PLAY! by Sephora Subscription Box Review – January 2019

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Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription box that brings only the best and exclusive Sephora beauty and makeup samples. The subscription costs $10 per month, and you’ll get 5 deluxe beauty products plus a bonus item, playlists, and coupons you can use when you visit in-store.

Here’s this month’s bag design. The reusable, zip-top bag is 100% recyclable.

And don’t forget the quote on the back. This month’s quote is a repeat from a few boxes ago, but it’s still apt at describing how I feel when I get my box.

Don’t forget about your Play! Pass. It gets you 50 extra Beauty Insider points with a purchase from the box (in-store only). Your subscription also entitles you to Play! Date meetups, if your store participates. You can also get a complimentary mini-makeover too.

The theme for January is Your Beauty Future. This month’s products were chosen to give you a fresh start to the new year. Does your Beauty Scope ring true for you? Mine was surprisingly accurate. Plus, don’t forget to check out The Beauty Insider Community. Create a profile and start joining the discussion!

The fold-out poster shows a list of all the items included in this box plus tips on selecting natural ingredients to help with your beauty needs. You can access all of the information and also watch videos right on the Sephora site or use the app for more info!

Kicking off the new year with these. Here’s January’s reveal. I received variation was 261. Click here to see variant items in other boxes.

BITE Beauty | Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé ($12.31): Glacé is described as a dusty mauve shade. I feel that this is a fairly universal shade that will work with most skin tones. What I like about this lip crayon is that it has a matte finish but isn’t drying to the lips like a lot of formulas. It is a highly-pigmented, long-wearing, and water-resistant color. Even better… this is a good size deluxe sample – about 1/2 the size of BITE’s regular lip crayon! Use the retractable tube to bring up the product and sharpen as needed. Sephora’s bonus tip is to use the shavings as a cheek color. Who doesn’t love a double duty product?!?

LANEIGE | Water Sleeping Mask ($3.57):  What I like about sleeping masks, whether they’re for the face or hair, is that they require minimal effort for maximum results. Seriously, just apply the product, go to bed, and wake up (maybe rinse off). This sleeping mask is designed to work with all skin types. If you’re like me who has oilier skin, you can still use this product. It will help improve skin texture and fine lines. Plus, the Sleepscent™ (infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood) will help you relax while apricot and evening primrose extracts brighten and purify the skin.

Sunday Riley | C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum ($14.17):  Let me start by saying that this is most definitely a budget buster – the full-sized 1oz. product goes for $85! A little does go a long way and I wish I had another sample of this to use. Sunday Riley describes the product best:

C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, (infused with 15 percent ultra-stable, advanced vitamin C) rapidly brightens the appearance of the skin with immediate radiance, while fighting the look of dark spots and discolorations at the source. Skin looks firmer and plumper, as youthful bounce and an even tone are restored. The gold standard form of vitamin C, THD ascorbate is both highly stable and oil-soluble, helping it to rapidly absorb into the skin for enhanced tone, clarity, and visible brightening. This hydrating antioxidant formula instantly polishes, protects, and illuminates the skin, while phytosterols help to reduce the look of redness and skin sensitivity. Saccharide isomerate extract diminishes the appearance of pores and reinforces the skin’s moisture barrier for a skin-smoothing glow. 

beautyblender | blendercleanser solid pro ($4.74):  So, I recently bought beauyblender’s liquid beautycleanser and have to say that I prefer this solid so much more. I feel that it gets my sponge super clean; I have the beautyblender nude which stains easily. This cleanser has no problem clearing out extended wear foundations (such as my HUDA BEAUTY) on my blender or brushes. The formula is infused with charcoal which assists in removing excess product, dirt, and oils. It also has hints of lavender and protects against 99.7% of harmful germs.

Four Sigmatic | Golden Latte Mushroom Mix with Shiitake & Turmeric ($6.00):  This latte mix contains a blend of mushrooms, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper to support your beauty from the inside out. Although I’m not sure about a food item that comes with a warning label, I did still make the drink and chug it down.

WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

Say what?!??

It’s not the prettiest looking drink. Don’t add sugar – think of it more like a soup base and it goes down easier.

*BONUS* BITE Beauty | Agave Sugar Lip Balm and Scrub ($2.17):  During the winter, I swear by my lip scrub. I get so chapped it’s ridiculous. I’m sure you know, I was all over trying this out. Golden sugar and papaya enzymes exfoliate lips while squalane hydrates. Might sound gross, but I licked this off and then followed with the lip balm. The lip balm uses mongongo oil, agave nectar, and cocoa butter to soothe and hydrate lips. This wasn’t my favorite… I didn’t feel that it lasted as long as I would have liked. I much more prefer fresh SUGAR lip treatment.

With a $43 value, January’s Play! by Sephora box started off the year nicely. Of all the things I received, is it sad I was happiest with a tool cleanser?!? Oh, the lip crayon and brightening serum were good gets too. Even when I’m not as excited by items, I still love getting this subscription. It always has good value and something that I can use. Did you have any favorites this month? Leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts.

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  • Kathy

    Those drink packets could contain lead?? How is that even allowed for consumption?!

    • Valerie

      I was curious too, so did some googling:

      “Over 800 chemicals have been listed under California Prop 65. They include pesticides, heavy metals, and Vitamin A at certain levels. Certain listed chemicals, such as lead, are widely distributed through the environment in air, soil, water, and rocks. As a result, these types of chemicals are often found in commonly eaten foods and throughout the food supply even though these chemicals are not intentionally added to foods or nutritional supplements.”