It’s time for my November 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 November 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 2278786, 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 November 2019 Sephora Play box is Beauty for Self-Care. This one has some activities on it.
Getting More from Your Play! By Sephora Box
Each box used to come with a Play! Pass. It was a code for 20% off foundation last month though. This month, it was notably absent. Sephora might have quietly done away with it, because there was not even a spot on the printout where a card would attach as there usually is. If there is no pass next month, I will remove this section from the article.
Items come inside a thick ziplock bag. You can reuse these bags. The colors keep changing, so I have a rainbow.
My November 2019 Sephora Play Box Review
I received two skincare products, three makeup products, and one perfume.
The 0.05oz NARS Lipstick in Tolede is worth $10.83. This is not new to my collection, but I have not worn this shade yet.
I really love this pink rose, and satin is my favorite lipstick. Though I own other lipsticks from this line, I will withhold my review until I try it.
The 0.035oz Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is worth $9.75. I’m guessing on the size, because it is either not listed or too small for me to read. I already own this, so I am not keeping the duplicate.
I have not worn this in a long time, so I cannot remember what I thought about it. Once I wear it again, I will edit in my thoughts. This berry shade with the satin finish and lipstick texture is perfect for the fall/winter.
The 0.135oz Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara is worth $16.87. I do like this mascara. With how many I need to try already in my collection, I only keep duplicates of the ones I love.
The 0.5oz GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER™ Mega Illuminating Moisturizer is worth $14.41. I do love this moisturizer, so there is a chance I might keep this duplicate.
The 0.16oz Dr.Jart+ Cicapair ™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 is worth $5.76. I already have samples of this, but I have not tried it. Thus, I cannot say now whether I will keep this. If I do not give it away before I try the first one and love it, I probably will.
The 0.04oz Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium is worth $3.41. I do like this fragrance, but I do not like it enough to keep this duplicate.
Was the November 2019 Sephora Play Box Worth it?
The November 2019 Sephora Play box has a $61.03 value. That is more than double the value of the box I received last month, yet I liked that one better. This brings the average box value for the year to $39.40. My personal value could be as low as zero. When I receive a box like this where I already own all the samples and there is nothing new to try, I get discouraged unless there are several I love. There is nothing I’ve tried that I dislike, but with so many things to try, I would rather try something new than something I only liked. That way, I have a better chance at finding more things I will love. These are great items, and I can see how someone who did not own them all could have loved this box. It missed for me though and was not worth the $10 I paid. Thankfully, I have samples to pass on to others, which is always good (for them).
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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.