Last box for May 2017! As I mentioned before, I open one box a week so that I can give you full product reviews rather than first impressions and so Cohorted is the one box that falls into the first week of the next month. This works well, as this is the only subscription beauty box that is pre-order and so you wouldn’t be able to get your hands on this, you would have to wait for next month’s box.
Cohorted doesn’t really follow a monthly theme like the other three subscription beauty boxes (Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic) but sometimes you can sort of guess a theme from the editorial intro. From that it appears that May’s Cohorted Subscription Beauty Box went for a “summer prepped and photo-ready” theme.
The box design was as always the standard black Cohorted box containing a small beauty magazine that tells you a little bit more about each product and some featured products or artists. Interestingly this month they also included the first chapter from the book “Lost for words” by Stephanie Butland. A little booklet to give you a taste of whether you want to read this book or not. Lovely little addition!
This month’s box contained 6 high end products of which not all were full size as usual. Sadness. However, it is still very good value for money and very exciting to open! The value of the box this month was £92.00 about £10.00 less than last month.
From left to right, the products were: a bronzer, a lip liner, a bronzer brush, a lipstick, a body butter and a body lotion.
Lets 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!
Vita Liberta Luxury Tan Trystal Minerals Bronzer 9G No1 Colour Sunkissed
This is apparently supposed to be an all in one mineral foundation coverage, instant bronzing and long lasting definition product. I can’t say that I would use this as a foundation coverage perhaps because my complexion is a little too white for this colour but this did make an amazing bronzer. The colour is very strong and indeed looks like a “tan” sunkissed colour. This product makes an amazing contour powder as well and it does indeed last all day. The colour is buildable quite quickly so you don’t need to use much either.
The packaging is lovely and it does indeed have an “expensive feeling” to it. Personally I prefer compact powders to loose ones but this product is nice enough to tempt you into loose powders. It came with a brush as well which is an amazing bonus. The brush is very soft and of very good quality. It is definitely the right brush for the job as well. This duo is a lovely, luxury addition to your make up collection.
The only negative I observed is that the bronzer powder smells of…vinegar! It was fairly strong when I first opened it but then the smell either subsided a bit or I got used to it. Still smells like vinegar but not as much. Not sure if it does contain vinegar or a vinegar like substance but either way other than the weird smell don’t worry it is safe to use. Vinegar is usually used in cosmetics to balance pH.
This is a bronzer I would probably only use in the summer because of the very summery sunkissed colour. It retails for £35.00 and I think that includes the brush which is then quite a good price for a luxury product. You could have easily payed £35 for just the bronzer alone.
This product won a couple of awards including: beauty award by OK! 2015, Cosmopolitan beauty award 2015, The Queens award for enterprise 2015, social and personal best beauty buys 2014, Natural Health Magazine beauty award 2014 and more. SCORE = 8/10
Urban Decay Lip Pencil Colour Naked
I was very excited to receive this as Urban Decay is one of my favourite brands that seems to produce quality after quality product especially now that they have been bought by L’oreal and they have much bigger research and laboratory power! I was initially not going to use this product as I have the colour Naked lip liner already and was planning to give this to someone else.
Cohorted included a travel size lipliner in this occasion and out of curiosity I wanted to see how much smaller the travel size versus full size lipliners are of Urban Decay. However, putting the two lipliners together immediately caused me some confusion! Although both lipliners are supposed to be the colour “Naked” they are very, very different colours (see picture). If I had to choose which one was the right colour I would say that the travel size lipliner contained in this box is not the “Naked” colour as it is much darker than what you would expect a Caucasians lip to be. With that being said, this could perhaps be a “Naked” range for darker skin tones? That would be lovely, however very confusing when you want to buy the “Naked” lipliner and don’t know exactly what shade you are going to get! Urban Decay either has some inconsistency with their colours here or they named their lipliners very poorly!
I also own the “Naked” lipstick from Urban Decay and since that is the one that is supposed to go hand on hand with the lipliner I also swathed that next to the two lipliners in an attempt to find out which colour is correct. To my surprise neither of the two matched the lipstick either, but the full size lipliner I already had was a much closer match than the travel size one contained in this box. How confusing!
To give you an idea of how much darker and far away from what I though is the true “Naked” colour this lipliner is I swatched it next to two other Urban Decay lipliners that I thought were closer in colour (see picture), colours 1993 and conspiracy.
Beyond the colour confusion though, this is a very good lipliner. It is very buttery, easy and smooth to apply. It contains vitamin E, jojoba oil and cotton seed oil and even works as a lipstick on its own! The only difficulty with the Urban Decay lipliners in general is that because they are so buttery and moisturising they break constantly when you sharpen them, so much so that you can easily loose half the pencil by breaking it from sharpening. I suggest putting them in the fridge first for an hour or so and then attempting to sharpen them. This works so much better.
I have to be honest I am little disappointed as I always regarded Urban Decay lipsticks and lipliners as one of the best. Please Urban Decay fix this colour inconsistency or name them Naked1 and Naked2 etc if they are for different skin complexions.
Still very good products though with no other faults whatsoever. The travel size lipliner retails for £10.00. Can’t fault Urban Decay they are fairly cheap for the quality they offer. SCORE = 9/10
Lin and Lo Matte Lipstick Colour Real Red
Full size lipsticks are a joy to receive and let’s face it everyone should own a real red lipstick. Put some colour in your life!
This product has an amazingly intense red colour, a true red indeed. The packaging feels expensive and it even has a magnetic-close cap. I can only describe the consistency of this lipstick as a “crayon” consistency and while all lipsticks can be considered crayons essentially, this one is a bit on the dry side, like a crayon. While other lipsticks feel more buttery or held together by something moisturising, this one breaks into little pieces upon usage (see picture). However, weirdly although the lipstick consistency appears dry, it doesn’t feel dry on the lips. Go figure.
At the beginning, I was really thrown back by this “breaking into bits” behaviour. But as I kept using it over the course of a week I have grown to like this lipstick a lot. The little pieces and the strange formula give your lips a very unique texture and I personally think it suits the red colour. This might not work with other colours though. I think this might be one of those lipsticks that I would recognise if people wore it, which is amazing! How many other lipsticks have that much character that you would be able to tell what someone is wearing. It has a pleasant smell and a lasts a very long time. It’s a bit of a love-hate relationship really, but it works. This lipstick retails for £19. SCORE = 8/10
Bettyhula Body Moisturizer Champagne and Spice Scent
I think I can summarise this product in a small sentence: where do I buy this? The jar is made of what feels like glass and the heaviness of it together with the lovely branding and presentation makes it feel very expensive. Never would have I guessed that the champagne scent would be the one for me but this product does smell lovely. It’s a sweet but not overly sickly smell.
The texture of the product, which is almost the perfect white cream (as white as a cream can be), feels very clean and buttery. Even though this product falls under the body butter category it is very easy to spread, much easier that other body butters but still moisturises equally as well.
There is a clear branding and packaging, this product feels well thought out. It is apparently hand made and even if that’s a promotional hook you can almost feel the love that went into this. It has shea butter, coconut butter, coconut oil, aloe vera and vitamin E. It gets absorbed very quickly and doesn’t leave any residue behind. It is apparently safe to use for all skin types and even moms to be. How lovely!
Unsurprisingly, this product won a couple awards including: beauty shortlist awards 2017 and also the beauty shortlist 2017 editors choice. There is also a Rum and Blackcurrant scent which I cannot wait to try. I cannot believe that this product retails only for £12.99. The ingredients are very simple and so from that perspective a higher price might have been too much but on the other hand this product does feel like a little luxury treat and I wouldn’t be surprised if it retailed much more than that. SCORE = 10/10
Loewe Aura Moisturizing Body Lotion
This is a very good product but unfortunately, it shouldn’t have been in the same box as the Bettyhula body butter. Yes this is a body lotion as opposed to the Bettyhula body butter but let’s face it they do the same thing essentially. They moisturise. And unfortunately, because this month’s Cohorted has two similar use products my first impressions on the box contents score has to be a 9.5 otherwise it would have been a 10!
This body lotion does feel luxurious and has a strong perfume type smell. It has a thin consistency as body lotions do and it spreads very easily. It gets absorbed by the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any residues behind other that its strong smell. This might not be what you want to use all over your body before going to bed because of the strong smell but it is a nice product for other times in the day. I think I might use this as a hand cream as the Bettyhula body butter is much better for an entire body application. Sorry Loewe I think Cohorted didn’t do you a favour pitching you against Bettyhula.
The packaging is a standard tube with a nice subtle pink colour and gold letters (which are very shiny and difficult to photograph). I think you can tell that this product did not come from a skin care brand but rather a designer brand that made a makeup and skin care range. It has a sense of luxury and it works but not quite as the proper skin care brands. This product retails for £15. SCORE = 9/10
Overall I loved the contents of this box even if they were not all full size. I would have scored this box higher if there weren’t two products of similar use (moisturisers).
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 9.5/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) =8.8/10
Star product = Bettyhula Body Moisturizer Champagne and Spice Scent
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