When I saw the previews for this month’s Play! by Sephora, I got really excited to see which variation I would be receiving. The spoilers showed so many brands that I either already love or that I’ve been dying to try. This subscription has been on a roll lately introducing me to products that actually work and that have prompted me to buy the full size.
As usual, the box comes with a detailed info sheet describing everything inside.
And the products come bundled inside a cute fabric bag. When I first saw this image I knew there would be trouble afoot. And there was.
That aside, the actual contents of the box this month were really fun to try out. Let’s take a look at what was in my box!
I’ve been wanting to try one of the mini beauty blenders for my concealer because the larger one is just a little too large for the undereye area. It was kind of nice to have a smaller version! It was much more precise and even though it appears comically small at first, after dampening it under water the sponge does expand to something more workable. The only downside here is that I felt like it took a little bit longer than usual to make my concealer look blended. However, I will continue to use this in combination with my larger blender.
I love the idea of a primer and mascara dual ended tube. It’s convenient and would be very easy to travel with. Interestingly, I had a hard time finding this exact product online either at Sephora or anywhere else. The full mascara and the full primer were both available, but not the dual-ended tube. I wonder if this is a product made exclusively for the box?
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m simply not allowing myself to open any new mascara products until I go through my already opened collection. I have a whole stash of unopened mascaras waiting for me now from subscription boxes!
When I first read about this in the info sheet, I thought I might not like it. And… I was right. The wand doesn’t have bristles on it. It’s flat and the remover is a clear liquid. I followed the instructions to paint it on and let it set for a minute and then tried removing. It did loosen up the mascara, but it kind of made a big mess of it all over my face. Also, I’m not a huge fan of adding steps to my makeup removal process. My usual makeup remover takes off mascara just fine. I feel like this one is a bit of a gimmick.
This volume mist from Alterna is without a doubt the biggest winner in the box for me! I was skeptical at first because I don’t always love my hair to have added volume. But this added just the right amount and at the same time made my hair so soft and smooth that I had to do a double take. I used this right before blow drying and since trying it the first time, I haven’t wanted to go back to styling without it. I’m definitely going to be picking up a full size during my next Sephora haul.
The smell of this moisturizer is heavenly! It reminds me of a creamsicle. At the same time, if you’re sensitive to fragrances this may be a negative for you. The product appears to be a solid when you first open it up, but as soon as you touch it, it becomes a cream. This was a very thick, luxurious moisturizer and it did make my skin smoother. However, this sample is so small it seems that I will only get 3 or at most 4 uses out of it. Even though it was nice, it didn’t impress me enough to purchase a full size.
In general, the Play! by Sephora box will include one perfume sample as a bonus item every month. Because of this, I was expecting to only receive the Saint or the Sinner sample, but not both! I tried Sinner first and liked it well enough. It’s another darker perfume reminiscent of Black Opium and Mon Guerlain. Later I tried out Saint and my first impression was that it smelled fruity and sweet and probably wouldn’t be my thing. Shortly thereafter the fragrance settled on my skin, and it transformed into something magical. I haven’t been able to stop wearing it! This is another contender for my next Sephora haul.
I’m quite happy to have found several amazing new products in this month’s box. I love when a subscription box can introduce me to something that really works for me, which is why I love the Play! by Sephora subscription in particular.
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What did you think of this month’s Play! by Sephora?