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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 April 2018. My box is version 2054351.
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 April box is Insta 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 0.16oz MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint Foundation SPF 25 in shade 6 is worth $5.70. My play profile says this is for my skin tone, but there is no way on earth this is a light shade. It is possibly a light medium, but it is way too dark and too yellow for my skin tone. This is a product I have not tried yet, and I hate having to lighten new products. When I do that, I can never be sure how the product works without a lighter shade of something else mixed in. As such, I can never give this a proper review. I would never wear a shade this wrong on its own.
The 0.25oz philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer is worth $1.33. This is lightweight, which is not something I usually enjoy in a moisturizer. It is a cream though. I am always looking for a lightweight cream that provides deep moisturization while allowing my skin to breathe, especially in the summer. How wonderful would it be to find it in this very inexpensive moisturizer.
The 0.05oz Buxom Full-On™ Lip Polish in Celeste is worth $6.67. This is a prismatic soft peach shade that is new to my collection. Even though I am not a huge lip gloss fan, I am a fan of these lip polishes. These are not overly sticky but still last a long time (for gloss). They also give some light plumping. When the light hits this shade, I can see holographic glitter in the shimmer. It looks very beautiful.
The 0.17oz KIEHL’S Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C is worth $6.20. This is for my skin concerns, which include wrinkles and wanting brightness. It has a potent vitamin C serum formulated with 12.5 percent vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. If it works, it should help with both concerns.
The 2 Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peels are worth $11. This is a product I’ve sampled before. I did not really notice anything after using just one so I am not sure I will notice much from using two. That said, I am all about exfoliation. Whether I can see the difference or not, this uses retinol to peel the skin. It is nice to get more samples to try.
The 0.06oz Burberry My Burberry Blush is worth $6.96. This is a perfume I already own, but I cannot recall if I like it or not. As such, I will probably not hold onto this duplicate. It has fruity floral notes so I may test it before I pass it on. I like fruity scents more than floral ones, but a combination could be the best of both worlds. We shall see.
The box has a $37.86 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $36.33. My personal value is $30.90, because I will probably not keep the duplicate perfume. I just have too many and do not really wear perfume often as it is. There are times when I look at the size of the Sephora samples and think it is almost comical how small they are. This is one of those times. That last picture really captures it. The foils are so much bigger than the samples! Yes, these are name brand samples, and most are new to me. It makes me happy to try new things and get another chance to try the peel I was not sure about. While it is not my favorite box ever, it is definitely worth the $10 I paid. 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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