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

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Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

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 2

There were two versions of this with slightly varying products. This is a review of version #2.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

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 2

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

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

Each product had its own info card.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

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 2

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 2

Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence – 1 oz, Retail Value $35.80

This is a new product from Amore Pacific! It’s pure fermented green tea extract, which has anti-aging and antioxidant properties. (This product was only sent in Edition 2.)

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

This 1 oz bottle is a really nicely packaged deluxe sample! It comes in a frosted glass bottle, which feels really luxe.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

I’ve only tried this essence twice (after cleansing, before moisturizing), and I like it so far! It feels very refreshing and calming when I apply it.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

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

(This La Mer cream was sent in both versions.) 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 2

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 2

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer – .33 fl oz, Retail Value $17.16

This is probably YSL’s most popular product. This is a primer that’s made to blur your complexion and give you a smooth, glowy look.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

Looking at this primer you can actually see super-fine, golden flecks that are there to help with the glow factor. It’s quite a nice primer! I think it works well and it feels good on the skin, and I noticed a difference in appearance. It’s not slippery like silicone-based primers, either, and I like that personally.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm – .04 oz, Retail 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 2

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 2

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 2

Giorgio Armani Ecstacy Shine in 400 red – .05 oz, Retail 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 2

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 2

Here’s the Giorgio Armani lipstick on.

Sephora Play Beauty Remedy Version 2

Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume – .14 fl oz, Retail Value $10.60

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 2

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 box (Edition #2) was really fun and exciting. I’m happy with the size and value of the products – there are some quite expensive products in here! Everything really worked for me, as well. The value adds up to $143.93 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:

  • Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence: $4.97
  • La Mer the Moisturizing Soft Cream: $5.67
  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer: $2.38
  • Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm: $2.86
  • Giorgio Armani Ecstacy Shine: $2.64
  • Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume: $1.47

What do you think about Edition #2 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. So what does everyone plan on using their box for? I was hoping my kindle would fit into it but it’s just a shade too small to hold it.

  2. I am not very happy with Sephora about these boxes only being available for the vib’s and rouge’s and then to the insiders and general public cuz they always sell out before the “little people” like myself who are insiders and can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars a year in their stores don’t get a chance to even try one of their LE boxes. I guess I’m a bit bitter about it but it doesn’t seem fair to me. Just my opinion.

    • I am Rouge and we honestly only get 3 perks 1. complimentary makeovers 2. first to shop sales and 3. these VIP boxes. I know it may seem unfair, but from someone that has actually spent the money it’s nice to actually get a perk like this. If you are apart of the swapping forum I do have some things from this box to swap if you’re interested.

      • I’m rouge but only turned rouge after this weekend. Honestly, for spending as much as we do, we are the people who will genuinely spend the $$ for these very pricey products. I was unable to get one because the system glitched and trust me I’m a bit sore over it, especially since many VIB got them, but not me due to a system error. Spending as much as rouge do, we should get priority since the likelihood of us buying these products is much higher. If you want a specific product I would do like McKenzie said and look on swaps and the like.

  3. Great box. I ordered box one but got box two . Now I’m glad I got box two. I absolutely love the perfume sample . I looked at the cost of the perfume and WOW it’s like 250$. I will just have to be happy with the sample I can’t justify that kind of money on perfume.

  4. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover an Atelier fragrance I like! I did order both boxes, but ended up with Edition I. I will use and enjoy everything. The case is adorable! Haley both lippies look great on you!

    • Thanks, Jackie!

  5. Sephora I am very upset I did not receive the pink zip up case and I pay for 2 subscription. And both boxes or I mean bags were differen. I don’t know what I should do about this I have emailed with no explanation. I signed up on the second and on the 20th you tried to tell me I signed up to late I even sent the email where I signed up. I did get both subscriptions to different emails. I WANT THE PINK CASES EVERYONE ELSE GOT. NOT FAIR

    • This was a special edition one time purchase box separate from the regular Play sub.

    • Calm down. This wasn’t part of Sephora Play. It was a separate purchase available to everyone.

    • I think you may be confused. This was not part of the play subscription, it was a separate $20 purchase.

    • Are you saying you’re angry that you didn’t get something that everyone else payed for and you didn’t? That seems unfair to you? This wasn’t part of the Play subscription, it was a separate $20 one time purchase. 🙄

  6. Love box boxes. I got one of each and received yesterday. My two little daughters will use bags for school snack, it is just perfect for it. I was so surprised how big was Amore Pacific. Secretly regretting that I did not buy more than one of each but since I bought it through my co-workers Rouge account, I did not want to push my luck.

  7. I thought Sephora did an amazing job with the color of this box for breast cancer awareness month. This means a great deal to me. I was happy with the contents as well. Most times the samples are so small that it is hard to get a true opinion of them and their worth. This box was well worth the twenty dollars.

  8. How do you find out about these LE boxes? Do you have to be VIP Rouge? Thanks!

    • I find out through this site, MSA. I signed up where every time Liz make a post, it notifies me through e-mail. That’s how I find out minutes after Liz posts great deals. I suggest you do the same if you want to be first to get really good deals like PS, Sephora Play, Tarte, other limited editions boxes that sold out within an hour.

    • I find out about most of them through MSA too. I probably do get emails, but I’m not so good at opening or reading them thoroughly enough.

    • Oh, but I do think a lot of people find out about LE boxes through social media too which I’m not a part of. MSA is as social as I get. 🙂

      • Well said! I spend more time on MSA than all the other social media platforms combined. This is much more fun than Facetwitgram!

    • Sephora sent out an email on the day they were available to non-Rouge people, also the same day MSA posted notifications. By the time I got around to even looking at it on the site it was sold out. Probably a good thing b/c I don’t need any of it, but I am disappointed.

  9. Loved my box and was surprised the Lemar product was larger than their usual samples. I had another .24 oz sample before and it lasted me over a month with daily application. It really only takes a small amount.

  10. This shipping fiasco situation (and the fact that my last play LE was a problem with a missing item and damage that happened at the warehouse level) has soured me on Sephora.

    I received my “we cancelled your order” on Friday from my October 27th order of box 2. I expected that after this mess. But they cancelled my entire order which had a GWP for some other items I had added on, and also a point perk I had redeemed, both of which are now gone.

    I will redeem my 20% off, and that is most likely the final order I will place with Sephora. From now on I will order my full price items from Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom with better GWPs anyway (for me, Sephora’s Rewards went down hill after they started their Play box sub), and I will also order from Dermstore and Ulta with their 20% sales for all the rest of the items I like that they carry.

    It seems like the more stores that carry items that used to be Sephora only (QVC has one of the Algenist products that was Sephora exclusive for what seemed like a moment only) the worse Sephora’s service gets, which is silly because now they all have to do something extra to compete with one another. Poor and inconsistent CS as people have reported through this issue is really unfortunate.

    I am 100% behind forgiving mistakes/unforeseen issues, and certainly this is not a life or death issue to not get my chosen GWP or box 2, but I am so disappointed in how they handled/are handling their issues, they have lost my support.

    • Right. Mistakes happen but their response has been lacking to put it mildly. It’s obvious they couldn’t care less about the issues, apologizing, or making sure customers are informed. And this has also not been my first issue with them…third strike.

      • I purchased the previous LE box, and they never even shipped it to me. When I called them a week after it was supposed to arrive, they told me it was out of stock and that they would just refund me for the box, while shipping the other items I ordered (except for the Algenist liquid collagen sample I had redeemed- that was gone too). The CS agent was nice and did give me lots of extra BI points, but I was upset that the box I paid for was never sent to me. I wanted this new box, but I was too afraid of the same thing happening again.

    • I agree that their customer service is really lacking. I buy my products from Sephora, birchbox and derm store. Birchbox and dermstore are amazing, they bend over backwards to make their customers happy. Sephora doesn’t seem to care.

  11. This box looks great. Totally having box envy.

    • Me too!! Trying to remind myself that I already have tons of makeup and skin products that are not being used, to comfort myself. Lol

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