Play! by Sephora Review, May 2016

Play! by Sephora, $10 per month (US only, does not ship to Alaska and Hawaii)

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This cute little girl loves that the Play! by Sephora box matches her!  She is a 6-week-old Mini Satin. 

This cute little girl loves that the Play! by Sephora box matches her!  She is a 6-week-old Mini Satin. 

Play! by Sephora started last fall, but they were only shipping to certain cities and/or states.  They are now shipping to the lower 48 states!  Sorry, Alaska, Hawaii, and all other countries.  As you might imagine, a $10 subscription from Sephora is going to be very popular, so there is a waitlist.  I was on the waitlist for months, then Sephora opened up a bunch of spots in mid-April and I finally was able to subscribe!  This month's box is my first Play!  Each month, Play! will contain five makeup, hair care, and/or skincare samples plus one bonus perfume sample.  I know some people really hate perfume samples, but you can think of it as a monthly extra with this box.  Personally, I love trying perfume samples.  I've found all my absolute favorite perfumes through subscription boxes.  Also, the Play! box contains a card you can bring in to Sephora so you can get a special one-on-one tutorial from one of their employees and you'll also get 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase.  

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Here's what I got in my first Sephora Play! box:

The May Sephora Play! was worth $38.39.  I didn't include the cute little bag (shown below) in the value, but I would guess it's only worth a few bucks.  The product mix was really good in this box.  There were two skincare products, two makeup items, a hair care product, plus a perfume.  I like that it isn't heavy on any one product type.  Each month, the Play! box has a general theme.  The May theme was The Forces of Nature.  

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Here's the cute little bag that came with the products.  I wish it weren't bright white.  If I use it for makeup, it's going to get stained pretty quickly.  I was afraid I was going to ruin it while I was taking pictures with the lipstick and lip liner on top of it!  

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I've gotten the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask a few times in subscription boxes.  It's a product I love, so I'm okay with getting it again and again.  If your hair is in serious need of hydration and you're having trouble with breakage, this is the hair mask for you.  It always leaves my hair silky smooth and so soft.  Best of all, it's easy to use.  You shampoo your hair, then put this mask in your hair, wait five to ten minutes, and rinse.  

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I'm a fan of tarte products, but I'd never tried their lip liner before.  tarte calls the color, Latergram, mauve, but it looks more like a brown to me.  I've swatched it below.  I wish that they had sent this crayon in Amaze or Totes so that it would better match the Bite Beauty lipstick they also sent in this box.  If you're going to send two lip products in one box, it would be nice if they could work together.  It has good pigment, goes on really smoothly, and lasts all day.  Personally, I prefer clear liners because they can go with any color and you can overline to really prevent feathering without it being evident that you overlined. I hate how overlining looks, so clear liners are for me.  

tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram

tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram

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I've never tried Bite Beauty lipstick before, so I was looking forward to trying this.  While I'm more of a bold red than a bright pink kind of person, I loved this color.  It didn't look quite as bright on as you might think.  It's a surprisingly wearable shade.  The formula is very creamy and holds up all day.  It has a very sweet scent to it, which I didn't like that much, but it went away after a minute..  I would love to try more of Bite's lip colors!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi

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Sleeping facials are always fun, so I was happy to see the Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial.  You just put this on before bed, go to sleep, and wake up to a brighter, more hydrated face.  All you have to do in the morning is wash your face, which you probably do anyway.  My face definitely looked a little smoother and more radiant than it did before I went to bed, so I would love to use this again.  Fortunately, there is enough product in the tube for a few uses.

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This month's perfume sample was Atelier's Orange Sanguine.  Atelier says that the notes are blood orange, bitter orange, jasmine, geranium, amber woods, tonka bean, and sandalwood.  It starts off with a light, sweet citrus-y scent and eventually turns into something more sensual.  I love this perfume from Atelier, but I've hated some of their others, especially their Cedrat Enivrant Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume.  

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Finally, there was this little set from Origins.  It was all on one card, but I was having trouble getting the card to lie flat enough to get a good picture of both sides, so I ended up just taking a picture of each side.  The little vial that looks like a perfume is Origin's Maskimizer.  It's a priming spray that you apply before you use a mask and it's supposed to make masks go on easier, come off easier, and gives you some added hydration.  I used the primer before I used the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask.  I've never used this mask without the primer, so I'm not sure how much of a difference the primer made.  My face did look clearer the day after I used the charcoal mask, so that worked well.   I love charcoal masks.  The Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask was another sleeping mask.  My face felt extra hydrated when I woke up after using the Drink Up mask.  At $22, the Maskimizer is a little expensive for what it is and I doubt it makes enough of a difference to make it worth it.  The masks themselves are very high quality and worth the money, though.

I liked my first month of Play!  The sample sizes were a little smaller than I expected.  It's a $10 box, though, so I shouldn't have been surprised.  There is a mix of product types, but it's a little strange that there are two sleeping masks plus a third mask and two lip products.  Overall, I was happy with the box and will definitely be continuing the subscription.  Get on the waitlist now so that the next time they open up subscriptions, you'll be the first to know!  If I hear that Sephora is taking more subscribers, I'll post on social media so you'll know.

Does anyone else get Play!?  What do you think?  Is it what you were expecting from a subscription box by Sephora?  I wonder if Ulta will start their own box soon.