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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 2018 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. You can view contents on one box at a time accessing the links through your Sephora order history. There are times when I can see all my Sephora history from that link and other times where it cuts older orders off. 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 28 items listed for March 2018. My box is version 2043677.
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 March box is Festival of Beauty.
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. It does help keep the contents inside from shifting too much during shipping. I really like the bag for this month, because both the design and feel of the bag are nicer than usual.
The 0.135oz Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara is worth $16.87. This is a mascara I’ve used before. It is nice. I cannot say I love it. My issue is it tries to do too many things and ends up doing each nicely but none are out-of-this world. If you are looking for something that adds volume, length, and helps (some) hold the curl, you might want to try this.
The 0.04oz Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick 35 Bohemian Purple is worth $3.31. While I am not a fan of liquid lipsticks in general, I am a fan of these hybrids. They do not fully dry down so there is some transfer. By not drying down, my lips can actually breathe when I wear them. This color is new to my collection so I cannot offer a specific review (yet) on its formula. Formulas can vary from colors within a line. I do really like this purple, but I have a thing for purple lipstick (well, purple anything really).
The 0.75oz Briogeo Blossom & Bloom™ Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Spray is worth $3. My hair is fine so I like trying formulas that promise to add volume. This is one I have not tried yet. When it comes to my haircare routine, it is already product intensive. As such, I only add a volumizer on occasion. It may take me a while to try this.
The 0.017oz Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof 15 Flirting Game is worth $4.25. I could have sworn I already owned this shade. As most of my makeup is still at my ex’s house, I can only rely on my spreadsheet. This is not listed. When it comes to eyeliners, bronzes and taupes are my favorite shades. They suit my eye and skin coloring beautifully. Sephora eyeliners are very creamy and apply like a dream. For the most part, they stay budge free unless used on the water line. There are times they smudge from the waterline and other times they stay put. Once I wear this one, I will add a review specific to this pencil. I will also add in pictures, of course.
The 0.2oz Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 01 Light-Medium is worth $5.20. This is another product I’ve tried before. I have a love/hate relationship with this BB cream. It has decent coverage and sits beautifully on the skin. My skin feels comfortable, and it does not accentuate dry patches. Skin looks dewy, which is great for my otherwise dull, dry skin. The problem is it is so gray that I look dead when I wear it. A lot of people really like gray tones, but I do not like the way it looks on my skin. BB Cream is usually something I wear when I do not use a lot of makeup, but I need a little bronzer and blush when I use this to make my skin look alive.
The 0.23oz Marajo Nourishing Cleansing Crème is a foil so I do not calculate value. Foils should always be free or bonuses so I refuse to factor their value into purchase consideration. This is a cleansing conditioner I have not tried yet. As a cleansing conditioner fan, I am happy to try this.
The 0.23oz Marajo Deep Treatment Butter is a foil so I do not calculate value. Foils should always be free or bonuses so I refuse to factor their value into purchase consideration. This is a deep conditioner I have not tried yet. While I tend to purchase regular conditioners and masks, I would not rule out purchasing a deep conditioner if it worked well. I would have it replace standard conditioner, not the mask.
There were 2 color items in this box. That is the standard number.
The box has a $32.63 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $35.82. My personal value is $15.76, because I will not keep the extra Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara. I just have too many mascaras I want to try to justify keeping one I am not already in love with. While this is far from my favorite box, it is not bad enough to make me want to cancel. A lot of people who received this box complained about getting two Sephora branded products. That does not really bother me, because the two they selected are nice. These lower cost products did bring down the value of the box though. 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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