Beauty Corner: Play! By Sephora vs. Ipsy

Play! By Sephora is a ten dollar monthly beauty subscription box. The six products included are all from brands found at Sephora and range from haircare to makeup. Also included are a drawstring bag and a description card, as well as a “Play! Pass,” which is a coupon for 50 extra Sephora points if the subscriber makes a full-size purchase at Sephora within the month. There is a waitlist, but new subscription spots open up every month. Each month’s box is also centered around a theme, complete with related puns in the product descriptions.

This month’s theme was “The Gleam Team.” There are variations of the box, but in mine, I received the Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter, the Urban Decay Primer Potion, the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm, the Verb Ghost Oil, the GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, and the Atelier Clémentine California Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume. I really liked the subtle glow of the Benefit highlighter and the GLAMGLOW priming moisturizer, and I felt that the other products were useful as well.

I will say that the main trade-off with Play! By Sephora is the sample sizes. The quality of the products is almost guaranteed because they are from Sephora, but the samples themselves are significantly smaller than those found in Ipsy subscription bags. However, my box value comes out to be around 40 dollars, which is pretty good for a ten dollar subscription service. I highly recommend Play! By Sephora for people looking to test out new beauty products.

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