Better late than never! Right? Although this review is for the September Play! box, I’m hoping it will still interest those of you to whom the service is not yet available.
This being the first box, I have some general thoughts on the service itself: Firstly, I was expecting more color. While I love all things cosmetic, I anticipated that this subscription service would really be focused mostly on makeup, instead of a mix of all worlds. Secondly, my box arrived REALLY late. I actually didn’t even get it until the beginning of October, which was disappointing because by the time it arrived, I had already seen other bloggers posting about theirs.
Let’s start at the top left, with Ole Henriksen’s Sheer Transformation moisturizer. This natural product is a great lightweight, oil-free hydrator, but is really ideal for Summer. I would expect something richer to be featured instead with the upcoming weather changes that are brought along by Fall and Winter.
This month’s goods did include one of my favorites – Marc Jacobs Highligner! I consider this to be the BEST waterline liner, with crazy pigmentation and unrivaled staying power.
Fragrance is very personal, but I do enjoy Nirvana White. It almost runs too floral for me, and I don’t wear it often, but it’s definitely a scent to try for a special occasion. This perfume is also very nostalgic in a way for me. I grew up loving the Olsen twins, and always wore Mary-Kate and Ashley jewelry and makeup. Now that we’ve all grown up, I can still wear their very sophisticated fragrances while maintaining that connection to childhood.
Rouge Infusion in Peony is a very thin textured lip stain that offers a nice wash of color, but again was something I consider a more summery product.
Do you remember when eye primers exploded onto the scene? They really caused a chain reaction in the makeup world that brought tons of exposure to prepping and priming, even to things like hair products! Enter Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser invisible oil priming spray. To be honest, I don’t really get a ‘priming’ result from it- I feel as though my other hair care has the same effectiveness and application ease whether I use this or not. However, I do like the way it allows me to detangle my hair while providing a light hydrating effect. It really seems more like a standard spray leave-in conditioner than a big innovation in hair.
Glamglow is one of my favorite brands! Their masks are amazing, and I actually hadn’t tried the cleanser before receiving this deluxe sample. My skin is dry and I rarely have issues with breakouts, but I do often get skin congestion around my nose and chin, and loved how clean my skin felt after using this with the clarisonic.
While the box itself is a great value at $10/month, all-in-all I’d like to see more makeup included, and a seasonal-appropriate selection. I still can’t wait to receive October’s box!