Sephora Play! February 2019

I don’t even know where to begin with this one.  There are repeat items, and man .. I really don’t care about Clinique.  Clinique engages in animal testing and it’s always felt like something more suited to my grandma than me.  I want to see indie brands who are cruelty free and do something new and unique, not the same old boring crap some company has been doing for far too long.  Sephora, you’re better than this.  Also, the website “View Box” detail hasn’t matched what I received for this and last month.  Minor nitpick, but clearly something is wrong on Sephora’s side.  Either I’m getting the wrong box or they’re not showing the customization on each box on the website anymore.

  • Kat Von D Saint & Sinner perfume – 50 mL / $65 – (Two samples, 1.5 mL each, value of $3.90 by volume) Received in the August 2017 Sephora Play box, so I’ll just point you there. (link).  But also, Kat Von D is also apparently an anti vaxxer, and I’m pretty much done with her as a result.  She backtracked later, saying she just had concerns, but you don’t make a post saying you’re going to raise your child “without vaccinations” and then say LOL JK later.
  • Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks – 6 masks / $25 – (One mask, value of $4.17)  I mean, this is neat, and it’ll be fun to try, but this isn’t a product I’d ever buy for myself.  The price point is way too high to be a regular-routine kind of thing, and I just don’t need them.
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – 30 mL / $79 – (10 mL, value of $26.33)  I find it kind of hard to believe this tiny sample is worth $26.  While I don’t think I’ve gotten this in the Play box before, I know I have samples of this around from other Sephora orders, so this is just not that exciting.  Also, that tube is only about 1/4 full, with the product only coming up to just under the line above “Radiance Serum” which is a total waste of packaging.
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – .15 oz / $26 – (.05 oz, value of $8.67)  The color I received is “Sake” which is described as a Dusty Mauve.  You know, basically the same shade as the other Bite Beauty product I got last month.  I still love this company and they’re cruelty free and awesome, but two products, two months in a row in the same color?  Mix it up a little!
  • Clinique Moisture Surge – 1.7 oz / $39 – (.24 oz, value of $5.51)  The first bunch of ingredients are silicones and glycerin, which is really not that exciting.  I mean, I’ll still try it because I’ve got crazy dry skin, but .. meh?
  • Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense – .012 oz / $18 – (.005 oz, value of $7.50)  It’s a black eyeliner pencil.  Yay?  I mean, again, nothing new.  If it had been a unique color or new formulation or something, I might have been interested.  But.  Clinique.  Black.  Eyeliner.  It’s basically plain oatmeal.

So the total value comes to $56.08 for a box that only costs $10.60 per month.  For a personal value, while I’ll use the lipstick and everything but the perfume, I’m just not excited about any of this.  It’s all old news, repeats, and nothing thrilling.  I’m not even sure this box was worth $10.60 since I can pretty much get any of those as samples with purchase or using reward points from other orders.  Sephora, if the point of this box was to get people to try new things to encourage future purchases of the full size items?  This was a complete flop.  I mean, again, for $10 a month, I’m having a hard time cancelling the box, but after the last two, I’m getting closer to just saying the hell with it.

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