Play! by Sephora #954 Subscription Box Review – March 2019
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 #954. 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 #954 Review
Each box comes with a foldable info sheet. The front always has a design related to the theme. This month it’s “Beauty in Bloom,” perfect for Spring.
Each box comes with a Play! Pass, which is a card you can use at Sephora (in-store AND newly online as well! Woo!) 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 few months now. They seem to be the new normal, which I’m happy about!
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, .75 oz – Estimated Value: $4.72 (Buy a 5.3 oz for $25)
I am all for more dry shampoo in subscription boxes. I use it all the time. Amika is a nice brand, and also definitely nice-smelling across all their products! This dry shampoo works really well and made my hair smell good too. The formula has no talc or aluminum so there’s no powdery white residue.
SUPERGOOP! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40, .34 fl oz – Estimated Value: $6.40 (Buy a 1.7 oz full-size for $32)
Sephora’s website describes this sunscreen as “a totally invisible, weightless, scentless, makeup-gripping, daily SPF 40” and I think it may live up to those claims! It applies really lightly and does well under makeup. The only thing I have to say about it, though, is that it is a chemical sunscreen, and physical sunblock is most effective/healthier for your skin, but they’re also the ones that tend to leave a white cast. Just something to keep in mind!
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, .16 fl oz – Estimated Value: $6.81 (buy a 1.01 fl oz full-size for $43)
This foundation is one I sold a lot of when I worked at Sephora because I think it’s a great formula, but unfortunately, this color is just too dark on me. This foundation has a buildable (medium/full) coverage and is formulated in a way that looks amazing on camera (as its name, “HD” suggests). This is the foundation I always used when doing bridal makeup applications!
DR. JART+ Cicapair ™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30, .17 fl oz – Estimated Value: $5.20 (Buy a 1.7 fl oz full size for $52)
This is a fantastic color corrector – I’m so happy to have another sample! This moisturizer turns from green to skin color in a way that doesn’t show at all and totally cancels out any redness. Only recently have I started having some redness in my complexion and this moisturizer makes the perfect primer to prep for makeup. It’s a very thick moisturizer, but it works well on my dry skin after it sets and my skin absorbs it. If you prefer thinner moisturizers, I noticed that Dr. Jart just released a thinner version of this product, in more of a serum formula!
Sephora Collection Lashcraft Big Volume Mascara, .18 oz – Estimated Value: $5.73 (Buy a .44 oz full size for $14)
I’ve tried this mascara before and I’m happy to have more. It works quite well! The shape of the brush reminds me of the shape of Too Faced’s mascara brush, and it adds definition and length pretty well. The formula itself is very black and contains polymers and jojoba oil to nourish and plump while adding volume. I didn’t experience any issues with smudging, but keep in mind that’s not an issue I generally struggle with.
Maison Margiela ’REPLICA’ By The Fireplace, .05 fl oz – Estimated Value: $1.85 (Buy a 3.4 fl oz full-size for $126)
This is the second Replica perfume I’ve sampled and I like it a lot! This is a unisex fragrance that has notes of clove oil, chestnut, and vanilla accord. It’s a warm/sweet gourmand scent and that’s just the kind I like.
Verdict: This month’s Play! by Sephora box has an estimated value of $30.71 which is a great value from a $10 box. I’m happy with this month, especially with the dry shampoo and the Dr. Jart+ color corrector. 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:
- Dry Shampoo: $1.54
- Sunscreen: $2.08
- Foundation: $2.22
- Dr Jart+ Color Corrector: $1.69
- Sephora Mascara: $1.87
- Replica Perfume: $.59
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