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.
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.
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.
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, I won’t be resubscribing. Thanks, but no thanks.