Sephora Play! September 2017 – Beauty Box Review, Box #704

Hi everyone! In today’s post we are going to be reviewing the September 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 September 2017 Play! box.

Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

SephoraPlaySeptember2017_02Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb deluxe sample

  • Full size: 1.68 fl oz / 50  mL
    • Retail value: $38.00 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: 0.33 fl. oz / 10 mL
    • Retail value: $7.60 USD

I already got a sample of this from Sephora that I’m trying to work through, so I’m disappointed to have yet another sample of it. This is the Moisturizing Bomb, meaning it is ideal for dry skin types, but I am a combination-oily skin type, hence why I don’t use my current sample of it too often.

We fill out profiles about ourselves for the Sephora Play box so that we can get customized samples, so a better sample would have been Belif’s Aqua Bomb, which is formulated for my skin type. It’s getting things like this that make me feel like the profile we fill out doesn’t really matter.


DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

SephoraPlaySeptember2017_03DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask deluxe sample

  • Full size:  8.0 oz / 236 mL
    • Retail value: $36.00 USD (for two)
  • Deluxe sample size: 1.5 fl. oz / 44.3 mL
    • Estimated value:  $6.75 USD

I haven’t used this yet, but apparently it is for all hair types–straight to tightly coiled. You can apply it in the shower after cleansing for three minutes, or leave it on overnight for intense hydration. I do color treat my hair so I’m sure my hair can benefit from some additional moisture, so we will see how this hair mask goes for me.


Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in “Happy”

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in “Happy” deluxe sample

SephoraPlaySeptember2017_05Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in “Happy” swatch

  • Full size:  0.12 oz / 3.6 g
    • Retail value: $28.00 USD
  • Deluxe sample size:  0.09 oz / 2.75 g
    • Estimated value: $21.39 USD

I hate this lip color. This isn’t a shade I feel drawn to in the least. The formula is somewhat dry, it’s not as creamy as I would prefer a cream lipstick formula to be, which is interesting considering Laura Mercier’s decision to name it “Velour Lovers”…

In the swatch above, the left is a single swipe application, and the right is the built-up application. You can see micro-flecks of sparkle throughout, which I don’t mind. I really just don’t like the color along with the initial sheer application, which overall feels dry. I might see if any of my friends would like to have this lipstick instead, since it’s nearly full-sized.


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

SephoraPlaySeptember2017_06Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner deluxe sample

  • Full size: 0.016 oz /  0.5 mL
    • Retail value: $22.00 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: 0.008 fl oz / 0.25 mL
    • Estimated value: $11.00 USD

I have so many sample sizes of eyeliners (pencil and liquid) that I really didn’t need another, so this is kind of a bummer to receive. I really like Stila brand though, as many of their products work well for me. I’m not a huge fan of a felt tip on my liquid liners–I prefer a brush tip–but sometimes a felt tip isn’t so bad if it has some flexibility. I just feel like I need to work through my other liners first, and I really hope that this hasn’t dried out by the time I get a chance to start using it.


Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow, Shade #03

SephoraPlaySeptember2017_07Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow, Shade 03 deluxe sample

  • Full size: 0.1 oz / 3.0 g
    • Retail value: $24.00 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: 0.03 oz / 1.0 g
    • Estimated value: $8.00 USD

I’ve been wearing this for a few days. I actually like the shade, because even though I am blonde, I really like the contrast of dark eyebrows with my hair, so getting this dark shade wasn’t a disappointment for me. I also like how it looks on my brows and how it wears, I just wish that Benefit was cruelty-free. I won’t be buying a full-size of this, but I will be looking for a nice dupe.

Giorgio Armani “Acqua di Gioia”

SephoraPlaySeptember2017_08Giorgio Armani “Acqua di Gioia” eau de perfume sample

  • Full size:  1.7 fl oz / 50  mL
    • Retail value: $72.00 USD
  • Deluxe sample size: Vial – about 0.04 fl oz?
    • Estimated value: ~$1.69 USD

It smells very clean, but nothing unique or special. To be honest, it makes me think of a Yankee candle trying to imitate the smell of the ocean and missing the mark because it’s just a candle. To top it off, this isn’t my kind of fragrance in general. I won’t be wearing this perfume sample and will likely bin it.


Final Thoughts

The total value of this box was $56.43 USD, which is slightly higher than the average value each month. It exceeded the $10.60 I paid for the month, but I’m only excited about $19 worth of this box. I have made the decision that after one year of subscribing to Sephora Play, with about half of year of those boxes being shared on this blog, I will be unsubscribing.

Like last month, this was another loss for me considering everything altogether. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings overall about the Sephora Play! subscription, so I will likely do a “wrap-up” post covering the pros and cons of this specific beauty box.

2 thoughts on “Sephora Play! September 2017 – Beauty Box Review, Box #704

  1. I quit this about 5 months ago because it just didn’t provide me with much I’d use. I can’t wear fragrance and sometimes the fragrance in it would open and ruin the bag for me. It just seems like you are paying $10 for the samples they give away.


    1. I agree. One of my biggest qualms is exactly what you said — those samples are often seen in the Rewards Bazaar, which I could just use my Beauty Insider points to get them, and also be able to just choose the ones I actually wanted. With Sephora Play, there were too many samples that were not right for me (based on my profile), and I would often donate or toss them. 😦


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