I can’t believe one more month has passed so quickly, and it is time again for a Cohorted review! As I explained previously, I always leave the Cohorted box last because it is a pre-order box and you wouldn’t be able to get this month’s box anyways. However, it is also my favourite subscription beauty box as it always has branded products (yes I am a sucker for brands I admit!) and the products are almost always full size or at the very least travel size. I love ending a hard working month with a little Cohorted treat and I can’t wait to open next month’s Cohorted!
The box design was as always the standard black Cohorted box that closes with a black ribbon bow and it also contained the usual small beauty magazine that tells you a little bit more about each product and some featured products or artists.
Cohorted doesn’t really follow a monthly theme like the other three subscription beauty boxes (Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic) but sometimes you can sort of guess a theme from the editorial intro. From that it appears that July’s Cohorted Subscription Beauty Box went for a “brand must haves” theme.
Like last month, Cohorted July 2017 also only contained 4 products instead of the usual 5 or 6 which was again slightly disappointing. Even though the value of the box remained the same, it just feels a little short when there’s only 4 products. I think 5 is the ideal number for a beauty box. Anyhow, let’s have a deeper look as to what was inside.
From left to right, the products were: a cream contour palette, a liquid lipstick and a gloss, a blush and a mascara.
Let’s dive in a little more deeply into how each product performed after a week’s use. Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and as beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, beauty requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. If you tried any of these please leave your comments below!
Bellápierre Contour & Highlight Cream Palette
Last month Cohorted included the Bellápierre highlighting palette and I absolutely love it! I have to say their contour palette didn’t disappoint either. I am not a huge fan of cream contouring, I usually go for powders but these were so creamy and easy to blend that I didn’t mind at all.The only thing I didn’t absolutely love about this palette was the brown colours. They are…well brown but not the exact “shade of brown” that I would go for if that makes sense. Especially in summer, I love the more “sunkissed brown” colours that bronzers usually have but that’s a personal preference and it’s only for summer.
These colours would work absolutely fine in winter and in summer if you are not as picky as me and the fact that there are different shades means that you can mix them or even choose which one you want depending on the look. The colours contained, in order from left to right, are: Souffle, Marzipan, Macaron, Caramel, Fudge and Ganache.
I actually found that the colour Fudge (the middle brown at the bottom row) went really well with the Doucce liquid lipstick included in this box as it comes off a little orangey brown and it complemented the orange lipstick well.
The ingredients are very simple but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The formula works and so why add more stuff to it? The less we have on our face the better right?
The packaging is made of cardboard but it does the job and the palette has a mirror inside. It closes magnetically so you don’t have to worry about it opening up in your handbag.
However, what I really loved about this palette is that, like the highlighting one, it is magnetic and you can remove the tins from it (there is no glue, they are just held in magnetically). This means that you can make a palette to suit your needs by mixing the highlighting and the contour colours that you most likely use which let’s be honest it won’t be all. You could choose 3 from each or maybe 4 contours and 2 highlighters etc. The tins are the same size in both palettes and so you can easily make a new one by combining the colours you prefer or use more often in one, making it easier to travel with or even have in your daily handbag. Alternatively, you could make one palette for light colours with both the light contours and highlights and one for darker colours so you can choose which one you want depending on the look.
The palette doesn’t really smell of anything and it came with instructions on how to contour depending on your face shape. A nice added bonus.
If I could only have one of the two palettes I would choose the highlighter one but if you don’t have a favourite bronzer or contour kit this palette is a good one to start from. It retails for £40 although I actually saw it on sale in TKMax for £10 and in other beauty retailers online for £30!
The company won the Natural & Organic award Europe 2017 as the Best Cosmetic Product and was highly recommended by Natural Health International Beauty Awards 2017 and Cruelty-Free International.
If there is a Bellápierre pattern here, then I bet next month they will include the Bellápierre eye brow palette. I actually hope they do because I want to try it out. SCORE = 9/10
Doucce Luscious Lip Stain Colour 619 Holiday Getaway
I never tried a Doucce liquid lipstick before so I was super excited to get this. The liquid lipstick also came with a gloss so you can wear it either matter or glossy depending on the occasion or your preference.
The colour shown on the outer packaging was a little misleading. There is a 619 colour sticker on top of a nude pinky colour packaging so I initially thought that this would be a pink or a nude-pink lipstick. However, I was wrong! The colour contained is actually an orange and while I think the “619” colour is correct (also called holiday getaway) I am not sure that this is the correct packaging as the colour outside is very misleading.
Initially, I was really disappointed with the orange colour as it is not exactly a colour I would normally go for. Orange colours are very summery and unless the weather is scorching hot outside they might look a little strange. Also, orange lipstick colours or even ones with orange undertones (a red with an orange undertone for example) make your teeth look yellow not only because they might stain them but because of the colour contrast. Red’s and blue undertone colours on the other hand make your teeth look whiter. So why go for an orange lipstick? I know orange is one of the 2017 colours but I’d stick to orange tones as eye shadows not lipsticks.
Anyhow, beyond the colour disapproval I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this lipstick on. The orange definitely made my teeth appear “yellow”, quite noticeably actually, but as a lip colour it was much better than I thought. I complimented the lip with a blue dress on one occasion and a green t-shirt on another, both colours that make the orange lip pop and go nicely. So if you combine what you are wearing with an orange complimentary colour like blue or green then this can look quite nice. However, it is not a lip colour that you could wear with anything.
Having a quick look at the range of liquid lipsticks that Doucce has (they call them lip stains) was actually depressing as pretty much all other colours they do are nudes, browns, pinks and reds, all colours that I could wear on a daily basis with any outfit…all but this orange! Why Cohorted why?! *insert dramatic cry* I guess this was the colour they got for cheap or even free because no one bought it off Doucce…
I wasn’t very impressed with the quality of the liquid lipstick either. It’s not horrendous but it’s not as good as some other brands. It dries within a few minutes and gives a matte finish which actually doesn’t feel as dry as other liquid lipsticks. However, you can see the “dry texture” finish as it extenuates all the creases in the lips and it comes off in pieces which I found rather strange. It survives eating and drinking although like any liquid lipstick in comes off on the inside line of the lip but the majority, 95%, of the lip is intact.
At some point during the day, not long after I had food and within 3 hours of wearing it I realised that a piece had come off my top lip. It was so strange, the entire lip was intact and looked nice but there was one piece missing…It seems that this lip dries so much that it can actually crack and fall out as pieces. You can apply a layer over it to cover that piece but it just doesn’t give you much confidence. It didn’t last all day as the Cohorted Beauty magazine claims but rather maybe 3-4 hours. After that I had to take it off and reapply to make the texture and the lips look nice. You could leave it for longer than 3-4 hours it will still be there, mostly at least, but the texture won’t look or feel as nice.
It can be a little streaky, if you only apply one layer, so it is best to apply two but that’s ok that is something you would probably do with any liquid lip or normal lipstick. The lipstick looks much nicer with the gloss finish but you can easily wear it as a matte as well. I like that you get that option, you can basically have a daywear and a nightwear lipstick all in one. The gloss never dries out but it is not as sticky as normal glosses. The lipstick does come off slightly when you have the gloss on and strangely it also comes off (slightly but less than with the gloss) without the gloss when it’s matte, mainly from the corners of the lip where your lips get more wet naturally or from the drink.
The packaging is very nice and it feels and looks like a quality product. The lipstick wand is like any other liquid lipstick, just your standard wand but the gloss one was a little weird. I can only describe it as maybe 10 brush hairs all glued together to make a stiff but thin brush end. I’m not sure if it is meant to be stiff or it is meant to be like a brush but mine was completely stuck together as a stiff brush. This made applying the gloss quite weird as it moved the lipstick colour around but it did work. Even when the liquid lipstick is dry, it comes off (a little not much) on the gloss brush when you apply the gloss. This also means that the lifetime of the gloss is limited and it will eventually pick up a tint of colour which then means you cannot use it with other lipsticks. Perhaps use an external lip brush of your own to apply the gloss and colour addition.
I wish this lip stain came with a mirror because this is a liquid lipstick that I would have to keep checking that it is still intact and still all on my lips. Other than that it wasn’t too bad and it strangely felt less drying on the lips than other liquid lipsticks even though it clearly did dry enough to start falling out as pieces. I will use it up in hot summer days with appropriate outfits but I won’t be buying this one. It retails for £22 and you get both the lipstick and the gloss together. A good deal actually considering that’s what you would pay for other brands which would give you just a lipstick and no gloss. If only the formula was a little more long lasting…SCORE = 7/10
Ciaté London Glow to Illuminating Blush in colour Matchmaker
Gosh this product looks so pretty! The outer packaging is pretty, the inner blush is pretty, it’s all so pretty!
The outer packaging has a little white bow with white and pink gold stars on a beige background that also says Ciaté London. Inside the blush is shaped as a closed gift which has a bow and stars on it and the colour is a mixture of pink and golden highlight. This little super cute blush also has a mirror!
It is a very pretty blush too and the slight shininess (only slight don’t expect this to be a highlighter) makes it look quite natural. You can also build up the colour easily if you wish.
Because it has a “highlight” component, I also tried it as a cheekbone highlighter but that didn’t work at all. It is too pink and not enough “shiny” so it only works as a blush. A nice blush though which lasts all day.
Cute, cute, cute! It retails for £22 which admittedly is a little pricey but it is so cute you will probably use it and carry it with you all the time, so money well worth it. If it wasn’t packaged so nicely would I still like it as much? Probably not but it’s so cute! SCORE = 9/10
Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara Black
This is a monster sized mascara with a monster sized wand and it makes monster sizer eye lashes. That pretty much sums it all up for me.
I really liked this mascara, my eye lashes were huge and it is a fair size one to last for a while. The outer packaging is a matte black with a dark red cap made of plastic but it doesn’t look of feel cheap at all. It opens by twisting the wand like any other mascara. The wand inside is a monster size, quite a thick brush! I thought that my eyelashes would get lost in it but actually they almost became as big as it! I guess that’s party why this mascara works so well, the big thick wand ensures that all your lashes get coated and most importantly get coated evenly.
Really good mascara. Doesn’t feel sticky or heavy at all. Lasts as long as other mascaras and looks amazing. Doesn’t leave small black dots behind.
It retails for £20 and I would absolutely pay for that. I think I actually like it better than the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara, I can’t decide for sure, one makes them longer and the other thicker perhaps a combination of the two will be good! They are both at the top of my list. SCORE = 9/10
Overall I really liked the contents of this box but I was a little disappointed that it was only 4 items instead of 5. These 4 items were quite good though and all arrived in their original outer packaging which is amazing. It would have probably been a 10/10 for the box if there was one more item.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 9/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) =8.5/10
Star product = Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara Black
Did you get this month’s Cohorted? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!
For general Subscription Box reviews see my: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.
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