It’s time for my August 2019 Sephora Play 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.
This article covers my August 2019 Sephora Play Box review, but you can 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. Birchbox did raise its prices for select members, but it is still $10 for me. For those who are not ACES on the $10 plan, I will consider that when I do the annual comparison for 2019.
About the Play! by Sephora Subscription
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 6 samples that were available this month through shop the products link. My Sephora Play August 2019 review is from box version is 2238871, Box A G.
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 August 2019 Sephora Play box is Your Beauty Sidekicks. The follow the adventures of Play! Bae.
Getting More from Your Play! By Sephora Box
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 PLAYHERO online with a $20 purchase will also award 50-points. That code from the June 2019 Sephora Play Box is valid from 08/15/19 through 09/30/19. 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 color started purple then it switched to red. After seeing orange and now green, I will have a rainbow in no time.
My August 2019 Sephora Play Box Review
I received three skincare products, two makeup products, and one haircare product.
The 0.24oz GLAMGLOW SUPERTONER ™ Exfoliating Acid Solution Toner is worth $1.44. I usually dislike when samples fall below the $2 threshold, but I am fine with it this time for two reasons. First, this is a sample I really want to try and did not already own. Secondly, I received 6 deluxe samples this month instead the standard five. So, I only paid $1.67 for this. That’s only $0.23 under. This uses charcoal, clay, and acids. It sounds really interesting.
The 0.17oz Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum is worth $14.45. This is another item I’ve wanted to try and did not own a sample of. It’s time for me to start experimenting more with Retinol. My skin is ready.
The 0.06oz NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dance Fever is worth $18.84. I really like these pencils. They are comfortable for a matte formula and last longer than creamier lipsticks. Whenever I am on the go, I really appreciate the pencil shape. It makes application easier.
The rose brown shade pulls more brown than rose on me, but I do not mind a brown lipstick. This is a shade I did not already own.
The 0.33oz bareMinerals Dew Mist Shimmering Setting Spray is worth $2.72. I have dry skin, so I love dewy setting mists. While it is too soon to review until I actually wear this with makeup, I know that the mist is a little strong. It also feels a little sticky, but it does seem to add hydration.
The 0.5oz Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is worth $10.50. It actually surprised me to see a sample this large in a Play box. I’ve received this exact product in past boxes and it was always 0.24oz. This is the size that usually comes in a department store gift with purchase. I wish this provided enough hydration for my skin. Unless the weather is really warm, I need something richer. Yes, it is hot as hell outside, but the moisturizer I have open is far from being finished and I have others waiting to get used.
The 0.75oz Briogeo Farewell Frizz™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème is worth $4.50. That’s a pretty nice value given this is usually the Beauty Bonus but was upgraded to a deluxe sample this month. I have a lot of these, but I do not blow dry my hair very often. To actually try this and products like it, I might see how it works without a blow dryer. After all, who needs a blow dryer to get frizz. My hair actually looks less frizzy when I use a blow dryer than when I don’t.
Was the August 2019 Sephora Play Box Worth it?
The August 2019 Sephora Play box has a $52.45 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $38.34. My personal value is at least $37.45, because I will definitely keep the items that are new to me. I almost certainly will not keep the Clinique moisturizer, but I could keep the hair product if I like it once I finally try it. Should I keep it, my personal value would surpass $40 on a box I paid $10 for. What’s even better is I am really happy about three of the four new items I received. This is one of my favorite boxes in a while (although I still would have preferred the one I should have received last month).
What are your thoughts on my August 2019 Play! by Sephora Box review? 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. Sign up for Sephora 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. Subscribe to the blog to get updates on all posts. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.