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Play! by Sephora #677 Subscription Box Review – October 2017

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Sephora Play October 2017

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.)

Sephora Play October 2017

Every month they include all of the samples in a mini bag with a different design.

FYI – The box variation I received this month is box ending in #677. 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.

Sephora Play October 2017

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: U.S.

Check out all of our Play! by Sephora reviews and all of our reviews of Cheap Subscription Boxes for other similarly priced boxes!

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Sephora Play October 2017

This month’s theme is “Complexion Companions.”

Sephora Play October 2017

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.

Sephora Play October 2017

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster – .15 fl oz, Estimated Value $15.38

This is a new skin serum from one of my favorite brands! It’s designed to “deliver a plump look, prep skin for makeup, and hydrate to smooth the appearance of fine lines.” I think of this more as a super performing primer than a hydrating serum/skincare because, for me, it’s not hydrating enough on its own and I still need a moisturizer. That being said, I meant it when I said this thing performs really well. I noticed a brighter complexion and my foundation applied much more smoothly, plus it didn’t settle into any fine lines throughout the day. I have to follow that up by saying I don’t have any severe lines or a major problem with numerous fine lines, but what I do experience issues with this helped.

Sephora Play October 2017

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – .12 oz, Estimated Value $4.56

I’ve tried this setting powder before thanks to a few different subscription boxes, so I know I like it alright. It has a matte finish, which isn’t my preference, but it does keep my makeup locked in place. (I currently use Make Up Forever’s HD Microfinishing Powder and probably always will… One jar has lasted me 2.5 years so far!) This is a useful sample, though not particularly exciting to me.

Sephora Play October 2017

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – 5 ml, Estimated Value $7.17

I was really excited when I saw that every Play! by Sephora box this month would feature some classic MUFE foundation! I love this stuff – it’s what I always use on bridal clients for wedding makeup because it photographs so well. The “Ultra HD” in the name isn’t made to be just catchy buzz words; this stuff is really made for HD photography or film. 

That being said, this shade was definitely not right for me. They sent me a shade beginning with R (instead of Y) which is meant for pink undertones/cool complexions and I have a very neutral complexion, leaning warm (so I err on the side of yellow toned). I understand that they can’t match everyone with a sample in their Play! box perfectly, but they emphasize your Beauty Insider customization so much that I thought they’d at least get my undertone right. I even have my Color IQ number saved to my account so they know my exact tone.

If you’re not familiar, COLOR IQ is a tool Sephora employees have to match you to foundations in the store without swatching on your face. It’s a handheld scanner, and they scan 3 points on your face and neck. The scanner then gives them a 4-digit code (1Y01, for example) that they can type into a tablet that has their Color IQ database in it to pull up all your matches in the store/across all brands. Note that not every brand will have a match, just because they may not make a color that matches well enough. If you get your Color IQ done (which is FREE and we always offered/told clients about it when I worked there, though I find many locations don’t bring it up so you may have to ask for it), you can have the code saved to your Beauty Insider profile. You can even just have it written down for you to add yourself – you can search Sephora’s website with these Color IQ codes! For example, if you type in 1Y01 to the search bar on it’ll also pull up all the complexion products that match for you! This is super helpful when shopping online for complexion items.

Sephora Play October 2017

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight – 2.8 ml, Estimated Value $7.98

These highlighting drops are relatively new! They pack a punch, too. They’re ultra-concentrated pearlescent pigment that you can use as an intense strobe effect or use lightly/blend for subtler highlighting.

Sephora Play October 2017

The formula is gorgeous, and I can tell a little will last a long time too.

Sephora Play October 2017

BECCA First Light Priming Filter – 6 ml, Estimated Value $7.60

My favorite primers don’t include silicone (silicone primers have that silky, slippery feeling), so I will definitely use this. I also love the subtle glow it gives my skin, especially since I have a dry complexion.

Sephora Play October 2017

Gabrielle Chanel eau de parfum – 1.5 ml, Estimated Value $3.15

This is a classic floral fragrance, with notes of jasmine, orange blossom, grasse tuberose, and ylang-ylang. It’s inspired by being passionate, free, and a little rebellious.

Sephora Play October 2017 swatches

Here are swatches of the foundation (too dark for me), the Cover FX Enhancer drops, and the Becca primer which I’m showing you because it’s a little glowy and tinted slightly purple for illuminous color correction.

Verdict: My October Play! by Sephora box adds up to $45.84 (the MUFE serum was a pretty high-value sample at $15.38!), which I’m definitely happy with for a $10 box. I feel like this month had nice sizes of brands I’m always happy to see (Cover FX and Make Up Forever), plus it was pretty fun for it to contain everything you need for a solid makeup base and exploring some new products! I wish the foundation had worked out for me, though!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive next month’s samples, curated based on your Play! Profile. Get email alerts for monthly spoilers!

Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster: $3.36
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: $0.99
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation: $1.56
  • Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight: $1.74
  • BECCA First Light Priming Filter: $1.66
  • Gabrielle Chanel eau de parfum: $0.69

What did you get in your Play! by Sephora box?

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. Everything was too dark for me this month. Even the highligher was darker than my skin tone. I showed it to my coworker who also loves beauty samples and she just laughed at it. It was so bad. I hope they don’t do a foundation based box again. If it was just the foundation, I could have lived with the other items but the purple primer I got showed up literally purple on my arm, even with barely any used, and the highlighter was so dark it did the exact opposite of the purpose. I guess just having 3 items I couldn’t use at all in one box was too much, but if it was spread out it wouldn’t have seemed so bad.

  2. I loved everything about this box! The shade matched my skin tone perfectly and it gives me everything I need for full coverage.

  3. I was definitely surprised this was my box, since it was the mix I liked the best! I’m happy with all the products and additional shock, the foundation was a good match :O I don’t mind Play’s off months because of great months like this one! Anything I don’t like is always a good gift 🙂

  4. This was the box I received. I was actually really disappointed with it. I’m a natural redhead so foundations are always too dark for me when they are included in boxes, as was this one. But where they had all of my information on my profile, I would have thought they would have made an effort and at least sent one for porcelain skin tones. Also. Where I’m middle aged, I don’t want these glow products anywhere near my skin. Something more age appropriate would have been welcomed. I decided to email them about it since I’m a long time rouge buyer. We’ll see what happens.

    • If you take the sample into the store, they will replace it with an appropriate color for you…

      • Siren, like Kate said you can go into the store and get matched to the right shade and get a sample. You don’t even need to bring in your play! Sample, just ask for whatever samples you want in store. ☺️ Hope that helps!

  5. This was my box and i loved it and will use all of it! Play has been one of my favorite boxes this year.

  6. Haley – thanks so much for that tip on searching for product matches by simply putting in your color iq number in the search box. I was going about it the long way through my beauty profile.

    And totally agree with the other posters regarding having a cast member match you in the store. Was not as accurate as the one I did myself through the self-service online tool. I think lighting in the store is definitely a factor.

  7. Hi Haley,

    I thought you would have had your baby by how so I’m thrilled that you have time (miraculously) to do reviews still. I love getting your former cast member insight when it comes to sephora play boxes. Hope we get to see more of you in the next couple of months, but I totally understand if we don’t.

    • Morgan, I did have my baby! October 16th. ☺️ Thanks so much for reading and the kind words. 💕

      • Congratulations Haley!!! 😀

        • Thank you, Luna and Morgan!

      • Congrats!

      • Congratulations on your newest addition!

  8. I just read your review of box 677, which was my box. Great review! For me, everything was perfect and they nailed my skin tone. Becca is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands–they really do holographic and shimmer well!

    At the beginning of your review you mention that you received box 023. Did that foundation match your skin tone better?

    Thank you for an awesome review!

    • Randl, Liz reviewed her customized box variation, which was #677, and I (Haley) reviewed the variation they sent for me, #023. Seems like Liz and I both got shades too dark for us. 😕 Normally I show products on my face or used in makeup looks but the foundation was really the only color cosmetic here to show and it just did not look good or Worth showing on my face for this review! 😔

      Thanks for reading!!

    • Randl – oops! I had a copy+paste fail and didn’t catch it before responding to you! I’m sorry – Liz reviewd #941 this month and my variation was #677. #023 was my variation for the previous month. Thanks for helping point out that confusion! We’ll update the review. <3

  9. Great review, full of helpful tips too! When I got my color IQ done it said I was a Y (yellow/warm undertone) not a R. (red/cool undertone) The person who did my color IQ and I both didn’t understand because I pull very cool undertones. I’m just going to have to get it done agian I guess.. but I don’t know why it didn’t read my color correctly.

    • I also just wanted to note for people that my Color IQ was totally wrong (I am very cool-toned and it gave me a Y designation) and that none of my listed foundations were even close. The person who did it for me said that happens a lot. Could be user error on her part but I just want to make sure everyone knows that your Color IQ isn’t necessarily the Holy Grail Correct Perfect Color 🙂

      • Same. The associate told me I probably just think I’m pink! Ha! So I had her swatch the “match” in three different brands. It looked like lines of yellow chalk on me. Then we tried pink and it blended right in. Unfortunately Sephora only sends me yellow foundation and concealer. Had I received this box, I probably would have stayed with them.

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