When I first heard about the monthly subscription box trend I was intrigued. I love the idea of paying a small monthly fee to have new sample sized products brought to my front door. I jumped on BirchBox after hearing about it from various beauty bloggers and have now had mine for over two years (reviewed here//here//here). I gave Ipsy a try (here) also and was unimpressed and opted to just stick with BirchBox. I love BirchBox because I get to try new things from hear of and unheard of (by me, at least) brands. I absolutely love getting skin care and find that I’m never without a new sample to try. Recently though, I had an issue where my BirchBox never arrived so I had to request a new be sent (which they did) but when it arrived almost everything was a repeat. Lame. I’m not ready to give up on BirchBox yet but when I heard Sephora was coming out with their own version, Sephora Play!, I immediately subscribed. I was really interested to see how Sephora Play! would compare to BirchBox and Ipsy.
Well, I came home last night after a particularly tough day at work and was greeted by my first Sephora Play! box!! Initially I liked the size of the box (bigger than BirchBox) and loved that the contents all had a common theme. I almost squealed when I saw there was a Fresh product include because it’s a brand that I’ve heard great things about and would try more if I had the funds. The included booklet was actually pretty interesting and informative but the best part about the box is that I will use absolutely everything (yes, even the weird sponge that was included for the Boscia cleanser). I did some poking around to see what other people got and they do seem to have been sent different products. Here’s my box’s breakdown:
Sephora Collection Peal Mask – I love masks of all types and will definitely use this
Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser & Konja Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal – Tried this once. Messy but I like it. I’m curious to try the goofy sponge.
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner – Haven’t use this yet but looks like a very interesting product. Everything by Fresh receives pretty great reviews so I’m really pleased with this sample.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint SPF 15 – Haven’t tried this product yet either but everything Dr Jart+ I’ve ever tried has been great and I’m sure this will be the same.
Atelier Cologne Collection Azur – Mandarine Glaciale – This is definitely a more unisex smell and probably not one I will wear but it still does smell great… for a man.
Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb – I rubbed this on the back of my hand and really like the consistency. Now that my skin is getting dryer, this will be perfect!
Another fun little thing that’s included with your Sephora Play! box is a PLAY! card that apparently you can show in store and they can tell you a bit more about how to use the products that are included as well as get 50 bonus points for your Beauty Insider/VIB/VIB Rouge account. Overall, I think this service is great and I hope they continue to put the same amount of time and effort into creating the boxes. I’ll let you know whether I think it’s worth it or not in a few months.