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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 24 items listed for June 2018. My box is version 2071595.
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 May box is Summer Nights.
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 Cover Fx Power Play Foundation in N40 is worth $5.97. This is a matte foundation. As someone with dry skin, I am not overly fond of matte foundations, but I find them tolerable when mixing with a moisturizing or luminizing base. I will give this a fair shot though. It claims it is sweat proof, which makes its summer arrival a perfect time to test it. If it has the blurring effect it claims, I will enjoy that. My skin has more texture than usual lately.
This shade is for medium neutral skin tones. My skin is light, and listed in my Play profile, so I assume there were not a lot of shade options for this. From previous experience with this brand, I am somewhere between N20 and G20. As you can imagine for someone who is light warm that this is too dark. Thus, I will never be able to test this on its own. I will need to mix it with a white base to lighten it. While I do not mind doing that, I am not comfortable offering a review on a foundation I need to lighten or darken (unless the product I am using to lighten or darken is the same thing I am reviewing). If I like this mixed with a white base, I can try to get a sample in my color to see if it is worth purchasing.
The 1oz Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips is worth $5.62. This is a makeup remover I’ve never tried. It looks very similar to BiFacil, which I love. Thus, I have high expectations for this.
The 0.2oz Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer is worth $7.20. I really love this primer so I will definitely keep this duplicate. It looks purple applies clear so it will not effect the color of foundation. My skin feels hydrated and smooth when I use this. This has less luminizing affect than the Back Light Primer, which I also love. If I want a more natural moisturized look, I grab this. When I want to glow a little more, I grab Back Light. Eventually, I will do a comparison article between these two primers. In the mean time, I only have an article going over the Back Light Primer.
The 0.84oz Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is worth $6.72. This is another duplicate that I love so I am definitely keeping it. I find this little sample so freaking adorable that I will probably keep refilling it long after it runs out. Sol de Janeiro should consider selling it in this size, because I think this would be great for short trips. While this body moisturizer is not the most moisturizing, I adore it in warm weather. It spreads evenly and beautifully. There is a hint of glitter that sparkles beautifully in the sun, but it so subtle indoors that you cannot even see it unless the light hits it just right. During cold weather, I need something more moisturizing, but I also keep most of my skin covered. Applying this when covering your whole body is counter-intuitive, because it hides all the beauty. The scent is sweet and reminds me of butter cookies.
The 1oz VERB Sea Spray is worth $3.33. I am not a huge fan of sea sprays in general, but I do not hate any enough to write off trying a new one. This is one I’ve never tried so I will see how it goes. When it comes to sea sprays, they tend to give a lot of texture. My hair tangles easily so I dislike adding texture. If I could find one that gave me beachy waves without too much texture and tangles, I would be all for it. Waves can look extremely beautiful.
The 0.05oz Bvlgari Omnia Pink Sapphire is worth $2.52. This is a scent I’ve never tried before. Although I am not a huge fan of perfume in general, I am always willing to try any perfume that I receive before I pass it on. This one has Pink Pomelo, Frangipani, and Vanilla musk. As a huge fan of vanilla, I may enjoy this.
The box has a $31.36 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $35.98. My personal value is also $31.36. This is the first time in a while where I am 100% sure I will keep and try everything in my Play box. It seems like I get a lot of repeats in this box, which is no big deal when they are items I love (like this month). When they are items I am indifferent toward, I do not feel a desire to keep them. There are way too many products out there to keep products I do not like. 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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