For months, I was trying to subscribe to the new Sephora Play! subscription box. Like ipsy and Birchbox, it costs $10 a month for 5+ sample products. The new subscription from Sephora was announced last summer, and Boston was one of the test market or initial roll-out cities. I was beyond excited. I signed up immediately to get on the subscriber list. For some reason that I didn’t understand, I was placed on the waiting list. I waited and waited and waited and nothing happened. I received an email from Sephora telling me to sign up and I tried again and was told via email that I was on the waiting list. I called customer service at Sephora and reached a young man who was clueless and not the least bit helpful.
Finally about a month ago, I tried signing up again. This time, I made sure to use the email address associated with my Sephora VIB account. Success! I was accepted.
I received my first Sephora Play! box last week. The March, Perfection Collection, box.
So what did I think? Well, I love the design of the box.
Because I have so many of these products, the box was meh. Maybe I already have too many beauty products. Maybe I already subscribe to too many beauty boxes. At any rate, I wasn’t overly impressed with the March Sephora Play! box.
Here’s what I got:
- Smashbox Primer Oil sample: I already got this either in a past Birchbox or ipsy bag, and it doesn’t work so well for me. I need a silicone primer.
- Replica Eau de Toilette sample: An interesting concept, Replica is a reproduction of a familiar scent or moment. I received Beach Walk from 1972 that is supposed to smell like “sun kissed salty skin”. What I received smells like gardenia (not a good scent for me) and was half empty. Fail.
- fresh Soy Face Cleanser deluxe sample: A gentle clear gel facial cleanser that smells just like dill pickle juice. Although I like the cleanser, the scent is rather off-putting. It goes away once I put it on my face, but I think they need to go back to the lab and come up with a better fragrance.
- Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30 sample: I got this sample sized Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield in a skincare collection that I won in a blog giveaway last summer, and I still have some left. It’s an interesting product that’s good to use with a moisturizer without SPF. It’s a very nice primer.
- Sephora Collection The Perfectionist Airbrush Sponge: I like this soft blending sponge! $12
- a tiny empty plastic container that’s good to have if you need to bring a small amount of foundation or cream on an overnight trip.
I discovered from the glossy booklet included in the box, The Perfection Collection, that I should have received a deluxe sample of Kat Von D (Liquid) Tattoo Liner in Trooper (black).
I called Sephora’s customer service to report the missing product, but the young woman I spoke to said there was nothing they could do about it. I pressed the point that this was my first box, and I was missing the most interesting product. She repeated that she couldn’t do anything for me. I asked if her supervisor could help. Finally, I asked her to refund the cost of the box. She agreed. Glad to get my $10 back on this box though the Sephora Airbrush Sponge priced at $12 covered the cost of the box. (I really like the sponge, but I already have 8 blending sponges.)
I did find a card/”Pass” in the back of the booklet for a free consultation in store at Sephora that’s also worth 50 extra Beauty Inside points with any in-store purchase. I will save this for sure!
I’ll keep my subscription for a few months, and see if it’s worth continuing.
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