Sephora Play! January 2017 Unboxing

Sephora Play! is a $10 monthly subscription box. It comes with 5 makeup, skincare, or haircare items, as well as one perfume sample per month. It also comes with a card that gives you an extra 50 points with purchase at a Sephora store.
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This month the bag was something new – it is a waterproof bag with netting on one side – I believe it’s meant to take with you to the gym.

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In the bag:

  • Amore Pacific color control cushion compact sample. The top one isn’t labeled, but the other two shades are 104 Tan Blush, and 106 Almond Blush.
  • Farmacy Honey Potion renewing antioxidant hydration mask. I keep bees, but have never tried honey on my face, so I’m curious to try this!
  • Tarte Frxxxtion Stick exfoliating cleanser
  • Clinique Almost Lipstick in the shade Black Honey
  • Oui Treatment Mask (for hair)
  • Tory Burch Love Relentlessly perfume sample

Cost breakdown:

  • Amore Pacific Cushion Compact – full size retails $60 for 1.05 oz – sample is .1 oz worth $5.71. I am disappointed, however, because I will not be able to get full use out of this product because not all 3 shades are going to work for me, and they aren’t resealable, so look to be one time use (even if you don’t use all the product inside).
  • Honey Potion – full size retails for $56 for 4.1 oz – sample is .32 oz worth $4.37 
  • Tarte Frxxxtion Stick – full size retails for $22 for 1 oz – sample is .22 oz worth $4.84
  • Clinique Black Honey – full size retails for $17 for .07 oz – sample is 0.04 oz worth $9.71 – pretty generous sample, at more than half of the full size.
  • Ouai Treatment Mask – full size retails for $32 for 2.4 oz – sample is .5 oz worth $6.67
  • Tory Burch Love Relentlessly – full size retails for $86 for 1.7 oz – sample is 0.05 oz worth $2.53 

    Total value of the box: $33.83 more than triple what I paid, plus it comes with the bag and 50 bonus points.

Overall, I am always happy with my Sephora Play! box, as I generally love the variety and enjoy getting to try out high end brands, that I wouldn’t normally purchase in full size. The only thing I was unhappy with this month is the foundation – I wish they had made a greater effort to customize to the customer, but they only send out 6 box variations, so I would rather get something else if it can’t be customized.

Ipsy vs. Sephora Play! 

This month, the value of Ipsy won over Sephora Play, with a $51 value of items. This month Ipsy gave me 2 full size items, which you will never get in a Sephora box. They also gave me a few items that I expect to last a long time before running out, such as a blush and bronzer. This months skin and haircare samples will be used up fairly quickly, but Sephora did give the Clinique lipstick which I was happy with.

I am going to continue to subscribe to both boxes, and keep doing a price breakdown to see if I find any trends between the two. In the long run, I have liked Sephora better for the brands and types of samples I receive, and for the fact that I always use everything I get, whereas I ended up getting rid of many items from Ipsy. For January, Ipsy was the winner for me, but I did like both boxes.

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Sephora Play December Unboxing

About this subscription: 
Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription that costs $10 and comes with a bag of 5 deluxe sample items that are makeup, skincare, or haircare, and one fragrance sample. It also comes with a “Play Pass” which you can take into the store and receive 50 bonus points on your purchase.

When the boxes first came out, there was no variations between boxes – every subscriber got the same thing. Now the  boxes are becoming somewhat customized; at least one item you get is based on your answers to a survey. The box I got this month was box 244.

The box:

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The products:
I received

  •  Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  • Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot
  • Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara
  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain (01 Always Red)
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon

My first impressions:

MUFE Step 1 Primer – This definitely smoothed out my skin and gave my foundation a smooth application. I usually use a translucent powder after my foundation, but it didn’t feel necessary – my makeup felt smooth and set. I will definitely continue to use this.

UD All Nighter – I have heard great things about this, but never used it. My first impression was the mister seemed to let out almost too much product, but after it dried my skin felt soft and nice, and I couldn’t feel it on my face at all, which is a big plus.

Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara- I really like to play up my lashes, so I was initially disappointed because the wand has short bristles and isn’t anything special. However, after putting on even 1 coat I was really impressed. It added a lot of length and volume. I can definitely get on board with this!

Sephora Creme Lip Stain – this is a matte liquid lipstick that claims to be moisturizing. It does have some transfer at first, but dries down completely and is quite comfortable on the lips. It definitely isn’t as drying as other formulas I’ve tried. As for the color, I normally hate really bright colors because I think warm, dark colors look best on me, but I actually liked it quite a bit and it is growing on me the more I see it on myself! (It clashes with my sweater though!)

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I did not try the Drybar product because you are supposed to use the entire bottle at one time, and use it after shampooing.

Overall, this was a great box, and I will definitely be using all 5 products. I also loved that they switched up the bag, which is normally white, to black with gold lettering. At first look, this is one of my favorite boxes I have received.