I signed up for Play! by Sephora last month and have been anxiously awaiting my April box. I haven’t ever done a subscription service before, and this is very similar to Birchbox or POPSUGAR’s Must Have box. The beauty of it is the cost ($10 a month), and the fact that all products are sold at Sephora.
You receive five deluxe samples (which is usually plenty to use regularly enough to get an idea of how good the products are!), plus a small sample perfume. I’m so excited to share what I received in mine this month:
I adore this lip pencil. I’ve used others before, but this NARS product is by far the best. The color is vibrant with a bit of shimmer – it’s basically the perfect nearly-nude pink. It’s also very smooth and goes on easily, and stays on as well as your favorite lipstick. A+
CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream
I’ve been more interested in my skin lately, so I was eager to try out this eye cream from CLINIQUE. It’s meant to brighten and hydrate the eye area to make you look awake and refreshed. I didn’t notice an instant difference, but after I headed to work and looked in the mirror, my eyes looked noticeably less puffy. The applicator is also among my favorite features of this product – it allows you to squeeze out just a tiny amount so it lasts. A
I wasn’t particularly excited to try this – I’ve used oils before and they tend to feel messy and greasy, which doesn’t appeal to me. I did enjoy the light scent, and the texture was better than expected. I applied it to my arms and legs after showering, and it dried quickly, leaving my skin feeling moisturized. The full-sized product comes in a rollerball, which would likely be easier to use than the pouch the deluxe sample came in. B
I’ve never used a gel blush before, so I was interested to see how this one worked. I tend to stick with powder or cream for blush and bronzer. It ended up being a true stain – a bit runnier than expected – but the color was nice. It’s a very soft pink (on my hand above) that gives the perfect flushed look. It’s very pretty and blendable upon application. B+
This was definitely the wild card of the bunch. Seeing “lactic acid” threw me for a loop, and I had to do a bit of research to see what this product was all about. I claimed to instantly correct dullness, plump the look of lines, and exfoliate the skin, so it sounded like a miracle product. First of all, let me say that I love the scent! The product itself is light and non-greasy, so it works well under makeup. I find that moisturizer is often too much under my makeup, so this will be the perfect product to layer underneath to brighten and tone my skin. It is quite expensive, but it’s a high quality product so it may be worth the splurge. A-
This scent went on sweet and quick. It has a powerful scent that you can’t really ignore, but after a couple of hours I loved it even more than when I initially put it on. It’s definitely a warm, rich scent that is not very subtle, and while it isn’t for me, I would definitely recommend for someone looking for a muskier scent. B
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