Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend! After getting a few different beauty subscription boxes, including the Sephora Play box, I thought I’d share my thoughts in case any of you were considering signing up. As many of you know, beauty subscription boxes usually come with 4-6 beauty product samples and range from $10-$25 a month. Some of the most popular ones are Birchbox, Ipsy Glam Bag and the Sephora Play box.
I subscribed to Birchbox and Glossybox years ago when the idea of subscription boxes was just starting. It seemed like the perfect way to discover and try new items. However, after a few months of Birchbox, I found the sample sizes to be too small & the brands too random (keep in mind this was a good 3-4 years ago). After a little research, I switched to Glossybox since it promised full or deluxe sizes of luxury beauty brands.
I stuck it out with Glossybox for a little over a year before I cancelled. It was great at first, but after a few months I realized that for the most part, I was only interested in 1 or 2 products in the box. It seemed like most products in the box were unknown brands. To make matters worst, I got several repeat products only months apart. I can understand getting a similar product, or even the same one every so often. But the exact same product only 3 months later? No thanks. Especially considering that the subscription for Glossybox is $21/month.
And yes, I’m well aware that part of the allure of subscription boxes is to try products you may not otherwise go for. However, if I’m paying for a luxury box, I have higher expectations. For example, I remember one of my Glossyboxes came with a full size OPI nailpolish. I was pretty excited about finally getting something like an OPI nailpolish. Until I realized that the box itself cost $21 while an OPI polish costs $10. I could have gotten two nail polishes for the same price. And they would have been colors I actually wanted. Although there were other products in the box that month, nothing was really something I was even remotely excited about. Bottom line, it didn’t work out for me.
After cancelling both subscriptions, I concluded I was better off saving the cost of the boxes and just purchasing products I actually wanted. In fact, I was so jaded by my previous experience that when the Sephora Play box started & I got an invite to subscribe, I declined. It wasn’t until I started the blog that I toyed with the idea of a subscription box again.
By the time I decided to give the Sephora Play box a try, my invitation had expired and I had to be added to the waitlist.
Thankfully, the wait wasn’t very long (a little less than two months) and I’ve now been receiving the Sephora Play for 6 months. My verdict is below:
+ First and foremost, the Sephora Play box is $10/month and comes with five deluxe samples plus a fragrance bonus. This is much better compared the usual sizes of a Birchbox & the cost of a Glossybox.
+ You only get products from brands already carried at Sephora. Honestly this was the biggest draw for me – I like trying new items, and I’m certainly not just interested in luxury brands. But in the case of a subscription box, I really want the products to be curated. With this box, I’m at least guaranteed to get something from a brand I know.
+ Each box has a theme and comes with a unique bag for all the products. For example, the November box was called “Best in Glow” and came with products to highlight & illuminate such as the Cover FX illuminating primer, Glamglow mud mask, TooFaced Lip gloss, etc.
+ So far, every box has at least 3-4 products I’m actually excited about trying. It doesn’t feel like I’m just getting crap they are trying to get rid of.
+ Every box has had a good mix of makeup & skin care items. Hair care is more hit or miss which is fine by me. I much prefer to get skin care or makeup.
+ You get Beauty Insider bonus points if you purchase a full size product the month you receive the box
+ As far as I know, there is still a waiting list for subscribe. If you are looking for instant gratification with a subscription box, this one isn’t for you.
+ This is a personal preference, but I’d rather not get fragrance samples. I’m not big on perfume, so I’d much rather get a bonus product every few months.
+ Almost every single box comes with a Sephora brand product. This isn’t necessarily a deal breaker for me, but I wish they weren’t so obviously promoting their own line.
Generally I’m really happy with the Sephora Play box subscription. It is by far superior to Birchbox and Glossybox in terms of value for my money. Further, I’m getting to try new releases & staple cult favorites for brands I already love (& getting travel size versions of products I already own and love). And, if all else fails, little products make great Instagram picture props hehe.
If you are thinking of a beauty subscription service, I would say go for the Sephora Play over anything else. Sure, you may have to wait a month or two to get it, but it will be worth it considering the types of products you will get. All the pictures above are products from my Sephora Play boxes!