Play! by Sephora Luxe Vol. 1 Review

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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! Luxe by Sephora Box that sold out within days. (This box is a one-time-purchase and separate from the subscription.) This review is of that limited edition box.

This Play Luxe box comes with a limited edition beauty bag, too.

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

The Box: Play! Luxe Box SOLD OUT

The Cost: $25 (one-time purchase, not a monthly subscription)

The Products:

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This box comes with a little folder with cards detailing each item:

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 bag:

Exclusive Sephora Makeup Bag – Value $10?

This is a wrap style makeup bag in a pink metallic finish. It has two pockets on the inner flap (perfect for travel sized makeup brushes, and a larger pocket on the other side for all your makeup.

Now, on to the items!

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Color #1 – Size 2 ml? Estimated Value $12

This formula is like a lip stain/liquid lipstick hybrid. If you don’t like the feeling of wearing a liquid lipstick on your lips, but still want high-pigment and staying power, I recommend checking this out. It doesn’t last as long as a long-lasting liquid lipstick, but it feels like I’m wearing nothing on my lips, and it also wears down beautifully. (I’m not much of a bold red lipstick person, so I actually preferred this after an hour or so of wear.)

Here it is swatched:

Guerlain L’Or Radiance Primer – 5 ml Value $12.33

This primer is infused with flakes of pure 24-carat gold! Fancy!

It’s a gel formula that absorbs quickly and is designed to smooth fine lines and help lock in moisture. I love how smooth it made my skin feel. I can’t say I noticed a difference in staying power between this and some of the other primers I use (all are good), so I won’t be splurging on the full-size version, but I’m happy to use this luxurious sample for the next few weeks!

La Mer The Eye Concentrate – 3 ml Value $43

As soon as I saw La Mer was in this box, I knew I’d be buying one – I’m all about trying pricey, luxe skincare at a deep discount! (And I’m happy to report that this tube is completely full!)

This eye cream is designed to “visibly improve dark circles for a luminous, healthy appearance.” Dark circles are one of my biggest (and unsolvable) beauty concerns (right up there with cellulite and stretch marks), so I was very excited to try this.

I applied it this morning and was impressed with how quickly it absorbed and how hydrated it made my skin feel. Later today I caught my reflection in the mirror and thought, “huh, my dark circles don’t look so bad today.” I chalked it up to a good night’s sleep, but maybe it’s part La Mer’s doing? I’m not 100% sure, but I do know that I will be cutting this tube open so I can use every last drop of this cream!

SK-II  R.N.A. POWER Radical New Age Cream – 2.5 ml Value $7.19

This face cream is designed to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, firm skin, and improve dullness and uneven texture. It feels rich but absorbs so quickly! The only bummer here is that the sample is tiny!

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Classico Mascara – 2 ml Value $6.40

Finally, a mascara that lives up to its name!

I was so impressed with this formula! Volume? Check! Length? Check! Lash Definition? Check! I had no clumping issues after applying many layers, and got all the lash drama I wanted. A+!

Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle – 4 ml Value $10.63

This is a purse-sized perfume spray.

It’s a floral blend with notes of orange flower, black pepper, and white musk accord. I’m not much of a perfume wearer, but I seem to always like Atelier Cologne scents, and this one is another winner for me.

Verdict: This box has a value of approximately $101.55. (Or $91.55 if you don’t put any value in the makeup bag.) I love trying luxe beauty brands, so this was definitely worth the $25 to me. I discovered an affordable favorite in the mascara, too!

What do you think of the Play! Luxe Sephora box? Did you grab one?

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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  1. The wet brush allure sent out

  2. The alamar cosmetics palette from Boxycharm, the pigment and colors are amazing

  3. The first thing that comes to mind is face primers. I really had no idea about them until subscription boxes. I really am thankful for that product now.

  4. spongelles.

    • Love them!! I’ve got a heart shaped one and a flower mango one in box still for backups!😀🌼

  5. That is a loooing list my whole skin routine is brand new…facial oil and kiehls probably but for sure Sisley and la mer

  6. The Foreo brush from FFF.

  7. Dry shampoo, of any kind – never heard of them before start subscribing to boxes.

  8. The aromatherapy gel from FabFitFun. I loved the smell and it dries clean. I will definitely be repurchasing

  9. The Cottage Greenhouse Rescue Foot Cream from Margot Elena. After the first use, following the pumice scrub, it had already done more for my feet than all the lotions, potions, oils, and creams I had previously tried.

  10. Contour kits. Probably would not have bought one for myself. I don’t use them that often, but I like having the ability to play around with them.

  11. The wet brush, my whole family has one now.

    • Oh agree, wet brush is wonderful, id all I will use now

  12. The Project Beauty Setting Spray from Boxycharm has been my favorite subscription box find. Great for bringing life back to the skin after all my Powder products. I’ve repurchased, and plan to again!

  13. I didnt even know they had a special edition on sale. Would have loved to buy one. Thank you for the chance to enter and win one.

  14. I’m so bummed that I missed out on buying one of these.

  15. the Sunday Riley CEO has to be my fav!!

  16. My favorite discoveries from sub boxes are facial cleansing oils, living proof hair products and my now holy grail YSL perfume!! I probably wouldn’t of tried any of those on my own. Especially the facial oils.

  17. One of my favorite discoveries was the Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue mask that I got in a Sephora play box

  18. Woo–I finally got a luxe play! box! I’m impressed with everything in it but the perfume scent (just not for me). The lipstick definitely pushes me out of my comfort zone but in a fun way. What a great use of $25

    • Did you let the perfume “bloom” on your skin? I hated this scent until it had been on for about 20 minutes. It had completely transformed in that time, and is now one of my favorites.

  19. Anything Ouai is magic on my girls’ hair. Briogeo and Living Proof works on one kid and Cocotique and Shea Moisture work on the other kid. Best mefibd: IT Superhero Stretch Mascsra.

  20. Dermaroller and foreo fofo face cleanser

  21. Definitely primers and lip plumpers

  22. OUAI Volume Spray discovered in Birchbox is my current favorite.

  23. Nice review!

  24. I fell in love with Tarte lip quench after discovering it in a Sephora Play box.

    • I agree with you. Love it too!

  25. I love micellear water. I use it every morning to clean my face and am always amazed at the dirt it takes off just from sleeping at night. Never would have bought it on my own.

  26. My favorite subscription box find is – Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask (Boxycharm Sep. 2017). I never would have tried it if it weren’t for Boxycharm, now I love it!

    • That’s definitely one of my favorite finds!

  27. Makeup setting spray is my favorite thing I’ve discovered.

  28. I love the bag and this box was so much fun.

  29. My favorite subscription box find is – Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask (Boxycharm Sep. 2017). I never would have tried it if it weren’t for Boxycharm, now I love it!

  30. I always love discovering new primers and the gold one in this box looks good!

  31. Oooo, so many. I love finding new things through boxes. Right now I’m loving Tarte Tarteist mascara from Boxycharm, Colorescience powder SPF from Beauty Fix, Totally Rad cleansing oil from Fortune Cookie Soap Box, and Billie Jean perfume oil from Fortune Cookie Soap Box. I missed out on this box and would love to try it. Thank you for the chance to win.

  32. I never tried primer before subscription boxes.

  33. Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer (the ONLY primer that works for my EXTREMELY oily skin! And only costs $4!)
    Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream
    St. Tropez Self Tanner

  34. My favorite subscription box find is – Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask (Boxycharm Sep. 2017) I never would have tried it if it weren’t for Boxycharm! Now I love it!

  35. Cleansing oil and micellear water. I would never have tried either of them on my own and they’re both great!

  36. I thought this one was lackluster upon opening, but I tried the SKII, La Mer and YSL this weekend and like all of them. I did not expect to like the SKII as much as I do. And I expected to like the La Mer.

  37. Sachajuan Hair After Sun from Popsugar is one of my favorite styling products right now!

    • Yes! I had 2 bottles and didnt think id ever use it but after trying it a few times i finally learned how it works for my hair and LOVE IT!

  38. It was quite awhile ago, but my most amazing sub box discovery is hands down Living Proof products! Especially the No Frizz line! Since trying it the products in a sub box years ago I’ve never used anything else on my curly hair!!

  39. The Colerscience brush on SPF powder

  40. I have been happy every time that I have received an acure product in boxes. The facial scrub is my favorite, and all the other products I’ve tried have also been very good.

  41. One of my favorite finds is facial oil.

  42. TULA cleanser! Also Tarte cleansing gel

  43. One Love Organics

  44. one of my favorite subscription box finds was the belif aquabomb!

  45. Would love to try the Atelier

  46. I loved the sunday reilly ceo serum. One of my faves for sure.

  47. I think this was worth every penny.

    • Glad to hear I’m not the only one happy with the value! Looking at the comments on the spoilers, I was feeling very alone in my valuation! 🙂

      • I was right there with ya Liz!

        • Me too. I bought this immediately

  48. Sunday Riley brightening serum

  49. One of my favorite subscription box finds came from a Sephora play box. The urban decay setting spray. ☺

  50. I have to admit that Armani mascara is one of my favorite sub box finds, Joseon Dynasty moisturizer, Sunday Riley CEO serum and oil cleanser. I’m already planning to order the full size Armani mascara.

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