Sephora Play! October 2019 Review – Your Beauty Recipe Subscription Box

It’s time for my October 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.

Annual Play by Sephora Review

This article covers my October 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 2265700, Box B.

Sephora Play October 2019 Box Theme

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 October 2019 Sephora Play box is Your Beauty Recipe, Joy of Complexion.

Getting More from Your Play! By Sephora Box

Each box usually comes with a Play! Pass. This is the first one that offered a different promo code instead.

Get 20% off foundation using promo code FOUNDPLAY from 10/15/19 through 11/30/19. This might combine with most a product 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 October 2019 Sephora Play Box Review

I received three skincare products, one makeup product, one haircare product, and one makeup-skincare hybrid.

The 0.1oz tarte SEA Quench Hydrating Primer is worth $10.67. I love a nice hydrating primer, so this is perfect for my skin type.

The 0.18oz SHISEIDO WASO: Clear Mega-Hydrating Moisturizer is worth $3.80. I am not usually a fan of gel moisturizers, especially once the weather changes. If I keep this, I will wait until it gets warmer to try it.

The 1oz Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion is worth $5.22. I’ve wanted to try a mushroom toner for a while, so I am happy I got this.

The 0.5oz YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser is worth $2.50. I already have a sample of this, but I have not tried it yet. If I love it, I will keep this duplicate.

The 0.5oz Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is worth $7.50. I love this setting spray, because it takes away the powdery look and helps my makeup last all day. These minis are perfect for travel, but I also like to gift them to people to share my love. It is hard to say whether I will keep this one or not.

There is a 0.5oz foil of dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Masque. This is a bonus foil, and I do not assign value to foil samples. I received a full-size of this in a FabFitFun box. Getting a foil here is perfect, because I can try this before opening the full-size. If I do not love it, I can gift it to someone else.

Was the October 2019 Sephora Play Box Worth it?

The October 2019 Sephora Play box has a $29.69 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $37.23. My personal value is $19.69 if I keep the items that are new to me. It could rise or fall based on what I decide to keep when all is said and done. Other than the mushroom toner, there is nothing in this box that really excites me. A moisturizing primer could be wonderful, but I find a setting spray more important than a primer. Thankfully, there is a setting spray I love in this box, but I might not keep it given how many of these I already own. Overall, I would say the box is worth the $10 I paid, but barely.

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What are your thoughts on my October 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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