I’ve been getting Sephora Play! for a few months now. I personally like it, but I’ve heard from others who are better at makeup than I am that it isn’t worth the money.
Play costs $10/month and comes with five hair and beauty samples, plus one perfume sample. A lot of the samples I’ve gotten are products that I’ve heard a lot about, but have never tried because they’re so expensive. Sephora and Ulta allow returns if you don’t like a product, but I would rather try a sample of something and know I like it than buy a full size and have to spend the time and hassle of returning it if I don’t like it. That being said, I think a lot of people don’t like Play because a lot of the products are so well-known. Most people who use makeup beyond the drug store brands regularly have tried a lot of these products and already know if they like them. Part of the fun of a subscription box is trying something new, so if you’ve already tried a lot of the samples, it’s not much fun.
If you are a beginner like me, Play sends a Play! Book explaining what each product is and how to use it. They also put up tutorials and videos on their website, but not until almost the end of the month, always well after I’ve gotten my box and have already started trying the products.
A final benefit to Play is if you collect Sephora Beauty Insider points. You of course get the 10 points a month for buying the box, and you also get sent a Play! Pass worth 50 points. I don’t have a picture of mine because I already used it this month. To use it, you have to make a purchase at Sephora, but you do have until the end of the next month to use it, so the June Pass expired on July 31st. This means you can end up with multiple passes if you don’t use them right away. The last time I went to Sephora, I had my Pass from May and from June. The associate said I could only use one per purchase, but luckily I had my sister with me and she doesn’t have a Sephora account. She used my second Pass on her purchase, so I got the 50 points (and the points from her purchase!).
Here’s what I got this month:
Sephora Play nearly always comes in a little sack thing like this. It is cute, but I don’t think it’s functional as a makeup bag. I keep these to use as gift bags when I have to give a gift. My mom loved the one I put her Mother’s Day present in.
I was confused about what exactly this product was at first. It’s a sort of hair gel, but it’s not a styling gel. It’s creamy rather than sticky and it’s supposed to make your hair piecey and give it a just-rolled-out-of-bed look, but in a good way. I didn’t like it at first because of the smell. I don’t really have a good description for it other than it smells like a boy. However, once my hair dried, the smell dissipated. The product is pretty weightless and is perfect as a hydrator and conditioner for my hair. I’ve never had such frizz-free hair. I’ve been loving Verb’s Ghost Oil for the last few months, but I might have to replace it with IGK’s Rich Kid Gel. The Ghost Oil is $14 for a 2oz bottle, whereas Rich Kid Gel is $27 for a 5oz bottle, so Rich Kid Gel is slightly cheaper per ounce than Ghost Oil. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free, which I’m a fan of, gluten-free, which I’m indifferent to, and contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, which I don’t know what those are.
I thought this oil was decently moisturizing, but I think there are better moisturizing products out there. It’s $32 for a 3oz bottle, which is super expensive, but it contains a lot of essential oils, including rosa moschata (rosehip) seed oil, so it’s expensive because it contains expensive ingredients.
I really liked this moisturizer. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer is my usual one that I use, but I might start to switch off with this one sometimes. Like the Ultra Repair Moisturizer, the Coconut Skin Smoothie one is super lightweight, but still feels immediately moisturizing without feeling greasy. I know that primer is supposed to minimize pores and make your foundation stay better, but I don’t really know how to judge how well it’s worked, so I guess this one worked pretty well? It does say that it’s good for all skin types, including sensitive. It also says that it does not contain parabens, sulfates, and lots of other things I’ve never heard of, so that’s probably good. It’s $28 for a 1.7oz bottle, which is kind of expensive, but First Aid Beauty products are definitely worth the price.
Again, I have no idea how to tell if a primer is good or bad. My sister said she likes this, so I’m going to say it works great. I did like that this was weightless and didn’t feel greasy at all. It’s an oil-free formula that has Vitamin E, which protects skin from free radicals. I don’t know what a free radical is. It’s $31 for a 0.75oz bottle, which is super expensive.
I’ve heard so much about this lipstick, so I was super excited when I got it in my Play box. I wasn’t sure about the color when I saw it in the bottle, but once I put it on, I was sold. It’s so pretty. However, the lipstick definitely is not long wearing. I was eating a sandwich about half an hour after putting on the lipstick and my sandwich turned pink because all the lipstick came off on it. After about two hours, it had worn off completely. In comparison, my usual liquid lipstick is Maybelline SuperStay 24, which lasts most of the day (not all day) and costs $10.49 as compared to $20 for Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick. I’m sticking with Maybelline on this one.
I’m not usually a perfume kind of person, but I love trying out the scent samples I get in Play boxes. Black Opium is one of my favorites so far and definitely one I would go back to if I wore perfume more often. A 1oz bottle is $69, which obviously is super expensive, but I also expect perfumes to be expensive, especially a scent from such a high-end brand.
If you want to watch me trying all of the makeup out, check out the video here.