Play! by Sephora Review, February 2017

Play! by Sephora, $10 per month (US only)


Mickey is just the cutest baby bun!  He's a pretty good model.  

Play! is Sephora's monthly beauty box.  At $10 per month, it is very affordable.  All of the products can be found at your local Sephora, so, if you really like something, it's easy to get more.  Each month, subscribers receive a makeup bag, a mix of five makeup, skincare, and hair care products, plus one perfume sample.  Sephora customizes the boxes somewhat based on profiles you fill out upon subscribing.  You also receive a card that will get you fifty extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase at a Sephora and an invitation to a Play Date, which is an event held at select Sephoras for subscribers to go and learn more about the products in that month's box.  Unfortunately, there are very few stores that have the Play Date, so you may not have one in your area.  There is a waitlist for this subscription, but they open it up every month or two.


This is what I got this month:

My February Play! was worth $36.11.  At over 3.5 times the cost of the box, I have no complaints about the value.  We got three makeup products, two skincare items, and a fragrance.  It appears that all subscribers received the Clinique moisturizer, the Origins eye cream, the Too Faced Lip Injection, and the Sephora Collection mascara.  Some subscribers received a Bite Beauty or tarte lipstick instead of the NARS, and some subscribers received Prada Candy or Tom Ford Neroli Portofino instead of the Marc Jacobs perfume.


Previously, Sephora had sent out white cotton bags with different prints on them each month.  Recently, they've begun having bags of different materials and colors.  The plain white cotton was so easily stained, so I am very happy they are changing the bags.  We got a dusty rose sateen bag this month.


The Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer is not only a moisturizer, but also a primer.  This reminds me of a slightly creamier version of a silicone-based primer.  I normally hate silicone based primers, but the texture of this is smoother and blends into my skin better.  While you can use this at night, they recommend you use it before you put your makeup on in the morning.  It is supposed to blur imperfections and mattify skin.  I generally prefer to use a separate primer, but this works surprisingly well as a primer.  It seems more like a primer than a moisturizer, though, and didn't quite give me the hydration I needed.


The Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream contains both ginseng and coffee.  Caffeine helps with puffiness around the eyes, so I always like when my eye creams contain it.  This product is supposed to be brightening also.  It helped with puffiness, so I was happy with it.  I've heard some people complain that this irritates their eyes, but I didn't have that issue.  If you have sensitive eyes, be careful when trying this.

Swatch of Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake

Swatch of Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake

I've tried Too Faced Lip Injection before, but this is my first time trying the glossy version.  This product really does give your lips added fullness, so, if that's what you need, this might be perfect for you.  My lips are already quite full, so I stay away from lip plumpers.  Some people who use it say that it burns and makes their skin red, so I recommend a patch test before using it.  This was a little bit tingly, but it didn't irritate my lips at all.  Too Faced describes the color, Milkshake, as a nude, but all it did was make my lips a shade lighter and add some glossiness to them.


This is the smallest mascara sample I've ever gotten!  I'm always surprised when Sephora sends us small samples from their house brand as it seems that it would be pretty easy for them to send up full size versions of their own products.  The cap on this is the patterned end of the tube above, which makes it very hard to use.  It's hard to get a good grip on it because it is so small.  This gave me a lot of length and some volume with no clumping.  This washes off with water only, so, if you love waterproof formulas, this definitely won't be for you.  You won't want to wear this on a rainy day.  

Swatch of NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

Swatch of NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

Sephora often sends out lip products in Play!, but I thought it was a little strange they sent out two lip products this month.  The NARS Velvet Lip Glide is a long-lasting liquid lipstick that goes on easily and doesn't bleed.  The color was MLBB (My Lips But Better), so it was too subtle and boring for me.  I know a lot of Play! subscribers get tired of the bright reds and pinks, so those who like the more subtle colors were probably pretty happy this month.  I liked the formula, so I would love to try this in a color that works better for me.


Finally, we have the perfume sample of the month, Marc Jacobs' Divine Decadence.  This is the second sample I've gotten of this perfume recently.  It is Marc Jacobs' latest fragrance, so they're pushing it.  This scent was not for me at all.  It was very strong and almost masculine on me.  Marc Jacobs lists the notes as champagne extract, orange blossom, bergamot, gardenia, hydrangea, honeysuckle, saffron, vanilla, and amber.  This was one of those rare perfumes that I hated so much I had to wash it off immediately.

February was just an okay month for Play! by Sephora.  I hated the perfume sample, but I thought all the other products were good, but not great.  I liked the NARS lip formula a lot, but the color wasn't for me.  The Origins GinZing cream was my favorite product this month.  The Clinique moisturizer worked better as a primer than a moisturizer.  The mascara wasn't bad, but it was just so hard to use with the teeny wand.  While I don't need a lip plumper, the Too Faced Lip Injection works pretty well as long as your skin isn't too sensitive.  I liked the January Play!  a lot more.  

What did you think of the February Play! by Sephora?  Did anyone else get one of the other variations?