Monday, 26 June 2017

Pissed Off | Cohorted June Unboxing

Before I get into why I this month's Cohorted box made me so angry, I thought I'd be nice and talk you through exactly what I received. I'm going to attempt to be fair, but if some annoyance leaks through I think you'll understand why by the end. If you fancy a more positive read, check out May's Cohorted Beauty Box here.
Cohorted June Beauty Box 2017 Unboxing
The first product was the Bellapierre Glowing Palette, containing six highlighter shades for varying skin tones. It's cardboard packaging with magnets that hold it closed (always nice) and the powders are finely milled and melt into the skin. I honestly don't know how much use I'll get out of these, as at least four of the colours are a little dark for my skin. However, I think they'll make a fun alternative to my failsafe Becca highlighters. They don't swatch brilliantly and are a little lacking in pigmentation; I've swatched them here but they took a bit of work to even reach this level of colour. I've left the picture unedited despite my blotchy skin today so that you can get a better idea of the shades. I do think that at £40 this is a bit overpriced, but I think it will see some use in my collection.
Bellapierre Glowing Palette Swatches
 Bellapierre Glowing Palette Swatches
Also from Bellapierre was the Kiss Proof Lip Crème in Antique Pink. This is a liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish and is designed to feel comfortable on the lips; I've found it to be drying, but no more so than the NYX liquid suede range or similar products. The colour is nice and will look good on most skin tones, although I'm not really a fan of liquid lipsticks in general. However, the packaging feels pretty cheap, lacking the proper suction I associate with liquid lipsticks and leading to me thinking that it will probably dry out pretty quickly. Once again, I also think it's overpriced at £20, easily comparable to much cheaper formulae. 

The third product was a nail polish from Kure Bazaar; an eye-watering shade of pink that you could really only wear in summer. It's not a colour that really suits me, but I would wear it on my toes. Kure Bazaar is free of four of the big nasties that are common in nail varnish, some of which are carcinogenic and bizarrely unregulated for nail varnish. At £15 it's pricey, but I haven't had a chance to test the formula yet to see if it's noticeably different in quality to some of the cheaper brands you'd find in Boots or Superdrug.
Cohorted Beauty Box June 2017 Unboxing
There were several products that I could have received for my final option, including travel size versions of the Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray, Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara and Living Proof's Restore Mask. I would have preferred any of these to what I actually received: Nars' Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment in the shade Greta, which is a very sheer beige-pink that doesn't show up on the lips and hardly at all in swatches. Now, this whole box is a bit of a disappointment as none of the content is really up my street, however, this lip balm actually enraged me. As I pulled it out of the box, had a quick swatch and nosey, I noticed a sticker on the side. A sticker that read "Tester". That's right, Cohorted had sent me and countless others a lip balm, that admittedly looked like it had never been used, that was designed for use as a tester. As one of the priciest beauty boxes on the market, this is not what I expect for my money. I cancelled my subscription there and then, and will not be returning to Cohorted. I could ramble at length at how inappropriate it is for a tester to be in a beauty box, but I think I'll leave it at that before I ruin my mood and my day, and likely yours as well. 
Cohorted Beauty Box June 2017 Unboxing
Cohorted, I won't be resubscribing. Thanks, but no thanks.

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10 comments

  1. Such a shame about this months box but the highlighting palette looks like the ABH one! Love honest posts like this one that tells readers how it is:)

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment! I was so nervous posting something negative about it because I've generally had a positive experience, but I was just so angry!

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  2. I'm so surprised to read this about a Cohorted beauty box! Thank you for your honest review, much prefer one of these! Also a shame that the highlighting palette doesn't give much pigment! xo

    Hanney | www.blogabouthanney.com

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    1. Thank you for the comment; it's really reassuring to hear that people don't mind a post with a bit of a rant in them!

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  3. I always appreciate an honest review for a beauty box - there are so many that gloss over the disappointment! I've always contemplated Cohorted but I just don't like the price tag for a surprise. Usually they look really good but I'm actually shocked they sent out testers!

    Laura Wardrobe

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    1. I was honestly in shock when I first saw it, and genuinely thought my eyes were deceiving me. I've found the boxes very hit and miss overall and I really wouldn't recommend them!
      Thanks for the comment :)

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  4. Oh my gosh I cannot believe they sent you a tester?! definitely not what you pay for. Hopefully you find another box that'll actually send you what you pay for! xx

    sophiejc.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think I'll be trying out the Look Incredible Deluxe box at some point; it's the same price but you get brands like Perricone MD, Tarte and Becca instead of Lord & Berry and Bellapierre!
      Thank you so much for commenting!

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  5. That's awful! The only box I've ever bought is the QVC Tili box. Albeit it's not a surprise as you know what's going to be in it and doesn't come out monthly, but I think the range of products and the value for money is amazing! x
    www.misszarabelle.com

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    1. It seems like there are a few other bloggers who've had similar experiences with Cohorted. I've not tried the Tili box but it's on my list!
      Thanks for the comment :)

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