I just started getting subscription boxes from Play by Sephora this March. The subscription is $10 per month. I actually tried to get this subscription back in December but at the time, it was only in certain test markets. I was on a waiting list until the beginning of March when my invite finally came through. It took forever to get the invite straight with Sephora and I have to say their customer service line is really the worst ever and the hold times are insane. The people are always nice and do what they can for you but their rules, their website, and their ability to fix things over the phone is all terrible. I probably spent three to four hours on the phone just to get this invite problem straightened out and enroll in the program. Even so, I do feel like this subscription has been worth it so far. My box shipped in about 6 days from the time it was available. It shipped through the regular mail and was not delivered to my door so it languished in the mailbox for two days before I got my hands on it. I’ll have to be more attentive so things don’t melt. Let’s look at what I got for my time and money!
Play by Sephora March Subscription Box
An empty sample pot for foundation of my choice from the store
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper deluxe mini
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser deluxe mini
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil deluxe mini
Murad Invisiblur mini
I don’t like the sample pot for some foundation. It’s a great idea but anyone can walk in and ask for a sample of foundation from Sephora. That doesn’t really feel special. The Kat Von D mini is perfect for me because I rarely use liquid eyeliner and I’ve been wanting to try it but I didn’t want to commit or use a tester in the store on my eye. I’m totally keyed up to try it. The Fresh cleanser is a miss for me. I know what you are thinking, CGR is like an ad for Fresh. It’s true, 90% of their products are awesome and I use them daily. Unfortunately, when my skin was going crazy this fall, I was on the search for a new cleanser and I tried it. The results were a burning sensation, plus red and blotchy skin for hours after. I haven’t tried it since. It gets one more try from me and if I’m still reacting poorly, it’s going to my husband who has skin of iron. Many people I know love it and swear by it so I will give it another chance. Smashbox’s new primer oil was something I thought was a total gimmick. I gave it a go yesterday and actually liked it. I will write a follow up on it once I’ve tested it more. I’ve been wanting to try Murad’s Invisablur for ages so I’ll be happy to write on that one once I’ve tried it. The Sephora sponge was a nice addition to the box, I used it yesterday and loved it. It really made my makeup look nice. I’ll give a full report after I test it with a few other foundations. I also tried the Maison Martin Margiela Replica Beach Walk perfume yesterday as well. It’s nice but I don’t think it’s for me. I wanted something low key since I was cooking and entertaining all day. It fit the bill but I’m not sure I like it any more than my other “non-perfume” type perfumes. I’ll have to really wear it and write my thoughts down as the day goes by. I loved the packaging on the subscription, everything was in perfect condition and it struck the right balance between chic and minimal.
For the most part, I think Play by Sephora is really worth it. I don’t get much chance to get into Sephora to try things as often as I’d like and this keeps me satisfied with new things to play with. It will save me money in the long run because I’m trying stuff out and not just buying and forgetting to return. As this box isn’t personalized, I’m forced to try things out of my comfort zone as well. I have a passionate love for mini’s and I find makeup mini’s especially helpful since I only wear makeup a few days a week. I only go full on glam a few times a year, so having a selection of bold colors or intense finishes is nice in smaller sizes. The mini skincare is perfect for traveling, testing, or rotating products in and out without the worry of space to store stuff and expiration dates. I also appreciate that this service isn’t just a big advertisement for their own line of products. They put something in from their own collection ever two to three boxes which to me is just the right frequency. I also like that this subscription is all big name brands. I love indie stuff or local stuff but you don’t have to worry about potential problems buying the full size or the quality issues some smaller brands may have. If you are a beauty lover like I am and have a spare $10 to #treatyoself with I’d recommend it for sure! The only thing I don’t like about the subscription is you will get things occasionally that aren’t cruelty-free. I have yet to use the play pass or read the booklet that came with my box so I can’t say how helpful those additions are.