My third Play by Sephora subscription box arrived this weekend and this month was filled with exclusive-to-Sephora makeup, skin care and fragrance brands that are customer favorites for good reason – they really work.
Continue reading to see the financial value of this box as well as, my official three-month evaluation of this new beauty subscription box…
We’re going to break this review down by three sections: product first impressions, financial analysis/breakdown and my final thoughts on Sephora’s subscription box service after trying it for the past three months. Check out September’s review here and October’s review here.
// Product List (Sephora customer rating*) + First Impressions //
- Makeup Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer, Hydrating Primer (3.7/5) – a gel-cream primer to help balance skin and extend makeup wear-time.
- Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil, Rhubarb (4.3/5) – a brightened plum rose demi-matte finish lipstick.
- Buxom Full-On Lip Cream, Dolly (4.6/5) – a shimmer-free muted pink-mauve plumping lip gloss.
- Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Waterproof, My Boyfriend’s Jeans (4.1/5) – a creamy cobalt blue eye pencil with a slight shimmer.
- Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (4.5/5) – a deeply hydrating organic multi-tasking oil for the face, body or hair.
- Stella McCartney ‘Stella’ perfume (4.7/5) – a feminine floral and amber fragrance.
*customer rating pulled from Sephora.com on 11/23/2015
Overall, the box has some great finds. I’m always on the look-out for a primer that actually does something and as discussed in my previous Sephora VIB haul here, I’m a big fan of the Buxom lip creams (although this shade basically has no color on my lips). In my past life when I lived in the chilly northeast (shout out Philly and NJ friends!), I purchased and repurchased a few of the Josie Maran Argan Oils (both the regular and Light versions). I’m least excited about the Bite Beauty lipstick because the color is so not me and I’m a bit iffy on the blue eye pencil. Pretty sure everyone still has a stigma about blue eyeliner, but I’m going to give it a chance because it really seems to not budge when I swatched it on my hand. My biggest surprise was the perfume! I totally LOVE this Stella perfume and I never would have given it a chance before this box. It reminds me so much of another Sephora exclusive brand – Replica’s Lazy Sunday Morning perfume, but Stella’s is actually way more affordable. I look forward to seeing how everything performs on me this week.
// Financial Breakdown //
This box had the worst financial value out of the last three. September’s box was valued at $44.53 and October’s was $43.99. I am currently paying $10 plus tax (so, $10.83/month) for this subscription box, so I can’t say it’s a terrible value, but I just wanted to point out the somewhat significant value difference this month.
// Official Evaluation //
It hasn’t been announced yet what December’s box will revolve around, but at this point, my official thoughts on the box are that I was satisfied with the value, but not impressed enough to continue the subscription. I will be canceling my Play by Sephora subscription this month.
My main reason for this is because out of the three months’ of boxes, there’s only been one item I was interested in purchasing the full-size of – and that’s this month’s Stella perfume. The first box was (understandably) Sephora’s must-haves and I personally had tried almost all of them before I got the box. The second month was skin care and although nothing seemed to break me out, it also didn’t do anything miraculous enough to warrant a full size purchase. This month was fun to get more makeup, but as mentioned, the only thing to really catch my judgmental eye was the perfume. I think the Sephora subscription box would be an amazing idea for a beauty lover who doesn’t shop at Sephora often because of the many pricier items, but would like to sample the brands to see if they’re worth it.
Are you subscribed to Play – what did you think of this month’s box? Not a subscriber but think this sounds like something you’d be interested in? Add yourself to the wait list here if your city isn’t currently participating yet. Word is that Play by Sephora should be available nationwide some time in 2016.