Play! by Sephora May 2017 Review – The Rising Stars


May's Play! by Sephora box is dedicated to fairly new, but sure to be lasting hit products. I really like when the box focuses on newer items because that gives you a taste of the innovative products out right now that you may want to purchase. I do appreciate receiving tried and true products all the same. Either way I'm sure this box is going to be a lot of fun to open, so let's dive right in.

Play! by Sephora May 2017 box
Play! by Sephora May 2017 box
I am really surprised by this month's bag! It is refreshing to have a new type. I like that it is a traditional plastic makeup bag. It is super cute, despite the fact that it shows you the mystery products.

Play! by Sephora May 2017 bag
Play! by Sephora May 2017 bag

Play! by Sephora May 2017 products
Play! by Sephora May 2017 products

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

This product arrived at a good time for me, being as that I have freshly bleached hair that needs some TLC. The Rahua hair mask claims to be a salon-quality conditioning treatment that contains omega oil. It is for reviving dull and damaged hair by adding shine and vibrancy. The directions state to apply a generous amount to your hair after shampooing, and to comb it through. You then leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse. This product is a white cream that is the consistency of conditioner. It has a really different smell. It smells like a chlorine-treated swimming pool mixed with something zesty and medicinal.

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask
Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

The next product in the May Play! by Sephora box is Tatcha's cleansing oil. It doubles as a makeup remover and a cleanser that washes away dirt and impurities. It is not supposed to strip your skin of its moisture. It is a clear, scentless oil. You apply a dime-sized amount to your dry fingers, and then massage it onto your dry face. Finally, rinse with warm water.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone

I really love matte lips and nude hues, so this product is calling my name. This product claims to function as a matte lip stain, lip color, and liner all in one. It also claims to be long-wearing and intensely pigmented. After swatching this product I definitely agree that it is fully matte and intensely pigmented. It applied so smooth and the color built up quickly. After it set I could not get the swatch to smear for anything. The color is gorgeous! I think of it as a rich, mauvy brown. I think it is more of a Fall color, which makes it a curious choice for the May box, but I love it all the same. This is a lip color that you need to sharpen yourself.

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color Greystone
Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color Greystone swatch
Greystone swatch

Belif Hungarian Water Essence

This product is a lightweight treatment for deep, lasting moisture. It can be included in your morning and/or evening skincare routines. You are to apply it after toner but before moisturizer. It is for your face and neck. I dispensed some onto my arm and rubbed it in. It feels very lightweight as it claims, and it had no sticky residue. My skin absorbed it fast. It is a clear, scentless liquid.

Belif Hungarian Water Essence
Belif Hungarian Water Essence

Trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent

I feel like Sephora Play! has been loving stick highlighters. This one is a little different because it is a gel highlighter. The instructional paper in the box says to apply this to the usual areas of your face before foundation application, and then to blend it with your finger. I think those are odd instructions, and I do not see why you cannot apply it like a normal highlighter after your foundation application. I plan on using it normally. The swatch was incredibly creamy, so much so that it feels oily. It was easy to blend with my finger, and I think it will set well after necessary blending. It is a champagne color. 

On a scale of low, medium, and high glow, I would rate this as a medium. If you are going for a crazy bright highlighter look, one that causes people to see your highlighter before noticing your face when you enter a room, this will not do it for you. However, I think there are more subtle highlighters out there. It is good to have a variety of intensities on hand as you seek out different looks for different days. 

Finally, I need to share one funny thing about this product. When I was dumping out the bag I saw the cap and thought that the actual cap had fallen off. When I could not find a cap I started freaking out that they sent me a highlighter without a cap! Then I realized what was going on.

Trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick Maldives Luminescent
Trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent

Trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick Maldives Luminescent swatch
Maldives Luminescent swatch

Tocca Stella

The final product in the May Play! by Sephora box is, as always, a fragrance sample. I really like Stella and I think it is perfect for Spring. The main scent is blood orange, and you can really smell it. It also has white freesia and sandalwood. It honestly smells so delicious.

Tocca Stella
Tocca Stella

My overall review of the May Play! by Sephora box is that it was better than some of the previous boxes. I really like the bag, lip color, and fragrance. Do you subscribe to this box? Have you used any of these products? Let me know in the comments. Until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

Be sure to check out the April 2017 box and all of my Play! by Sephora reviews.

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