Play! by Sephora Beauty Box Review

If a few of your favorite pastimes include browsing Sephora for new products and loading up on beauty samples, you should try this beauty subscription service. Play! by Sephora is a monthly beauty box from Sephora that is curated by industry experts. Each box includes five sample-size beauty products and always includes an extra surprise sample. Read on for our in-depth Play! by Sephora review to get the inside scoop on this beauty subscription box option.


Overview of Play! by Sephora

play by sephora banner


Each month, Sephora sends out about eleven different versions of the monthly Play! box. Every box contains a variety of beauty product samples, although there is some overlap between products. You’ll also receive one of about 15 different varieties of mystery samples, so you never know which one you’ll receive even if you’re looking at Play! by Sephora reviews every month to see what other people receive.

Each box costs just $10, but the total value of the contents inside is always 2-4 times that amount.

Extra Freebies

You get a few free extra freebies with every Play! box. Besides the extra free sample that’s always included in each box, Sephora also gives Play! subscribers access to free online makeup and skincare video tutorials that teach you how to use the products you received.

Every beauty box comes with a print that shows you how to best use the products, but the videos take things even further with step by step guides and suggestions for different makeup looks.

You’ll also get a Play! Pass with each box that gives you 50 extra rewards points to use toward more free samples when you shop Sephora products in-store and online.

Popular Brands

Play! by Sephora beauty boxes always include a mix of makeup, skincare, haircare, body care and fragrances that are currently trending both in stores and online at Sephora. It’s a great way to sample some of their most popular beauty items before you decide which new products you want the full-sized version of.



three ways to play


This box is a great option if you want to subscribe to a beauty box. Our Play! by Sephora review will go over some of our favorite aspects:

  • Access to free online content: Sometimes new makeup products aren’t easy to learn how to use. With this box, you’ll get free online makeup tutorials. You’ll never have to wonder about the best ways to use the samples you get in your box.
  • Affordable price: At just $10 a month, you can indulge in frequent Sephora products without digging too deep into your wallet.
  • Free bonus samples: Every month, you’ll get a free sample in your box. This increases the box’s overall value and makes the box more fun to open.
  • Samples from popular Sephora brands: Samples from the most popular beauty brands at Sephora.
Get A Quote


play by sephora items

Midwest Glam

Not every beauty subscription box is a great fit for every person. We’ll go over some cons you should keep in mind while you read Play! by Sephora reviews.

  • Cheap packaging: Some beauty boxes have beautiful packaging. Unfortunately, the packaging for Play! by Sephora boxes looks and feels cheap in comparison. They also forgot to include the plastic tote that usually comes with every box in the one we received.
  • Limited international shipping: Play! by Sephora is currently only available for shipping in the United States and in the following international countries: Japan, Norway, and South Korea. Not all beauty boxes delivered within the U.S and international are the same.
  • Sample-size products only: If you like to receive full-size products in your box, this isn’t going to be the best beauty subscription box for you.


Play! by Sephora Value

sephora beauty box


In terms of total value, Play! by Sephora is worth the money you spent on the box. While each box costs just $10, the total value of the December 2018 beauty box we received was around $33. You can expect Play! by Sephora beauty boxes to have a total value of $20-40 every time.

If you’re already a loyal Sephora shopper, you’ll enjoy subscribing to this beauty box. It gives you a chance to sample brands and products that are trending online and in stores before purchasing the full-size versions. Subscribing to the Play! beauty box is also a good way to rack up Sephora customer loyalty points, saving you even more money if you’re a frequent Sephora shopper.

  • Play! by Sephora Beauty Box Cost: $10
  • Total Value Inside: $33
  • Total Savings: $22


December 2018 Box Contents

play by sephora beauty box review

To give you an idea of the quality and contents of this subscription box, we’ll go over the contents of the November 2018 box in our Play! by Sephora box review.

Every box comes in a cardboard shipping box with the classic Sephora black and white stripes and logo on the front. Other reviewers noted that their products were in a plastic ziplock tote inside the cardboard box, but the box we received didn’t include one. Out of all the beauty boxes we reviewed, Play! by Sephora had the cheapest-looking packaging. 


play by sephora review

As mentioned previously in our Play! by Sephora review, Sephora sends out several different variations of the box each month. Therefore, other people who got this box in November may have received different products than we go over in this review. Overall, the beauty brands and quality of the products included in the December 2018 were good. The Sephora matte lipstick arrived a little smushed, but all the other products were intact.


Item 1: Fresh Sugar Caramel Balm

Fresh Sugar Caramel Balm

This caramel-flavored lip balm has a smooth, glossy consistency that feels hydrating every time you apply it. It has a nice shine with subtle glitter in it. It looks good alone and on top of a lipstick to add more shine. When used consistently, this product is meant to even the texture of your lips and prevent dryness.

  • Full-Size Retail Value: $22
  • Sample-Size Value: $5


Item 2: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-1 Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-1 Mascara

We loved this mascara from Tarte Cosmetics. It’s a vegan mascara that lengthens, plumps, curls and volumizes lashes. Two coats of this mascara give you dramatically longer and fuller lashes. It also wears well throughout the day with minimal smudging and clumping.

  • Full-Size Value $22
  • Sample-Size Value: $5


Item 3: Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer

too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer

This mattifying primer from Too Faced Cosmetics has a nice cooling effect when you first apply it. It works well to blur imperfections and make your pores look less noticeable under foundation. It also helps brighten your complexion and keeps foundation fresh for up to 12 hours.

  • Full-Size Value: $42
  • Sample-Size Value: $9


Item 4: Sephora Collection Rouge Gel Lip Liner

Sephora Collection Rouge Gel Lip Liner

We loved the texture of this lip liner by Sephora, but we weren’t a fan of the color. It’s hard to match makeup colors in nude shades without testing products in person first. This shade is called nude beach and was too light for our skin and preferences. This liner is available in a wide range of other colors, though, and the consistency is nice.

  • Full-Size Value: $15
  • Sample-Size Value: $4


Item 5: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Volume Texture Spray

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Volume Texture Spray

This thickening spray works for both curly and straight hair. It’s a dry texturizing spray that gives instant volume and fullness to your hair. It’s a nice product to keep in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day. Just flip your hair over, spray the roots, fluff and your hair looks refreshed.

  • Full-Size Retail Value: $37
  • Sample-Size Retail Value: $7


Mystery Item: Sephora Matte Lipstick

Sephora Matte Lipstick

We liked the color of this Sephora matte lipstick we got as the mystery item, but it arrived a little smushed at the end and the texture of the formula felt dry. We would suggest using a lip balm before applying it to help it go on smoother.

  • Full-Size Retail Value: $9
  • Sample-Size Retail Value: $3


Play! by Sephora Review Conclusion

Play! by Sephora review


After our full Play! by Sephora review, we feel that this is a good beauty box to subscribe to if you’re already a regular at Sephora. It’s a nice way to sample some of the most popular beauty brands and products without having to go to the store in person. For just $10 a month, the value of the contents in the beauty box was impressive. We also love the freebies that come with each month.

Is this the best sample sized beauty box available? No, but it’s a good value for people who already shop at Sephora. This sample-sized beauty box is designed to be a fun way for loyal Sephora customers to try out new products and learn what works for them. The extra monthly loyalty points add up quickly, and you can use your loyalty points to score more free samples both in stores and online at Sephora. If you’re interested in subscribing, learn more about it on Sephora’s website.

Have you tried this subscription box? If so, leave your own Play! by Sephora review below.

User Reviews