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

October’s Cohorted was all about “everything you need to get your beauty cravings through fall” and I love the theme. Fall is well under way and it’s such a lovely excuse for gorgeous earth inspired colours and makeup looks. However, as it often goes with beauty box themes, the products contained weren’t specific to the theme and could have fit almost any theme.

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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 October 2018 contained 4 full size products and 1 sample size, from left to right as seen in the picture: a brightening serum, a perfume sample, a lipstick, a brow highlighter and a pore minimiser.

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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!

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Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

This serum is meant to brighten your skin thanks to the 15% vitamin C it contains. All you need to do is apply it on clean but dry skin (face and neck) every morning and evening. No rinsing required.

This serum is a very thin white cream, which is a little strange as serums often tend to be liquids or oils, that spreads easily and is absorbed quickly but not completely and it leaves a very, very, very slightly sticky residue behind. It;s not major though and it is overall very pleasant to use, it even has a subtle orange-like scent. What I love the most about this though is the packaging and the orange colouring of the bottle.

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Vitamin C can reduce hyperpigmentation, make the skin brighter and even have some anti-ageing properties, especially when combined with vitamin E which this product also contains. For more information check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?

This product definetely contains some ingredient goodies but it’s not the most nourishing serum your money could buy. Your skin doesn’t just need vitamin C and E and a couple of other ingredients, it needs a cocktail of different nourishment, a bit like our dieting needing to contain different food types such as proteins, carbohydrates, fat, fibre, vitamins, minerals etc.

If you already have a solid skincare routine and all you are looking for is a little more vitamin C, then this is a good product to add. However, if you are looking for a serum to nourish your skin in general, then this one is a little one-sided. For more round serums check out: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II SerumEstée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil and many more.

For it’s price, £70 for this full size, 30mL (lasts for 12M), bottle you can get more round and complete serum. However, even if you are looking for just a vitamin C boost there are also much cheeper but still good products to choose from as well, like for example the Skin Kissed Vitamin C Serum and others. The price is a little too high for what this is. SCORE = 8/10


Oscar De Larenta Bella Blanca

Samples are always welome in beauty boxes but it is a little dissapoiting that this month’s Cohorted only contains 4 full size products.

Nevertheless, this perfum has a soft floral-like scent which is pleasant. It is suitable for both day and night.

I won’t score this item since it is only a sample size and it’s a personal preference type of product.


Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Colour Bang

I’ve reviewed a few colours of this lipstick range now and my opinion has still stayed the same.

The scientist in me is still itching about the “antimatter” name on this range which according to the brand this means that is glides on the lips smoothly and provides comfortable, continuous wear.

It is true though, these lipsticks feel and look great and I loved all the colours I received so far, including this nice nude one. Smooth should be the name for this lipstick as it applies smoothly and effortlessly, plus the end finish and colour looks solid and smooth.

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The lipstick doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It has a slight hydrating feeling to it and it lasts for a while. It of course comes off when eating or drinking and although it doesn’t fade away too quickly, it’s not as long lasting as MAC or Urban Decay lipsticks. I think the smoothness works against it here.

Nevertheless, the lipstick also comes in a simple but elegant, typical Illamasqua plastic packaging.

It doesn’t contain a lot of skin nourishing ingredients, but it does contain some. It also contains carmine which can sometimes stain your skin.

This full size lipstick (4.15g) lasts for 18M and retails for £20. That’s already almost twice as much money as what you would have payed for this box! SCORE = 8/10


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Benefit High Brow Glow Pencil

This brown highlighter pencil is very buttery and smooth and applies easily and effortlessly. However, the colour is a light pink which means it can stand out if you use too much of it.

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You can of course use this as you wish, to even highlight inner eye corners or on your cheeck bones if you like a pink toned highlighter.

This is a full size pencil (2.8g) which retails for £18.50. It’s a good and very buttery pencil but the price is definetely on the higher side. SCORE = 8/10


Figs & Rouge Hydra Matte Pore Correct Velvet Cream

I love Figs & Rouge for trying to add skin nourishing ingredients into makeup products and I’ve already tried a few of their products.

I was really excited to use this pore minimiser, especially since their last pore minimiser (same packaging but pink) called Soft Focus Pore Perfect HD+ Matte was a little dissapointing. It blured pores nicely on the hand but it didn’t last very long on the face.

Unfortunately, this pore minimiser wasn’t too different either. It has a light white cream texture which is a shame as the half cream-half gel texture of the Soft Focus one is better for oily skin and pores. However, there is definite improvement as the Hydra Matte one works much better at hiding pores, both on the hand and on the face.

The only dissapointiment is that I didn’t think it was better than other good pore minimisers in the market and the only reason to favour this one over others is it’s ingredients. That’s a good enough reason though!

This pore minimiser contains vitamins A, C and E as well as salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid and even some other nourishing ingredients such as Algae, Aloe Vera gel, Witch Hazel distillate etc. It’s definetely one of the most skin nourishing pore minimisers out there and for that alone it might be worth buying.

It takes longer to dry though than other pore minimisers, as it is a cream and not a gel or thick paste, which adds a few more minutes to your makeup routine. I’m still experimenting with this especially in making it keep the pores hidden for longer. I might try applying a little bit of powder to dry it faster and hold it in place for longer, or even mix the two Figs and Rouge pore primers…Hmmm so many experiments to do!

I still love the packaging and branding design and I really like that the product doesn’t contain parfum.

This is a full size product (30mL) which lasts for 12M and retails for £35. SCORE = 8/10

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Overall, I really liked all the products contained in this month’s Cohorted. They were expensive and high-end as promised as well as interesting to try out. However, even though the value of this box was amazing (value £143.50, payed £35) I am a little dissapointed that there were only four full size products as it feels a little short. Five full or travel size beauty products seems to be the magic number for beauty box unboxing excitement. 

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 = Figs & Rouge Hydra Matte Pore Correct Velvet Cream 

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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: 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?”.

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