Play! by Sephora #795 Subscription Box Review – October 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 #795. 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.
Play! by Sephora #795 Review October 2018
Each box comes with a foldable info sheet. The front always has a design related to the theme (this month they just offer ideas for last-minute Halloween looks), 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 Sephora thinks you’ll love them.
This month’s bag is 100% recyclable and zips shut, which I like more than the typical drawstring bags.
This cleanser is very gentle and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped or tight afterward. This sample is timely—the cold weather has finally settled into Michigan, and I have really noticed a change, almost overnight, in my skin feeling drier and my hair having more static! Even though I don’t have sensitive skin, I need something more gentle and nurturing to my skin in the winter. I like using this with my Clarisonic as well.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray, .05 oz – Estimated Value $4.00 (Buy 4 oz for $32.00 here)
When I worked at Sephora, I learned that Urban Decay makes the best setting sprays! They’re developed in partnership with SKINDINAVIA and have Temperature Control Technology—simply put, the formula actually works to keep the temperature of your face and makeup cooler. The mist comes out very fine, too, which is perfect. We were trained to use a couple sprays, moving your hand in an X over your face (spray once while moving your hand diagonally from top to bottom one way, then the other), and then I always did one final spray while moving my hand straight downwards in front of my face.
If you’ve tried this primer and like it or have wanted to try it, now is the time to order it from Sephora! It’s actually one of their current “weekly wows” and half price for this week only! This silky primer works to mattify skin and smooth your complexion. When I apply this, I can definitely see a difference.
Bare Minerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in shade “Everything,” 0.06 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.43 (Buy 0.21 oz for $19.00 here)
I don’t think I’ve tried it before, but I like this lip lacquer. The color payoff is good, and the color lasts a nice amount of time as well. I will say that the formula feels a little sticky, but to me, it felt like it was really gripping my lips to stay on, and as the moisture absorbed over time, the color stayed for a while.
Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full-Coverage Foundation, 0.16 oz – Estimated Value $6.02 (Buy 1.01 oz for $38.00 here)
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this foundation sample was actually too pale for me. The undertone is just the right neutral to match mine. Even though I’m quite pale, this is just light enough to not work for me alone. (Maybe my summer color hasn’t washed out yet, and I might be able to wear this in the dead of winter.) What this does do for me now, though, is lift the foundation I’ve been wearing all summer a shade when mixed with it, and it adds coverage. I really do like the formula—it feels comfortable, and you can always count on Make Up Forever for full-coverage and long-lasting formulation!
Here’s the lip gloss and the foundation swatched.
This fragrance is described as sophisticated and romantic and has notes of strawberry, raspberry, bergamot, calone, pear, orange flower, jasmin sambac, white peony, datura, patchouli, white musk, ambrox, cedarwood, and crystal moss.
Here, I am wearing the primer and the gloss, which is comfortable, lasted for a while, and hydrated my lips. I’m going to wear this frequently.
Verdict: This month’s Play! by Sephora box has an estimated value of $34.04. I think that’s good for a $10 beauty box. I love my Sephora Play! boxes because they 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.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Cleanser: $1.29
- Setting Spray: $1.18
- Primer: $3.30
- Lip Gloss: $1.60
- Foundation: $1.77
- Perfume: $.86
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What do you think about my Play! by Sephora box? Which variation did you get?