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Sephora Play! is a subscription box that offers six beauty samples for $10 a month plus tax, shipping 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 if they’re unavailable when you check. This gives one more sample than the standard $10 box offers, 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 purchase minimum to maintain your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status.
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.
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.
It also goes over the theme for the box and shows how the products tie into the theme. The theme for June is The Minimalists. This information not easily available on the website, so it is helpful.
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.
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.
Items come inside a collectible makeup bag. The design is different each month. This is a small drawstring thick cotton bag that is very cute but not practical for holding makeup.
The 0.2oz Becca Backlight Priming Filter is worth $7.60. It promises to blur imperfections while imparting a radiant glow. This has received amazing reviews and although I received this in the Best of Becca Blushed Radiance set at Ulta, I have not tried it yet. I like to finish things that are already open before opening a new one.
The primer makes my skin look luminous. That is not an easy feat for my dry skin, so this is a great primer. It does not help product stay on my face as long, so I would recommend something a little more cohesive in hotter weather. I did not swatch the primer here, but I have a swatch if you want to see it.
The 0.1oz Benefit They’re Real Mascara is worth $8.57. This is the best-selling mascara on the planet, but I hate it. My eyes are hooded and this is a wet formula that takes a long time to dry. By the time it finally dries, there is mascara all over my face. I am definitely not keeping this and will gift it to someone without hooded eyes. I use the smallest size to price samples, because they are the cheapest buy-in.
The 0.23oz tarte TarteGuard 30 sunscreen lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is worth $6.90. I also received this in the Sephora Sun Safety Kit for 2016, which is surprisingly still available. It is a physical sunscreen, so I may try this very soon. Usually I try sunscreens by expiration, but most of my sunscreens are chemical. My goal is to find a nice physical one that does not burn my eyes when sweat or water rolls into them.
The 0.5oz Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It is worth $3.75. I rarely blow dry my hair, so this could be a perfect product for me (if it works as it claims). Flyaways are a huge problem, so I hope this helps.
The 0.1oz bareMinerals bareSkin® Sheer Sun™ Serum Bronzer is worth $2.80. It only comes in the shade Radiant Finish, which is quite dark. I think people with extremely fair skin will have a hard time with this shade, which prevents it from being universal as bareMinerals claims.
It stays dark (and shiny) as I rub it out, but it does lean more brown than orange. That means this serum bronzer might work for contouring as well. I will try it as a bronzer and a contour (though I prefer contour shades a little less shiny).
I am actually impressed with this product. It definitely gives a bronze look and is not too orange to use as a contour for days where you do not want a separate bronzer and contour. This leaves my skin looking dewy when I use it without adding powder contour or bronzer on top. In summer, I really love the dewy look, so I will break this out in warmer months. My only complaint is it does disturb the foundation underneath. On my nose, you can see where it moved the foundation, but it did not pick it up as much on my cheeks, which are much more dry. If I can find a way to apply this without disturbing my foundation, I’d consider buying it. Applying it before foundation may actually help, because this is a serum bronzer.
I always notice random things, so I thought it was neat this box only offers brands that start with B (4) and T (2). This is a nice follow-up to my first box, which I loved. The box has a $32.95 value. My personal value is $24.38, because I will try everything other than They’re Real. Once items from the current box populate, sneak peeks for the next month become available. Effortless Summer is the theme for July.
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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