I didn’t give it much thought when I bought the latest Sephora Glitter Eyes for Real Life beauty box. I love glitter, shimmers and metallic makeup. Plus, it’s a secret power of Sephora that made me do it. The result turned out to be mixed feelings for me. If you love grown-up glitter, read on! Plus, I have a preview of the upcoming Play! Luxe Vol 1 by Sephora Beauty Box! *This post contains spoilers.

UPDATE 7/17: PLAY! by Sephora: Luxe ’18 Volume 1 $25 ($110.00 value) available now.

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Sephora Glitter Eyes for Real Life Beauty Box

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What it is:
A beauty box that includes access to a live-streamed class to learn about the glitter eye trend.

What it does:
PLAY! SMARTS is the latest offering from PLAY! by SEPHORA that allows you to learn while you PLAY!

The very first edition of PLAY! SMARTS is all about the eyes. Get amazing products from Stila, Bite Beauty, Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora Collection, Grande Cosmetics, and OLEHENRIKSEN, plus access to an interactive class that has everything you ever wanted to know about the glitter-eye trend. You’ll get a one-time delivery of six trial-size eye products so you can stream your CRASH COURSE at the date and time specified in your box, ask our experts any questions you might have, and learn how to create the perfect glitter eye.

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Here’s what included in the 2018 PLAY! SMARTS Glitter Eyes for Real Life $20:

  1. BITE BEAUTY Prismatic Pearl Multistick in Rose Pearl 0.07 oz | Full size $24
  2. BENEFIT COSMETICS BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara 0.1 oz | Full size $24
  3. GRANDE COSMETICS Grand ASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum 1 ML ($32.50 value) | Full size $65
  4. OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème 0.1 oz | Full size $38
  5. SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Black Lace 0.48 g | Full size $10
  6. STILA Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma 0.03 oz | Full size $24

Plus, you’ll also get:
– A limited-edition, reusable beauty bag
– Access to an exclusive live-streamed CRASH COURSE
– Informational SMART CARDS for each product
– SMART PASS good for 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with in-store purchase

PLAY! SMARTS: Glitter Eyes for Real Life is a one-time purchase, not a monthly subscription.

You can see the upcoming Play! Luxe Vol 1 by Sephora $25 information here (6 luxury trial size box – no subscription).

2018 PLAY! SMARTS Glitter Eyes for Real Life Reviews

The makeup sequin bag is nice. I don’t have one like that. I wish that we can use 50 bonus points for online purchase. The crash course will air on Sephora’s YouTube channel on July 15th at 8PM EST. Their SMART CARDS for each product contain nice info and how to!

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STILA Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma Review (Champagne with silver and copper sparkle) 0.03 oz | Full size $24

Taking the ‘lip lacquer’ phenomenon and modifying it for eyes, Stila’s Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows are set to be this year’s beauty game-changer. Prepare to be spellbound by the oh-so-shiny, richly saturated colour pigment that takes glossy shimmer to dizzying new heights. It has the same show-stopping texture as your best-loved liquid lipstick, which stays dazzling for several hours after application.

IcanGWP review: I planned to buy this eyeshadow and now I don’t have to spend $24 for the full size, yay! This product is amazing. Stila nailed it. I have tried several glitter and metallic eyeshadows. They fall out, are harsh on the lids, look too glittery… causes a lot of trouble to find a perfect glitter liquid eyeshadow. This glowing gold shadow looks stunning, bold and so pretty for summer months. It stayed on so well without any glitter primer or any eyeshadow primer. It does slide at the end of the day but very minimal.

OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème Review 0.1 oz | Full size $38


OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright eye cream brightens and instantly targets fine lines and wrinkles, delivering age-defying results. Collagen-boosted, it firms and deeply hydrates even as it feels deliciously lightweight making this your go to vitamin c eye cream that promises to help revive and illuminate the entire eye area over time.

Inspired by the makeup artist must-have—“banana powder”—this sunny yellow brightening eye cream contains special pigments to instantly brighten and color-correct the eye area. But that’s not all: It creates a smooth, well-rested canvas and is proven to improve concealer wear. Dark circles—diminished. Crow’s-feet—conquered.

IcanGWP review: The banana-orange-creamcicle is so delicious for our skin and also our nose! The yellow spongy mousse-like cream is instantly hydrating and brightening my undereye area. I like that they don’t put tons of silicone in it but Jojoba and Shea Butter and more goodies!

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GRANDE COSMETICS Grand ASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum review 1 ML ($32.50 value) | Full size $65

This award-winning lash enhancing serum infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids to promote naturally longer, thicker-looking lashes in just four to six weeks, with full results in three months. It’s a favorite for helping to enhance short or thinning lashes, and it’s also ideal for restoring the appearance of brittle or damaged lashes.

This product is dermatologist approved, vegan, cruelty-free, and safe to use with eyelash extensions and can help promote a longer lasting bond life. Please note: to receive the full treatment, be sure to finish the entire tube (a three-month supply) within a three month time period.

IcanGWP review: This lash enhancing serum gets 4.4 average review from over 1K people at Sephora’s site. People really said it worked and showed their before and after lashes’ results which are outstanding. They provide a six-week sample for us and we should see the results! It’s so tempting.

First day – I tried, it got into my eyes and burned. Never mind, it will show a miracle in a few weeks, put my makeup on and go on…

The next day, put it on again. I cleaned the tip to remove excess liquid. Still feel burning a bit. I showered up at night and was about to put the lash serum on again to find out that I now have UGLY RACCOON EYES…. squealing with pain … banana doesn’t help. I’ve never gotten darkened goggle eyes like this no matter how sick or sleep deprived I’ve been. It has darkened my eye lids and under eye area in TWO applications. It looked brown with an orange undertone, so ugly. I felt so dumpy.

I just watched The Incredibles 2 and the funny raccoon is haunting me a bit. Will the raccoon stop and the miracle start?

FYI – I have used the full size Shiseido full lash serum and didn’t experience this. It may be only me who has some sensitivity with something in it. I could try to re-purpose it as an eye brow enhancing serum?

BITE BEAUTY Prismatic Pearl Multistick in Rose Pearl Review 0.07 oz (metallic rose with green and violet shimmer) | Full size $24

This shimmering multistick delivers weightless, layerable color in a silicone-free formula. Like Bite Beauty’s original Multistick, Prismatic Pearl Multistick is breathable, blendable, and buildable. Wear each of the universally flattering pearl-inspired shades on their own for a mesmerizing monochromatic look, or layer them over any eye, cheek, or lip color—including original Multistick—for transformative dimension.

IcanGWP review: Rose pearl is SUPER glittery and a truly gorgeous alternative lip color. Only rose glitters seem to show. I like it as a lip topper. It’s dragging and barely shows up on my eye lids.

BENEFIT COSMETICS BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara Review 0.1 oz | Full size $24

A 36-hour full-blast volumizing mascara that creates massive volume without weighing your lashes down.

Its gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger impact, and its custom big slimpact! brush is designed to reach from root-to-tip and corner-to-corner of your upper and lower lashes for volume that reaches 360º.

IcanGWP Review: The wand is the opposite of the infamous Benefit They’re Real Mascara that has an awesome big spiky tip. It has a fir tree-like shape with the extra slim tip. The bristles are extremely soft, flexible, very short and look sparse. It creates an insanely voluminous and dramatic curl. After it dried they became so incredibly lightweight. The ‘aeroparticles’ really make the formula lighter as claimed by Yohann Bichon, head of the mascara laboratory at LVMH. It’s a cool, water-resistant formula that doesn’t smudge or transfer. Tricky to apply and doesn’t clump them up too much. If you feel adventurous to find a new wet formula that ‘groups’ your lashes together for ultimate volume, give it a try. I’m actually gonna try to fit the “They’re real mascara” wand into this tube, that would be the most epic mascara ever!!

Final Thoughts

It’s 4 out of 6 samples that I really enjoy. It comes to $68 value but $32.50 is for the one lash serum that I can’t use. This box is a little overpriced for what it is. If you don’t currently subscribe to Play! by Sephora monthly beauty box, it’s a good chance to try some of these Sephora exclusives.

I hope you enjoyed the reviews!

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