and there r no combos leading to any of these numbers…ugh

  15. wow, I had another box number the other week and now it is updated to 264! I am thrilled!

    • Same exact thing happened to me!! I felt like I was dumb and probably read it wrong but if it’s happening to other people maybe I’m not crazy 😅

  16. I. Need. To. Know.What .Is. In. 306. NOW!!

    • You and me both sister. I’m guessing it will be the ugly stepchild of all of these. Sigh. What is everyone’s profile that is getting #272, I wonder.

    • Me too!!!

    • Me too! Ugh. I have zero patience… However there are still a bunch of products that haven’t appeared in any of the known variations. Fingers crossed for something good coming to those who have to wait.

    • Me too!!!!

    • Me too!!! 😫💔

    • Ditto. Are we the last to receive ours or something? I saw the spoilers for ALL the boxes on youtube but nothing for specific boxes. Mine hasn’t even been shipped. I just hope I get the nudestix.

    • me too. I have that box. Last month I was the last to know. Looks like a repeat this month

    • I just received notice that my box #306 has shipped. Hope to see the spoilers soon!!!

    • Me too!

  17. At least my #264 looks better than #280…still wish I didn’t get the grandelips but I’m glad I’m getting the Christophe Robin instead of the Rahua

  18. Im getting 280, disappointed.

    Anyone with CR, Milk blur or tata harper wanna to trade?

  19. I’m getting 272 and really want 264. Anyone want to swap?

  20. Same perfume as 272? Seems like each version usually gets their own, no?

  21. These were all the items I was hoping not to get. Of course 280 is the worst box. So disappointed

  22. Ugh #280 is the worst one! Anyone want their entire box for my #280?

    • Want to *swap their entire non #280 box for my #280 box??

  23. Ugh. I am getting #264 and am so disappointed. Why can’t they just send out one box for everyone? The other boxes look so much better to me than what I’m getting.

    • I’ll swap you my entire box

      • Sounds great!
        FYI, I’m going to wait until it arrives before I list it – just in case they send me a different box. Fingers crossed.

  24. I may be in the minority, but I don’t wear much make-up and I quite like receiving skincare items. I actually wish for more toner … pretty please?

    • I agree. With the exception of K-beauty boxes, toner is definitely lacking in beauty boxes.

    • Agreed! I keep hoping someone will send a toner! That spoiler a while back for Allure that ended up not happening had me so excited, then nope.

  25. I’ve been dying to try the Skin Laundry face wash!!! And would love that belief!!! Wish i had this box instead of 264

    • I have 280! Want to swap my
      Belif and skin laundry for your Sunday Riley and Christopher Robin?

      • I was hoping to keep the Sunday Riley but will swap the hair scrub for the skin laundry!

    • I’d trade the skin laundry and belief for your Sunday Riley and Christophe Robin!

  26. So disappointed! How much face wash can they possibly send? I was almost excited about the lip color, and then I saw it was greige?! Why would I want my lips to be that color??

    • That lip color is the absolute worst. I loved the formula but the actual color is fecal matter gray/brown. Threw it out.

  27. My box number is 298. Any one else?

    • Me too. Getting ancy!

    • mine too ..

    • Me!

    • That’s mine too

    • Me too. It seems like my box is always the last to be revealed. Every single month.

      • Mine as well. I hope it’s not the Milk primer box because I received a primer last month and that one doesn’t have the best reviews.

    • Me too! I’m anxious for spoilers!

    • Same, hoping we get the blur stick and not just the left overs

    • Mine also. It’s supposed to come on Saturday but I wanna know now !!! Lol. Hoping for the milk and tacha

    • my box is 298 also, but I don’t know whats in it.

  28. My May box is 078, is anyone else getting this box number??

    • Are you sure you looked at the right number? I’m not sure any of them start with 0

      • Ya I’m sure, I’ve checked a few times, it’s already shipped too…very curious…

  29. Omg. My birthday is today and I kinda wanna cry with these spoilers! 🤒 This is way too skincare crazy for me and possibly the first time ever I considered swapping 😖😖 if anyone is interested in swapping a box I’m #280. ☹️ I’ll probably end up heading to Reddit if no replies here lol I really wanted that blur stick….ugh. New face products break my skin out so bad 😭😭😭 #itsmybdayillcryifiwantto #youwouldcrytoo #ifsephorawasinconsistenttoyou

    • Anyone with #264 looking to swap? I loooooove lip plumpers 😍

      • I have box 264!!!! I would totally swap my lip plumper for that skin laundry or belief! Or both if you want the christophe robin!

        • I’d love to swap both items if the option is still available! I’ll trade you my skin laundry and belief for your plumper and Chris robins???😍 And thanks everyone for the bday wishes lol (:

    • Happy birthday! I am box 280 too and I have the same issue. I can’t use any of this stuff. I am canceling. I have been thinking about it for awhile and this awful box sealed the deal.

    • Happy birthday! And you’re right-this is the worst box ever. I just pulled the plug. The problem is, Sephora is consistent with me! Every month I get the worst bag! When the spoiler looks like it could be birchbox, it’s time to go!

  30. I haven’t seen a box with the Nest perfume or the Milk blur stick so I’m really really hoping they will be in my box 298 which hasn’t had spoilers yet! Fingers crossed!

    • Tata Harper hasn’t shown up either. I’m thinking these are good fits for #306 (aging, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin tone). I’m not sure what the profile is for 298 but there may be some overlap.

      • I was thinking the exact same thing. lol I would really love to get the Tata but I won’t get my hopes up. 🙂

      • I’m getting 306 and my profile says aging, pores, dull, dark circles, and uneven skin tone. Hoping to see some good skincare. And nothing hair.

  31. I’m getting the GrandeLip thing & it’s literally the last thing I need. Anyone interested in swapping it for the Milk Blur thing? I’d possibly be open to other items, but it would depend on the item.

    • I’d love to! I got box 280

    • I’ll swap my entire box 280 for the lip plumper!

      • That’s a good trade Jamie… I hate lip plumpers and would totally give you mine

      • Tempting offer Jamie!!! I would love to swap you my lip plumper!

      • Really Jamie? I’ll do that 100%

      • Yes! I’ve never swapped on here, but I would be willing to send my box first! It’s all worthless to me anyway, so I won’t be too sad to lose it 😉

        • I’ve never swapped either so not sure how it works! I can give you my email?

        • Are you still on the wait list Jamie? Or are you on swap? If you’re already on swap we can get this trade started. 😀

        • Heyy Jamie did you still wanna swap?

  32. I really really want to try the MILK blurr, I have the Sunday Riley box. I’m over on the swap page and have lots listed.

  33. For this month, I’m looking through the spoilers BUT I am NOT checking to see what box I am getting. I’m hoping that something in my box will be way better in person than it appears in the spoiler, and perhaps I’ll end up being more excited than disappointed 🙂

    But more importantly:

    “Sephora. Please…. NO. MORE. HIGHLIGHERS!”

    Seriously, I get that it was (is?) a trend, but really how many months in a row are you planning on sending them?? (It’s like sending us a black eyeliner EVERY month. Or a red lipstick.) If you’re like me, and you don’t even like shimmery makeup… well, you’re very sad and a bit grumpy with Sephora.


    • Totally agree with you. I dropped Sephora and Birchbox because I didn’t want another black eye liner, red lipstick, or highlighter and I’ll add primer to that list! I don’t use any of those things and after about 6 months of subs I had enough to last years. Beautyfix is great for skincare.

    • I have so many highlighers, i just started giving them AWAY!! Giving Sephora 1 more chance

  34. I was on sample overload so I cancelled. I’m missing my Sephora box already. 😢

  35. I’ll be receiving 272, I hope they don’t give a 50 point card that expires in 2 days like last month.

    I’m excited about the hair mask – I love hair masks always. I like Tocca fragrances. Not excited about the Trestique hightlight stick, really sick of all highlighters and glows of any kind! I’m not familiar with the Belif Hungarian Water Essence but I hope it’s a fine water spray, because I was looking for one already to spritz on before moisturizer.

    • I went to the Sephora store this month with the April point card and they still took it! I think they just had a typo on their cards! You still have the rest of the month to use it 🙂

  36. My box is #298!

    • Me too.

  37. I want the replica and the Grandelips so badly but am getting 272 😐

    • I got box #264

  38. Ah I missed out on the Tata Harper. Sadness! I am beyond over Sephora play sending me “water” themed products. Water Essense, water bomb, like 1000 other ones I can’t seem to remember right now. I get it Sephora. You must figure I have the dryest face in the planet. Clearly repeatedly confirming my profiles states my face is full on oily is not getting thru to you. Alas I care not for your oversent items. There are only so many moisturizers and hydration serums this girl can try. If you insist on sending me skincare, I’d take all the masks and exfoliators you annoyingly refuse to send my way.

    • I think all the water based items are supposed to be for oily skin? I have drier skin, and those water based products don’t work for me.

  39. Dang! Still no spoilers for box 306!

    • That’s what I was thinking. It’s seems like the box we (306 box ladies) usually gets delivered last and spoilers leaked later than too😁

      • I’m box 306 too. Always the last or never seen spoilers 😞

      • im 306 too. hoping for – milk blur stick, nest perfume, lip plumper and tata harper. ( i already have tata harper from birchbox but its amazing and would be happy for another sample, its goes a long way and skin feels amazing using it)

    • I know! I keep checking for 306 too! My box has shipped and should be here Monday, but dangit – I want to know already! 🙂
      Maybe I’ll get lucky and it’ll come early. *fingers crossed*

  40. This month and last month comes with the cheapest of cleansers and possibly entire box rv. Need to change profile again.

  41. Omg I paid for this crap? I have 280 and am so bummed with this box. I think I may cancel which is sad to me, but Play just gets worse and worse IMO.

    • I was so underwhelmed by this box. Kept it for a while because I was on the waitlist for months! But at the end of the day the value wasnt doing it for me. My biggest pet peeve with them is that they wont even send a fullsize of their own sephora brand stuff! I have had ipsy for years now and my bags are amazing! I ended up cancelling sephora nad getting a second ipsy. For May the value of my bags were about $130! Out of 10 products, between both bags, I received 3 full size in one bad and 1 full size in my new sub bag. The longer you are with Ipsy the better the bags get, the amount of full size stuff I have received in the past is incredible for $10. I am forever and Ipsy girl! LOL

    • I feel the exact same! Other people get these great, expensive samples and I get…280-level every single time. It’s a real bummer.

  42. I have 280, and I’m not interested in the skin laundry. Would love to swap for the tata Harper or Sunday Riley- let me know if anyone is interested! Also nest black tulip is one of my holy grail fragrances, so if anyone would want to swap the tocca for it I’m all over it!

  43. Disappointed. I figured I’d get either the Tatcha, the Tata Harper, or the Sunday Riley and now I’m not getting any… $10 a month isn’t much but I’m starting to think about what I could do with the $120+ it costs a year – I could buy some full-sized products I’m really excited about.

  44. This is the first time I’m disappointed in my box. I did not want the Skin Laundry or Belif. I found someone to swap the Skin Laundry for the Tatcha – hoping to find someone who wants to swap the Belif for Sunday Riley.

  45. That’s an odd combo. So 280 is the same as 272 but with a different cleanser? Was hoping for the Milk Blur. Oh well.

    • All the Sephora boxes are the same with one or two small differences pet box.

      • I’ve never seen just one item different. It’s usually at least two. Definitely not my favorite box. I actually preferred the last one over this one – and the last one was an utter disaster except for the PTR Water Drench I received.

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