Play! by Sephora #780 Subscription Box Review – September 2018
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.
I used to work at Sephora so I naturally couldn’t resist this subscription!
FYI – The box variation I received this month is box ending in #780. 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, you can see the “item number” next to the image.
Every month they include all of the samples in a mini bag with a different design.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Play! by Sephora
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: U.S.
Play! by Sephora September 2018 #780 Review
Each box comes with a foldable info sheet. The front always has a design related to the theme (this month is “next gen beauty”), and the Play! Pass.
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.
The opposite side of the info sheet has pictures of each item and details about what they are, how to use them, and why they think you’ll love them.
This month’s bag is 100% recyclable and zips shut, which I like more than the typical draw-string bags.
Stellar Brilliant Primer, .24 fl oz – Estimated Value $7.50 (buy 1.12 oz for $35)
This primer is brightening and illuminating, and absorbs well into this skin! It definitely improved the texture of my skin and made my foundation apply better. I haven’t tried anything from this brand and I’m really happy with the performance of this primer!
Sephora Collection Lashcraft Big Volume Mascara, .18 oz – Estimated Value $5.73 (Buy .44 oz for $14)
It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a Sephora Collection mascara, and I’m actually really happy with this mascara! The brush reminds me of a similar shape to Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara. The formula applied well on my lashes without clumping, and I had no issues with smudging under my eyes. It took a little longer to dry than other mascaras, but for $14 this is a pretty good pick.
Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly Mini, .5 oz – Retail Value $5
This is a new product from Clinique. I love their trademark Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, and this is a lightweight, oil-free version. It says this is for all skin types, and while that may be the case, it’s not personally a good match for my dry skin. Usually, moisturizers that are gels, jellies, and oil-free are targeted towards people with oily skin. It’s definitely lightweight and absorbs quickly but my skin loves oil and this oil-free jelly doesn’t hydrate as much as I personally need.
Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask, .25 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.84 (Buy 5.1 oz for $58)
This mask is heavenly. Apply a generous amount, leave on for 3 minutes, then wet your fingers and massage to activate it and it warms up! It feels great and not too intense, and then you wash it off. It left my skin really really soft. I even tried it on my hand before my face and I could tell a difference on that patch of my hand. I’m never disappointed by PTR masks.
NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Kiss, .088 oz (FULL SIZE!) – Retail Value $24
I love getting NUDESTIX in subscription boxes because I love the formulas. This shade, Kiss, is a really pretty, cool-toned, rosy pink. It has a matte finish and works for cheeks or lips. This shade is really universal and it’s been my new go-to since I got my Play! Box. Plus? FULL SIZE!
Tom Ford Black Orchid, .05 oz – Estimated Value $3.68 (Buy 1.7 fl oz for $125)
Black Orchid is a very popular fragrance. Its notes include incense, orchid, patchouli, and sandalwood. I don’t love most spicy perfumes, unfortunately including this one. It smells a little licorice-y to me. (take this with the grain of salt that I usually go for sweet floral/gourmand perfumes.)
Here, I’m wearing the mascara and the lip pencil. I love them both! This lip color is my new fave for sure.
Verdict: This month’s Play! by Sephora box has an estimated value of $48.75. I think that’s great for a $10 beauty box, especially since it includes a full-size product! I love my Sephora Play! boxes because it will always feature high-end brands. I love trying new things from brands I love and I trust Sephora’s curation of brands and products, as well. This month’s box was a nice win for me with some new favorite products!
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Primer: $1.54
- Mascara: $1.18
- Jelly: $1.03
- Mask: $.58
- Lip Pencil: $4.92
- Perfume: $.75
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What do you think about my Play! by Sephora box? Which variation did you get?