Beauty Product Discovery – Cohorted Beauty Box July 2018 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

After an amazing Cohorted box last month, full of Doucce makeup, I thought there is no way this month won’t be a disappointment. But while Cohorted July wasn’t as exciting as the Doucce June box, it was definitely not disappointing either.

 

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This month Cohorted reminded me of it’s direct rival, My Little Beauty box, because it contained so many products and that is the main characteristic of the latter.

The Cohorted box was as always the standard black, square box that closes magnetically and ties with a ribbon. The box also came with it’s monthly, small beauty magazine (about 30 pages) that tells you a little bit more about each product and some featured products or artists.

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Cohorted July 2018 contained 6 products, from left to right as seen in the picture: a lip plumper, a bronzer, a brush, a makeup remover and toner, a powder puff and two nail varnishes.

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Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. These are short reviews that cover first impressions and experiences from using the products. For full reviews, including ingredient analysis and if I would recommend a product or not, check out: Bonds of Beauty (all articles here). Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!

To subscribe to Cohorted and get £5 off your first box click here and use the code: 6z8sdk

 

Skin Chemists Advanced Lip Plump

I’ve tried the Skin Chemists Lip Plump before and although it was easy to use and smells nice it just never did anything for me other than give me soft, menthol smelling lips.

This was the exact case here too. This advanced lip plumper didn’t really plump my lips at all. It smells exactly the same as their “normal” lip plump, strongly of sweet menthol, and it also looks the same, a pale pink sticky gel-liquid.

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Quite frankly until I read the word “Advanced” on it, I thought it was exactly the same product (as the Rose Quarts Lip Plump). I really don’t know, from just using them, how these two differ, other than the packaging looks slightly different. I’m hoping that the difference between the two is in the ingredients, although if they don’t behave differently, then it is a bit of a failure in my opinion.

If you missed the Skin Chemists Rose Quarts Lip Plump review click here.

The advanced one comes in what looks like the same bottle with the same applicator but with an extra metallic cover over it which is meant to make it look more fancy.

This 8mL tube retails for a whopping £96.90 which is around the same ball park as what the Rose Quarts Lip Plump retails for as well, on the brand’s website, which all makes me really confused as to where is this advanced difference?

As I said in my review of the rose quarts, if you are reaching the 3 digit type of prices for a lip plumper (this is around £100) then you might want to consider lip fillers instead!

This product lasts for 12M and for me it behaves like a lip gloss. SCORE = 7/10

 

Laura Geller Beach Matter Baked Bronzer in Colour Siesta Medium

I love a good bronzer and…just look at it. It’s so gorgeous.

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The outer packaging is simple but cute, bearing the typical Laura Geller branding but the actual bronzer packaging is really nice. It looks like a metallic gold cover (but it’s plastic) and it even has a giant mirror inside.

The bronzer bed is decorated in a simple but also “I don’t want to ruin this” type of cushion pattern and the product has a faint but sour scent, almost like a sour yogurt. Don’t worry though, it is very faint and you will not smell it unless you put your nose in the pan.

The bronzer came in the colour Siesta Medium which admittedly is not a colour I would have chosen for my pale complexion, even in my tanned days, and is one of those examples where Cohorted falls a little short due to it’s lack of a user beauty profile.

Nevertheless, the product is buildable, so you can use as little or as much as you want, and it lasts all day. It is a baked hydrating bronzer which I guess refers to the fact that it contains shea butter and Jojoba seed oil, as well as some fruit extracts. Don’t rely on this for hydration, this bronzer is not skincare moisturising worthy but at least the powder won’t dry you out!

It’s an almost “cosmeceutical” type of makeup item, it has a primary makeup function but also some secondary skin goodies. I love that and I wish more makeup moved towards this direction.

This is a full size product which lasts for 18M and retails for £26. SCORE = 9/10

 

Laura Geller Retractable Powder Brush

And with the bronzer comes a brush too! Why not!

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This is a retractable travel friendly brush with a cap. Although, it’s not useful only when you are travelling, but also in general for protecting the brush from dust. Nothing is more annoying that finding little dust traces on your face while doing your makeup! Is it just me?

The outer of the brush is metallic but not very durable. It is quite easy to bend with a little force.

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However, the brush is super, super soft and it works really well with the bronzer but also with blushes. It also washes well and is easily reusable.

This full size brush retails for £12 which for a branded brush is actually cheap! I just wish the outer metal was a little more durable. SCORE = 9/10

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Anne Semonin Botanical Milk and Toner

This little makeup remover milk and toner is travel friendly and works well.

The milk has a soft cosmetic makeup remover type of scent and the toner a slightly more refreshing but still soft and cosmetic scent. They both work well and do not leave any sticky residues behind.

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You might need to go over makeup skin a few times in order to get it all off, but that is true with almost all makeup removers anyway.

The bottles are made of plastic and the branding is simple but professionally looking.

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The only let down for me is the word “botanical” on these two products. The only “botanical”ish type of ingredient in the milk is the Ulex Europaeus Leaf/Root/Stem Extract which is also the last ingredient in the list meaning there is only tiny amounts of it. I also wonder, which one is it? Is it the leaf the root or the stem extract? Or is it a mixture?

The toner contains Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract which is the closest to fit the botanical statement. However, bear in mind that it also contains methylparaben, if you prefer to avoid parabens.

In general, I think that the word botanical is a marketing hook. There is only really 1 “botanical” ingredient in each product and I’ve seen other products containing witch hazel extract without having to promote themselves as botanical. It’s a fancy name that will just leave you disappointed with what the actual ingredients are.

Other than that, the products worked well and these 40mL travel size bottles retail for £8 each. Quite a lot of money for a single botanical ingredient at the end of the ingredient list. SCORE = 7/10

 

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Vintage Cosmetics Powder Puff

Two words. Super fluffy!

I never thought I need a powder puff until I got one. This powder puff is meant to enhance the longevity of your makeup and is meant to be used with loose or pressed powders to keep your makeup flawless.

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The fluffiness is meant to reduce product waste and mess while holding the powders. Although it is soft (but not super soft, it’s slightly rough) and it looks really nice, I thought that this is one of those “works better on paper” type of products.

It still makes a mess, that’s what happens when you use loose powder and I can’t say that it helped keeping my makeup longer, that would be more likely due to the powder I applied, not the puff. Because it is so fluffy it also leaves traces of fluff on your face which can be annoying to remove while trying not to “scratch” or ruin fresh makeup.

However, it’s one of those vintage type of products that you might want to own but use more for decoration, rather than amazing application, on your beauty dresser.

This powder puff retails for £5 at Debenhams which at least is a price we can get behind! SCORE = 7/10

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Nails Inc Duo in Colours Queen Contour and Strobe of Genius

These two nail varnish colours are gorgeous (Queen Contour = rose gold and Strobe of Genius = gold) !

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Both nail varnishes looked nice on the nails and they lasted for about 2 days before they started chipping. That’s pretty much the average time a good nail varnish lasts me (the best nail varnishes like OPI last me 3 days but that’s the maximum).

I thought that the Queen Contour resisted chipping slightly better (just a feeling though, I don’t have a good measure of it) probably because the product is more homogeneous, whereas the gold Strobe of Genius has more “bits” in it? Who knows, as I said it was just a feeling.

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Their standard glass bottles look nice and although they are very standard, they don’t really need to be fancy. The Nails Inc branding is also simple but nice.

The only drawback is the chunky lid and how short the actual brush is. The combination of the two makes it very difficult to apply to the nails and you have to take the lid off and use them with their black plastic cap instead.

Both products smell strongly like a nail varnish and retail for £15 each. It’s a fair amount of money for a single nail varnish bottle but on the other hand, they last a while! SCORE = 8/10

 

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Overall, I was expecting this month’s Cohorted to be a let down, since last month was out of this world, but it really wasn’t at all. There were 8 items included all of which were brands and items worth trying!

Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 9/10

Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 7.8/10

Star product = Laura Geller Beach Matter Baked Bronzer in Colour Siesta Medium

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To subscribe to Cohorted and get £5 off your first box click here and use the code: 6z8sdk

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: BirchboxGlossyboxLook FantasticCohorted and My Little Beauty Box 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?”.

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

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