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PLAY! by Sephora The Beauty Remedy Edition 1 Review – October 2017

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Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

Sephora releases limited edition Play! boxes pretty frequently lately (about every month), and this is a review of their latest release – The Beauty Remedy Edition box.

FYI – this box is now sold out.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

There were two versions of this with slightly varying products. This is a review of version #1.

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Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

The Box: PLAY! by SEPHORA The Beauty Remedy Edition

The Cost: $20 ($140 value)

The Products:

Discover the best in luxury with one of two exclusive, limited-edition boxes—available online only. Choose from two collections, each with six trial-size samples from Sephora’s top brands, curated by our experts. Indulge in modern luxury with state-of-the-art formulas and breakthrough ingredients that are sure to cure beauty bag boredom. Plus, get to know your exquisite new collection with the help of six limited-edition cards featuring detailed product information.

PLAY! by SEPHORA: The Beauty Remedy Edition is an individual set of luxury items, not a monthly subscription.

Check out our review of the PLAY! by SEPHORA The Iconic Edition and our review of the PLAY! by SEPHORA The All-Star Edition!

Check out our Play! by Sephora reviews and Play! by Sephora Spoilers to learn more about their regular subscription.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

The info cards this month came sealed in a little foil pack.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

Each product had its own info card.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

The flip side of each card had very aesthetically pleasing and well-organized information for each item. They had sections for the amount to use, the time to use (morning, afternoon, night), description, side effect, and the size of each sample. I wish there was this kind of breakdown for every item in subscription boxes… saves us some research!

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

One of the coolest things about this special edition box is the case it comes in! It’s a hard-sided case that zips all the way around, has a mesh pocket on one side inside, and a wrist strap. It is very Pepto-Bismol pink, and I sort of wish they were black or something instead, but I’m sure plenty of people out there do like this shade of pink so that’s fine. That being said, I (and many of our readers) do think it would have been nice had they offered different color cases between Editions 1 and 2 (maybe one pink and one black or something).

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

Tatcha the Silk Cream – .34 oz, Estimated Value $24

Tatcha is yet another brand I adore, thanks to Liz introducing me to it. So, I was really excited to see this in this box! The packaging for all their products feels very luxe and I was really happy to see that to be true even for a sample. It’s a glass jar with a great weight to it.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

Sample jars are often sparsely-filled, so I was thrilled to see that this jar was actually full. This moisturizer has anti-aging Japanese superfoods (green tea, rice, algae) to give your skin a glow. It even has Akoya pearl extract to support collagen growth, which of course helps with firming. I love this product – I found it to be hydrating but not heavy, leaving my skin feeling very smooth. This isn’t an intense hydration, which I need particularly at night for my dry complexion, but it’s great for daytime for me.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream Radical New Age – .08 oz, Estimated Value $27

At .08, this is a pretty small sample but even full-size eye creams aren’t very large sizes. That being said, I’m, happy to report that this jar was totally full as well. I haven’t tried this eye cream before but I have to say I really like it! I never go without an eye cream, and this is a very hydrating and luxe feeling one.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

I’ve only used this for a couple days straight so I can’t report on long-term effects but I can say that my under eye skin feels great and, I personally think, looks a little brighter (quite a feat, considering I’m back in newborn-land!).  I’ve really been enjoying using this.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

La Mer the Moisturizing Soft Cream – .24 oz, Estimated Value $40.80

This is a lightweight moisturizing cream.  It’s actually the only La Mer product I’ve ever tried. A little goes a long way with this!

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

This cream left my skin feeling soft and supple. I don’t totally care for the fragrance but it doesn’t irritate my skin and overall works well! One thing worth noting: I was really glad to see my sample jar of this was actually full.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm – .04 oz, Estimated Value $20.57

This is a translucent lip balm from Givenchy that is designed to be moisturizing, plumping, and color-boosting.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

This really goes on quite clear and is supposed to work with your own skin’s pH level to subtly boost the color into something that’s truly “your natural color but more.”

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

As you can see, it really is just a clear balm that maybe adds just a subtle pink to my lips. The texture was nice and hydrating, as a balm should be, and it was comfortable to wear.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

Giorgio Armani Ecstacy Shine in 400 red – .05 oz, Estimated Value $19

This lipstick is meant to have a balm texture and hydration while still providing intense color. I’d say that pretty truly describes it.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

This shade looks darker in the tube than it does on, I think because of the hydrating and balm-like texture. This also makes it so that the color isn’t super opaque – it has just a bit of sheerness to it. Still tons of color, though.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

Here’s the Giorgio Armani lipstick on.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume – .14 fl oz, Estimated Value $10.61

I’ve tried a couple Atelier Cologne samples before, thanks to various subscription boxes and have never been crazy about them, but I have to say I actually really like this one!

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 1

It’s a significantly Sandalwood fragrance, but it also has dulce de leche and rare spices included in the formula. I also love the travel spray design – travel sprays and rollerballs are my favorite packaging for perfumes.

Verdict: I thought this special edition Sephora Play! The Beauty Remedy Edition #1 box felt very luxe and contained some great samples! I’m happy with the size and value of the products and I feel like they picked some good, high-end, expensive brands to sample in this limited edition box. Everything really worked for me, as well. The value adds up to $141.98 which is incredible for a $20 box. I’m definitely happy with that.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, both versions are now sold out.

Value Breakdown: At $20 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Tatcha the Silk Cream: $3.38
  • SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream Radical New Age: $3.80
  • La Mer the Moisturizing Soft Cream: $5.75
  • Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm: $2.90
  • Giorgio Armani Ecstacy Shine: $2.68
  • Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume: $1.49

What do you think about Edition #1 of the recent Sephora Play! The Beauty Remedy Edition releases? Did you buy one of them?

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. I keep missing out on these special edition Plays. Does Sephora send emails out to Rouge/VIB, or is it just luck that you happen to be on the website at just the right time???

  2. I got this bag and already used it and the contents for travel. Everything is the perfect size…including the perfume. The value is tremendous in my opinion. I did get the wrong edition and am bummed I missed out on AmorePacific but I do like Tatcha.

    • Many people received the wrong box and were sent the items that weren’t duplicates from the correct box. You should contact Sephora. Glad you’re not like the dozens of complainers on the Sephora reviews whining about getting the wrong box even though they were being sent the correct items for the box they wanted. Most of us received jack squat.

  3. Love the review! I so wish you could review every single make up product so we could actually see it on lol!

  4. Oh this makes me sad all over again that I didn’t get this one (I was one of many who ordered this one but received Edition 2 instead). The Tatcha and sk-II look awesome!

    • At least you aren’t SUPER sad (and bitter) like me for having my order cancelled and not getting anything. Sigh…time to make myself feel better by finding other goodies to buy…lol.

  5. I hope they continue to release these!

  6. Man the values on this one & the other bag is outstanding as well as the products. I sure wish I could’ve got a least one of them!

  7. Wish I had gotten this one!

  8. Thank you for the review, this is the one I got. I love the hard case bag they had with this set but totally agree that it should be black!! (I even would have been ok with red lol) While I loved all of the products I had to throw out the Giorgio Armani lipstick due to the smell it was that awful old lipstick smell and it did not seem to fade. I was also surprised at the yucky smell of the La Mer cream, it is so expensive and very popular but wow….strong powdery floralish smell that is not pleasing but it does fade after about an hour. I am keeping it and using it at night as it has great reviews.

    • I liked the hard case bag also. I was thinking I might load it with something like polly pockets for my niece. I was thinking I would have enjoyed such a case to carry my toys around in when I was young. – -not a very grown-up color.

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