April Sephora Play! Box

Hello everyone! Toady’s post is going to be about my first Sephora Play! Box. I got the box over the weekend, but wanted to try the items before I posted about them. So let’s dive in!


The bag the items came in was a really cute drawstring bag. I also like that it comes with a fold out piece of paper that gives information on each item. My April box contained:

  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
  • Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
  • Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser by Philosophy
  • Miu Miu L’eau Bleue Perfume

When I first saw what my items were I was a little disappointed. I currently have the Purity cleanser and while I enjoyed it for almost a year, I can no longer use it because it completely dries out my skin. So I will probably give that sample to one of my sisters. Second, I pretty much never wear eyeliner, so the MUFE eyeliner was not something I was super excited to see in my bag.
That being said – I did try it out for the sake of this post, and it is definitely waterproof. It also glided onto my eyelids incredibly smoothly. So if a long-wearing eyeliner is something you are on the hunt for, I would check this one out. The two items I was very excited to try were the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream, and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.  I have used the Cloud Cream the past two nights in substitute for my usual Confidence in a Cream (review), and I do like it. I don’t think it will be hydrating enough for those with really dry skin though. It feels very nice when you rub it in, and sinks into the skin quickly. The 62090E62-54CB-4F5D-AB67-10396FD42245name “water drench” is very apt – it definitely was a water-like texture. I don’t think I love it enough to purchase the $52 full size jar – I still like my Confidence in a Cream better. But I will definitely continue to use the sample.  The Smashbox primer I have also tested out the past two days and I have been impressed with this as well. The texture definitely has a silicone feel to it – reminds me a lot of the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer. However, the Smashbox primer sinks into the skin quicker, and has a slightly more watery texture making it easer to rub in. I also found that my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer blended out really nicely on top of it. This is one of the better high end primers I have used, however primer isn’t something I would typically spend a bunch of money on – and this one does cost $36 for just 1 oz. But, I will definitely keep using this sample, and who knows, maybe when it runs out I will realize that I need it in my life!

The last two items on the Sephora Eye Makeup Remover and the Miu Miu Perfume.
Coincidentally, I had just run out of my Garnier Micellar Water when this box arrived – so I was really excited about receiving a makeup remover. First, it 100% removes water proof makeup – I tested it with waterproof mascara, and the MUFE Waterproof Eyeliner that I got in this box. It did take a few extra rubs, but I was impressed with how easily the waterproof products came off. It doesn’t leave behind too bad of a greasy film, but there is a little bit of that greasy feel. I have come to accept that all eye makeup removers have that effect (if you know one that doesn’t, please comment below!), and it doesn’t really bother me since I will wash my face after removing makeup anyway. The only thing I don’t like is the blue color lol. Every time I put it on a cotton ball, it just reminded me of cotton candy or like a blue slurpee – so bizarre I know. For $11 you get 4.2 ounces, which I think is a great deal. Lastly, the perfume of course smells amazing. I absolutely adore perfume, its my favorite beauty item, so I love when I get samples. The full size is of course very pricey (most perfumes are), for $90 you get 1.7 ounces. But, perfume is something I am willing to spend money on because it lasts for such a long time – and the bottle is super cute!!

I am very excited for next months box, I hope I receive more skin care samples! Ley me know what you though about this months Play! Box in the comments below.


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