Sephora Play! Review – November 2017

Sephora Play! Review – November 2017

Hi guys! I received this month’s Play! box and it’s time to look at what I got!

The subscription:

For $10 a month, you receive six samples from Sephora. One of those products is almost always a perfume. The box also includes a bag and an info card, along with a card you can bring into a Sephora store for extra tips/help/color matching and 50 extra Beauty Insider points. I like the balance between matching a theme and personalizing products. Recently, though, I’ve noticed that I’ve been receiving many more different products than friends.

The theme:

Survival of the Chillest. It’s all about taking some time out for self-care before the hectic holiday season. I just took a week off of work after two months of staying very late, and am in the perfect mood to relax and enjoy the box! For a nice touch, the info sheet can even be colored in. I’m not entirely sure if all of the samples fully fit the theme. I’d rather have received a hair mask as my hair-themed product this month.

The bag:

This is the fairly standard cotton bag, but this month it’s all just black and white in keeping with the coloring theme. The meditating girl is a nice touch, as well. This is possibly my favorite Play bag, as the “It’s me o’clock” phrase is not cringe-worthy. I will still probably throw this, as the bags are always cheaply made and smaller than what I can really use.

The products:

Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask
Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream
IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Perfect Nude
Burberry My Burberry Blush perfume

The Origins Clear Improvements mask:

Did Sephora know that I just finished off the last mask they sent me (the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding mask I received in July’s box)? I’ve been interested in trying this mask for years but just always have too many masks at home or can’t find a sample in stores or something.

It seems like a pretty standard charcoal mask. I haven’t been using any typical charcoal masks lately, so I can’t really compare it with anything easily, but the biggest thing I noticed was that it dried down quickly. This did sting a little bit while applying, but disappeared quickly. Other charcoal masks can feel like I’m pulling something out of my pores when I rinse them off, but I didn’t notice that here. Maybe I used less product or left the mask on for less time, but I don’t miss the feeling. I need to use this longer to notice if the lack of that feeling relates to how well the product works.

The Perricone MD Cloud Cream:

This title reminds me of the Peter Thomas Roth cloud cream line. And this moisturizer feels very similar to that moisturizer, which I love! This feels very lightweight for a cream, probably good for many skin types, and adds a lot of water to the skin. It smells faintly of algae in the container, but I don’t smell it on my face. The algae scent isn’t really my favorite – it just smells a little off. I do like that this doesn’t include any added fragrance.

The IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm:

This is a leave-in conditioning balm. I’m still playing around with what that means and how to best apply it. I’ve been using it more as a leave-in conditioner, but if I apply it before I brush my hair, it seems to just disappear into my hair without spreading through it. If I apply it after, I don’t get any detangling benefits. Maybe I’m supposed to use a ton of product before I brush my hair? This smells heavenly, at least, and I would love a candle with this scent.

The Marc Jacobs mascara:

I only like keeping one or two mascaras open at one time, and I currently have a stash of extras saved up. Like the rest of the mascaras I receive in boxes, this will join the group of extras and I won’t open or review it at this time.

The Sephora Collection lip gloss in Perfect Nude:

Calling a shade “perfect nude” is kind of asking for it, isn’t it? I’m not a big fan of glosses as they’re usually thick, tacky, and/or nauseatingly scented, and can smear everywhere. This is a bit thick, but it also feels hydrating. I also thankfully don’t notice the fake chocolately scent on my lips. The shade is a good nude for my complexion, and looks similar to the Clarins Instant Lip Perfector I own. The doe-foot applicator has more of a flat paddle shape. Even though this seems like a nice gloss, I probably won’t get much use from it.

The Burberry My Burberry Blush perfume:

This is a very fresh floral scent. I smell some of the complexities from the fruit notes, such as the crispness of the apple, to help balance the scent. It fades relatively quickly with only the barest hint of it after three or four hours. I think I do like it but don’t love it. Top notes: Pomegranate, lemon. Middle notes: Geranium, crisp apple, rose petal. Base notes: Jasmine and wisteria.

The verdict:

I think overall, this month’s box was a bit disappointing. I’m never excited to receive mascaras because I have so many, or lip gloss simply because I use it so rarely. And so far, the Origins mask just seems a little disappointing. I’m glad that I finally got to try it.

-xo, Andi

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2 thoughts on “Sephora Play! Review – November 2017”

  1. I wasn’t fond of the origins charcoal mask, it applied very patchy and it didn’t do much for my skin, I did love the perfume this month, i liked the scent, it was annoying. as for everything else, I’m actually glad to be receiving mascaras because it means i dont have to buy any lol. so i have a few i need to use up. i’m onto my next one because one of my favorites is pretty much expired now (three months are up)

    1. My problem with the mascaras is that I have so many. It’s less exciting to know that I’ll probably only get around to this in two years. No I don’t have to buy any, but I can’t convince myself to buy any I really want because there are so many around. I’m still on a mascara from Birchbox, and I ended that subscription over a year ago.

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