Play! by Sephora The All-Star Edition | Blog My Backlog

Happy Monday! This is a different type of review, but it was a really cool bag that Sephora released (I was actually in Europe so thoughts to husband who had to stop and wait while I grabbed this...we were in the middle of sightseeing) as a limited edition purchase. It was $20 with free shipping (for me, I don't know if it was free if you didn't have Flash/VIB Rouge) and it did show ahead of time what was included. I'm not sure if it did ship/arrive in the two days that I pay for because this showed up before I got back home. 


Yes, this included the now viral SK-II Essence. 



I like how they made it look similar to a typical Play! box but more...luxe.


This bag is insane. Thoughts to my camera because it freaked out while taking a picture of this. It's a good size and I currently use it as my current makeup bag for what I keep in my backpack. I can or cannot confirm that this will hold approximately 10 lipsticks in varying sizes.


Main info card.


Each item had a separate card. No, I didn't keep them. Yes, I recycled.


Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (Sample) - A Play! bag wouldn't be complete without a perfume sample. When I saw this was included, I admit I was sold instantly. This is in my top five of perfumes and I wear it somewhat frequently. This is actually the sample that I carry because it's small and I won't be completely devastated if it spilled (because I have a few samples).


Diorshow Mascara ($4.70) - I wish I could say that this is the best mascara or even somewhat amazing, but I didn't find all of the volume that I had hoped for from this. It's not a bad mascara, just not what I had hoped for.


SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($11.19) - Yikes at how much this costs. I get it's awesome, but I honestly don't see myself spending $200 on an essence unless I win the lottery. The recommended use is to soak a pad with this first, which is a great way to use way too much product. To be fair, I suck at a skincare routine (if someone has an easy list of what to use when, beep me) so I haven't seen any change in my skin...but I think I've used it thrice. Whoops. 


AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Crème ($24.00) - I wish this weren't so expensive because it's really, really good. My skin feels super moisturized and comfortable (does that make sense?). It's not a bad size so there are quite a few uses in there, but I just cannot see myself buying this in the somewhat near future. I've found a different moisturizer that works just about as good and it's a lot less expensive.


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($7.20) - This was a bit of a surprise for its inclusion, not because it's a bad product but because Hourglass isn't a super luxe brand...more of just a high-end. I'd still rather have this primer than almost any other 'luxe' primers. This is a really good oil-free primer (for those that want such) and it does an okay job at minimizing my pores. I don't see a huge result but on par with most.


Tom Ford Lip Color (Indian Rose) ($16.20) - Holy crap on a cracker, this is the perfect lip color/product for me. It's lightweight, moisturizing, and just looks so nice against my skin tone. I'm not a huge fan of the name and definitely not a fan of the price, but this would be the luxury product I repurchase from this bag.


Tom Ford Lip Color.


This bag was valued at $63.29, well over the cost of the bag. I expected a higher value return in this bag because of the higher cost and I was pleasantly surprised. While the products aren't ones I would probably pay for full-price, this was an awesome way to try out these luxe products and to see if they were actually worth the cost.

As always, let me know what you thought of this bag in the comments!


Kiersten Faythe
Kiersten Faythe

A lifestyle blog focusing on makeup, subscription boxes, and nail polish.