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Play! by Sephora Smarts Glitter Eyes for Real Life Box Review
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.
Sephora recently launched a special Play! Smarts Glitter Eyes for Real Life Box that will be available for purchase today in the app! (This box is a one-time-purchase and separate from the subscription.)
UPDATE – this box is available now on the Sephora site! (If you aren’t able to buy through that link, you should be able to buy through their app.)
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Cost: $20
- Six trial-size eye products from brands like stila, OLEHENRIKSEN, Grande Cosmetics, and Bite Beauty
- Access to an exclusive live-streamed CRASH COURSE
- limited-edition, reusable beauty bag
- Informational SMART CARDS for each product
- SMART PASS good for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with in-store purchase
Ships to: U.S.
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This box comes with a little folder with cards giving you tips for using all your new products! (I’ll show you the individual cards as we go through each product in the review.)
And on July 15th, you’ll also get to watch a live tutorial for how to use these products to obtain “Glitter Eyes for Real Life!”
And you also get 50 bonus Beauty Insider points when you take this card to your local Sephora store:
Now, let’s check out this fabulous bag:
Why am I so excited about a drawstring bag? Because it’s made with magical mermaid sequin fabric! (The rose gold has a reversible silver side!)
So you can do fun things like this:
Then remove and start again:
This bag is seriously addicting to play with! But, it’s probably time I get to reviewing the actual beauty products in this box!
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma – .88 ml Value $4.69
I’m obsessed with this product! First, Stila makes great long-lasting formulas (I use their liquid lipstick every day), and this is another formula that holds up for hours.
This color is a champagne with silver and copper shimmer, and as soon as it sets, it does not budge. The pigment and shimmer are incredible, and if you typically shy away from shimmer/sparkle eyeshadows because of the fallout issues, this is the eyeshadow of your dreams! (Plus it is so easy to apply with the built-in wand.)
(Swatched in lower photo.)
And here are the looks Sephora included for how to use this product:
Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 Hour Wear in Black – .017 oz Value $4.25
(This is nearly half the size of the full-size version)
This eyeliner delivers all the necessities: glides on smooth, great pigment, and doesn’t budge once it sets. Plus it has a matte finish. (Swatched in lower photo.)
And here are two eye looks using this eyeliner and the other eyeshadow products in this box:
Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Multistick in Rose Pearl – Estimated Size 2.2 g Estimated Value $11.12
I’m having a hard time reading the size on this label. Let me know if you can figure it out:
(I based the 2.2 grams on a similarly sized lip sample.)
This is a metallic rose with green and violet holographic shimmer. So basically, it is just gorgeous! Unlike the Stila liquid eyeshadow, this doesn’t set immediately, so you can blend it out, too. The downside for that is that you will need a primer to keep this in place.
(And this is a multiuse product, so it can work as a lip topper, highlighter, etc., too!)
Here it is as an eye look:
And here it is swatched beneath the eyeliner and the Stila liquid eyeshadow:
Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara – .1 oz Value $8
I’ve sampled this a few times in the past few months and it is officially my new favorite mascara – it made my lashes SO LONG!
I was surprised to see it doesn’t get only 5-star reviews on Sephora, but it seems like some people had issues with clumping. I didn’t apply enough layers to have any clumping issues, but I only needed 2 layers to have amazingly long lashes. I actually said “Wow!” out loud when I first applied this.
I think the trick is to go slow, let the formula somewhat dry before applying the second layer (if you need it), and make sure to remove any excess product from the wand before applying.
And this card included a cutout card to place under your eye when applying loose eyeshadow:
GrandeLash MD Lash Enhancing Serum – 1 ml Value $32.50
This is half the size of the full-size version! It alone more than covers the cost of the box!
I was so pumped to see this in the box, because I’ve used this before, and it actually worked for me! (I’ve always been skeptical of lash lengthening serums, but when I finally tried this one, I was impressed!) And this is a 6-week supply, so it should be enough for you to see results, too! (It’s super easy to use – just apply it like you would apply liquid liner to the top of your upper lashes every night.)
And this card also includes instructions for application:
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream – 3 ml Value $7.60
This eye cream “targets signs of aging, reducing the look of dark circles while improving concealer application and wear—inspired by makeup artist secret, banana powder.”
Well, I have pretty much the darkest under eye circles ever, so challenge accepted!
This formula has a light, citrus scent (which I love) and it felt hydrating and gentle on my skin. And I *think* I noticed a subtle highlight effect on my dark circles. Would I go out of my house without wearing concealer? Still a big no, but I’ll take any small victories I can get in the battleground that is dark circles.
This card includes some tips for extra + best uses of your eye cream:
Verdict: This box has a value of approximately $68.16 – and that’s not counting the sequin bag I’m obsessed with! I think this is a great deal for $20 because every product is wonderful, and it’s a great way to try out some new eye looks, too.
What do you think of the Play! Smarts Glitter Eyes for Real Life box? Are you going to grab one?