Play! By Sephora is a monthly subscription box by Sephora. It costs $10 a month and you received 5 beauty and skincare samples plus a perfume sample each month. Previously, you needed to put yourself onto a wait-list and wait to receive an email before you could subscribe, as they were rolling it out to limited quantities.
In addition to the products, Sephora includes a booklet that includes information about the product, the brand, and then tips of how to use the products. Also at the back of the book is a Play! PASS. This Pass gives you a complimentary one-on-one session with a Sephora artist as well as an extra 50 Beauty Insider points when you scan the pass at the register with any purchase. If you have the Sephora app, you can also scan the images of the products to learn more about them.
When the subscription first started, it seemed as though everyone received the same box. Now, it seems as though they have a handful of box varieties that everyone receives based on the survey you fill out at the beginning and their theme. This month’s theme is Glam Straight.
Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Shadow Duo in Golden Hour (Full-size $29)
This is a sample of two eyeshadows that come in their Cover Shot Golden Hour eye shadow palette. I LOVE Smashbox eyeshadows, so I was very excited to get these. Smashbox is one of the brands that first got me into higher quality makeup and I still think it’s hard to beat the quality of their shadows. These ones are beautiful and go together perfectly. The first color is a beautiful pinky/gold (think eye shadow version of NARS Orgasm blush) and the second is a purple/brown. I don’t often buy palettes as I feel like I can’t justify the price, but these are relatively inexpensive and still contain 8 shadows!
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in Rose Wood (Full-size $22)
A beautiful nude pink, this soft lipstick is perfect for the holiday season if you’re not into bold lips. I haven’t tried it on my lips (yet) but it feels like it will be moisturizing. It’s definitely a “your lips but better” type of color. I’m hoping to try it soon (maybe on Christmas day) and see how it holds up to the wear and tear of the holiday meals!
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Full-size $23)
This mascara is one of those that you hear a lot about in the beauty community. A lot of people LOVE it, but I have yet to try it. One beauty guru that I trust has tried it and isn’t crazy about it, which is why I haven’t been too tempted in the past. I am excited to try it out though, sine I never would’ve spent the money on it. Now, do I really need another mascara sample? Definitely not, but at least it’s one I haven’t tried before!
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Volume Hairspray (Full-size $29)
A bit pricey for a hairspray in my opinion. This is meant to lift your hair and make it appear full and voluminous. While also keeping your hair in place. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll play around with it for sure. My hair does tend to fall a little flat right at the roots so we’ll see. If not, I know some people who would love this!
So this cream claims to do a lot of things. Sephora says that it was developed with plastic surgeons and contains ingredients meant to moisturize, reduce the look of pores, discoloration, and signs of aging. It also claims that the concentrate is activated upon contact with the skin. The main ingredients listed are collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and ceramides. The only one I’m super familiar with is hyaluronic acid which is a super moisturizer. The collagen is meant to support skin elasticity, the peptides to reduce appearance of wrinkles, and the ceramides to restore the skin barrier. If this product does what it claims, it is a great deal! $48 for 2oz of a good moisturizer is not bad at all. Fingers crossed this will be a holy grail product! Only downside is there is no SPF involved.
Dior Miss Dior (Full-size $94)
This fragrance is described as having top notes of bergamot, middle motes of grasse rose and may rose, and base notes of rosewood and pink peppercorn. I (surprisingly) have never actually smelled Miss Dior before. It’s really not bad! I like the mixture of floral and spice.
Overall, a great box to end the year on! I’m honestly excited to try every product in this box and hopefully won’t be giving anything away.