Last box of February and with only Glossybox hitting the February “love theme” I wanted for the month, I had high hopes that Cohorted wouldn’t disappoint either. Unfortunately, this month’s Cohorted was a flop for me.
February’s Cohorted was a heavy makeup box. I guess the fact that it contained 2 highlighter products sort of fits what I expected but overall it just didn’t have that extra excitement, wow factor. January’s Cohorted was such a success for me which makes this one an even more of a disappointing follow up.
The Cohorted box was as always the standard black, square box that closes magnetically and ties with a ribbon. Even though it doesn’t have a special monthly themed design, like other beauty boxes do, it is still pretty. In 2017 I used to keep the Cohorted boxes around and reuse them for gifts, crafts and storage but I have to admit, the last 3 Cohorted boxes I received all fell apart within a few minutes of opening them. The box is glued together and breaks flat very easily. What happened Cohorted?
The box comes with a monthly, small beauty magazine (about 30 pages) that tells you a little bit more about each product and some featured products or artists. However, this month my box came without it. It just seems to me overall, that this month’s Cohorted box was not put together with love. Even the fact that it contains 2 products of the same use (2 highlighters) is just not great.
However, there is a reason why Cohorted is my favourite beauty box, because they rarely disappoint, so I’m sure that next month the box will be much better.
This month’s Cohorted box contained 5 unique products of which all were full size, from left to right: a highlighter palette, an essential oil, a highlighter stick, an eyeliner and a brush.
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!
Nyx Strobe Genius Illuminating Palette
Palettes are always fun to receive so this is the most exciting item of the box. Additionally, Nyx is in general a good quality brand in exchange of reasonable prices and so this palette is definitely a win.
I’ve actually tried this palette before and so I didn’t want to swatch it here so that I can give this to someone who will get the best out of it. Don’t get me wrong, it is very good palette especially if you are on a budget. The highlighters are beautiful, last a long time and add a nice shine to the face. On top of all that you get to choose as well what colour highlighter you prefer depending on what you are highlighting or even on the look you are going for.
However, for me they are just not as good as the Too Faced Love Light highlighters and so I prefer to pass them to someone who will love them a little more. This is truly just personal preference though, they don’t add much texture to the skin and they are generally pretty good.
The packaging is very simple, doesn’t contain a mirror and is made of plastic. However, that’s all absolutely fine if you consider the price you are paying for this! This palette retails for £16 and you get 7 different highlighter colours out of it (4 x 2g and 3 x 4g)! That’s not even close to the cost of 1 Too Faced highlighter (9g for £30). It lasts 24M and it is a lovely starter palette to learn and play around with highlight. SCORE = 8/10
Sanatio Naturals Sweet Orange Essential Oil
I love that Cohorted included a general wellbeing, relaxation type of product. This orange essential oil is very versatile and can be used in diffusers, baths, on the skin if you dilute it, in candles etc. The sky is the limit, you can use this oil in any way that suits you.
The outer packaging it comes in is really sturdy and it suits the essential oil look. The little bottle contains 10mL which might not sound like a lot but you only really need a drop or two at a time. It has a very strong orange scent which is very natural and sweet, almost like smelling an orange fruit directly.
I love that the bottle is dark blue and protects the oil from light damage. It lasts for 12M after opening. If you have a diffuser or take a lot of bubble baths this might come in handy. It is an especially nice scent for a bathroom or kitchen. This small bottle retails for £15. SCORE = 8/10
Ciaté Dewy Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm in Colour Gleam
This is a stick highlighter that you are meant to use under your highlighter to give it an extra lift. Quite frankly, it is pretty light reflecting itself so you can use it on its own too. It is meant to be a duo-chrome but for me it was just a nice golden colour.
It is truly beautiful and very easy to use as a stick. The only downside is that it is sticky, like a balm, and it doesn’t dry out. You will have to set it with something, without covering its shininess, otherwise your cheek bones will be sticky all day. Perhaps that is why it is meant to be used under another highlighter.
The shiny packaging with white stars is typical for the brand. In my opinion it doesn’t look very expensive but neither cheap. It doesn’t feel too heavy either but neither too light. By looking at it and not knowing the brand, I would have said it is a medium quality product. Neither high end nor the drugstore type.
It retails for £20 and lasts for 18M. If you need to juice up your highlighter give this one a go as an under-highlighter. You can never high enough highlighter right? SCORE = 8/10
Ciaté Chisel Eye Liner
Well a black eye liner might not be specifically “love” themed, however, it is a classic that everyone should have. I’ve tried a couple of different Ciaté liners so far and I have to say they are good. They are not the best or my go to eye liners to be honest, but they are not as bad as the drugstore ones.
I mentioned this above, for me Ciaté is a medium brand. Neither top notch but much better than the drugstore ones. This eyeliner definitely follows the trend.
It is nicely pigmented, easy to use and lasts for hours. It won’t be perfect if you sleep in it but it will still be somewhat there. It smudges slightly and it is not waterproof but that’s all ok for me. If you are spending a good amount of time perfecting your makeup, just don’t touch your face! No no!
The packaging is very standard and it lasts 6M which is more than enough time as that’s probably much longer that you should be using a liner for to avoid bacterial contamination. For more info see my post on Should we be using expired make up? What are the guidelines for the correct use of cosmetics?
Overall, it is a good liner it’s not amazing for me. I actually still like my holy grail Nyx eye liner better than this one and it is also cheaper. This liner retails for £16. SCORE = 7/10
CoverFX Contour Brush
Brushes should not come with rules. Are you with me? This is labelled as a contour brush but personally I would never use it for contouring. Brushes are meant to be tools for you to use in any way you like best and so if you think this brush would suit something other than contouring, go for it.
It is nicely made, looks sleek and simple and washes well. However, the bristles are on the medium roughness side, neither too soft or too harsh. I personally really dislike double ended brushes because you can’t have them stand up. As a result, I put those in a drawer and that’s were they get forgotten for ever. I’ll probably give this one away too.
This brush retails for £32 and there is no way I would have payed for it. For that kind of cash you can get 3-5 Spectrum Collections ones with much nicer appearance and softer bristles. SCORE = 7/10
Overall, I thought that this month was a disappointment for Cohorted. This box felt rushed as they included two products of the same use (highlighters) and 2 products of the same brand. I was expecting something a lot more special for the February and a few more high end products. As much as I think Nyx and Ciaté are very good quality brands, they are not high end. Cohorted is meant to be the one beauty box that focuses on full size high end products and it definitely fell short on that too this month. They also forgot to include the monthly beauty magazine…
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.6/10
Star product = Nyx Strobe Genius Illuminating Palette
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 all the details on how Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox performed in 2017 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2017 unboxing and reviews on Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox!”
For general subscription box reviews see the: 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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