It’s time for my September 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 September 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 20 samples that were available this month through shop the products link. My Sephora Play September 2019 review is from box version is 2255966, 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 September 2019 Sephora Play box is Your Must-See Beauty.
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 PLAYSHOWS online with a $20 purchase will also award 50-points. That code from the September 2019 Sephora Play Box is valid from 09/15/19 through 10/31/19. This combines with a product or discount promo code, so don’t forget to add it.
Items come inside a thick ziplock bag. You can reuse these bags. The colors keep changing, so I have a rainbow.
My September 2019 Sephora Play Box Review
I received one skincare products, two makeup products, one haircare product, one fragrance, and one makeup-skincare hybrid.
The 0.03oz Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel is worth $7.20. This is a product I already know and love, so I will keep this duplicate. While I wish I would have received it in shade 2, I can wear shade 3. It adds fibers to make my brows look more full and holds them down. I can use this on its own for a natural look or over another product for a full brow look.
The 0.12oz Hourglass Caution™ Extreme Lash Mascara is worth $8.84. I have not tried this mascara yet, so I will keep this. Yes, I have about 100, but this one claims to be an all in one. It makes me want to try this even more.
The 0.34oz First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Pores Be Gone Matte Primer is worth $5.60. Even though this is not recommended for dry skin, I was just talking with the First Aid Beauty rep about this product at the recent VIB Rouge Event. She thinks I might like it anyway and the consistency is nice. It feels like a light lotion. I will try this.
The 0.6oz fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash is worth $5.63. I love every fresh product I try, so I have great expectations for this. That said, I do think strawberry is not the best exfoliant. We’ll see.
The 1oz amika Bushwick Beach No-Salt Wave Spray is worth $5. I like the idea of wave sprays, but they usually dry my hair out. On top of that, they make it look frizzy and add too much texture. My hair wants softness. This one does not have salt, so it could be what I am looking for.
The 0.04oz Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau De Parfum is worth $3.64. It has Lavender Essence, Orange Blossom, and Musk Accord. Those fragrances blend together beautifully. There is a slight hint of powder, which I enjoy.
Was the September 2019 Sephora Play Box Worth it?
The September 2019 Sephora Play box has a $35.91 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $38.07. My personal value is 35.91, because I will keep everything. Getting a box where I really want to try everything and/or already love the things I’ve tried is rare. It happened though. Five of these are new to me, and I already love the sixth. There is nothing in the five I feel iffy about trying either. They all seem interesting, and I am just hoping the fragrance lasts a long time on me. It would be nice to keep smelling that aroma all day, even though lavender makes me a little tired. If it was not for the Rouge event, I would have been less inclined to try the new primer, so I am glad I went. I am very happy with this box and think it was easily worth it.
What are your thoughts on my September 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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