October Sephora Play

October Sephora Play

Hi guys! It’s time for this month’s Sephora Play!

The service:

For $10 a month, you get six samples from brands available at Sephora. You know that they’re quality brands and you know where to buy the full-size versions! Each box comes with a card worth 50 extra points to add to your Beauty Insider account, and you can bring it into a store for in-person advice on these products. Among my favorite parts of the box, though, is that it’s a good balance between keeping a monthly theme and personalizing products for your skin and hair types, colors, and concerns.

The theme:

Complexion Companions. This month is pretty obviously about skincare and base makeup, and it’s great! All of the products fit the theme this month! The info sheet also has morning tips and tricks, which is obviously related. I was somewhat surprised that the box didn’t come with any product that included SPF, though.

The bag:

And we’re back to our usual cotton bags. The light orange ribbon felt like it was meant to either match fall or to be a sort of “skin tone” shade. I don’t really have much to say about the bag this month. I don’t particularly care for it. At the same time, I don’t find anything particularly bad.

The goodies:

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer in Sin
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Y245
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster
Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Scrub
Tory Burch Bel Azur perfume

The Urban Decay primer:

This is more of a perfecting/pore-filling primer. The color payoff is almost nonexistant, even before adding other products. It looks more like the finish of a smoothing or mineral primer, really smooth but almost matte in a way. I normally wear pretty dewy BB creams, and the effect of this under those is less dewy but still dimensional. It seems like a fun primer, especially since I’ve never used any face products from Urban Decay and I had no idea that this was a product.

The Make Up For Ever foundation:

As usual, I came home from work, tore into my Play box, and threw on some product to see what this was like. I was expecting this to not match. And like 90% of products I try at night in yellow-y artificial light, the color looked very off. I’m torn with the color, because in better light it looks a lot more wearable. The shade is probably just a little dark and a little yellow for me. Or I could just be too used to seeing redness on my face and so when I don’t, it looks weird. Also, for a blind shade match, this was very close! I’ve only ever bought one foundation from Sephora (in a different shade) and never used anything like the ColorIQ.

The foundation seems great. It applied easily and can be sheered out or built up. It also set without any powder and seemed to wear well throughout the day. The finish was a very pretty natural finish on me. I may still play around with it and other products to get a more wearable undertone in all light.

The Tarte setting spray:

I’m not a fan of this scent. My guess is something weird like algae? The nozzle isn’t very powerful. It releases a very fine mist, but I have to put the bottle two inches away from my face to feel it. The mist doesn’t spread out into a wide area so I also have to spray over and over again. I’m guessing it’s just from being a sample. I still have to test out the spray more thoroughly for how much it does for extending my makeup, but it didn’t seem like anything special. Paired with the scent, it’s just kind of boring.

The Make Up For Ever serum:

My info sheet made it sound like this works well in the morning. It does not. The serum is more liquid-y, just a step off from an essence. It has a more milky formula. A little bit goes a long way, and even when sheering it out as much as I can, it leaves my skin feeling a little sticky along with being soft. If you have the time in the morning to let this settle into the skin before makeup (and can be exact enough with application before the coffee kicks in), it could be great. But if not, it can still do wonders at night. My skin does feel very soft, smooth, and hydrated if I give the product enough time to sink into the skin.

The Dr. Brandt exfoliant:

I already had one of these stockpiled in my backups. I go through exfoliants very slowly, both because I get a lot of samples and because I don’t want to use them too often (and then sometimes forget). This wasn’t too harsh for my skin, like many physical exfoliants are, and I noticed an improvement in flaking skin. The info sheet also mentioned clearing out and preventing blocked pores, which I am all for. This probably uses a chemical exfoliant as well to help with that. I’m much more excited to exfoliate in the future!

The Tory Burch Bel Azur perfume:

This smells great! It’s a somewhat complex scent. Something about it reminds me of the warm tang of citrus, like peeling a tangerine and getting the juice on your fingers. But the listed notes don’t include citrus, and it seems almost like recreating the aspects of citrus without actually using it here. It’s primarily a fresh scent with heavy warm, sweet floral undertones. Something about the deeper warmth reminds me of a spiced wine or even tones of wood and leather. I’m generally not a fan of citrus, so I don’t know what makes this stand out for me, but I really like it. It’s a great scent for saying you’re a confident, powerful woman. Top note: bergamot. Middle note: Neroli, peony. Base note: vetiver.

The verdict:

Opening this box up first felt a little underwhelming, especially with the primer-foundation-setting spray combo. That said, there were some amazing products in here that I really have been loving. I think this might be my favorite Play box yet!

-xo, Andi

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2 thoughts on “October Sephora Play”

  1. I feel like the foundation sample I received is a tad bit dark for me but then again, I only got to swatch it. It may just be me, but I think I noticed oxidation… I hope that’s not the case because it already looks dark for me. On the other hand, I think I like the products this month too, although they seem to be MUCH MUCH smaller than my previous boxes lol.

    1. I didn‘t notice any oxidation. And you‘re right about the sizes! I feel like hair products are usually a bit bigger, and that most of these are a bit on the small size packaging-wise. My other sample of the PoreDermabrasion is apparently also .25 fl oz, but it‘s taller and wider and looks like it should have twice as much product.

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