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The day Sephora marked my original Play Box for March 2018 as delivered was not the day I received it. After getting the delivery notification and happening upon an empty mailbox, I sent Sephora an email letting them know my package was mis-delivered. Someone got back to me in less than 24 hours and promised to send a replacement. A day later, my replacement box was in the process of getting shipped. Sephora did not spare any expense in getting my replacement to me either. UPS got the box within a larger box to me with speed. Regular subscriptions go through USPS at a slower rate of speed. My original box magically appeared in my mailbox THREE days after getting marked as delivered. While I have no clue what adventures the box went on while it was missing, it was sitting in my mailbox, unscathed, staring me in the face. There were no markings on the box stating it did not belong to whomever had it while it was missing. Where it was those 3 days will always be a mystery, but that is not the only mystery with this box. The plot thickens.
My original box is 677. The replacement has the same order details so I expected a 677 box. That was great when my 677 was missing and a little less great when my 677 arrived. Nevertheless, I prefer to get the items I should have for missing boxes. It just makes everything seem all right when you are made whole minus the few days (or six to be exact) it takes for the replacement to arrive after the original goes missing. When I opened my box, there was only one item that overlapped box 677. Clearly, this was not a 677, but what was it? Had a 677 actually arrived, I would not be writing this now. There would not be a mystery box to review. With my sleuthing skills, I tried to figure out what box this actually was. Bonus points if you counted how many times I wrote 677 in this paragraph and half points if you did not but went back and did it just now.
The first thing I did was check the March list of items Play sampled. All six items appear on the list. This is a March 2018 Sephora Play box. Was it randomly thrown together for late birds or does it have an actual item number? I went into countless blogs to see if any had mentioned or reviewed these specific items to give me the number. Yes, if any had, I would have linked them. That is the way I roll. None of the blogs I looked at reviewed it, but I finally found it on the Sephora Community forum, the Beauty Insider Community. My replacement box is Box 843. Thanks to canisti on BIC for that screenshot for the contents of this box. Before happening on her post, I was about to put my sleuthing skills to rest. Without further adieu, let’s get into the usual information.
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. This box is version 843.
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 0.17oz Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ is worth $11.05. This is a product I already love. It is a great primer for days I will be in the sun a lot and am wearing makeup. Not only does it provide sun protection, but it really helps my makeup from sweating off. That is in large part thanks to the dimethicone. On really hot days, the makeup still sweats off, but I do not think there is a product on earth that could stop that. Let me know if you know of any.
The 0.04oz Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick 35 Bohemian Purple is worth $3.31. This is the item from my original box that repeated so forgive me for copying and pasting the following. 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 0.57oz VERB Ghost Oil is worth $4.56. I’ve received multiple samples of this and a full-size in a kit I purchased. To this date, I still have not tried it. My hair is frizzy so I love hair oils. In case I end up loving this, I will probably hold onto the duplicate for a while. If I do not love it, I can give it away later.
The 0.5oz YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser is worth $2.25. This is a brand I have not tried anything from yet, and this sample is new to my collection. Cleansers that claim they are age resistant perplex me, because you wash everything off. I guess if it cleanses without stripping it could make that claim. It will be a while before I can get to this, but I am happy to try it someday.
The 0.017oz Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof 33 Love Affair is worth $4.25. I already own this beautiful plum shade. It is still at my ex’s house so I opened and swatched this. That means I am keeping it. I really love purple, and this purple is not bright. This goes with almost any look. 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. Even though I own this, I do not have a picture of me wearing it. Once I wear it again, I will add in a picture and a more recent review.
The OUAI Anti-Frizz Hair Sheet is worth $1.20. For those of you wondering why I placed value on a foil (when I normally don’t), this product only comes in foil form. There are 15 foils in a box. This is a product I placed in my loves list a while back and was going to purchase without ever sampling it during the spring sale next month. Now, I get to try it first so I am happy this mystery box made it to me.
The box has a $26.62 value. As this was a replacement box (and I also got the original), I am not factoring it into the average box value for 2018. My original box has a higher value, but a lower personal value. If you want to see the average value for 2018 until this point, view my regular March 2018 review. My personal value is $23.31, because I will keep everything other than the duplicate lipstick from the first box. While I may not keep the Ghost Oil after I try one of the others I own, I will if I love it. Had my other Love Affair eyeliner been here, I would not have opened this one. That would have brought the personal value down to $19.06, which is still higher than the other box. As I technically paid nothing for this box, it was definitely a great deal. For $10, I would have been a little less enthused. 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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