Play! by Sephora: A Brutally Honest Review

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Full view of the July Play! by Sephora bag

Editor’s Note: This Brutally Honest Review of the Play! by Sephora July box is NOT a paid or sponsored post. I spent my own hard-earned money on this box.

Recently, I wrote about my break-up with ipsy Glam Bag.  It was just time for us to go our separate ways – there’s only so many times a Mamanista can update her beauty profile to say no black eyeliner and then continuously receive black eyeliner before she throws in the proverbial make-up-covered towel. So, I decided to start seeing Play! by Sephora. Even with the rise of some truly spectacular online beauty brands, there’s still something really lovely about browsing the aisles of your local Sephora store. I love seeing the rows of lipsticks arranged by shade that haven’t been ravaged by tiny, sticky hands; the sweet and musky smell of hundreds of different perfumes mixing in the air; the promises on the labels of different skin products for rejuvenating, tightening and brightening different portions of my face. So when Sephora introduced their own subscription beauty box to compete with Birchbox and my ex, ipsy, I was game to try.

The Play! by Sephora July Box

It arrived in a signature black and white striped Sephora mailer, which I quickly tore into. While ipsy designs a new makeup bag each month and Birchbox sends you a pretty box, Play! by Sephora sends their goodies in a cloth drawstring bag. My reaction is mixed on this one. Pro: I don’t need another makeup bag. Con: Not really sure what I would do with this? If you have some suggestions on what to do with it, please let me know in the comments.

The July theme is “Glamp Out” and includes five deluxe beauty samples around the theme of summer escapes. Each Play! by Sephora bag also includes a perfume sample, for a total of 5 items and a perfume sample in their “collectible” bag.

Play! by Sephora July Glamp Out Bag

The bag is cute but not sure what I would do with it – leave your ideas in the comments section!


Inside July’s Box

One thing I really love is that Sephora includes a detailed sheet about all of the products they included, why they selected them, and tips on how to use them. ipsy does something similar, but it was sent via email (lots of them). I like having the print out included in the package itself, readily available for me to reference as I take out each item. Plus, it’s super-cute.

Each Play! by Sephora includes a two-sided print out – side one (not pictured) had tips on how to relax at home or away, and the other side included detailed product information


So, let’s get to the fun part! Here’s what was hiding inside that little pink bag:

  • IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara. Why is everyone always sending me mascara?! At least it’s not black eyeliner though! I don’t often wear mascara because I have yet to find one that doesn’t end up all around my lower eye lid by the end of the day, and I’m looking for makeup that helps me look more awake rather then like I just got out of a bar fight. IT Cosmetics is a good brand though, I’m just not a mascara girl.
  • Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash Off Treatment. Something about being in my mid-thirties has made me slightly obsessed with skin care, so I’m super pumped to try this charcoal mask.
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray. I’ve received this brand in past ipsy bags and liked it; I also recently changed my hair color to super blonde and welcome any extra conditioning.
  • Bare Minerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick in SWAG. I like the brand and the color, but I’ve recently become obsessed with LipSense (review to come!).
  • Milk Makeup Cooling Water. I will confess that I have no idea what this or who’s the market for this product. The handy sheet tells me I can rub it on my face for “a quick boost of moisture while on the go” but it seems like a great way to mess up your makeup. It’s a deceptively tiny sample, and I’ll probably throw it in my bag with the intention to use it on an overheated child but I will most likely forget it’s in there.
  • Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine. I love perfume samples, and this is a nice and light summer fragrance.
Play! by Sephora July Glamp Out Products

Here she is in her full glory!

My Brutally Honest Review of the Play! by Sephora July Box

Not the strongest first showing, but also not bad! For $10 a month, I feel like they delivered on their promise of 5 luxury brand samples and a perfume sampler. I plan on continuing to see Play! by Sephora.



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