Play! by Sephora #954 Subscription Box Review – March 2019


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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 #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.

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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

Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 info sheet 1

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.

Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 play pass

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.

Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 item details

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.

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Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 inside bag back

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!

Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 amika dry shampoo

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.

Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 supergoop

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!

Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 make up forever foundation

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!

Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 cicapair moiturizer

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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!

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Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 mascara tube

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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.

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Sephora Play March 2019 box 109 replica perfume inside

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:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive next month’s samples, curated based on your Play! Profile. Get email alerts for monthly spoilers!

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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Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

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13 Comments

  1. For anyone looking to get rid of dry shampoo, I love the travel sizes. I can buy them or trade. I don’t use highlighters and eye shadows, so I have a lot. Also neutral lip colors.

  2. I have a feeling Sephora is going to be stopping this subscription soon. I finally cancelled after getting constant repeats. Looks like they’re just trying to clean out the warehouse at this point.

  3. Damnit – I’ve already received ALL these in previous boxes. I get that smudgie mascara every other month. Don’t they want us to try new products? I can’t even give the dry shampoo away anymore.

    • I love travel size dry shampoo. If you have too many, I would gladly buy them from you.

  4. I feel like I got all these things in the last year I had Sephora before I canceled.

  5. I was on the fence about canceling after getting the same products over and over. Receiving 2 dry shampoos this month prompted me to finally cancel. Sorry Sephora.

    • I finally cancel it after I have got 2 dry shampoo. I really really hate dry shampoo or hair styling products, but unfortunately this is my 3rd time to got dry shampoo and uncountable hair styling products (I join the play box since Oct 2017). Also, in my around 1.5 yrs subscription, I have repeated items often, e.g. Spehora collection mascara, Caudalie Sorbet…

  6. Usually we are box twins, but this time I only got half of your box, and maybe you wish you had mine.

    I got the shiseido sunscreen instead of supergoop (both great)
    Nars lip pigment instead of the HD makeup foundation (and my skin is probably slightly darker than yours, but the lip pigment is drying)
    Ouai wave spray instead of dry shampoo (and I agree- can’t have too much dry shampoo, but the wave spray is more spring).

  7. The Dr. Jart camo drops have been out for a while, and while they do mask redness they don’t have SPF the way the color correcting treatment does. I use both, depending on the day!

  8. I feel like Haley and I get the same box pretty often, but not this time. This is the box I wanted, but based on spoilers, I got a crappy box. I do not need another Clinique eye cream. How many times can they send it to me? And why do I keep get drying or matte products when I listed dry skin in my profile?

    • I ended up canceling a few months back after so many repeat products…and always getting moisturizers and stuff for dry skin when I have oily (when there were plenty of acne and oily skin options available). Ugh….

  9. I got this same exact box. I was t a fan of the foundation at all.. it looked caked on my skin.. and the sunscreen wasn’t really a big enough sample to do much with :\ I’m in love with ALL of the Replica scents and was happy to receive that, the downside is that you can get any perfume sample you want at the Sephora stores for free. Hanging onto this box for now but may cancel in the future. I’d rather pay 5.00 more and get at least one full size and maybe a deluxe size product

    • I got this same box too and was glad to get the foundation to try, but it did not work for me either. I also didn’t think the Dr. Jart did anything for me. I do love the scent though. I cancelled after this box.

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