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Sephora Play! is a subscription box that offers five deluxe beauty samples and a bonus foil packet or perfume vial for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is free. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the box so most items are from well-known, high-end brands. While Sephora does carry a few low-end and luxury brands, they do not really appear in the subscription boxes. 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. The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and from the 1st through the 4th for succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 11th through the 15th.
The Beauty Bag was the only place to see complete sample history. Although it worked when I wrote the article for the January box, it is not working now. In case the link is ever recovered, I will leave it here for now. It does remove items Sephora no longer carries. Like all Sephora order history, once you’ve been subscribed long enough, the system will probably purge sample history from the oldest boxes. The past boxes link does give complete details on the last six boxes.
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 is not a lot of variety in the boxes, but there is enough to justify updating your profile. If you received a box that does not suit you, update your profile. You can continue to play with your settings until you are happy with what you’re receiving. If no adjustments help, cancel your subscription. You can view all samples that were available this month through shop the products link. There are 22 items listed for February 2018. My box is version 2026201.
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 February box is Feel the Love.
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 0.5oz Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel is worth $7.06. I love all the peels I’ve tried so far. This is one of the more gentle ones I’ve tried. While it may not peel the best, it does not attach to the baby hairs on my face either. That is a nice trade-off, and I recently finished this. Having another one is nice.
The 0.04oz Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Mat M500 is worth $7.33. I really like this color and have never subscribed to the idea that certain colors belong to dedicated seasons. This is a shade I did not own yet.
It is a wine violet shade. I love wine and violet shades, but I do not really see the violet in this one. The swatch was not the smoothest. My guess is it will apply patchy, but I will review it once I’ve tried it.
The 0.05oz Tory Burch Love Relentlessly is worth $7.50. I always use the smallest size for sale to calculate value. Samples of this are coming at me from every direction. It does make me want to finally try it.
0.1oz Sephora Gel Gloss Ultra Brilliant Ultra Shine Lip Gel 04 Perfect Nude is worth $10.91. This is a shade I did not own yet.
I really like the shade and look forward to seeing if it looks like the perfect nude on me.
0.75oz First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask is worth $6. This is the only new product to my collection (although all 3 of the color items are new colors to me). A mask that calms and brightens sounds wonderful. I hope it lives up to those claims.
The 0.018oz Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Extreme Longwear Eyeliner Cote D’Azur is worth $9.86. I have a naturally heavy hand so these really soft pencils break on me often. This was no exception so I need to handle it with more care to persevere what’s left. It broke where you see the gap in pigment.
I really like this blue shade. It looks different from some of the other blues I already have in my collection so this is very welcomed.
There were 3 color items in this box. Each box usually has 2 color items.
The box has a $48.66 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $37.42. My personal value is also $41.16, because I will not keep the extra sample of Love Relentlessly, even if I end up loving it once I finally try it. Sephora gave two lip products this month with the intention that we’d give the second one away. I give so much away to friends and family already that I’d rather not give away things I do not already own and actually want to try. As such, I am keeping both. This box has larger samples and a higher value than the one from last month. To me, this box was a great deal and definitely worth the $10 I paid for it. 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.
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