Cohorted is always the last beauty box to arrive every month but it’s also usually the most exiciting one these days. It might be the most expensive one of all, at £40, but it is always value for money containing products of 2-3 times the value usually.
The Cohorted box was 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.
Cohorted November contained 8 products, of which 5 were full size.
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: Beauty In-depth Reviews & Ingredient Analysis (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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Figs & Rouge Glow Elixir
This glow elixir comes in a cute bottle and looks really nice on the skin too. It gives glow (from tiny little pieces of glitter) without looking too over the top. It dries quickly and has a subtle floral scent that is pleasant.
So far so good until you look at the ingredient list vs the claims. The packaging says that this elixir can hydrate with hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, C & E but the ingredient list contains none of the above! In fact, the ingredient list is idetical to the Figs & Rouge Glow Drops.
The ingredient list or the claims are wrong and quite frankly it doesn’t matter which one is the case, it’s bad either way. What a shame to an otherwise beautiful liquid highlighter.
This product lasts for 12M, is vegan and cruelty free and a 30mL bottle costs £35. A price also too high for the simple ingredients it contains. SCORE = 5/10
NailsInc London in Shade Chelsea Embankment
Now that’s what I’d be expecting in the December box, festive cosmetics, but better early than never right?
What a beautiful nail varnish, even though I’m not the biggest fan of nail glitter but I admit it looks gorgeous (looks much nicer in real life). It lasted 2 days before it started chipping though, maybe because of the glitter.
The bottle looks nice and simple but the chunky lid and how short the actual brush is can be annoying. 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.
This nail varnish smells strongly like…a nail varnish and this 14mL bottle retails for £15 each. It’s a fair amount of money for a single nail varnish bottle but on the other hand, it is very festive! SCORE = 8/10
Doucce Lovestruck Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cupcake
I’m not a fan of liquid lipsticks because they are just not up to the quality yet that they should be. They most often feel and look dry and they come off when you ear or drink. Not to mention that you can’t just re-apply them because then they feel more heavy and dry, you have to take them off and put a new layer on.
They are just not worth the hassle for me but I have to say that this liquid lipstick is indeed very good. It doesn’t feel too drying and it survives eating and drinking very well (although this depends how you eat and drink – avoid lips!). I was a little impressed with the quality and I am curious if it’s just this one lipstick or the entire range.
The packaging looks simple but expensive and even the colour is easily wearable. It doesn’t smell of anything and the wand is easy to use. The ingredients are very basic but it’s a lipstick, it’s not meant to be skincare worthy.
This is a full size, 4.7mL, liquid lipstick which lasts for 12M and retails for £18. SCORE = 8/10
Bare Minerals All Over Face Colour in Faux Tan
I’ve been trying to use this as a bronzer and although it works well it is a little too dark for my super light complexion.
The ingredients are also very simple, essentially it’s just dyes and the product lasts for 12M. Although the pot comes with a sealable opening, it is small enough to be unpractical and annoying to use with a brush, so you have to tip the powder out and risk making a mess.
There isn’t really anything wrong but neither special about this product and it is very forgettable. This 1.5g pot retails for £22 which in my opinion is way to expensive considering it really just contains dyes. The profit margin…SCORE = 5/10
Context Oil-free Daily Moisturiser
Although this moisturiser contains some good ingredients (like vitamins A&E, honey etc) I can’t say that I am particularly impressed. However, this moisturiser is pleasant to use and it leaves feeling the skin moisturised.
There are definetely better moiusturisers out there ingredient-wise but at the same time this is also definetely not the worst one out there. This product is just very mediocre and the same can be said for the packaging and brand design.
This is also a free sample as it says “not for sale” at the pack of it and it lasts for 12M. SCORE = 6/10
Context Micro-Derm Generator
I like that Cohorted includes more than one product of the new brands they introduce, it really helps with building an overall image of the brand, not just based on one product. Sure, creating an opinion from 2 products only is still not exactly accurate either but it still gives you a more general feel.
On that note, the general feel I get about Context is that it is mediocre. I’m not impressed by the ingredients of this product either or the fact that it contains non-soluble beads. This is essentially a physical exfoliator which is relatevely gentle but can still damage your skin.
This 30mL tube must also be a free sample (or part of a set?) as is also says “not for sale” at the pack of it and it lasts for 12M.
Although this product works well and left my skin feeling soft and smooth I would still recommend going for chemical exfoliation instead, by using AHAs and BHAs. Gone are the days of physical exfoliation. Next. SCORE = 7/10
Show Riche Leave-In Conditioner
I love how luxurious this product looks and feels, it just adds to the experience. Even the packaging feels heavy and well put together.
This leave-in conditioner is essentially a styling product which is meant to add moisture, soothe and revitalise hair. It’s quite rare to be excited by a leave-in conditioner but I really am and it goes to show how important the packaging can be in presenting the product in the best possible light.
This product contains caviar and white truffle extracts (and I wouldn’t expect less) which condition and moisturise. Other than those ingredients the rest are not particulalry impressive but remember that hair out of the follicle is dead anyways and you can only really condition not nutrition it.
It conditioned my hair nicely, taking away the frizz but still looking natural and not dirty. The subtle creamy scent also made the entire experience feel special.
This 150mL bottle lasts for 12M and retails for £35. I actually expected it to be more expensive, damn that packaging gets me everytime. It also has a very subtle , sweet caramel-like scent. SCORE = 8/10
Agent Provocateur Aphrodisiaque
This perfume has a very interesting and unique scent. If you are bored of perfumes smelling pretty much the same, give or take, then it might be worth giving this one a try. It’s floral but also sweet at the same time without being heavy or overwhelming. It can easily be worn both day and night and it has me intruged…
I never score perfumes because scent is down to personal taste.
Overall, this month’s box was a little more exciting that the last 2 and it was as always good value for money regardless. Really excited to see what the December box will contain, make it all about festive beautiful makeup please!
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 6.7/10
Star product = Show Riche Leave-In Conditioner
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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 2018 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2018 Unboxing and Reviews on Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted”.
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?”. You can also see pictures from all beauty boxes (2017-current) on my Pinterest beauty box board.
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