It’s been a while since I’ve written a Sephora Play review. A lot longer than I meant it to be. I try to update the continuous segments I do on here as often as I can, but I’ve certainly fallen behind on this one.
However, I really do enjoy these reviews, and I’d like to bring them back. That’s why today I’ll be reviewing my Sephora Play box for March.
Before I get into it, I’d like to quickly mention that if you’d be interested in hearing about all the products I get earlier in the month, I try and post about them on my Instagram stories as soon as they arrive. (Yes, that was definitely shameless self-promotion. But I figured I might as well put it out there).
Let’s talk about it, shall we?
Sephora Play’s theme for the month was music festival. As someone who isn’t really into music festivals, it wasn’t my favorite theme. However, the bag was adorable, and I felt like Sephora did a good job of incorporating music festival vibes into every single one of the products.
The products I received were:
- Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm
- Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cleanser
- Supergoop Defense Refresh
- Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner
- IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm
- Amika Nourishing Mask
Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm – I have to tell you I about DIED when I saw the price of the full-size version of the moisturizer. I seriously let out an audible gasp.
After seeing the price, I have to admit it predisposed me to want to hate the product. There’s not much worse than discovering a product you love and finding out it costs way more than you’re willing and/or able to pay.
However, despite my hesitations, I ended up liking the moisturizer. It gave my skin a nice, dewey glow without seeming too greasy. And overall, it made my skin look a lot fresher. I highly doubt that I’ll be repurchasing it though, as the price is out of the range that I would pay for a moisturizer.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cleanser – This was the first product I tried out of the box, and it set a good tone for me. It removed my makeup really easily, even on my eyes. No aggressive scrubbing necessary. And I loved the way the formula felt. It wasn’t super oily like most traditional makeup removers. In fact, after I finished using it, my skin was refreshed and clean.
Another great thing about this cleanser was that it didn’t irritate or dry out my skin. I’m usually prone to dry skin, so it’s rare for me to find a product that cleans my face thoroughly without simultaneously absorbing all its moisture. Out of all the products I received, I think this is the one I’m most likely to repurchase.
Supergoop Defense Refresh – I don’t think I would have been excited about this setting spray AT ALL had it not been for the fact that it contains SPF. It can be annoying to have to continuously reapply sunscreen when you have your makeup done. Half the time, it just ends up sliding off or turning into an oily, goopy mess.
This is a really cool concept, and so far I’ve enjoyed the product. I can’t say for certain whether or not it actually works in the sun because the weather is still kind of wintery where I live. However, I will save a few sprays of this product and try to remember to give you all an update in the summer, when the sun is at its brightest.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner – As you may already know, this is my all-time favorite eyeliner. I’ve been using this liquid liner for years. Even as the way I do my makeup has changed, the liner itself has not.
But while I love this product, I have to say I was a little disappointed to receive it in my play box. One of my favorite things about getting these boxes is that I can try out products I wouldn’t necessarily purchase for myself. So, a miniature version of my holy grail eyeliner doesn’t exactly fall under that category.
Obviously I can’t fault Sephora Play for this. It’s not like they keep a running list of every single product you’ve ever used. However, I think this is a problem inherent to all beauty subscription services. Every now and then, you’re bound to run into an item or two that you’ve tried before.
IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm – This hair balm was one of two hair products I received in this month’s box, which I was a little disappointed about. I’m not much of a hair person, so I wasn’t sure how to feel about the fact that one-third of my box was made up of haircare products. That being said, I thought this balm was a cool product. It smelt fantastic and made my hair look and feel great. Running a little dab of this stuff through my hair after a shower helped keep it soft and frizz free all throughout the day.
Amika Nourishing Mask – The second hair product I received this month was a deep conditioning mask. And while I thought it smelt nice, I didn’t think it did much conditioning. My hair felt exactly the same after I finished rinsing it out. Other than the scent, you wouldn’t have been able to tell that I had put anything in my hair, which was a bummer, considering how much I liked that smell.
(FYI: I forget to grab this mask out of my shower, so it isn’t pictured here!)
Overall, I would categorize this as a good box. Although I was too thrilled about getting two hair products, there was only one item I disliked. I suppose that’s all you can really ask for with these kinds of services.
Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful day!
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