Cohorted is a luxury beauty box subscription which costs £35 a month. As a result, the expectations and excitement factor are high before even opening the box.
This month’s Cohorted was, as always, the standard 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. This beauty box doesn’t follow themes like other beauty boxes but it doesn’t need them at all. The excitement and uniqueness factor comes from the luxury and size of the products contained.
Cohorted May 2019 contained 8 products, of which 2 were sample size and the rest 6 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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Ciaté London Double Lines Eyeliner
This dual-sided eyeliner consists of a black felt tip liquid liner side and a softer, pencil-like black liner on the other.
Even though I am not the biggest fan of chunky liners and especially not a fan of felt tips, because they very rarely deliver a proper black pigment, this one actually works really well. Despite it’s chunkiness it is very easy to use and even create thin lines with and despite the felt tip, it delivers a solid black line. The pencil-like side is so creamy and pigmented that is better than any pencil I’ve ever tried and it doesn’t even need sharpening. The pencil side also works well on the waterline and for creating smokiness.
I wasn’t expecting to like this product as much but it is pretty good! This full size, double liner (2.5mL and 0.08g) lasts for 9M and costs £19.50. SCORE = 9/10
Ciaté London Patent Pout Lip Lacquer in Shade Canoodle
This lip laquer is basically a middle ground between a lipstick and a gloss. It’s a thick liquid and not as easy to spread as a gloss but it has as solid colour as a lipstick. This specific shade was a little too light for me, it almost deleted out my lips, so if you are have really light skin this might not be the best for you.
Nevertheless, I really liked how solid the colour was but at the same time because it is transferable, like a gloss, it moves around and will create lines and patterns when your lips touch. Gloss works because it is transparent but this one has a solid colour.
It’s not the worst product out there but the thickness of it making lines and patterns when the lips touch doesn’t give a very beautiful result. It might look perfect when you put it on but after you close your lips or speak it will start looking strange.
On the plus side, it doesn’t feel heavy or drying and the wand is very easy to use. This full size lip laquer (7mL) retails for £17 and lasts for 18M. SCORE = 6/10
This Works Hyaluronic Acid Serum
This serum is meant to be used in the morning as it targets dullness, dehydration and fatigue. In practice though, you can use it whenever you want, there are no “morning specific” ingredients.
Speaking of ingredients, there are some good ones in this serum, including a form of hyaluronic acid. Sadly though, this serum also contains fragrance which has the potential to irritate skin.
It is a colourless liquid that is dispensed by a pump. It is spread very easily and is absorbed by the skin quickly but it can feel a little (nothing major) sticky to the hand. It leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturised but also a little sticky. It has a very subtle citrusy-type of scent that might actually be ideal for waking you up in the morning.
This full size, 30mL serum, lasts for 6M and costs £37. From a first impression from using the product and looking at its ingredient list, the price seems too high. However, this is an interesting product worth testing in detail and so I will dedicate an in-depth review and ingredient analysis post on it, after I test this for a while. SCORE = 7/10
Doucce Quad Eyeshadow in Shade Suncatcher
I absolutely love Doucce eyeshadow palettes. Not specifically for the eyeshadow quality but more for the packaging and practicality of them. The Freematic Doucce eyeshadow palettes and the eyeshadow tins stick together thanks to small magnets, which means that you can use the palette over and over again and add in it whatever colours you fancy today. The bigger ones can also hold highlighters and blushes as well as eyeshadows at the same time, so you can create a very travel friendly, highly customisable palette.
This little palette holds 4 eyeshadows, a mirror and a small double ended brush. It is the perfect travel companion! The shades included, Gracie, Nadia, Julia and Sophia (their combination is called Suncatcher) are gorgeous and work well. The brush is not as easy to use as a full size one but it is actually one of the best little addon brushes I’ve tried.
All and all you must get yourself a Doucce Freematic eyeshadow palette, they are so practical and fun to use!
These shadows last for 12M and the palette plus shadows retail for £26. SCORE = 9/10
MagicStripes Magnetic Youth Mask
This face mask is said to accelerate cell renewal, prevent micro wrinkles from turning into deep wrinkles, slow down skin ageing, detoxes and depuffs, improves skin metabolism and peripheral circulation as well as refreshes and smoothes the skin. All this due to the force of magnets integrated in this mask.
Now, how can I say this politely. As a Dr in Chemistry I am embarrassed when I see products like this. The description behind this product sounds like someone googled a lot of science words and put them together. It makes no sense. Not to mention that this entire magnet business is a huge marketing play, even if magnets did those claims, this mask does not contain any ingredients that are magnetic!
If we put the ridiculous claims on one side, this mask contains even less nourishing ingredients than most, making it a very low value product either way. Couple that with the ridiculous price of £14.50 per one-use mask, this product is not worth your money and time.
Products like this make me wish there was a stronger consumer’s council made of makeup artists, scientists and doctors, guarding the cosmetic market and not allowing ridiculous products to waste people’s time and money. SCORE = 1/10
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Contour Stick in Shade Vanilla Kiss
This cute little stick is essentially meant to be an eyeshadow that you can use either conventionally all over the lid, as a liner or even to smudge a bit of colour around the eye. However, because I got the colour Vanilla Kiss, I was constantly tempted to use it as a concealer or highlighter on the brown bone and I am still experimenting with using it as an eyeshadow base.
Nevertheless, the product is very easy to apply but not very easy to blend as it is more buttery than powdery. You can blend it a little with fingers instead, by tapping it gently, but it will also loose some colour intensity. It didn’t crease but it lost colour intensity fairly quickly.
One 1g stick retails for £20 and lasts for 18M. It is definitely way overpriced, you wouldn’t even be able to create a look with two of them (2 x £20 = £40) but the same money would buy you a high-end eyeshadow palette with way more eyeshadow product and colours as well. SCORE = 6/10
Oscar De La Renta Extraordinary Petale
Cosmetic samples are great as they allow you to try out a product a couple of times before deciding whether you would purchase or not. As long as they are not counted in the value of the beauty box or take the place of one of the beauty products, then they offer only benefits. And this is the case with this perfume sample thankfully.
It also happens that I personally liked this smell, it is a mixture of floral with clothes detergent type of scent and it smells sweet, pretty and clean.
However, I won’t be rating this product as scent is a matter of personal taste.
Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi Correcting Cream
Here’s when samples are negative. Cohorted has priced this “free not for sale” sample as £10 which is obviously an overkill. Even if you take the actual value of the cream, it would have been worth £5 for the 5mL contained.
Nevertheless, this cream feels and smells nice. It gets completely absorbed by the skin and does not leave any sticky residues behind. It contains some nourishing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) and rye seed extract.
It is primarily a moisturiser but it even contains SPF20 which is great. It works well under make up and although it won’t add to your oils, if you are oily like me, it won’t control them either. It’s a cream worth trying out, if nothing else, it offers a high SPF protection for daily wear. SCORE = 8/10
Overall, I liked this month’s box. There were many cosmetics to try and overall, the box felt luxurious and worth a try.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 9/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 6.6/10
Star product = Doucce Quad Eyeshadow in Shade Suncatcher
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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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