Hi everyone! It’s time for another Sephora Play box! My January box got lost in the mail, and they just refunded my money instead of sending me a replacement. So it’s been a while since my last Play review.
Feel the Love. Obviously, this is a Valentine’s Day theme. I received this after Valentine’s Day, though, and I’m probably not the only one! The entire info sheet looked like a bunch of Valentine’s Day cards, but they’re all beauty-themed and just felt really shallow. “You know what an essence is and that’s why we’re friends”.
The products were a couple hits and a couple misses. I wasn’t loving how several products felt. And only two products could really fall into a general Valentine’s theme (red and pink, chocolates, flowers, cards – that sort of thing).
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m just not a fan of the Play cartoon style or the cheap bags. This one in particular feels like it’s trying too hard to be cute. It fails in execution. Like always with these cotton bags, it’s going right into the trash.
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Sephora Collection Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rebel Chic
First Aid Beauty Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask
Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
The Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara:
I have approximately seven more mascaras to go through before this one. I only like having one open at a time, two if I really don’t care for one. It will be a while before I’m ready to open this.
The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red:
A classic color for Valentine’s Day. Now, as I have to match red lipstick to my red glasses, I am pretty picky with reds. Surprisingly, this one isn’t quite like my favorite red, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. At times, Beso looks a little too summery because it’s a brighter red. This one is a touch deeper and cooler, more appropriate for a fall/winter red. And yet it still looks good with my glasses. This is how to do a matte lippy the right way, and I’m glad that of all the red lips Sephora has been offering the past few months, I lucked out with this one.
The Sephora Collection Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rebel Chic:
So Sephora sent out two lippies from the Sephora Collection line to everyone. It’s a bad move – scratch that, it’s a horribly dumb move. Variety is the name of the game when it comes to subscription boxes. Two products of the same type aren’t called for. And when both are matte lippies from the Sephora Collection, it feels lazy and cheap. Most people sign up for this subscription box looking to try a variety of more high-end brands, not multiple products from the store brand. And there are so many different formulas and finishes for lip products, so why are both matte? I rarely wear matte lipsticks. I’ve been subscribed to Play for almost a year now, and these are my eighth and ninth lippies (that I can remember). This is only my second bullet lipstick, and I’ve yet to receive my preferred cream formula.
The packaging here is also a nightmare. The entire bullet fell out when I first went to open it, and the tip was destroyed, probably from hitting the lid during shipping. The shade is a berry, like a dark fuchsia pink with a strong blue undertone. It clashes with my glasses, though, as the color is just too similar in terms of intensity and depth. It smells cheap, kind of like some sort of fake kid’s makeup I had back in the day. The formula is also a pass. It’s reminiscent of the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams. It’s like the formula itself is creamy because it doesn’t dry down, but it’s still drying on the lips, almost like I coated my lips in something else beforehand so that no moisture could sink in. There just is no redeeming quality here, unfortunately.
The First Aid Beauty Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask:
This didn’t seem to do a lot for me. It stung my skin for the first minute or two of use, which isn’t unheard of for something with vitamin C in it. But I didn’t really notice any of the claims. I think the brightening effect may take a couple more uses to really be apparent, or it may be one of those gradual improvements . I didn’t notice much of the “look hydrated and supple” claim. Anyway, I think I’ll stick to a vitamin C serum if I want the brightening effects.
The Belif Moisturizing Eye Cream:
I was excited to try this. Unfortunately, it’s a thin, lightweight gel-like cream that feels much more appropriate for the summer. It’s not really moisturizing as much as hydrating. For me to wear this in winter, I have to go heavy on serum and facial oil instead to get the proper richness for my dry skin. The eye cream is marketed similarly to Belif’s Moisture Bomb and Aqua Bomb, and is closer in consistency to the Aqua Bomb. If you enjoyed that moisturizer, you will probably enjoy this. I’d love to see the Moisture Bomb version as well!
The Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume:
Finally, something I love. I already own two other mini sizes of this perfume and I do love it. It’s just this great warm sweet floral with a spicy background. Very feminine and very fun. I’ve never been one for super sweet perfumes, but this has the complexities of the florals and a bit of a backbone to feel like an adult scent. The Viktor & Rolf website doesn’t quite list notes as much as say this: “A bouquet of tens of cattleyas, hundreds of sambac jasmine, thousands of freesia, and millions of rose petals enriched by an addictive scent of patchouli and vanilla.” While the info card and Sephora’s website only list three notes (Jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli), Fragrantica offers more. Top notes: bergamot, tea, and osmanthus. Middle notes: jasmine, African orange flower, freesia, rose, and jasmine. Base notes: musk, patchouli.
Hands down, my favorite is the perfume. One thing is going straight into the trash and two things will need to hang around for a while before I can actually use them properly. Obviously not a good month. I really wish I received last month’s box, as there were more products I was excited to try and undoubtedly more that I would like).