The Cohorted box was the third to arrive this month which was a little surprising as it is usually one of the last ones. Nevertheless, that doesn’t really mean anything, better early than late right?
Cohorted is one of the most expensive UK beauty boxes, retailing for £35 but also promising a bunch of travel to full size, higher end beauty products. It might sound like a lot of money to invest in a beauty box but you get more than your money’s worth, as the products contained are often in the £100+ mark. Beauty boxes in general are excellent for getting beauty products for less money.
The Cohorted box is always a branded black, square box that closes magnetically and ties with a ribbon. The box also 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.
Cohorted August 2018 contained 6 full size products and 1 travel size, from left to right as seen in the picture: an eye mask, a hair oil, suncare duo for hair, a highlighter stick and an eye liner with it’s sharpener.
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!
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Spacemasks Self-Heating Eye Mask
This mask is meant to transport you to another dimension by relieving eye tension, excessive screen staring, stress and headaches, by calming and relaxing you due to it’s heating up properties.
This mask contains only two ingredients: essence of jasmine and iron powder. This essentially means that the heat emmited from this mask comes from the oxidation of the iron powder by oxygen in the air and all you are experiencing is the release of that energy, in the form of heat.
The warmth feels nice and it can be calming, especially due to the jasmine scent, but I don’t see any skin-care benefit, something that you would automatically expect from a mask. Essentially what I’m saying is, if all you want is a little warmth to calm you down, you can also heat up a water bottle or wet a towel and add a drop of your favourite calming scent for much, much cheaper.
This mask has won one of the beauty awards 2018. It works as intented and it was indeed relaxing but it is a gimmick and it’s not worth your cash. This is a full size, one-off use mask, which retails for a whopping £15. This hurts even more as I know as a Chemist that a bit of iron powder and jasmine is really not that expensive to buy…SCORE = 6/10
Paul Yacomine Microfinish No2. Organic Essential Oils
This is a mixture of oils that you can use on damp or dry hair to condition and weigh them down. As a result, this is essentially a conditioner and a styling type of product.
The ingredients are definetely interesting however, there isn’t that much research to support all of them being especially nutritious to hair. Nevertheless, this product works nicely, it brings together frizzed up hair and reduces excessive volume.
This hair oil comes in what I can only describe as a herendous bottle. It looks like someone just glued it up together (look closely at the neck) and it also feels very light and cheap. The product also smells quite intensly of a lemon-like, but not just, scent which although is not a bad smell, the intensity of it can become annoying. I also don’t like that you have to tip out this product as you can easily spill or use too much of it. Hair oils, or oils of any type, often come with a dropper which is much better.
This 25mL bottle is travel size and retails for £12. The price is not too bad considering the “organic” label which usually makes everything more expensive. However, as there is still no solid scientific proof to claim that organic food is better than conventional (article coming soon), there is even less proof to show that organic cosmetics are better for your skin/hair than conventional. It’s your choice if you wish to favour organic cosmetics over others but bear in mind that what you pay for is the sentiment and the “organic” label. SCORE = 7/10
If you are looking for a hair oil product with multiple plant oils check out: The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir
Sachajuan Hair In and After the Sun
This duo comes in it’s own plastic bag, which although is not particularly fancy or of amazing quality, it’s still a nice little addon. It’s definetely great for traveling!
These two hair products are meant to help your hair during and after the sun. The orange one is essentially a styling product which you can apply on wet or dry hair and it contains UV filters which will protect your hair from sun damage. No rinsing required. The white one is also a styling type product that you are meant to use after sun exposure and apply it on dry hair. No rinsing required either.
I haven’t used these products so I can’t really comment on smell and how they make your hair feel. I didn’t want to open their seal just yet as I don’t have a holiday coming up soon and it’s very wet and dark here these days (not that this means there is no UV damage but there is less). Cohorted, you might want to consider giving us this type of products at the begining of summer not the end?! May or June boxes would be great but even July boxes would have been more appropriate for these.
Nevertheless, I really doubt how well these products actually work because I would expect that you need to apply a fair amount of them and on every strand of hair to get appropriate UV protection which probably means that you hair will look really dirty. If you consider how much sunscreen you need to use on your body to actually get the full SPF protection (I can guarantee you whatever amount you are using is less than what you need to achieve the full SPF factor – you need to actually look like a white ghost to get the full protection), then I can only imagine that the amount needed to give your hair a good amount of protection would also make your hair look very greasy.
I really doubt that a small amout of these products will trully protect all of your hair, they might work but you will likely need to use A LOT more than you actually will.
On the plus side, I like how these products look, simple but elegant and the tubes they come in are of good quality. They also come with a seal which is great but they last 12M. This means that you can only use them for a year after opening the seal, which is why I didn’t want to open it just yet.
Both products are full size at 125mL and retail for £20 each.
For fairness I will not score these products as I have not tested them.
Laura Geller Easy Illuminating Stick in Colour Glided Honey
This is a highlighter stick that you can use to higlight your cheek bones, nose tip and even under the eye brows. You might even use it as a light eye shadow.
It’s very easy to use, it glides effortlessly and it’s not sticky. It doesn’t add texture to the skin or move around your makeup. It looks really gorgeous and it shines nicely but it’s not the type of highlighter that will blind planes in the sky. However, it is a nice natural looking gold colour. It comes with a twisting mechanism so you don’t need to sharpen it.
The stick has a faint smell of what I can only describe as a cosmetic crayon. Think of crayons and then add a hint of cosmetic smell. It’s actually pleasant and you might not even smell it unless you put it close to your nose.
I absolutely loved the easiness to use and blend this and how natural it looks even though it’s gold colour. It’s amazing for summer and tanned looks and even better if your skin tone is a bit darker than my super vanilla one.
The only negative I saw in this product is the packaging of the product. The outter packaging is fine but the packaging around the stick feels a little too plasticky and cheap. It looks simple and elegant but I was expecting it to feel a little more heavy or fancy considering it’s from a big known brand.
This 4.95g stick is a full size product which retails for £21. It’s not the cheapest highlighter out there but neither the most expensive and it’s actually an acceptable price considering it’s from a brand. This highlighter stick lasts for 18M. SCORE = 9/10
Gucci Impact Longwear Eye Pencil in Black with Sharpener
Which other beauty box is going to give you a Gucci product. Seriously, what a great find!
I consider myself a bit of an eye liner expert, as I have been wearing black liner almost every day, for almost 20 years now! So consider this when I tell you that this is one of the best eye liners I’ve tried and I’ve tried a few in that time!
Eye liner pencils tend to be a little lacking as they really struggle to give solid colours, especially black, and often end up looking like fifty shades of grey. But not this one. This eye liner has a nice solid, consistent black colour and is very easy to use. It also writes very precisely (although that will depend on how you sharpen it) and it lasts all day. It doesn’t smudge and it takes some effort to get it off which is amazing.
However, this makes it’s other side, the smudging sponge, a bit useless. I ended up putting so much force trying to smudge it that it wasn’t good for my eye and it also made me wonder, why would you ever want to smudge this gorgeous line!
The pencil also comes with a Gucci branded sharpener which let’s face it we are all suckers for that stuff and I love it. It works well and it even comes with a little pokey plastic stick that you can use to get the trimmings off the sharpener and it re-attaches at the back of the sharpener. It’s the little things sometimes! The only funny thing about this sharpener is the fact that it says “made in Germany” on it and then “made in China” on the Gucci outter packaging. I assume the blade is made in Germany and the plastic part is made in China but I can see this being a little confusing.
The pencil and it’s outter packaging look and feel expensive and they actually are. The pencil and sharpener duo retail for £32. However, considering you are getting a pencil and a branded sharpener it’s not that bad of a price. Branded sharpeners alone can retail anywhere from £5-20. But if I’m honest, I’d pay the full £32 for the pencil alone. SCORE =10/10
Overall, this month’s Cohorted left me a little dissapointed, not because the products were not great but because the two major hair products were a little out of their time. It’s almost mid August and many would already have gone to their sunny holidays where those products would be best used at. Despite that, I love the rest of the products and I will not be forgetting about that Gucci liner any time soon.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 8/10
Star product = Cucci Impact Longwear Eye Pencil in Black with Sharpener
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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, Cohorted 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?”.
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