Play! by Sephora September 2017 Review – Fall Into Beauty

It is hard to believe that I am already coming at you with the September 2017 Play! by Sephora box. As we creep closer to Fall I am sure this box will start presenting us with some products for keeping your hair, skin, and lips hydrated. I have to say that the past few boxes were impressive to me. Let's hope for the best as I open this one.

Play! by Sephora September 2017 box
Play! by Sephora September 2017 box

I am digging the silk bag. My only silly critique here is that they should have made the bag red to match the red, black, and white theme of the informational insert.

Play! by Sephora September 2017 bag
Play! by Sephora September 2017 bag

Play! by Sephora September 2017 products
Play! by Sephora September 2017 products

I have to stop right here and make some comments. First of all, there is no perfume sample in this month's box! That makes me wonder if Sephora is changing the boxes. It was always marketed as containing four deluxe samples and a bonus perfume sample. I know that some people would get bent out of shape about the perfume because you can walk into Sephora anytime and get as many samples as your heart desires, for free. I also notice that we got a foil packet sample, which really does not qualify as "deluxe," pretty much taking the place of the perfume. Most foil packets are one time use sized. Finally, we even have a repeat product in this box.

IGK Hot Girls Shampoo and Conditioner

The first item in the Play! by Sephora September box is a shampoo and conditioner foil packet sample. This duo claims to be great for those with damaged hair due to heat and/or coloring by providing deep hydration to revive dry, overworked hair. Interestingly enough, you are only supposed to apply a dime sized amount of the shampoo. That does not sound like enough shampoo for me, and this really is a one time use foil packet. The conditioner does not state how much to use. I will probably use this set up in one use.

 IGK Hot Girls Shampoo and Conditioner
 IGK Hot Girls Shampoo and Conditioner

Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum

This product claims to be the first ever "pressed serum." Serums tend to be a liquid product, but this one is more like a lightweight cream. The scent is very odd, in fact, it almost smells like cookies to me. This is basically a product for aging skin. It claims to smooth and visibly refine dull, uneven skin. The directions state to apply it to the face and neck at night. I think it is mind blowing that the full-sized product costs $95!

 Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum
 Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

As you may or may not know, I am a huge Urban Decay fan with my own UD stash. I always get pumped when I get a UD sample. The shade Amulet is absolutely stunning and best described as a cross between brick red and rose. This liquid lipstick is supposed to be waterproof, long lasting, comfortable, and have intense pigmentation with a satin matte finish. The application directions say to line your lips, apply one coat of product, and add more until you reach your desired level of pigmentation. I can say that the swatch was so creamy and extremely pigmented in one swipe. It dried down fully matte in minutes. I would call it matte, not satin matte. It also has glitter in it. The applicator is a bent, or angled, doefoot. I provided a picture of the swatch dried down because I did not let it dry before taking the doefoot picture.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Amulet
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Amulet

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Amulet applicator
Amulet applicator

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Amulet swatch
Amulet swatch

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

So, I have some thoughts about this product. We already received this cream in a past box. On one hand, I really liked this product because it is lightweight, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated to the touch all day, and it has a pleasant fresh and clean smell. On the other hand, in place of this repeat we could have tried something new. Also, I take pride in panning samples and in trying to use stuff up when I can. I find it slightly annoying that I already panned this and have to do it again. Deluxe samples really do take time to use up. Anyway, this product is a gel-cream moisturizer that you can apply to your face and neck daily.

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr Wear Waterproof in Black Lace 

This is another so-so sample for me. This is a basic black eyeliner pencil. It reminds me very much of the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL pencil we got a few months ago. I really do not see a difference, and surely do not need another pencil. I will say that the swatch glided onto my arm effortlessly, and without tugging. You will be able to notice in the picture that the eyeliner is not a fully opaque black on one swipe. You need to build it up for the true color payoff.

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr Wear Waterproof in Black Lace
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr Wear Waterproof in Black Lace 

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr Wear Waterproof in Black Lace swatch
Black Lace swatch

Benefit Gimme Brow in Deep

The last product in the Play! by Sephora September box is a beauty guru favorite that I am very excited about. It looks like they sent me the right shade. Gimme Brow is a water-resistant, volumizing fiber gel. I really like the tiny, cone-shaped wand. It is smaller than any other brow product in my collection.

Benefit Gimme Brow Deep
Benefit Gimme Brow in Deep
I really do not know how I feel about this Play! by Sephora box. My favorite products are the Urban Decay liquid lipstick and Gimme Brow. I am highly disappointed by the repeat product and foil sample. I am not missing the perfume necessarily. It might be nice to get one every once in a while to keep me smelling expensive. What are your thoughts on this box? Do you like the changes? Feel free to start a discussion in the comments. Until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

Be sure to check out my August 2017 review and all of my Play! by Sephora reviews.

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