March 2016 Sephora Play! Box Review

March Sephora Play! Box // The Geeky Fashionista

Time for this month’s Sephora Play! box review! March’s theme was  “The Gleam Team” featuring products that’ll give you that perfect glow! Keep reading to see if this box got a “glowing” review from me!

March Sephora Play! Box // The Geeky Fashionista

About PLAY! By Sephora

PLAY! is similar to Ipsy in that it is also a $10 monthly beauty subscription service that offers 5 deluxe samples. They also offer a bonus fragrance sample each month – I like that it’ll always be a “bonus” and never a main item. They curate the products for you based off your answers in your Play! profile (can be found under “My Account”) which asks mostly basic questions about your beauty concerns and of course things like your skin tone, hair type, eye color, etc. It’s not quite as fun as the little “quiz” you do for Ipsy, but, hey, as long as it sends me the right products!

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This Play! pass card entitles you to 50 extra Beauty Insider points with an in-store purchase of any items from the box. Also included in the box is this great Play! Book info sheet that provides some really great info and pro tricks – definitely read this! It gives some awesome beauty tips!

What Do You Get Each Month?

Straight from Sephora’s website, here’s what you get with each Play! box (sorry it’s a bit of a retread of above):

– Five deluxe skin care, makeup, and hair care samples (plus a fragrance bonus!) that are curated by our experts. Since beauty isn’t one-size-fits-all, we send you a selection of products that we think are the best for you, based on the answers you provide in your PLAY! PROFILE.
– A collectible makeup bag that changes with each month’s theme
– PLAY! BOOK with tips, tricks, how-tos and beauty advice
– PLAY! PASS to redeem in store for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points and a free one-on-one tutorial*
– PLAY! DATE, a monthly subscriber event for you and a friend to learn how to apply the products in your box—and more!
– Free shipping on all PLAY! by SEPHORA boxes

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The Bag

This month’s cute little drawstring bag was a simple white with the words “GLOW YOUR OWN WAY” printed in pink (I know the photo above looks a bit red though) on the front. It’s nice but because of the material it’s made of, I have a feeling it’ll easily get dirty if I keep it around my makeup. 

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Inside the Bag  

March Sephora Play! Box // The Geeky Fashionista

GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow

I was really excited to see this in my box as I’ve been wanting to try out some GlamGlow products having heard so many good things about their masks. This two-in-one moisturizer and luminizer (“glotion”) smelled amazing and gave a really nice, natural dewey glow to my skin with a very subtle shimmer. I didn’t really notice much of a tint though despite being named “Nude Glow.” While I really liked this product and am glad I got to try it out, I still don’t think I could bring myself to spend $50 on the full-sized product. 

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Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops in Pearl

Probably my favorite item in this month’s box as well as the best value (this little sample itself is worth $17!)!  This serum gives such a beautiful pearlescent shimmer while providing many anti-aging and color-correcting benefits! I love adding it to my foundation to give myself a little bit of a pearly glow. Add some moisturizer and you’ve got yourself a lovely tinted moisturizer. 

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Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

This is such a great highlighter! I’ve used it before and was really impressed. I’m so glad to now have it in this nice little travel sized tube. Whether travel or full sized though, it’s perfect for on-the-go with it’s convenient stick form. No need for a brush, just apply the cream-to-powder formula to your cheeks, brow bones, cupid’s bow, and anywhere else you’d like some highlight, then blend with your fingers.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544

The info sheet describes this BEAUTIFUL, highly pigmented shade as “pink granite.” To me, it looked like a taupe with a subtle pink – definitely a gorgeous color. The gel-powder formula is incredibly smooth and finely milled. I can see myself using this for both day and nighttime looks. I loved the info sheet’s pro tip of using it as an eyeliner by wetting a small angled brush with contact lens solution before dipping it into the shadow and applying it on the lash line. Who knew saline could help set color – will definitely be doing this in the future!

March Sephora Play! Box // The Geeky Fashionista

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

I thought this was a dry shampoo at first but it’s actually a volume and texturizing spray that you use on dry hair. The info sheet does say that it can double as a “style refresher” with it’s oil-controlling “powders that absorb dirt and impurities” which basically sounds like it can be used as a substitute dry shampoo in a pinch. After using this on my roots, I noticed a nice boost of volume and absolutely no stickiness. Also it’s Living proof so, of course, it smells lovely.

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Atelier Cologne Clementine California

This month’s perfume sample was inspired by the sunny California coast with it’s fresh, citrus-y scent and can be worn by both men and women – I really liked it! The little vial came in a nicely sealed little package with a pretty California-themed postcard which I thought was super cute!

Final Thoughts

I really loved this box and theme! I’m all about highlighting and getting that natural “glow” look. After looking at a few other box variations, I’m really happy with the one I received. These are all excellent, high-end brands, and I enjoyed trying out each product which all delivered in terms of quality and highlighting. This box also had an incredible value estimated at $52 worth of product – that’s pretty amazing!!

Be sure to check out my other unboxing posts!

What did you think of this month’s Sephora Play! bag?

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  • Mandy Young Carter

    This looks like a great box of items. The bag and the drops would be my favorite.

  • Ashley Moree

    I have been considering trying out a monthly box subscription for a while now, and this one sounds awesome! I will definitely keep this one in mind!

    This box has such a cute set up and appeal to it, and the products seem great! It’s a low monthly cost and it sounds like a great deal compared to what all the products are worth! And the highlighter is so convenient being in stick form, I love that!

    All in all, great blog post and a wonderful read!!

  • Allison Lancaster

    Would you believe I’ve never had a subscription box? I really want one and this one looks perfect for me. The products look so awesome!

  • I so want this box! Everything in it looks so amazing. I’ve been wanting to try the Watts Up for a while. I really would like to try the Glam Glow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow, too!

  • Karen Yannacio Morse

    Love how you can try out some fabulous makeup with Sephora! I am all about subscription boxes – and with makeup makes it even more fun!

  • Berniedette PetiteAndToned

    How have I not heard of Play?! This might be life changing, Amanda. And extra VIB points if I make a purchase?! I need to look up my account right now!

    xoxo,

    Berniedette | PetiteAndToned.com

  • I love glamglow products!! I just wish they weren’t crazy expensive! I love the benefit watt’s up highlighter! I so want to pick it up!

  • I love boxes like this. I haven’t heard of Play before. I know that my almost 18 year old daughter would love this! She loves Glamglow products.

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    Oh I didn’t know Sephora had this box! I love shopping at Sephora and will have to subscribe to this!

  • what a fun box! I have been wanting to try out the glam glow masks, but just haven’t bitten the bullet yet, so this is great.

  • This is a great box. I tried Play for a couple of months and even went to the first Play date, but then decided to cancel. I have been thinking about giving it another try though.

  • I can’t believe how cheap this box is – wish we had it in the UK! I love Algenist products but man they are so expensive. These drops look amazing too! xx

  • Theresa

    These products all look awesome! I could use new beauty products. I’ll check out this box!

  • Ooh. The texturizing spray looks like something I would use. Can’t believe it’s only $10!

  • Lydia

    That spray and watt’s up look so nice! I would love to try the Play! box but I tend not to use small samples, I’d rather just buy the full size item. But, if I’m wanting to test out a product, I may subscribe!

  • Amy Desrosiers

    I LOVE cosmetics and trying new beauty products. That GlamGlow looks so promising and perfect for the summer.

  • I’ve used the dry volume blast and love it! This looks like an awesome subscription box!

  • Nikki Arnold

    Oh wow you get a lot of high end products for only $10 thats awesome!! I have quite a few living proof products and that highlighter!!

  • Jean Standley

    I really love a subscription box! That bag is cute too. That benefit highlighter looks great, would love to try.

  • Roxanne Ferber

    I love subscription boxes! So much fun opening them and finding goodies inside! This box looks amazing!

  • Anvita – TheBellyRulesTheMind

    This is such a a good box for the price. Totally worth it. The Dry Volume blast is one of my favorites.