Play! by Sephora Review – April 2018 – Box #401
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.
FYI – There are variations of this box. This review is for the box # ending in 401.
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
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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 “Insta Beauty.” Now, on to the items!
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel – (2 Treatments) Value $11
Good news, it’s the first item, and we’re already at over the cost of the box!
This retinol peel is designed to improve uneven skin texture, wrinkles, and signs of aging. The directions alerted me that this product may cause slight sensitivity, but fortunately this was fine on my skin. (There is also an instruction to make sure you wear SPF because of the alpha hydroxy acid.)
I loved how easy this was to use (just apply to your cleanser skin at night), no need to remove anything after using it. I can’t say I noticed any immediate difference, but I think this is the type of product that takes several weeks of use to see results.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint SPF 25 Foundation (shade #8) – 5 ml Value $6
I would describe this more as a CC cream with SPF than a foundation – it gives you sheer light coverage. The result looks like you aren’t wearing makeup at all (wonderful), but the flip side of that is that you aren’t getting full coverage if you need it. I love this for my light makeup days.
Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in SPL – 1 ml Value $2.86
This SPL shade is described as a “holographic candy pink with iridescent sparkle.” It goes on sheer, has a minty flavor, adds shine without a lot of stickiness, and the holographic shimmer is beautiful. Here it swatched above the Make Up For Ever foundation:
It’s such a lovely lip topper!
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate – 5 ml Value $6.20
This serum is designed to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and boost radiance. First, I’m happy to report that this tube is almost completely full! This sample should last a few weeks. The creamy formula is so lightweight and absorbs almost instantly, too.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Moisturizer – 7 ml Value $1.24
This is a new product from Philosophy! The formula is designed to help improve the appearance of pores and dry skin. It’s a lightweight cream that is hydrating and absorbs quickly – everything I want! Plus, it gave my skin an incredibly smooth finish.
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon – 2 ml Value $4.53
Almost every Play! by Sephora box will also include a fragrance sample as the sixth item. This warm and spicy scent has notes of vanilla bourbon, oakwood, and tuberose. I’m not much of a perfume wearer, but I’m drawn to this one. I will be saving this one for the rare times I wear perfume!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $31.83. I think that’s good for a $10 beauty box, especially since the box will always include high-end brands. And I really appreciate that this box featured some newly released items (almost everything in this box is new to me!)
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. You have to sign up by the 15th to receive that month’s box, so as of today (4/23), your first box will be the May box.
Coupon – No coupons available for this subscription.
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