Play! by Sephora #214 Subscription Box Review – November 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 #214. 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.
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: the U.S.
Play! by Sephora #214 Review
Each box comes with a foldable info sheet. The front always has a design related to the theme. This month, they offer a Holiday Survival Guide with lots of tips and fun infographics.
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.
Every month they include all of the samples in a mini bag with a different design. This month’s bag is 100% recyclable and zips shut, which I like more than the typical drawstring bags. They’ve had these recyclable bags for a couple months now. If they’re the new normal, I’m happy!
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, 5 mL – Estimated Value $4.80 (Buy a 1.69 oz/50 mL for $48)
This is a big favorite for many from Dr. Jart+. It is an ultra-hydrating cream that leaves my skin very happy and moisturized after using. It absorbs well without leaving any kind of residue on my skin. My makeup applies well over it, and I can use this either day or night.
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream, .1 oz – Estimated Value $5.30 (Buy a .5 oz full size for $26.50)
I always use eye cream morning and night. I’ve used this eye cream before, and I like it. It’s lightweight, hydrates well, and I see some brightening when I use this, too. My only gripe is that this sample tube was less than half full.
Moroccanoil Protect & Prevent Spray, .67 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.12 (Buy 1.7 oz mini size for $13 or a 5.4 oz full-size for $30)
Leave-in products are another thing I use daily. I’ve never tried Moroccanoil’s before, but this is nice. A little goes a long way, and I only need a little in the ends of my hair to brush through and notice detangling, smoothing, and some added strength after blow-drying.
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Pink Tea, .04 fl oz – Estimated Value $3.31 (Buy a .169 full-size for $14)
Sephora Collection’s Cream Lip Stains are quite good! They don’t feel drying but the staying power is great, and they dry to be transfer-resistant. This shade, Pink Tea, is one you’ll find in a lot of the sample sets of these lip creams. I am always for a neutral pink, but this particular color felt like it was much more neutral/beige than what I was expecting. It’s still a nice shade and I’ll wear it, but I’m not sure this shade will work well for everyone. (Also to clarify: they call it a “lip stain liquid lipstick” but to me, a true stain and liquid lipstick are two different things – this is a liquid lipstick, that you “paint” onto your lips and it dries down matte.)
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder, 1g – Estimated Value $5.00 (Buy a .14 oz. mini size for $20 or an 8.5 g/.29 oz full-size for $35)
I can honestly tell you this is the only setting powder I have used for about four years now. I bought a full-size while working at Sephora and use it to finish up every single time I wear makeup, and it’s still at least a third full still! A little goes a long way with this product so I know this sample will last for a while, even though it looks small. I love this powder because the actual powder bits are round so they diffuse light, making skin look slightly blurred with a natural finish. I notice the difference most in pictures, which makes sense because this product is designed for HD photography.
Tory Burch Just Like Heaven, .05 fl oz – Estimated Value $3.18 (Buy a 1.7 fl oz Full-Size for $108)
This fragrance is light and fresh, with floral and citrus notes, including hyacinth, heliotrope, Tonka Bean.
Verdict: This month’s Play! by Sephora box has an estimated value of $26.71, which isn’t the highest value I’ve received but still quite good for a $10 box. I enjoy my Sephora Play! boxes because they will always feature high-end brands. I love trying new things or getting extras of things I already love.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Ceramidin: $1.80
- Eye Cream: $1.98
- Moroccanoil: $1.92
- Lip Stain: $1.24
- Setting Powder: $1.87
- Perfume: $1.19
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What do you think about my Play! by Sephora box? Which variation did you get?