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Play! By Sephora May 2019 FULL SPOILERS!

ByMSAMay 10, 2019 | 87 comments
PLAY! by Sephora is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month, Sephora sends you a mix of six samples (including cosmetics, haircare, skincare, fragrances, and other beauty products) personalized to match your preferences and a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks.
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Annie S.

Heads up, guys-

I read on the Sephora Beauty Insider board that some of the boxes don’t correspond to the emails that were sent out. This will be the second time that this has happened.


When did they send it out? I don’t remember receiving an email that I could have just forgot.


I received my box yesterday and I’m glad it didn’t correspond with the email Sephora sent me. My box ending in 998 matches the spoilers that were posted on here. I’m glad I resubbed to get the May box because I like the Bite lipstick and oddly enough I like the coco cabana cream even if it does smell like buttered popcorn. I also like the Viktor & Rolf perfume.


My box is 998 too, but I haven’t received it yet. I’m glad to be able to try the Coco Cabana cream. I smelled it at Sephora, and while the power of suggestion makes me *think* I smell buttered popcorn, that wouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind. I actually liked it a lot more than how the Bum Bum cream smelled (although I think the one in the purple container (acai?) is still my favorite). It looked like there were far too many fingers that had already been dipped in the tester that I smelled, so I didn’t try it out, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it feels and wears. Overall, I’m really looking forward to this month’s box. I can’t recall all of the spoilers posted here, but I do recall being excited about it since I’d keep everything. 🙂


Mine didn’t match up with the email that was sent out and I’m glad it didn’t because I liked the box I received a lot better. I’m glad I resubbed to get the May box because I love the Bite lipstick and the Tarte cleanser. After reading the terrible reviews I thought I would hate the coco cabana cream but oddly enough I actually like it. Yes it smells like buttered popcorn but I don’t mind.


Hi I’m new to Sephora play box haven’t got mines yet but ipsy is much better they have an amazing app lets you know what you getting ahead of time and also 3and 12 dollar sale before your bag arrives good stuff

Annie S.

If you haven’t gotten your box yet, how do you know that it is much better?


I am getting #182 this month, and according to my Play account I will be getting:

-Bite Chai
-Tarte cleanser
-Lancome cils base
-Jo fragrance
-Moroccan oil and
-Coola sunscreen


Hm. That’s the same as my 980 box. You checked the item number and not the order number, right?


Ah yeees! You’re right, I just signed into my account and checked the item number. It is 980. Thank you!


Interesting! Neither my tracking number nor my order number ends with 980. Having this said, I wouldn’t be suprised if I get a different box in two days, coz it happened to me before. :p


Any news on box 011 yet?


Yeah, go to current box on the sephora play page. Make sure you are logged in.


Nothing special!

I would rather go to any store, and request samples from the salespersons. They always recommend me the best products to try out.

ps. I cancelled my subscription. So this is going to be my last Sephora box..


Any 972 box spoilers out there??


Box 972
Benefit mascara
Lancome cils booster
Tarte deep dive cleanser
Noni facial oil
DPHue Apple vinegar hair rinse
Victor & Rolf magic salty flower


Thanks for sharing! I’m super excited for this box, I got every product I was wanting 😃

Annie S.

I have Box 972 – it’s a good box for me because it is filled with things that I haven’t tried yet. I have a sample of the Coco Cabana Cream ( I actually like the smell) and I was hoping not to get any nudish lip products. I already have that sample of Jo Malone ( it’s a nice perfume) and I wouldn’t have minded another one but all in all, I like my box.


Im 972 and 998. I keep refreshing this page and Reddit to find spoilers!


Box 998 (via Sephora community post)

Bite lipstick
Tarte cleanser
Coco cobana cream
Cils lash booster
Moroccan oil
V&R salty flower perfume


Why does everyone hate the Tarte cleanser?


I don’t get it. The tarte cleanser is hands down, the best cleanser I’ve ever tried and I’ve already purchased full size 3 times at $25 a pop. It removes makeup like a cleansing balm without tearing your face up!
I wouldn’t want it in my box just because I have a full size already that I use daily.


Anyone else have box #980? I may or may not be stalking comments and googling for spoilers for this box….. I am really wanting to try the IT Cosmetics under eye cream. I had it in my hand to purchase over the weekend and made myself put it back.


Not confirmed in person, but I just chatted w/ CS.
-Bite lip
-Lancôme mascara primer
– tarte cleanser
-Coola sunscreen
-Moroccan oil spray
-Jo Malone


Cool! I’m really looking forward to trying the Coola sunscreen. I’m a little ambivalent on the rest. (And I do like Bite lipsticks, but the ones they send tend to be just a bit too dark for my coloring.)


Thanks for sharing! I think the Coola sunscreen is the only exciting thing in there though :(.


Thank you so much! I have tried viewing on my orders, even clearing my browsing history and it wouldn’t show up. Thanks so much for your help!


Anyone know what’s in 956?


I have #956 and when I log in to Sephora’s website, it shows my current box as May:
– bite lipstick
– lancome mascara base
– sol de janeiro cream
– coola
– dphue hair rinse
– Carolina herrera parfume


Thats so weird. I am also 956 and my app shows the following:

Benefit mascara
Smashbox liquid lipstick
Coco cabana cream
Under eye brightening cream
Alterna spray
Carolina Herrera perfume

I am kind of annoyed. Would prefer the Lancome product bc Ive gotten mascara the last 3 months in a row. Also who wants 2 creams. Both lip products sucks so thats just another Play fail. The spray and the perfume are good but I like all options in those categories.


I have the same box number and see all of those items on the website under current box. However on the app I have different items. I prefer the items in the app:
Badgal bang mascara
Smashbox lip
Sol cream
IT eye cream
Alterna protection spray
Viktor magic salty flower perfume

Milla Mag

That’s my box too! Super curious!


I dont but i have that box too. I think Sephora is actually releasing spoilers in a way that makes it hard to compare the different boxes.


Where do you find the spoilers on reddit? I’ve been searching & can never find the box # variations.

I’m getting box #998 this month & want to see what it is.


It doesn’t look like I will receive the May box either. I haven’t been billed yet and I just checked my account and it says the next billing is 6-1-6-4. I only resubbed because I wanted the May box.


I was just charged today and my account said June, too.


I was wrong I am getting the May box. My box shipped out today. However I have no idea what I’m getting.

Torie Parker

Coco cream and acv 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 I hope


I called today and asked what’s in my box #972 and they have no idea. It won’t let them see, wtf 😕

Lee Ann

#832 per reddit is the benefit, coco cabana, victor and rolf, alterna, it cosmetics, and smashbox.


Could be better but I don’t hate my box…I would have preferred the new coola and a different perfume and wasn’t really feeling any of the hair products but I’m not mad at this. 😜



Do I have to change my entire profile to get different products once in a while?


Ca you tell me how to find your box number? I can no longer see my orders on the desktop version of the Sephora website. I used to be able to see it, but now when I click on recent orders under “my account”, it’s blank. Nothing shows up. It’s been this way for months.


You have to sign out and sign in again to your Sephora account, that’s what happens to me too


It only works on the desktop version, not mobile 🙁


You may want to contact Sephora customer support. I just clicked on my orders on the website, and it worked just fine. It did prompt me to log in first, though.

You can also try clearing your browser cache and then logging back in.


All super tiny samples. Get these for free simply by going in to a Sephora and asking. Glad I cancelled last month.


Hm, I’ve tried that, but the employee wanted to give me a sample out of a jar that had hundreds of people stick their fingers in it. Yuck! I left empty handed.
The employee that I talked to was also not that friendly and helpful.
I rather pay $10 for play, than going to Sephora to catch germs.


Has anyone signed up and received notification that they’re receiving the May box? I signed up on the 7th and it says my billing date is the first week of June. It said May 11th on the site so no clue why I won’t be getting this box.


Same here — I signed up yesterday because it said on here that there was still time to get this month’s box, but now it says that my first billing date will be June as well. I thought about contacting Sephora to ask, but based on past experience I’ve found the reps to be pretty aggressively clueless when it comes to play boxes. Do you have any updates, Liz?


I signed up for an extra box on 5/3 and I still wasn’t charged for it, so I think the may boxes sold out this time 💔

Lee Ann

#832 per reddit post is the bang, it cosmetics, smashbox, coco cabana, alterna, victor and rolf.


Box 823 and hoping for lancome mascara primer, smashbox lip, kora oil and IT under eye… Dont mind which hair product but ideally not,ACV. Perfume , any. But i never get thr ones i want or need. Fingers crossed for at least the skincare choices.


I have this box as well, but someone on Reddit called and got the following spoilers for box #823:
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out
Benefit Bad Gal Bang! Mascara
Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Brightening Eye Cream
Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Leave-In Heat Protection Spray
Viktor and Rolf Magic Salty Flower

The Smashbox sample from the picture above looks laughably small – just that tiny sliver of the middle of the tube, how much of which is taken up with the wand?

Overall, not too bad (hello, mushroom latte from January?), but not the best box I’ve gotten.


While it is cool to see all the options, it is also frustrating not to have them tied to specific “order” numbers as they have been reviewed in the past. Not sure why not, but just to list all these products like this is a mean tease, in my opinion. I have to agree with a lot of the other writers that they seem to be struggling to keep up the standard they had established in prior years. Not sure if there has been an internal shakeup or if they are also fazing out/getting out of the sub box as others have done recently. Regardless, am seriously thinking about cancelling – too many other good boxes out there that I can put my $10 toward.


To give some insight (the quick version)… Calvin McDonald had been the previous president/CEO for Sephora until mid last year 2018 when he left to help the company Lululemon. During his time at Sephora he solidified their online presence, including changes to the mobile app, and is credited with the implementation and success of the subscription Play! program. Once he left, you could def tell what an impact his departure had and, in my opinion, the Play! sub has never been the same since.


I am really glad that they decreased the variation, so that the box is not gonna be a huge miss or hit. Now there is less uncertainty about what we are gonna get: one of the lipsticks, either mascara or the base, 2 of the skincare and 1 of the hair products. There are only of products in each groups that I won’t like: mascara base, tarte cleanser, and dphue acv hair rinse. I am okay with the rest, specifically hoping for the bite chai.


I just signed up for the May box so I hope I get it. I really want the Coco Cabana Cream. That cream is $20 so If I get that in my bag I only paid $10.83.


the Coco Cabana is not the 20 dollar size.


The Coco Cabana cream is terrible. It’s like a sticky water gel consistency and has a cheap pineapple -pina coloda scent and after it dries, it has a weird after smell that reminds me of melting plastic. it’s disappointing. So, if you end up not getting it in your box don’t be upset. I have yet to find someone who actually likes it.


That’s not the mini size that’s valued at $20 and size being 2.5 oz it’s a much smaller ome I believe its priced at $10 or less and the size is 0.84 oz. I have three of these sizes and there very small fits in the palm of my hand.


Oh no really. Thanks for letting me know. I didn’t know they had cream that tiny. It’s not sold in the store or the website.


I like the products offered this month, I’m excited to get my box! I love the Bite lipstick, I have a couple colors already and love the formula.

Amanda Panell

I really want the Bite Lipstick, but I don’t think I will get it if I read my box # right? Is it the last 3 digits of the item number?

Jill M

Ok….so I signed up on the 8th and did the quiz. So that means I should get this months box right? That’s what it says, but it also says on the website that there has to be boxes available. I’m guessing there will be. I am interested in all of the skincare items except Tarte cleanser. Makeup….I have all the full size products, and the haircare I can live without. Maybe I should of waited lol


Yep, you should be good, the last day to sign up to receive May is tomorrow.

tammy g

this is why I won’t do Sephora play small of samples…I get this in the store for free all the time…


I just resubscribed after a year off from this subscription, there are several items I already know I like or would love to try this month!

Is it just me or does this seem like a really small amount of items? Looks like a decent chance to get several of the items I’m interested in.

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