Sephora Play! March 2017 – Beauty Box Review

Sephora Play, March 2017

Hi everyone! In today’s post we are going to be reviewing the March 2017 Sephora Play! beauty box. For those who aren’t familiar, Sephora Play! is a monthly subscription beauty box that contains five deluxe makeup, skincare, or haircare samples, as well as one fragrance sample, for $10/month. The box variation that you receive is based on your Sephora profile. With that being said, let’s jump into reviewing what I received for my March 2017 Play! box.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast Styling & Finishing Spray

Living Proof Dry Volume Blast deluxe sample

  • Full size: 7.5 oz / 238 mL
    • Retail value: $29 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: 3.0 oz / 95 mL
    • Retail value: $15 USD

I love Living Proof hair products! Their dry shampoo is one of my favorites. This styling and finishing spray is meant to give instant volume and fullness to dry hair when shaken and then sprayed at the roots or all over, depending on where you want lift. The formula is also meant to help soak up some oil (although it’s not technically a dry shampoo, so don’t expect it to do what Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day can do). Do I even need to mention that it smells great??

This is actually a travel size of the product, which you can buy on Sephora’s website for $15, so there was no need to estimate the retail value!


Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

Josie Maran Surreal Skin deluxe sample

  • Full size: 0.5 oz
    • Retail value: $36 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: 0.1 oz
    • Estimated value: $7.20 USD

So this is actually a product I was pretty excited for. I am admittedly a combination oily skin type, but as I get older, the more I like the natural, fresh, glowy skin look, so this product intrigued me. It’s marketed as a skin care and makeup hybrid that you can use alone to “finish” your skincare routine, or follow with makeup (treating it like a primer).

I read reviews in advance on application and tried to follow the technique of warming it up a bit on the pads of my fingers and gently pressing it into my skin, working from the t-zone outward. I actually really loved the look and feel of it, and makeup went over it incredibly well. The one downside is that where I work (at an engineering company), I will have to put on safety glasses when I go down to the shop floor. The nose pads of those safety glasses normally will remove some makeup or leave an indent with my normal primer/concealer/powder combinations… but when I wore this as a primer, the nose pads immediately removed any makeup that was underneath them. Not “slightly”… complete removal. I had two distinct marks on the sides of the bridge of my nose. So, a warning to those who perhaps wear glasses on a daily basis, you may also encounter the same issue.

Considering the hefty price point, chances are I won’t buy a full size in the end because I love my First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer. I will still use this product because I honestly do really like it. A little goes a long way and I fully expect that I will use up this entire little jar, but I probably won’t use it on days where I think that I’ll be needing to wear my safety glasses. 🙂


Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in “Nude Glow”

GlamGlow Glowstarter in Nude Glow, deluxe sample

  • Full size: 1.7 oz / 50 mL
    • Retail value: $49 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: 0.24 oz / 7 mL
    • Estimated value: $6.92 USD

I have, for the most part, really enjoyed all the Glamglow products I’ve had a chance to use. I personally own two of their masks, the Supermud and the Youthmud, and have sampled Thirstymud. This is different from the products I’ve tried from Glamglow, though, because it’s a moisturizer and not a face mask. I love illuminating moisturizers (I mentioned above how I love First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer) so I’m totally fine with receiving this.

Even though it has a shade name of “Nude Glow”, I don’t find that it imparts any color at all (no swatch picture as a result), so it’s okay even for pale skin types to put on. It smells incredible, like orange creamsicle, and has a lightweight consistency. When massaged into the skin, it does not leave any oily residue behind, only the slightest, sparsest micro-shimmer. You won’t be sparkly but your skin will have a nice, subtle glow afterward.

Would I spend $49 on a full size of this product? Probably not. My Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is $65 USD and has actual skincare benefits and leaves my skin feeling far more hydrated than the Glamglow does. I’d rather have that, than some micro shimmer. But as a sample, I don’t mind having this because I’ll still definitely use it.


Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-To-Powder Highlighter

Benefit Watt's Up! deluxe sample

  • Full size: 0.33 oz / 10 mL
    • Retail value: $30 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: 0.08 oz / 2.5 g
    • Estimated value: ~$7.27 USD

This is a pretty generous sample as you almost receive 1/3 of the full size. The shade is described as a “luminous champagne” shade, and generally speaking, it should work on many skin tones. The cream is more dry than creamy, so it becomes a powder almost instantly when blended in with fingers.

For those of us who are ultra fair-skinned, it isn’t undetectable. When I applied it to my cheekbones, it had the champagne shade as described and pulled slightly yellow, so instead of creating a glowy “lit from within” look, it left an awkward, slightly sparkly, yellow cast. For me, when I highlight, I try to find something with more of a pearl finish and something that is definitely lighter than my skin tone, and this just doesn’t fit the bill for my personal preferences.

If you keep reading, you’ll see a swatch of this along with the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow on my skin.


Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in “Golden Pink”

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in "Golden Pink", deluxe sample

  • Full size: 0.05 oz / 1.6 g
    • Retail value: $30 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: 0.01 oz / 0.32 g
    • Estimated value: $6.00 USD

I was not very excited to receive this product. Back in November 2016, my Sephora Play! box had the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold, which is nearly the same shade as Bobbi Brown’s Golden Pink. I don’t really care to have two cream eyeshadow sticks in the exact same color, as this isn’t a color I enjoy wearing personally. It pulls very warm on me and I don’t enjoy wearing it alone on my lid.

Outside of color, the performance is actually pretty impressive. It applies very smooth and blends easily, and once it sets, you definitely need a makeup remover otherwise it will resist budging. In spite of the apparent “long-wear” claim, I always wear an eyeshadow primer since I have oily eyelids, and I tend to layer cream products under powder, so I still wouldn’t wear this on its own. If this was a different color, like a grey or a taupe, I would be much more excited over it.


Chloé Eau de Parfum – Perfume Sample

Chloe perfume sample

  • Full size: 1.7 oz / 50 mL
    • Retail value: $105 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: Vial – unknown amount
    • Estimated value: n/a

This is one of my close friend’s favorite perfume, so I was excited to try it. It’s a perfume in the floral family, with key notes of peony, rose, honey, and cedarwood. The rose definitely comes across to me, with that “powdery” sort of floral scent, but I’m not sure I can detect the sweetness of honey or the sweet woodiness of cedar wood, as the rose and peony tend to be the most prominent scents.

This isn’t a perfume I would wear personally, its a little too light and feminine and it smells like I went into a flower shop and rubbed petals all over me. My personal tastes are more in line with Thierry Mugler’s Alien or Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black, depending on my mood or the time of year.



Swatch of Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in "Golden Pink" and Benefit Watt's Up highlighter

Left: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Stick in “Golden Pink”
Right: Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

Final Thoughts

I’m okay with this box overall. I’m really pleased to have received samples of products I have never tried from Living Proof, Josie Maran, and Glamglow, as part of the reason I love Sephora Play! is its ability to introduce me to new things, even if I don’t end up buying full sizes of the products.

I will definitely be giving the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyeshadow Stick and the Benefit Watt’s Up! highlighter to friend. I wish instead of one of those samples that I could have had the Algenist Luminizing Drops that another box variation received, especially considering that Bobbi Brown eyeshadow is just a dupe of the Laura Mercier eyeshadow I received a few months ago.

The final value of the box totaled up to $42.39 USD, which definitely exceeds the $10 I paid for it. The total value of products that I’m “excited to try” is $29.12 USD, which makes this box overall a decent box.  If pressed to give a final rating, I’d give this box a 3.5 out of 5.

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