Cohorted Beauty Box April 2019 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

This month’s Cohorted was an exclusive beauty box dedicated to one brand, Figs & Rouge. Cohorted has dedicated entire boxes to one brand before and they’ve always been a success. I love this concept, It’s nice to broadly try out a brand rather than just a single product and I’m sure the brands love this type of boxes too. Win-win situation.

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The Cohorted box was as always the standard black, square box that closes magnetically and ties with a ribbon. Sadly, though this box is not re-usable without some DIY fixing, as it’s been always breaking apart on first use over the last year or so. 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 April 2019 contained 6 full size Figs & Rouge products.

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


Figs & Rouge Hydra-pore Soft Focus Pore Perfect 

This product definitely looks the part. The baby pink with gold writing just make this pore minimizer look like the most expensive pore minimizer I’ve ever owned, even if it’s not.

The product itself has as light pink hue to it and a consistency somewhere between a cream and a gel, which is perfect for oily skin. It gets absorbed very quickly and it doesn’t leave any residues behind. However, it does feel a little sticky on the skin for a while, not to the touch but rather when the skin moves, but it eventually goes away.

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It blurs out pores and works well under makeup but I have to admit it is not the best or most effective pore minimiser I have tried. It also has a slight off scent after it’s applied on the skin.

It is meant to have a duo action as it has an anti-blemish formulation which helps reduce skin impurities and combat breakouts. It also decreases shine and fades imperfections. Definitely everything an oily person wants.

It lasts for 12M, is full size (30mL) and retails for £35. It blurs out pores but like most products of this type, doesn’t hold a perfectly smooth face all day. SCORE = 7/10


Figs & Rouge Morning Revive Oil

This face oil looks very beautiful and fancy, like most Figs & Rouge products and it even comes with a very handy dropper.

It has an oily texture which takes some time to be fully absorbed, even by dry skin. The marketing around the product is more fancy than the ingredients which are actually fairly basic. Most of them are also listed after parfum which means they are present in small quantities.

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Unfortunately, although it looks really nice, if you are serious about skincare this is not a product worth buying for £22. There are serums of similar prices that will nourish your skin more.

This is a full size 10mL oil which lasts for 12M. It is also vegan and cruelty free. SCORE = 6/10


Figs & Rouge Illumination Bright Eye Morning Reviver

This is a product that is meant to revive your around the eye skin. It has a light pink colour and a thick cream consistently. It spreads easily though and is absorbed quickly. It has a very subtle cream scent.

It feels hydrating but I can’t say that it did anything to my eye skin. That might not necessarily be a bad thing though, skincare usually takes months of consistent usage to see visible results.

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It contains some interesting ingredients but nothing that is eye specific. Most ingredients are listed after phenoxyethanol which is a preservative usually found in 1% or less. This is especially disappointing because usually you would expect eye products to be more concentrated than face creams (and that’s literally the only difference). I can’t say that this product is worth it’s price but at the same time it’s not the worst eye product out there.

This 15mL product is full size, retails for £30 and lasts for 12M. It is also vegan and cruelty free. SCORE = 6/10


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Figs and Rouge Day Detox Micro Refining Serum

There is no such thing as day detox and this term irritates me greatly as a scientist. It’s another one of those beauty trends which promise more emotional than physical results.

These claims are also not very well supported by the ingredient list which although it contains some interesting ones, it also contains alcohol and all but 4 ingredients are listed after the preservative phenoxyethanol, often found at 1% or less.

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The product is a pink gel (colour might come from a dye) which spreads easily, gets absorbed quickly and also feels very hydrating. The gel has a subtle alcohol type scent.

I haven’t noticed any skincare changes from this product but I wouldn’t expect that from a short term usage. However, the ingredient list is slightly disappointing and although the marketing might make you all excited, skincare wise this product is missing a lot of the standard ingredients that your skin actually needs like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, anti-oxidants etc. At least it contains a little salicylic acid.

This product is full size 30mL, lasts for 12M and retails for £38. This product is vegan and cruelty free. SCORE = 6.5/10


Figs & Rouge Hydration Restoration Rose Cream

This is meant to be a morning revival cream but the fact that it doesn’t contain any SPF pretty much means you can use it whenever you like. At least it does contain hyaluronic acid, vitamins C & E but all in very small amounts, again listed after the preservative phenoxyethanol. It’s a similar story with the other products in this post, the product is fairly dilute and therefore its effectiveness remains to be seen.

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The product is a pale pink cream that spreads easily and has a subtle rose scent. It takes a moment for it to be fully absorbed but it leaves the skin feeling moisturised.

This full size 50mL bottle retails for £35 and lasts for 12M. SCORE = 7/10


Figs & Rouge Rose Glow Drops

This liquid highlighter looks very cute and comes with a dropper which is great.

The highlighter liquid is pink and doesn’t smell of much. It has a relatively thick consistency, but it still spreads easily.

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It gives a natural but still highlighter shiny finish which is actually very beautiful and effortless. It feels slightly sticky on the skin after it dries but nothing major. It’s so beautiful that you won’t mind and might be perfect for collarbone and other body feature highlight. You could use it all over the face before or mix it with your foundation or even use it as a highlighter.

It’s a beautiful liquid highlighter, perhaps Figs & Rouge should stick to makeup instead! This is a full size 30mL product which lasts for 12M and retails for £28. SCORE = 9/10


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Overall, I love that Cohorted did a one-brand exclusive box and it illustrated nicely why it’s a good idea to try out a brand more broadly. From this selection of products (obviously it’s a bit of a generalisation) I’d say that Figs & Rouge is better at makeup than skincare, which tends to be more marketing than actual skin nourishing. Buy the makeup, save your money on the skincare.

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

Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 6.9/10

Star product = Figs & Rouge Rose Glow Drops

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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 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: BirchboxGlossyboxLook 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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