IS IT WORTH IT? | Sephora Play! Box September 2017 Value Analysis
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Sephora’s Play! box is supposed to be one of the best beauty boxes out there, so of course I had to try it out. It’s supposed to be the best variety of products and be one of the best bang-for-your-buck beauty boxes. Let’s see how much my September box is worth! The theme this month was “It’s Fall Good” and my box is number is 904.
All values are based in USD and based on the retail prices from Sephora.com.
If the product included in the set is a size that they sell I will include that price. However, my final calculation for actual value will be based off the price per volume of the full size or largest product size.
This month I could not approximate the value for the liquid eyeshadow because there is not content weight listed on the package. I have just decided to smack a $5 on it as a plug, so all “price paids” for this month are not as accurate as usual.
Each month’s Sephora Play! box is $10. It includes 5 deluxe sized items, 1 bonus item, and a make-up bag. Currently it only ships to the US.
Full size: Whatever is on Sephora’s website
Retail value: The $ value based on full size pricing
Price paid: How much the individual item contributes to the set’s price
September 2017 Box #904
Touch in Sol: Metallist Liquid Foil and Glitter Eye Shadow Duo
Full size: $25
Retail value: $5*
Price paid: $1.6*
Verdict: Worth It
The color for this sample is ‘talia’. I am super excited to try out the metallic, liquid eye-shadow trend. The full-size for this product is too expensive for me, so I will save this the days that require a little more glam to my look.
Sephora Collection: Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear/Waterproof
Full size: $10 for 0.04oz.
Retail value: $4.25
Price paid: $1.37*
Verdict: Not worth it (for me)
The sample came in the color ‘black lace’. I’m a fan of liquid eyeliner so this will really shake things up. I wonder how this will compare to the Marc Jacobs gel liner. In general, I prefer a super precise line, so this may be an item I give away.
Update: I tried it and I kind of hate it. It really does stay on though, however, that’s my problem with it.
Algenist: Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream
Full size: $112 for 2oz
Retail value: $12.88
Price paid: $4.15
Verdict: Not worth it
Wahooo I love skincare, but I currently have so much that I’m not really excited about getting this little pot. I also have the Algenist eye cream in a deluxe sample size that I haven’t used yet that I’ll use with this cream. For now I’m going to add this to my Sephora Favorites travel bag for when I travel next.
Update: I LOVE THIS STUFF. Changing my verdict to worth it! This stuff smells amazing. Also, the texture is unlike anything I’ve ever touched before, it’s kind of spongey? I really don’t know how to describe it. When you take some onto your finger just the right amount slides off the top so you never use too much.
Wander Beauty: Wanderout Lipstick
Full size: $30 for 4.08 oz.
Retail value: $0.52
Price paid: $0.17
Verdict: Worth It
The sample color is ‘wanderberry’. This is not my favorite color on me. However, I love that when you buy the full size Wanderout Lipsticks you get a matching duo set. $30 for 2 lipsticks seems like an awesome deal for people who use lipstick often. Even though it is worth it, for me it’s a toss/gift/swap item because it’s too hard for me to wear.
Fresh: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream
Full size: $45 for 1.6oz
Retail value: $6.75
Price paid: $2.17
Verdict: Maybe worth it
I’m not sure how good Fresh is for skincare so I wouldn’t try it if it weren’t for this sample. Would I have paid $2.17 for this? No, I love my current Caudalie line up too much.
Update: Don’t like this one as much as the Algenist one. I really don’t like the smell. Idk if it functions better or worse, however I have more fun putting on the Algenist? (Like, I *seriously* love the texture.)
Briogeo: Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Full size: $36 for 8oz.
Retail value: $1.80
Price paid: $0.58
Verdict: Worth It
This was this month’s bonus item. I’ve spent more on my dog’s hair than mine in the last 2 years, so my next hair appointment is gonna need to wait. This will make me feel pampered at home while I eye my dog’s new do.
Value of this month’s box: $31.02
This month’s box doesn’t have the screaming value of $42 of last month’s box. Even if I could track down the exact retail value of the eye shadow it wouldn’t make up for more than $10 difference. However, I should point out that Wanderout’s lipstick was a good sized item in this month’s box that didn’t contribute a high retail dollar value. If this was any other brand it would have been at least $1 worth of product.
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*This month I could not approximate the value for the liquid eyeshadow because there is not content weight listed on the package. I have just decided to smack a $5 on it as a plug, so all “price paids” for this month are not as accurate as usual.
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