Play! by Sephora Review – May 2017 – Box #306
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.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Every month they ship all of the samples a drawstring bag with a different design. But, this month they sent a reusable plastic envelope instead. (This is great for travel, so I like the change!)
FYI – There are variations of this box. This review is for the box # ending in 306.
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.
This month’s theme is “The Rising Stars.”
Now, onto the items!
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask –7.5 ml Value $14.50
This mask is a gel that dries and tightens as you wear it for 20 minutes. I didn’t think I noticed a difference at first after removing the mask – but then I touched my face. My skin has NEVER been smoother!
It gets great reviews for helping with acne, too. (And smells so natural and lovely!)
Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask – 22 ml Value $6.40
Another high-end, ingredient conscious beauty brand!
This product gets really mixed reviews on Sephora, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I like the scent, (it’s natural, citrusy, and clean), and added moisture to my hair without weighing it down.
It was easy enough to use, too (just leave in for 10 minutes).
The issue I have with this product is the same I have with all Rahua products – the formula is great, but I can’t tell a huge difference between this product, and a similar hair product that would cost me less than half of the cost. (The full-size version of this hair mask is $58.)
So for now, I’ll just enjoy the samples when I get them!
TreStique Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick – .05 oz?, Value $8?
I’m used to seeing this brand in Ipsy glam bags, so it was a bit surprising to see it from Sephora! (I didn’t realize they carried this brand.)
The formula glides on smoothly, and the crayon has a beautiful champagne shimmer. It’s easy to blend, too.
Here it is swatched:
Milk Makeup Blur Stick – .1 oz Value $3.60
I’ve been pretty impressed with MILK makeup, so I was excited to try this. (Plus, I love their minimalist packaging design.)
This blurring stick is pretty great. I could literally see it wipe away shine on my face as I applied it. The “blurring” part is debatable for me. (I could still see more pores.) But this is a great way to apply primer before foundation or just to give your skin a matte finish. (It didn’t have any pigment on my skin tone.)
Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper – sample size, Value $4?
This is another product that seems to get mixed reviews on Sephora. (Works great for some, no noticeable difference for others.)
I fall into the category of no noticeable difference. To me, it’s just a high-shine lip gloss.
Clean Reserve San Santal – 1.5 ml Value $1.40
(All Sephora boxes include 5 beauty products plus an extra perfume sample.)
This is an oriental green scent with notes Mandarin Leaves, Bergamot, Nutmeg Tonic, Iris, Salted Fig, Violet, Hazelnut Cream, Sandalwood, Decadent Amber, Styrax, Rose Musk.
I’m not a perfume wearer, so I usually assume I won’t care for the perfume sample, but I’m liking this one! I really love the mandarin scent.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $38. I think that’s great for a $10 beauty box, especially since the box will always include high-end brands. I’m happy with almost all the products in this box, but the standouts were the Tata Harper mask and the MILK blurring stick.
What do you think about the May Play! by Sephora box? What variation did you get?