Play! by Sephora Review, April 2017

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


Melba is such a natural model!  She liked that the Play! box matched her.  

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 waiting list for this subscription, but they open it up every month or two.


Here's what I got this month:

My April Play! was worth $40.05.  That's pretty average for a Play! box.  This month's theme was Step it Up!, and it was about upgrading your everyday beauty routine.  We got two makeup products, three skincare products, and a perfume.  This was a little lighter on makeup than usual, but it's nice to have a little change.  This month's bag wasn't my favorite.  It was the white cotton again, which I hate because it's for makeup and it's going to get stained the first minute you use it, and it had a redhead on it with "The Best Things in Life Are Me!" printed below her.


The Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is a good, basic makeup remover.  It gets all your eye makeup off without a lot of scrubbing.  Besides removing makeup, it's also supposed to strengthen your lashes and hydrate your skin.  This works well, but it's kind of boring and not what I'm really hoping to get in my Play! subscription.  I've gotten it in a box before.


Next up, we have the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.  I got the pore minimizing version of this primer in the July Play! and other subscribers in July got this exact primer, so I was surprised to see it again.  Besides already seeing this product in Play!, I can't count how many samples I've gotten of this primer.  I think I've gotten it in most subscription boxes at this point.  I like the pore minimizing version of this primer, but I've never liked this version.  It is silicone-based and it feels like I have a thick layer of it over my skin and that my makeup is floating above it.  It doesn't feel like it blends in at all, just that a layer of it sits there on top of my skin.  Lots of people love this primer, so you might well like it.  My skin is combination, bordering on oily, and I think people with dry skin have better luck with this primer.  

Swatch of Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in M-10 Matte Black

Swatch of Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in M-10 Matte Black

Sephora loves to send us black eyeliner!  The Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Matte Black goes on smoothly, stays on, and doesn't budge.  I was surprised by how well it worked.  I loved the formula, but I wish we had gotten a different color.


Peter Thomas Roth's Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is a lightweight moisturizer.  It's supposed to moisturize your skin, smooth out your skin's texture, and fight signs of aging.  The cream is quite thin and absorbs quickly.  While I wouldn't use this as an overnight moisturizer in the winter, this is the perfect daytime moisturizer for the summer.


Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliator is another product you'll see somewhat regularly in subscription boxes (although nowhere near as much as Smashbox primer).  This is a gritty green gel that looks kind of gross, but it gives you some serious exfoliation that makes your skin so soft and smooth.  This is popular for a reason and I'm always happy to get another sample as it's quite expensive.


Marc Jacobs' Daisy Eau de Toilette is a classic perfume that I've gotten in boxes several times.  It's a fruity floral with notes of strawberry, violet leaves, jasmine, and white woods.  This is a nice perfume that lasts all day, but it's not my favorite scent.  

The April Play! was a bit of a disappointment.  I get subscription boxes to discover new products, but four of the six products were products I've tried before.  Sephora has been pretty good about putting new items in Play!, but this month and last month, they've included classic products that most of their consumers have already tried.  Play! subscribers tend to be Sephora fans who have tried a lot of different products (and Sephora is always generous with samples), so it would be smart of them to include newly released products instead of products that have been around for years.  I liked the products in the April box for the most part, but I wanted to try something new.  My favorite product this month was the MUFE eyeliner, just because I hadn't tried that before.

What did you think of the April Play! by Sephora?