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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. Boxes started getting customized in July 2016. Make sure you update your Play! Profile, because they do not use the Sephora profile for this box. Those with oily skin got box A. People with dry skin got box B. Anyone who selected normal or combination skin randomly received either the oily or dry box. It seems likely more customization may follow, but they started small. If you received an oily box but want a dry box or vice versa, update your profile. You can always change them back to combo or normal Play adds more options of customized boxes. There is a shop the products link that gives a history of all items sampled since September 2015. There are eight items listed for August 2016, because Box A and B share 4 and have 2 unique items.
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 September is The Unbasic Basics. 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. My skin is dry, so I got Box B.
The 0.085oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel is worth $6.68. This is my favorite clear brow gel. I have not been using a lot of clear brow gel lately, so I am really stocked on this. It will probably stay in my stash though.
The 0.036oz Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick No 14 love spell is worth $3.75. This is not a color I would usually purchase, because it is not nude enough or pink enough. It is a little too glossy as well. I will edit in a picture and review once I wear it.
The 0.007oz Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is worth $7. This liner is really easy to work with, because the line is thin. It gives those of us with shaky hands room for error without full on raccoon eyes.
It tends to bleed a little on me.
I need a few coats to make it opaque, because one pass leaves gaps. This does last all day on me when I use an eye primer.
The 1oz Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer is worth $10.91. This is the only sample I have not received in the past, and the one I want to they the most. My skin is really dry, but I’d love to discover something that moisturizes deeply without being overly thick. If this does what it promises, this could be it.
The 1oz Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector is worth $7. I’ve received this sample so many times, but I keep forgetting to actually use it. Hopefully, this gives me a push to finally try it.
The 0.05oz Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte is worth $7.25. I always use the smallest size to calculate value, because it is the cheapest buy-in. This has the following notes: Lily of the Valley, Jasmine Absolute, Mandarin, Neroli Oil, Dewey Green Accord, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Musk. That blend seems interesting, so I will try this when my nose returns to discerning scents.
The box has a $42.59 value. My personal value is also $42.59, because I will keep my duplicates. It is possible I will gift vials I already own of the Atelier Cologne, because I like the packaging on this one better than the vials. This has a lower value than the last box, which was unusually high. There is only one new product to me this month, but the lipstick is a new color. I think that actually makes this slightly more successful than last month. Once items from the current box populate, sneak peeks for the next month become available. The Cool Cut is the theme for October.
If you have any questions I did not cover, please visit the FAQ section. I will answer any posted here if I know the 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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