I have a review for the April Play! by Sephora box. In case you haven’t heard, this is a monthly $10 curated subscription box featuring samples of different brands available at Sephora. You also get a bag with your products inside that display cute catchy phrases.
The theme for this month was Step it Up, featuring stellar products that will up your beauty game. I love the catch phrase on this month’s bag that says, The Best Things in Life are Me.
Let’s check out the products included!
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Mask
This “radiance-enhancing face mask contains a concentrated blend of natural citrus in a marmalade-like formula to soften, brighten, and revitalize skin.” First off, this product smells amazing. You really get the scent and consistency of a nectar. You’re supposed to apply it on a clean face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Unfortunately, after 5 minutes, my face kind of started stinging so I don’t think this product is for me.
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel
Professional-grade peel infused with retinol and ferulic acid exfoliates skin, restores firmness, and reveals radiance. The pads are applied to a clean face right before your moisturizer. Now, as an esthetician, my view on a peel is a bit different as I’m accustomed to performing chemical peels where I know the concentration of acids and what the pH level is. So while I don’t know percentages of ingredients, I do know that retinol and ferulic acid are great ingredients to incorporate into an anti-aging routine. After using the pad, I did wake up with smoother looking skin the next morning and it lasted about 2 days. You can cut the pads in half to get multiple uses out of them. Personally, if I were to invest in this product, I’d opt for the serum instead.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner
An easy to use, “creamy, budge-proof eyeliner glides on easily and leaves an intense, jet-black color.” I was happy that an eyeliner was included in the box and I do like this one for the creamy formula, but I would not purchase the full size. I have to note that this, on me at least, is not budge-proof. By about halfway through the day, it’s already smeared and it completes a disappearing act by the end of the night.
Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
A gentle, go-to waterproof makeup remover that is perfect for sensitive eyes to remove stubborn makeup and also strengthens lashes with flavonoids and olive wood extracts. Perhaps the stellar product in the bag, this makeup remover is no joke. It thoroughly removes my eye makeup with ease and it does not irritate my eyes at all. I will be purchasing the full size of this one.
Pinrose Secret Genius
Based in San Francisco, Pinrose works with master perfumers around the world to create playful and unique perfumes made from high-quality, sustainable ingredients. This seductive, mysterious and elegant fragrance includes notes of caramel, white chocolate, vanilla, cedarwood and sandalwood. I haven’t gotten around to this one yet but I’m intrigued my the combination of scents.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
One of the most iconic primers, this creates the perfect canvas for makeup application, helping it last all day while blurring imperfections. I have received SO many samples of this primer that is wasn’t as excited to see it in my box. It’s a nice primer that does help my makeup last but aside from that, I don’t find anything extra special about this one that makes me want to purchase it.
Overall, this box was okay. Hopefully next month is better.
What products did you get in your box?