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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 get customized based on your profile. Make sure you update your Play! Profile, because they do not use the Sephora profile for this box. There are four varieties of boxes based on customization. If you received a box that does not suit you, update your profile. You can adjust your settings more as Play adds more options of customized boxes. A history of all products Sephora sampled since the program launched in September 2015 is available through the shop the products link. There are twelve items listed for October 2016, because there are items that repeat across the four boxes. My box is version 1868314, which is the one I would have picked if given a choice. The customization is working for me.
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 November is The Best In Glow. 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 $25 and over can use a promo code, which is usually 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 0.16oz Cover Fx Illuminating Primer is worth $6.08. I love every illuminating primer I’ve tried so far and recently did a comparison on two. My skin is dry, so this is quickly becoming my favorite type of primer. This particular one is new to me, and this brand is hit or miss with my skin. The BB cream gives me an insane rash, but I will happily try this. If I get a rash, I will report back.
The 0.1oz Sephora Collection Gel Gloss Ultra Brilliant Ultra Shine Lip Gel in 17 Pin-up pink is worth $10.91. I am not into sticky glosses and have yet to try this gel formula. Hopefully, it is not sticky. This is not as bright pink on the skin as it looks in the tube, so it is a lot more wearable than it looks. Once I try this, I will report back.
The 0.33oz Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet is worth $9.90. This is actually a really moisturizing formula for something with a thinner consistency. It is a beautiful moisturizer for someone with dry skin in warmer weather. In cool weather, my skin needs something thicker. When it is not so cold outside, I will happily use this.
The 0.03oz Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in RoseGold is worth $17.40. I already own this, and I love the color. Anything rose gold is wonderful for me. They are two of my favorite shades combined into one. Like most cream shadows, this creases on me. Once I wear this again, I will add a picture and more extensive review.
The 0.5oz GlamGlow Thirstymud™ Hydrating Treatment retails in this size for $22. Granted, it comes in a nicer (if you do not mind jars) container for that price. This is not my favorite GlamGlow mask, but it does make my skin feel more moisturized afterward. There are much cheaper formulas that give me a similar feeling, so I cannot see myself buying this one. When I receive samples, I will happily use them.
The 0.04oz Maison Margiela ’Replica’ Lipstick On is worth $1.47. It is crazy, but this sort of smells like a powdery lipstick. A lot of my lipsticks have a vanilla scent, which this does as well. This also has a bit of a floral scent, from iris. On my skin, it fades rather quickly. I can still smell it hours later, but only when I place my wrist near my nose. In other words, it is very subtle after about 30 minutes.
The box has a $67.76 value. My personal value is $50.36, because I will not keep the duplicate Caviar Stick. Three of these items are new to me. Of the 3 I’ve used before, I will gladly keep duplicates of two. If I actually finished makeup products, I would have considered keeping the third. It is something I like and a product I never purchase separately (so I like getting them in sets or subscription boxes). This has a higher value than the last box. Once items from the current box populate, sneak peeks for the next month become available. The partygoers is the theme for December.
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. The middle of the month is when most people will successfully grab a 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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