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It’s time for my February 2019 Sephora Play Box review. Play! by Sephora 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 Play! 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 to Beauty Insiders, 12.5 points to VIB members, and 15 points to VIB Rouge members. This Play! box also 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.
See a synopsis of a year of Play! by Sephora Box reviews vs a year of Birchbox reviews. Every year, I review my $10 boxes against each other, so I can declare the annual winner. This is also helpful for those who would like to see a year of reviews for either box in one place.
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 it does 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 8 samples that were available this month through shop the products link. My box version is 2172674, Box A.
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 2019 Play box is Lovestruck Beauty. This claims a meet-cute is about to happen, which is a play on Valentine’s Day.
Each box comes with a Play! Pass. The Play! Pass is 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. Using promo code PLAYFEB19 online with a $20 purchase will also award 50-points. That code is valid from 02/15/19 through 03/31/19. Getting 50-points for an online order is not ideal unless you have free shipping and are only spending $20 or really have no interest in any of the active promo codes. At $25 spent, there are always a number of promo codes you qualify for. Considering it takes 100-points to redeem one perk and the perks are usually about the same as the free product in a promo code, you’d pass on a promo worth 100-points to redeem the promo code for 50-points.
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 thick ziplock bag. You can reuse these bags.
The 0.1oz Milk MAKEUP Blur Stick is worth $7.37. I already own multiples of these, so I will not keep this duplicate. While there is a chance I may love it once I finally try it, one of the sizes I own is the full one ounce. That is a beast that will take forever to use up.
The 0.05oz BITE BEAUTY Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rhubarb is worth $8.67. I am already a huge fan of the Amuse Bouche formula. It is very moisturizing.
I already own this plum rose color in the High Pigment Lip Pencil, so I know I enjoy it. Even though this color is the same, I’ve decided to keep this. If I had to pick the formula I prefer, I would choose this. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and a review.
The WANDER BEAUTY Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks are worth $4.17. This is a single set, but you can only purchase them in a pack of six. I will probably keep this set even though I already own them. Until I try the ones I already have, I cannot say for sure. Having eye masks on hand is always nice, but I only use them in rare instances. That is why the ones I do purchase or get in sub boxes last me so long.
The 0.33oz CAUDALIE Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet is worth $10. This is a lightweight moisturizer that works well even with my dry skin. Because I love this in warm weather, I may hold onto this. In my desire to try new things, I may gift this to someone else.
The 0.5oz fresh Rose Face Mask is worth $12.50. I really love this mask. It is so calming and moisturizing. Because it is an expensive mask, I always welcome samples. I usually keep them, but I have been known to give them away to lucky people. Hopefully, I keep this one.
The 0.05oz STELLA MCCARTNEY STELLA is worth $2.60. I already own this and have never been tempted to try it. This is a duplicate I will not keep.
The box has a $45.31 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $42.69. My personal value is at least $12.84, because I will keep the lipstick and eye masks. There is a good chance I will also keep the face mask and moisturizer, so my value could go up. I will get more than $10 of value from this box even if I only keep two products, so it was worth it. Getting two products I already know I love and will probably also adds to the value. Now, I just need to see if I will use the products I love or gift them to others, so I can try more products I am unfamiliar with. Sometimes, the desire to try new things leads me to give away things I know I love.
What are your thoughts on my February 2019 Play! by Sephora Box? Let me know below. Sephora does not inform any Beauty Insider of all promotions. It does list a great deal of them on its Beauty Offers page, but I list some it does not on my Sephora Deals Page. Between the ones it lists and the ones I list, you can catch most of them. Subscribe to emails to get targeted offers. If you’re spending over $25 online, there is always a promo code that you can apply. Most major events run on a set schedule, which is why I track them. See all Sephora Play! articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal When Shopping Sephora. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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