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Play by Sephora Smarts K-Beauty Skin Innovation Review – October 2018


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Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Unopened Box Top

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.

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Open Box Front

Sephora recently launched a special Play! Smarts K-Beauty: Skin Innovation Box that is available for purchase in the app and on the Sephora site! (This box is a one-time-purchase and separate from the subscription.)

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About This Box

The Box: Play! Smarts K-Beauty: Skin Innovation

The Cost: $20

The Products: The Play! Smarts K-Beauty: Skin Innovation is available in Fair or Medium/Tan and includes:

– belif eye cream
– Laneige lip mask
– Erborian cream (Fair or Medium/Tan)
– Saturday Skin treatment
– belif face cream
– Glow recipe face mask
– Access to an exclusive live-streamed CRASH COURSE
– A limited-edition, reusable beauty bag
– Informational SMART CARDS for each product
– SMART PASS good for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with online or in-store purchase

Ships to: US

Our Review

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Crash Course Card Front Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Crash Course Info Card Open Front 1 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Crash Course Info Card Open Front 2 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Crash Course Info Card Open Front 3 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Crash Course Smart Pass 50 Points Front

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. 

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Info Card Top 1 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Info Card Top 2

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - CC Creme Radiance Face Cream Info Card Top 2 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - CC Creme Radiance Face Cream Info Card Top 1

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb Info Card Top 1 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb Info Card Top 2

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Info Card Top 2 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Info Card Top 1

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Bomb Top 1 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Bomb Top 2

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - rub-a-dub Refining Peel Gel Info Card Top 2 Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - rub-a-dub Refining Peel Gel Info Card Top 1

And the beautiful bag:

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Pink Swag Top 1

I loved the contrasting interior & exterior colors. The bag is the perfect size to hold makeup and a phone for a night out.

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Pink Swag Top 2

Now, on to the items!

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Front Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Back Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Open Front Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Bottom

GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask – 10mL – Estimated Value $7.33  (buy a 30 mL jar for $22)

I smoothed a thin layer of this mask across my face and it felt really cooling on my skin and absorbed quickly. I was a bit concerned it would leave a mark on my pillow but it didn’t. When I woke up in the morning I could see a bit of residue on my face. After I washed it off I did think my skin looked brighter.

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - rub-a-dub Refining Peel Gel Front Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - rub-a-dub Refining Peel Gel Back

Saturday Skin rub-a-dub Refining Peel Gel – 10mL Estimated Value $3.73  (buy a 75 mL jar for $28.00)

I used a drop-sized amount and rubbed it in circular motions on my face after I washed my face at night. I think I maybe should have used a little bit more because after the first 20 seconds it definitely felt a bit dry, and like there wasn’t much product left on my face. Nevertheless, after I washed that off I could distinctly feel how soft my skin was. My face felt like a baby’s bottom!

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Front Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Top Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Open Front

Laneige Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask – 2.5 g Estimated Value $2.50 (buy a 20g jar for $20.00)

For the past few weeks, my lips have been so chapped and I’ve been looking for a fix, so this was a perfect inclusion in this month’s box.  The consistency was in-between a cream and a gel and has a berry scent. It’s a thick cream and looks almost like a gloss when on. When I woke up in the morning my lips were definitely smoother and stayed hydrated throughout the day. I loved this product!

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb Front Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb Back Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb Open Front

Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb – 2.5 g Estimated Value $4.80 (buy a 25 g jar for $48.00)

This gel is ultra hydrating and cooling on my eyes. My under eyes are particularly dry, so it’s tough for me to find anything that keeps them hydrated all day but isn’t heavy. I used this before I slept and when I woke up my skin was smoothe and I also felt like I had less puffy bags under my eyes in the morning.

Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Bomb Front Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Bomb Back Play! Smarts by Sephora K-Beauty October 2018 - Belif Moisturizing Bomb Open Front

Belif The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb – 10 mL – Estimated Value $7.60  (buy a 50 mL jar for $38.00)

The feel of this cream was super lush, and I loved the feeling on my finger while I was scooping it out of the pot. The cream goes on evenly and doesn’t leave a white residue. It sinks in and makes my skin feel ultra-moisturized. This is another item that I’m super excited to have before the winter weather dries out my skin.

Erborian Cream

Erborian Cream

ERBORIAN CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector – 5 mL – Estimated Value $4.84  (buy a 45 mL tube for $44.00)

I’ve never tried CC cream before so I was intrigued by this one. I could sense how it could be a good base layer to brightens your skin. I don’t think that the coloring was a great match for my darker complexion, as I felt it gave me a bit more of a chalky look.

Verdict: I really liked my Play! Smarts K-Beauty: Skin Innovation box this month! Each of these skincare products was high-quality and perfect for the upcoming season. The estimated value total adds up to $30.80 – a good value from a $15 sample box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of publication, you can still get this box!

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What do you think about the Play! Smarts K-Beauty: Skin Innovation box? 

Written by Neha Seelam

Neha Seelam

If I’m not working or on a run, you’ll find me searching high and low for delicious food and great books. I love a good beauty box and can never get enough socks!

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16 Comments

  1. I absolutely loved this – bought it at 20 and again at 15 and again when it back up to 20 lol. I saw complaints on Sephora about the size of the Belief samples and the Laneige. I am not sure how much product they use, I don’t use a lot so the moisturizer and eye cream both last me over months. The lip mask only takes a dab. I bought it so many times so I can hoard the balm and the rub a dub exfoliating cleanser. I gifted forward the extra cc creams and belief products. I find at even at the 20 dollar price point, it is well worth it for me.

  2. i loved everything about this play box

  3. Thanks for the review. Lesson learned. Never again will I jump to buy these for FOMO again! Every single one I’ve bought at $20 was dropped to $15, causing me to lose total of $25!

  4. I bought this when it went from $20 to $15. At $20 I wasn’t going to buy it because I sampled both shades of the Erborian cream and knew it wouldn’t work for me, but at $15 I could justify it. What is interesting is that they took down my review on Sephora cautioning others to try it in store if they weren’t sure about shade. I don’t think it’s outlandish to say that their inclusion of a tinted product that only comes in two shades is shortsighted on their part. That being said, I still gave them my $15 because I like the bag and the other products. The Erborian cream will get used as a eyeshadow primer, because who cares if it’s ashy pink underneath?

    • Never again will I jump to purchase these. Every single one I’ve bought at $20 went down to $15, totaling to a loss of $25!

      • I honestly didn’t mind paying $20 for the two Skincare Smarts boxes (40’s and 50’s) I got, because the values on those were pretty stellar. I knew to wait on this one, because I had a feeling they’d drop the price pretty quick. The value was pretty low on this one to begin with, but even more so since the Erborian cream isn’t offered in my undertone.

  5. It looks like your got the lighter of the two Erborian Cremes. I chose the darker one, and it is slightly too dark for me, but I was worried the lighter one would wash me out.

  6. Neha thank you for the great review, I love being able to read the cards that are sent along, Especially for Korean skincare!! One question about the Laneige and belif sample pots; do they have full bottoms? When I recieve Laneige samples from Korean boxes they’re fuller. The American samples I recieve from Allure, Ipsy, whoever, they Look like full bottomed pots. But when you turn them over they have a domed bottom, so you only get like half the product. Was just curious if these samples were like that? Or do they have solid bottoms like the Glow Recipe mask?
    Also the Saturday Skin directions confuse me; enzymes are activated by water. Usually an enzyme peel says ‘apply to damp freshly cleansed skin’ I would try it that way.

    • Hey Emily! Good Q’s — so the sample pots do have domed bottoms, good thing to keep in mind. Great tip regarding the Saturday Skin – that would also help with the feeling I got that the product was “running out” while I was rubbing it on. Thanks 🙂

      • Thanks for the answers!

  7. I loved this box actually. But you left off the Erborian cream from your review.

    • Thanks for catching! The review has been updated.

      • The numbers in the value breakdown don’t add up to $15. It looks like they did before the Erborian cream was added?

        • You’re correct, updated, thank you!

    • It would have been helpful to see a swatch of the Erborian Creme.

  8. You didn’t discuss or even mention the CC cream. While I realize that the shades are lighter and a lot of people are angry about it, it would have been helpful to at least swatch it for the people who can get use out of it. :o)

    For instance, I ordered this box, and got the darker of the two shades offered, expecting (from experience) that it would still be too light but I was willing to give it a shot. I was surprised when I dispensed the product that it’s actually white out of the tube, and it is intended to color match your skin tone…. and it ended up being slightly too dark, but I still like it and will use it all.

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