Sephora Play Beauty Subscription Box May 2016

official play

Sephora Play! is a monthly beauty subscription that sends 6 deluxe samples, a makeup bag, & a Play! Pass for instore lessons for $10 (with free shipping). Until late April, it was a semi-private subscription service with an eternal waitlist (which I have been trying to get on since fall of 2015) but thankfully it has since opened up.

1 main pic

As you can see, the items that are shown in the official spoiler are the same as those sent out. Boxes are not customizable.

2 card for consult

The box contains a Play! card which lists the contents of the box and offers 50 extra Beauty Insider Points with any purchase.

3 insert info prodsThe box also comes with a foldout mini-mag which gives info, directions, and tips on how to use the products. Out of every sub box insert, this one is my favorite. The tips are actually useful and relevant! For example, for the lip liner, the tips given are different ways to use it. You can line your lips the traditional way, you can fill them all the way in, you can fill in the outer corners and blend for an ombre look, etc.

4 mu bagThis bag is so cute! It’s a cloth drawstring bag that says “Let’s beauty together”. It’s not exactly the best option for heavy duty traveling or the if you’re concerned about one of your products leaking. I doubt the thin layer of fabric would be able to hold any liquid in. However, to carry around daily lipstick or eyeliner, it’s adorable!

5 hair maskBriogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask 1oz worth $9

I’ve tried quite a few Briogeo products thanks to my various subscriptions and they’ve all been pretty good. It’s one of those rare all natural products that works better than the chemical laden ones. After one use, my dried out hair was magically transformed from coarse and dull to soft and silky.

6 masks

Origins Maskimizer, Clear Improvement, Drink Up Intensive Masks 

This is actually a triple sample: perfume sample style maskimizer spray, clear improvement foil sample, drink up intensive foil sample. The maskimizer has about 4 uses and each of the foils is about 2 uses so it works out. Maskimizer is Origins’ pre-mask treatment spray which preps skin for all masks (except peel off), Clear Improvement is a pore-clearing charcoal mask, Drink Up is an overnight hydration mask.

I was excited to try this since my first impression of The Maskimizer was more gimmick than gotta get it. Unfortunately I saw no real difference between using it and not using it. The other Origins masks are great and my skin felt soft and clear with and without the pre-mask.

7 perfume

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Fragrance Vial + Postcard

I don’t like perfume samples in subscription boxes in general but I especially dislike the vial ones as they are more difficult to apply than spray ones. That said, this one smelled really good. It smelled like fresh tangerines which very pleasant and awakening. The included postcard is also ridiculously cute and may be one of my favorite finds in the box (I’m a sucker for stationary).

8 rose mask

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial Mask 10mL worth $12.67

I’ve tried this before and I like it. I kind of expected it to smell like roses but it smells a bit more like chemicals. It’s meant to improve skin texture and dullness and every time I use it, my skin looks refreshed.

9 both lips

Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram 0.001 oz worth $1.80

This sample is actually really small. I was going to twist it all the way up to see how much product is given but I remembered reading a review saying that they did it and that the product doesn’t twist back in (what?!). So I gave it a small twist and it was true – it doesn’t twist back in.

As for the lipliner itself, its a very slim matte mauve (swatched below). It’s not very creamy and doesn’t exactly glide on but it is blendable and doesn’t crumble or flake (like some reviews on claim it does). I personally wouldn’t pay full price for it but that’s because I have NYX and Jordana liners that work just as well if not better than this one.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi 0.05 oz value $8.33

I’ve tried Bite lipsticks before and they are amazing. This is a well sized sample and certainly enough for a prolonged period of daily use. It’s a really pretty fushia color that glides on, lasts long, and fades evenly. Swatched below.

Top: Tarteist Lip Crayon "Latergram"  Bottom: Bite Lipstick "Kimchi"

Top: Tarteist Lip Crayon “Latergram”
Bottom: Bite Lipstick “Kimchi”

Overall, it was great to get my first Sephora Play Bag. It had a total value of about $32 (not including the perfume and masks) which is great for a $10 subscription. What I liked the most though was the assortment of items. It wasn’t just another black eyeliner and shampoo foil I would put to the side but actually things I was excited to use.

In terms of actually discovering things, I’m happy they sent a sample of Maskimizer and Tarteist as these would not be things I would buy on my own. Even though I had no intention of purchasing them at full price, now I know for sure I have no need for them and won’t succumb to ordering them during a sale.


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