August’s Sephora Play! arrived and it’s not at all nearly as good as the last one. The theme for August was, “The Innovators,” which again, not a lot of innovation here. Most of those products have been around for a while and are nothing new (UGGH DRY SHAMPOO) I think the only thing I’m keeping and using out of this whole box is the perfume which is a bit of a surprise, but none of the products really fit me at all.
- Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil – .23 oz / $17 – (Product is .04 oz, value of value of $2.96 by volume) I received this in the August 2016 Glossybox, so yeah, this is no new or innovative product. I gave it away back then and I’m giving it away now too since it can barely be called an oil anyway. A real oil doesn’t come in till the 6th and 9th ingredients with petroleum-based ingredients ranking higher. Not interested. I can use plain olive oil to remove mascara and it doesn’t contain garbage chemicals that could irritate my eyes. The company is cruelty free, but they’re owned by Estée Lauder who is not cruelty free.
- Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme – .22 oz / $26 – (Product is .065 oz, value of $7.68 by volume) The color I received is “Light #11” which is too light and too yellow for my complexion. I didn’t find that it concealed well, and it caked/creased into my wrinkles. I also have pretty dry skin and I’ve heard that this line isn’t the best for people with dry skin. I’ll have to give it a try as an eyeshadow base because otherwise, it’s a garbage toss for me. Kat Von D’s entire line is completely cruelty free.
- Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – 8.1 oz / $45 – (Product is .81 oz, value of $4.50 by volume) I’m always skeptical about products that claim they can firm or tighten or minimize any part of your body because they’re generally scientifically unproven malarkey. The scent on the cream is nice – it smells like a sugar cookie – but a little overwhelming and super heavily scented, and it works well as a moisturizer, but I’d never pay $45 for a tube of moisturizer that will never actually do anything to firm your tush. The company is cruelty free though, so that’s nice!
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo – 1.8 oz / $12 – (Product is travel size) NO DRY SHAMPOOS. I know I have my profile marked to curly and dry hair, so this is an absolute waste to send to someone with that profile. Dry shampoo works by absorbing oil since they’re generally starch/alcohol based, but if your scalp doesn’t produce oil, dry shampoos turn your hair to chalky white straw. Not to mention that they need to be tousled or brushed in and you NEVER EVER EVER BRUSH CURLY HAIR (unless you want to ruin your curls and walk around with a lion’s mane, then by all means…). Hard pass on this one.
- Beauty Blender Micro Mini – 2 pieces / $18 – (One piece, value of $9) Meh? I have a full-sized one that I got from another box at one point, but I never use that either since I rarely to never use foundation or concealer (except on pimples, and my finger tips work just fine for that). I have a feeling I’m going to try and find a use for this, and it’ll eventually end up in the never-used-beauty-products-graveyard.
- Kat Von D Saint & Sinner perfume – 50 mL / $65 – (Two samples, 1.5 mL each, value of $3.90 by volume) There are two little samples here, one of each scent, Saint and Sinner. It’s a neat idea to have both a floral and a warm/spicy version of a scent so that you hit both sides of the perfume coin. Saint is heavily jasmine based, so that one was pretty much out right off the bat since I find jasmine (and most florals) pretty awful. Sinner though, is primarily patchouli, wood, and cinnamon which is definitely something I’d wear!
The overall value of the box comes to $40.04 which is about average for this box that costs me $10.60 including tax. Unfortunately this one was a huge miss and I didn’t even hit break even on the value of the items I’ll keep and use (the bum bum cream and half the perfume). Sephora, it would be really great if you’d just pay attention to profiles and stop sending dry shampoo to us curly girls.