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Sephora Play! Subscription Box Review May 2016

Sephora Play! is a subscription box that offers six beauty samples for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is included. The charge posts from the 1st through the 4th, and the boxes start shipping around the middle of the month. Spots are limited, but you can place your name on the waiting list. This is one more sample than the standard $10 box offers (which makes me feel better since I have to pay tax), because it considers the monthly fragrance as a bonus item. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the box, so it only includes well-known mid to high range items. There is not a traditional rewards program with this box, so you cannot get points for referring friends or writing reviews. It does award 10 Beauty Insider points and applies $10 toward your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status.

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Items populate in your Beauty Bag around the middle of the month, so you can usually see them before they arrive. Past boxes have not had any variation. Sephora added emphasis on the updating the Play! Profile. This could mean future boxes may have variation. Make sure you update your profile. There is a shop the products link that gives a history of all items sampled since September 2015. If and when a month pops up with more than six items, we’ll know that there is finally variation in the boxes.

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Each box comes with a Play! Book. This is a booklet that unfolds into a large sheet of photo paper to show info about all the items inside the box.

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It is very helpful and provides information not easily available on the website.

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Each box comes with a Play! Pass. The Play! Pass is only valid in store though the end of the following month. It is redeemable with any purchase (even items not received in the box) for 50 Beauty Insider points. Only one 50 point pass is valid per day, so using two in a single trip will not work. These points may take up to 24 hours to apply. You can also use the Play! Pass for a one-on-one consolation with a beauty expert.

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It takes 100 points to receive a deluxe perk, but online orders over $25 come with a deluxe perk. While this is wonderful for those trips you have to make in store or when you are spending less than $25, it will generally be a better deal to order online and redeem a deluxe perk.

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Items come inside a collectible makeup bag. This is a small drawstring thick cotton bag that is very cute but not practical for holding makeup.

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The 0.34oz Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial is worth $12.67. I always use the smallest size to calculate value, because it is the lowest buy-in. This is a sample I’ve received before, but I have not tried it yet. Once I finish my current sleeping mask, I will open this next. I love the Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial in the warmer months, but I need something thicker for colder months. Hopefully, this is its thicker sibling.

The 1oz Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask retails for $9. This mask provides moisture to dry hair. It is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time.

The Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume does not list the size. I assume it is 0.04oz, which makes it worth $4. Again, I used the smallest size to calculate value, because it is the cheapest buy-in. This is a scent I already own. It is a beautiful scent that I really like, but I do not like it enough to buy it.

The 0.05oz Origins Maskimizer™ Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer is worth $0.34. I’ve never used a mask primer before, so I am curious about what this does. It came with two 0.1oz foils of the Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask and the Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores. I do not place value on foils, but I always appreciate receiving them. This is the overnight mask is the one I am already using, and I love it. Having one for travel is nice. I have not tried the charcoal one yet, but I do have a deluxe sample to try. If I like the deluxe sample, I will use the foil for travel.

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The 0.001oz tarte Tarteist™ Lip Crayon in Latergram is worth $1.80. My pencil is probably really worth less, because the stock picture of the samples shows the tip extends past the edge. Mine does not and it will not extend either. It literally scratched my hand as I swatched it, because there is next to nothing in the container. After discussing it with others, I am sure mine arrived broken. A Beautytalk moderator saw my post about my broken pencil and offered to refund the box. I’ve never received a single damaged item from Sephora prior to this, so I did not know what to expect. Seeing such a positive and swift response was awesome.

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I had to press really hard, but there was enough inside to line my lips. It did scratch me in two places, but again, mine arrived damaged. If yours arrived in good shape, I doubt you’ll have that problem. My lips are light, so I can see this shade looking nude on some lips. On mine, it looks dark. The formula is nice. It keeps the lipstick in the lines and does not ball up or flake off. This is long-lasting, and outlasted the lipstick (which I expect of any liner). While I cannot make a purchase decision based off the damaged sample, I can say this is probably a nice liner. If another sample made it my way, I’d happily give it a better review.

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The picture above was nothing but the lipliner over my lips. As long as you cover the lines, it will blend in with pink lipsticks as it does here with elf lipstick Charming (below). These pictures were only taken 10 minutes apart, but the lighting shifted a bit.

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The 0.05oz Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi is worth $8.67. This is a bright pink, which Bite calls shocking pink. I like experimenting with different colors and bright colors are fun.

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I am a huge fan of the moisture in Bite Lipsticks. They do not tend to have a lot of staying power, but I will trade multiple applications for moisture any day. This is a shade I did not already own, so it is new to my collection.

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This is actually long-lasting without sacrificing moisture Bite lipsticks are known for. It does not highlight dry patches, but it does accentuate lip lines. That is my only complaint. Even with my lines poking through, I am in love with this color though.

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I love this box and think this subscription is off to a wonderful start. Every item (of the 8 if you include the foils) is something I already like/love or really want to try. This is a perfect box for me. The box has a $36.48 value. My personal value is also $36.48, because I will try everything here and keep duplicates of the items I already like/love.

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I am still pretty new to this subscription, so I suggest reading the FAQ section if you have any questions I did not answer. When spots open up on the wait list, they go quickly. Act as fast as possible once you receive the email confirming your spot. They send more invitations than spots they have available, so ignore the countdown saying you have more time. Sephora does not inform a single Beauty Insider of all deal details. Certain offers are targeted and others have different purchase minimums based on the code. Remember to check New Offers and/or Recycled Offers before placing an online order for items you loved from the box. Visit my Sephora! Play Page for more information and other box reviews.

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