Play! by Sephora, $10 per month (US only)
The bunny barely fits in the box this month! She had plenty of room to spare in last month's Play!
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:
- Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick (deluxe sample, worth $9.09; full size costs $20)
- Verb Sea Spray (travel size, worth $7; full size costs $14)
- Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (travel size, worth $10; full size costs $20)
- Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 (deluxe sample, worth $7.20; full size costs $36)
- Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer (small sample, worth $4.43; full size costs $31)
- Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette Spray (teeny sample, worth $1.46; full size costs $73)
My June Play! was worth $39.18. At about four times the price of the box, I have no complaints about the value. This month was a disappointment, though -- four of the six items I've tried multiple times! I got three makeup products, two hair products, and a perfume this month. I was surprised I didn't get a skincare item. There was a lot of variation this month, so you may have gotten different items in your box.
This month's bag was white cotton again. White cotton is the worst material for a makeup bag. It will get stained within seconds. I liked when they were trying out different colors and materials for the bags. I hope they stop using white cotton entirely. The print this month is okay. It says "In a Summer State of Mind" and has three swimmers on it.
One of the two products I hadn't tried before was the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick. I like Kat Von D's products, so I was most excited about this product. I believe all subscribers got this liquid lipstick in either Lovesick (a mauve) or K-Dub (fuchsia). Of course, I wanted K-Dub because it's bright and bold, but I got Lovesick. This color is so close to my natural lip color that it's not worth wearing. I know some people like MLBB (My Lips But Better) colors, but, if I'm going to go to the trouble of wearing lipstick, I want something that doesn't look like my regular lip color. The formula itself was fabulous, though. It lasted all day and only needed a minor touch-up after eating. I would love to try this lipstick in other colors.
June is a big month for sea salt sprays in subscription boxes. I have short, straight hair and salt sprays have never done anything for me. It's supposed to give your hair some beachy waves, but that doesn't work so well when your hair is short. Besides texturizing your hair, the Verb Sea Spray also conditions it, protects it from UV rays, and keep your hair hydrated. Has anyone who has longer hair tried this spray out? If so, how did it work for you?
I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've gotten Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk in my boxes before. In fact, I got a full size version of this in my FabFitFun box this month. This dry shampoo does work very well, though. It sops up excess oil and brushes out so that it doesn't leave a horrible white cast to your hair. I prefer Klorane's tinted dry shampoo, which is better for those of us with dark hair as it doesn't leave a white cast to hair at all. I wish they sent out the tinted dry shampoo or at least sent out the tinted to those with dark hair and the regular to those with blonde hair. More people have dark hair than blonde hair, after all. People with dark hair can use this dry shampoo, but you have to really work to make sure all the white powder is gone.
I haven't gotten COOLA's Makeup Setting Spray as many times as I've gotten some of the products in this box, but this isn't the first time I've gotten it either. This is a mattifying setting spray that also has SPF in it, so it's perfect for the summer. It keeps my makeup from looking gross from the heat and my oily skin. While I wouldn't recommend using this as your only facial sunblock, if you apply this after you've applied your sunblock and makeup, the fine mist should hit any teeny spots you might have missed and give you full protection from the sun. If you're in the market for a new setting spray, I recommend giving this one a try.
Benefit's POREfessional is another product I've gotten in boxes more times than I can count. This primer is good, but it's not my favorite. It's a tinted cream, not a gel, so I like it a lot more than Smashbox's primer. Although it's tinted, it's very sheer, so anyone can use it. It is mattifying and keeps my makeup on all day. This is one of the better primers out there, so I don't mind having an extra sample on hand for travel.
The perfume sample this month was Versace's Bright Crystal. While I like this perfume, it's from 2006, so most Sephora customers have probably tried it. I wish they had sent a newer fragrance that I hadn't tried. Bright Crystal has notes of iced accord, yuzu, pomegranate, peony, magnolia, lotus flower, acajou, vegetal amber, and musk. The perfume has a beautiful, soft floral scent that has so-so staying power. You'll probably want to reapply the perfume halfway through the day.
While I liked the four items that I had already gotten before (Versace Bright Crystal, Benefit POREfessional, COOLA Makeup Setting Spray, and Klorane Dry Shampoo), I would have preferred to get something new that I hadn't tried before. You'd think Sephora would be able to send out the newest products for customers to try. Unless you are very new to Sephora and/or subscription boxes, chances are good that you have tried most of those products. The two products that were new to me, the Kat Von D liquid lipstick and the Verb Sea Spray, weren't really for me, but I'm glad I had a chance to try them. I loved the Kat Von D lipstick formula, but I would rather have had a brighter color. Sea salt sprays just don't work for my hair. This box was mostly a miss for me. Most Play! subscribers want to try something new, not the same old products they've sampled in Sephora a hundred times before. I wish Sephora would realize that.
What did you get in your Play! by Sephora box this month? What did you think?