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Yesterday brought another Cohorted ‘Black Edition Beauty Box’ delivery which means that it’s review day! As I always do, I’ll give a quick rundown on what Cohorted is, then will discuss what items I received in my Cohorted September 2017 box!
Cohorted is £35 a month, and contains a ‘selection of hand-picked beauty must haves, enclosed in an elegant all black exterior, and finished with a luxury hand tied bow’ (quoted from the Cohorted website) that they aim to deliver ‘by the 15th of each month’. The box contains full-sized products from high-end brands, and the total retail price of the items inside, is always much higher than the £35 you pay. As with all subscription boxes, you don’t know what you’re going to receive, however they have started sending ‘sneak peek’ emails which show one of the products.
This review is probably going to be long, as all my other beauty box reviews are, so get comfortable and grab a snack and a drink!
The photo above shows what I received in the September 2017 Cohorted Beauty Box. From left to right, top to bottom, I received the following:
- Lica Cole ‘The Good Vibe Discovery Kit’ (the three small pots in the photo) – £23.00
- Figs & Rouge ‘Smart Nutrient Vital Moisture Day Cream’ – £28.00
- Smith & Cult ‘The Shining Lip Lacquer’ in ‘The Warning’ – £21.00
- Cargo Cosmetics ‘Around the World’ Eye Shadow Palette – £32.00
- Benefit Cosmetics ‘Roller Lash’ Mascara – £10.00
This means that the total value for this box is £114!
The prices above have been taken from the booklet that comes with the box. However, this isn’t to say that you can’t get this items cheaper. After searching online I found that The Cargo Cosmetics ‘Around the World’ eye shadow palette is priced at $34 on the Cargo website (which would make it just over £25). Furthermore, the only UK websites that I’ve seen this on, apart from eBay, are Amazon and TK Maxx (TJ Maxx in the US). The palette is listed on Amazon for £17.89, and on the TK Maxx website for £8.00 (with the RRP stated as £16.99). This being said, even if the Cargo Cosmetics palette is worth the Amazon price of £17.89, the total price of the box would still be almost £100 which is a huge amount more than the £35 that was paid for the box and I’m really impressed with the value of the products in this month’s box!
Lica Cole ‘The Good Vibe Discovery Kit’ – £23.00
This Lica Cole kit, comes in a resealable bag, and contains three small pots of different product stacked on top of each other; a ‘organic cleansing smoothie’, a ‘organic polishing paste’, and a ‘organic whipped butter’.
Although each product comes in almost identical packaging, and initially I thought they were all the same, they actually all have different scents. The idea is that you use one as a cleanser (or in the shower), one to exfoliate, and to moisturise.
Organic Cleansing Smoothie
This is described on the packaging as ‘a wholesome blend of lemongrass & sage’. When I first saw the following phrase in the Cohorted booklet ‘you won’t want to shower with anything else again’, I thought this was a shower gel type product. However, after looking on the Lica Cole website it details the product type as a ‘cleanser’.
Furthermore, the product claims are ‘kissable, fresh skin’, ‘leaves skin refreshed and moisturized’, and ‘boosts suppleness and smoothness to keep you looking as gorgeous as you feel’. Additionally, the product direct to ‘Apply to damp skin morning and evening. Rinse off and pat dry’.
I personally haven’t tried this yet, but as a consumer I find the product quite confusing. Whilst it says that ‘you won’t want to shower with anything else again’, it also says it’s a cleanser that is supposed to be used twice a day. I don’t tend to shower twice a day, or apply cleanser in the shower, so I’m confused about how this is supposed to be used, and what parts of the body it is meant to be used on. Furthermore, if this is supposed to be a shower product, the pot is really tiny and I don’t think that it would last very long, especially if it’s being used twice a day.
Organic Polishing Paste
This product has a similar description as ‘a wholesome blend of bergamot & lemon’. However, I much prefer the scent of this one, even though they both say they have scents of orange, over the cleansing smoothie as it smells much more fruity.
The ‘polishing paste’ claims that it will create ‘smooth and luscious skin’, ‘eliminate toxins from pores’, and ‘gives your skin some love with purifying ingredients’. This product’s directions are ‘massage the polishing paste into your wet or damp skin. Using circular motions, gently scrub away dead skin. Rinse and pat dry’.
As with the previous product, the amount of product that you get in the pot so small so I don’t see it lasting very long. If you were to use this on your face only then I think you could possibly get a lot of use out of it, however I tend to use exfoliating products on my body so I don’t think that this will last me very long.
Organic Whipped Butter
Again this product as a similar description and is detailed as ‘a wholesome blend of geranium & bergamot’. I really think that these products have been carefully chosen so that they go together perfectly, with the cleanser containing lemongrass and sage, leading into the polishing paste having lemon and bergamot, into the butter having bergamot and geranium.
This product claims that it ‘acts as your skin bodyguard wielding the power of vitamins and antioxidants’, ‘gives you that deep moisturization you need to stay fierce’, and ‘keep skin hydrated all day long’. The directions for this product, is similar to the other products in this line, directing to ‘massage into clean skin in the morning and evening’.
I think out of the three products this one is the one that I would be most likely to use, and actually the small pot is more practical as I’ll be able to keep it with my beauty products and I think it would be useful to take out in my bag on the go. Furthermore, I’m likely to only use this product on my face as I tend to use larger Soap and Glory body butters on the rest of my body.
Overall, I don’t think that this is a set for me. I do appreciate that it is organic and I like that it comes in a set instead of having to buy each product separately. However, for me personally, I find that £28 for how small the pots are, to be out of my price point. I do think that these would be great for travelling though, so if you’re looking for a set of products to travel with and you think this is in your budget, then I would recommend these.
If you would like to try this product then you can do so on the Lica Cole website here (price is in dollars).
Figs & Rouge ‘Smart Nutrient Vital Moisture Day Cream’ – £28.00
I honestly think that this was one of the products that I was most drawn to – although that’s hard to say as I was really excited by most of them. I have other products with hyaluronic acid in (from The Ordinary – you can read my review on that here), and I find that it really helps with my dry skin without feeling heavy or greasy. So when I saw that this had hyaluronic acid, I was really excited to try it.
In the Cohorted booklet, the product is described as ‘an ultimate replenishing Day Cream complex that delivers instant & long last hydration to leave skin smooth & radiant. Formulated with moisturising ‘Smart Nutrient’ Technology & Nourishing Vitamin Complex A, C, E’.
I used this product both last night before I went to bed (yes it is called a day cream, yes I am using it at night; I am rebelling) and today, and found that my skin felt super moisturised and looks great. I did have some dry patches this morning but after using the cream, it’s completely gone. Additionally, this product smells amazing. I’m not really sure how to describe it, it’s a perfume smell and it almost smells expensive (if that makes sense to anyone).
If you think this product is something you would enjoy then you can find out more through the following link to the Figs & Rouge website here.
Smith & Cult ‘The Shining Lip Lacquer’ in ‘The Warning’ – £21.00
This was the sneak peek product that was emailed out for the September month. Whilst it said in the email that the shade was ‘The Warning’, it also said ‘shades may vary’. I actually already have this product in ‘The Warning’, so I was hoping that I would get a different shade. As it’s just my luck, I didn’t and I received the same colour I already have. So this product will be going into my giveaway box (which is continuously growing).
I personally am not a huge fan of this product, I find it to be quite gloopy and sticky. Unlike the Fenty Beauty gloss that I recently reviewed (you can read that here), I find that this product feels heavy on my lips. Additionally, when I wore it for an Instagram picture recently I found that it bled out of my lip line and was just generally difficult to control and keep looking crisp. However, I really love the colour and how glossy this product is, and I probably would have tried it in a different shade if I had been sent a different one.
If you want to try any of the shades of this Smith & Cult product then you can do so through the following link to their website.
Cargo Cosmetics ‘Around the World’ Eye Shadow Palette – £32.00
I’m not going to lie, I was VERY excited to see this palette. The whole reason I subscribed to Cohorted in the first place was because I saw that they had given out palettes before and I thought it would be a great way to try new palettes that I may not have picked myself. Strangely, this was the exact palette I saw when I was researching into Cohorted, and I know for a fact that it was sent out in a box around this time last year. As I said in the intro, I have seen this palette in TK Maxx and have considered buying it a few times so I’m glad that it was in the box with other items.
The Cohorted booklet has the following description of the palette:
‘Let Cargo take you Around the World with this 12 shade eye shadow palette!
Eye shadows are arranged into 3 quads and 6 duos of expertly coordinated shades to achieve a variety of looks.
This palette will help you create your perfect look, no matter where in the world your travels take you!’
It also states that the palette contains 6 matte and 6 shimmer shade (it also comes with a dual-ended eye shadow brush)
In terms of the colours, I don’t think they’re massively unique or exciting. Additionally, whilst the lighter colours do look nice in person in a finger swatch, they don’t pick up well in photos (click the photos to enlarge) which is why I’ve included two photos – one of the whole palette and one of the lighter colours. I think the colours being organised into 3 quads and 6 duos is really smart and helpful and I think that this palette would be good for beginners (the back of the palette also contains diagrams of where to place the eye shadows).
I did use this palette when I received it yesterday and found that the lighter colours didn’t really show up very well and were best applied with my finger. Additionally, although they come off as shimmery in the finger swatch, they don’t have any shimmer when applied to the eye. I do think this palette would be fantastic for a dark smokey eye, and although I wasn’t intending to create one when I was using this palette yesterday, it did end up turning into a dark smokey eye. Personally, I’m unsure if I will use this palette a lot, but I’m still grateful to have it. One thing I know for sure is that I will reach for this when I want to make a dark smokey eye, I just may add in a few orange or red colours from a different palette.
If you like the look of this palette then you can buy it on the Cargo website here.
Benefit Cosmetics ‘Roller Lash’ Mascara – £10.00
I can already hear the disbelief before I say this but… I have never tried the Benefit ‘Roller Lash’ mascara. I’m not 100% sure why, I just think that I found my way to other mascaras before this one, and typically I tend to stay away from really hyped up products. A while ago I was looking into getting a new (hyped) mascara but opted for the Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara instead. So, shock aside, I was EXTREMELY excited to see this in the box so that I could finally try it out.
Honestly, I am absolutely shocked about how amazing this mascara is. I don’t really have words to explain how incredible this is. On my lashes I found it lengthened, separated and defined, without any clumps. The wand is thin and slightly curved on one side which allows it to really easily curl and lengthen my lashes. I have not seen my lashes look this good, possibly ever. I think this is actually the first time I’m ever going to say this but, the hype is real with this product. I used this both yesterday and today and can’t find fault with it yet. I would 100% recommend this, I’m actually really surprised at how good it is. I will definitely be buying a full-sized version.
Overall, I actually think that September 2017’s Cohorted ‘Black Edition Beauty Box’ is my favourite that I’ve received so far. I will definitely be using all of this month’s products, and I’m especially impressed by the Figs & Rouge ‘Smart Nutrient Vital Moisture Day Cream’, the Cargo Cosmetics ‘Around the World’ Eye Shadow Palette, and of course the Benefit Cosmetics ‘Roller Lash’ Mascara, and I can definitely see myself using them in the future. I will also use the Lica Cole ‘The Good Vibe Discovery Kit’, although it may not last as long as I would want it to. I am really, really impressed with this month’s box and can’t wait to see what’s in the October box!
If you’re interested in the Cohorted monthly box then you can subscribe through their website for £35 a month.
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