As per normal, the Cohorted November box was the standard black, square box that closes magnetically and ties with a ribbon. The box came with it’s monthly, small beauty magazine (only 31 pages) that tells you a little bit more about each product and some featured products or artists.
Although Cohorted doesn’t officially say it follows a them, you can usually guess a theme from reading the editorial intro of the magazine. For this month it seems like they went for “goodies to prepare and protect your skin for the winter chill”. Jusging from the products contained, I’d say the theme definitely fits which is great! It sounds so simple and straight forward, but beauty boxes don’t always get the theme and the products right.
This month’s Cohorted box contained 5 unique products, from left to right: a liquefied lipstick, an illuminating primer, two samples of face cream, a mascara and a hand cream.
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!
Too Faced Melted Liquefied Longwear Metallic Lipstick Chocolate
Too Faced is a huge brand that rarely gets a product completely wrong. Even if something didn’t work for you (as beauty is very personal) it usually works for others and so it is very rare to find a product that just simply doesn’t work.
This liquefied lipstick is definitely not the exception. It does work and it does fit with the Too Faced design and product character. If there is something that Too Faced does incredibly well, is producing products that look and often smell appealing and on top of that, products that actually have character.
This lipstick is not exactly a liquid lip, it does not dry and stay all day but is rather a liquefied lipstick. It behaves like a normal lipstick, it comes off if you eat, drink or kiss someone, for example, but it is applied as a liquid.
The particular one I got in the box is the colour Metallic Chocolate and it gives a nice metallic brown colour. It is not too sticky and even though it does come off, it lasts longer than normal lipsticks. To compliment it’s nice and shiny colour, the lipstick also has a chocolate smell which will almost definitely make you crave chocolate.
It is a very good product overall and I even like the cushion applicator it comes with (see picture). It comes with a relatively high price tag of £19.00, but it is totally worth it considering the quality, looks and even the gorgeous smell.
If I have to say something negative about this it would only be on the colour. It is a gorgeous colour and I love the metallic aspect to it, as it gives it dimension and makes it not look like “poop colour”, but I think that the pinks and reds are even nicer. I’d give it a 10 if it had an extra vitamin or ingredient to nourish for the skin. It does have vitamin E but if I can be super picky, so do a lot of products this day. I just wish there was that little extra ingredient to make this product even more special. SCORE = 9/10
Figs and Rouge Light Reflective Brightening Primer and Illuminator
I love that Cohorted seems to include Figs and Rouge products often, as they are a great brand that is not otherwise easily accessible. I love their hyaluronic acid and vitamin infused moisturiser that was in October’s Cohorted and I love the primer too!
This primer comes with a lot of claims: neutralises redness and blemish marks, ensures the perfect base for make up, anti-flammatory formulation, minimises large pores and illuminates the skin. Well it definitely does illuminate the skin but at the same time it does add a slight amount of peachy/pink colour. It can be easily covered with foundation though, so no worries. It is essentially a cream/liquid with small glitter pieces in it so you could also use it as a highlighter.
It slightly, very slightly, blurs small pores but doesn’t really do anything for larger pores. It is also not the best but neither the worst for oily skin. It dries completely when you put it on, it is oil free and it has some ingredients that could help, slightly, with oil absorption. If you are very oily, don’t rely on it though.
I’m not sure if it helps redness and blemishes, there were sometimes when I thought it does and others when I felt it didn’t, so I’d advice you try it out on your skin and see if you feel that it works for you.
At the back of the tube it says it is “enriched with Vitamin B5 & Sodium salicylate to promote collagen synthesis”. This is not entirely true, it is a twisted truth if you like. It contains panthenol which is the pro-vitamin B5 meaning that this molecule still needs to be converted by your body to the actual vitamin B5 called pantothenic acid. Additionally, it does not contain sodium salicylate it actually contains salicylic acid. Similar molecules but why not just say the actual one it contains? Anyhow, these are indeed good nutritional ingredients required for healthy and youthful skin so this is a primer with a little added extra skin love.
If I’m completely honest, I really liked this primer but as a chemist I really disliked that the ingredients mentioned were not accurate to what was contained. They were not entirely promotional lies or anything like that but I don’t see why they couldn’t say it contains pro-vitamin B5 instead of vitamin B5, for example. Don’t oversell what it is!
This retails for £35 which is definitely on the expensive side. There are other nourishing primers that are either cheaper or at least contain 10mL more product that thins 30mL tube. The illuminating part though is definitely very pretty. SCORE = 8/10
Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi Correcting Cream
Well, I wasn’t happy last month, when Cohorted added free samples and I am not this month either. I love Lancôme products but I do not like finding samples of them in Cohorted. This is the one beauty box that prides itself for containing full size, branded products so why are we now getting small samples that even at the back of them say “free sample, not for sale”. You could go to a Lancôme counter and get these for free.
Anyhow, beyond that the creams are good. I can’t say that I noticed a difference in my skin but as with any skin care product, you would have to use it for 1-2 months before you could realistically conclude if it is working for you or not. Skin care is a long term “treatment/plan” and until you have been consistent and used it for long you can never truly judge a product.
However, I can tell you that this cream feels and smells nice. It gets completely absorbed by the skin and does not leave any sticky residues behind. It contains some nourishing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) and rye seed extract.
It is primarily a moisturiser and even has an SPF20 which is great! It works well under make up and although it won’t add to your oils, if you are oily like me, it won’t control them either. It’s a cream worth trying out, if nothing else, it offers a high SPF protection for daily wear.
It retails for about £10 per 10Ml which is not bad for a high end brand. This means thought that Cohorted totally overpriced the value of this month’s box, not only because these two are actually free samples which they counted as worth £20 but even if they were not free, they should have cost about £10, for both, as they are 5mL each. SCORE = 8/10
New Cid I-intense Mascara Black
I’ve never used a product from this brand and so this was very exciting and I do love that Cohorted likes to include a product each month for “product or brand discovery” purposes.
Unfortunately though, this product really didn’t do it for me. This mascara feels and looks cheap. It is very light weight to pick up and even things like the lid feel very thin and plasticky. Not to mention that the lid comes off too (see picture below). It just feels even cheaper than drugstore products which means that the £20 price tag is incredibly high.
The beauty magazine says that “the brush delivers superior separation whilst volumizing ingredients and flexible polymers plump up, lengthen and perfectly separate every single lash in an easy sweep”. Well, I can’t say it was that magical for me, it was just another mascara and a little on the dry side too. It lasts a few hours but not all day.
It’s definitely not a bad mascara, it does work, but it’s not the kind of mascara that I would remember to reach for, especially not for special looks. It definitely cannot beat the Too Faced Better than sex or the Marc Jakob Velvet Noir which are my current champions and the fact that it looks and feels so cheap doesn’t give you that feminine feeling, that “I can’t wait to use this” type of mood. It’s just a little forgettable and overpriced. SCORE = 5/10
Plum and Ashby Honey and Jojoba Oil Hand Cream
So glad there was a hand cream in this month’s box. I get really dry hands in general (but I have a very oily face, go figure) and on top of that, I wear gloves for hours sometimes when I work in a chemistry laboratory. I’m always carrying a hand cream with and I highly recommend you do the same, especially in winter.
This is definitely a lovely choice. Even though it has a plain/standard metallic tube look, it actually doesn’t look or feel cheap. Sometimes when a product is very good, it comes across even if the packaging does not scream “I am amazing”.
This hand cream spreads easily and gets absorbed quickly and fully. No residue or strange feeling left behind. It smells nicely cosmetic/floral/honey and jojoba and it leaves the skin nicely moisturised. Other than of course, honey and jojoba oil, it contains corn poppy extract, plant butters and vitamin E.
This tube retails for £15 which is actually not a bad price. Neither cheap nor expensive. It is not tested on animals and it is paraben free. The formulation is not particularly complicated but you know, if it works, it works. Why break it? SCORE = 8/10
Overall, I can’t say that I didn’t like this month’s Cohorted box but I was neither as happy and excited as I usually am with this box. I hope to never again find free samples in this box but the Too Faced and Figs and Rouge products saved the day.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.6/10
Star product = Too Faced Melted Liquefied Longwear Metallic Lipstick Chocolate
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!
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