I keep thinking that two inexpensive beauty subscription bags seems excessive, but both Ipsy and Sephora Play are making it tough for me to cancel one of them.
I received the Sephora Play “The Rising Stars” bag for May 2017 about a week ago. I had been getting tired of the white cotton drawstring bags from Sephora, so I was pleased that this month they sent a plastic, envelope-style bag instead – a good option for the beach.
Here’s what I got in my bag:
- Christophe Robin Cleaning Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt: I have been interested in trying this brand, so I will enjoy trying this sea salt scrub. It smells fresh and clean. Travel size jar.
- Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper: Although there is a questionable ingredient for me in the ingredient list – menthoxypropanediol (menthol is not a friend to my lips), I think I’ll give it a try anyway. If it’s irritating as I imagine it might be, I’ll toss it. So far, it has a tingly but not unbearable sensation. I have a mechanical lip plumper that does work, but you have to use it every day to keep up the effect, and frankly, I can’t be bothered. Travel size.
- Trestique Mini Highlight Stick, shade Maldives Luminescent: I have quite a few Trestique sticks – eye shadow and lips – from this brand that I got from Ipsy. I didn’t know that Trestique is now a Sephora brand. The mini highlight is a pretty shade, and handy to throw in a makeup bag. Nice. Travel size.
- NudeStix Magnetic Matte Lip Color, shade Greystone: I was eager to try more things from NudeStix so I was happy to see this stick in my bag. But honestly, I can’t say I’m a big fan of the milk chocolate shade. Guess it’s a 1990s retro shade. I’m going to see if it works as an eyeshadow. Travel size.
- Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser: This pore-perfecting clay cleanser isn’t for me with my dry skin, so I should have given it away. But I was eager to try another product from the pricey Sunday Riley brand so I have used it. I think if I save it for hot, sweaty summer days, I’ll be OK using it every now and then. Travel size.
- Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk: I received a sample of the 1972 Calvi Beach Walk perfume about a year ago in my Sephora Play bag, and unfortunately, it doesn’t suit me. I’ll give this away.
As usual, Sephora sends out travel size rather than full size products. I can’t really estimate the value of the 6 items, but it is certainly well above the $10 I paid for the monthly subscription.
I mostly liked the items I received although not all of them suited me well, e.g. the shade of the NudeStix lippie, the Sunday Riley cleanser for normal/oily skin, the repeat perfume that didn’t work for me the first time I got it, lip enhancer with an ingredient that irritates my lips.
I keep giving Sephora Play another chance, and I guess I will see what June has in store. But if I do get my act together to cancel one of the subscriptions, Sephora Play will be the one that goes.
What did you get in your Sephora Play bag? Were they the right products for you?