Cohorted Beauty Box Review – June 2018
Cohorted Beauty Box is a luxe beauty subscription box from the UK that now ships worldwide!
This subscription comes in a box within a box. The inner box is made from really nice cardboard with a magnetic closure and a ribbon tie for good measure. Upcycle it as a place to store makeup or jewelry, or use it as a gift box for a special occasion!
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About Cohorted Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Cohorted Beauty Box
The Cost: £35.00 + shipping for international customers (My total cost was £41.00 = $53.74 USD)
The Products: A mix of beauty + makeup items. (Cohorted hasn’t made any full-size guarantees, but from what I can tell you’ll receive at least a few full-size items each month.)
Ships to: UK and worldwide! (FYI – shipping is free to the UK but extra to other countries.)
Cohorted Beauty Box Review June 2018
The box includes a detailed booklet about the featured brand and each of the products inside. This month, the spotlight is on Doucce. I’ve seen one-off products from this brand in boxes before, but this is the first time I’ve received such a wide variety of their products all at once. I’m excited to see how they complement one another.
Doucce Limited Edition Freematic Pro Palette, 0.68 oz. – Listed Value 50.00 GBP ($65.54 at current exchange rates. Buy a Freematic Eyeshadow Palette for $35 here)
I really like the concept of these magnetic palettes by Doucce. You can swap out shadows and other products as you like, so the palette is customized for your needs. (I will say that the individual pans are tough to get out when the tray is totally full like this one is.) This limited edition seven-piece combination of shadows, blushes, and highlighter features warmer tones than I’d typically pick for myself (I tend towards cooler, mushroomy neutrals over warm terracotta colors), but I’m pleased with how the colors complement one another. At first, I thought the dark tone they included was going to be kind of an elephant gray, but on my skin, it’s more of an earthy/coffee-toned brown that looks natural alongside the other summery shades.
Starting at my wrist, these swatches represent:
- Ember (the highlight color)
- After Party (blush)
- Delightful Peach (blush)
I liked the smooth application of these powders and how nicely they blended. I didn’t notice too much fallout—only when I was really loading it up. The lighter colors needed to be built up a bit so they’d show on my pale skin, but everything was comfortable to apply and really easy to work with. They have a velvety finish that I really like.
The blush, in particular, was really pleasant. Delightful Peach ended up being a little lighter than what I’d typically wear, but you can see how beautifully it catches the light in the photo. I might end up using it as a highlighter. The After Party color is VERY nice on me, though. It’s just right for a natural, no-makeup makeup look.
Doucce Matte Temptation Lipstick in First Date, 0.13 oz. – Retail Value $24.00
So, I do like this nude lipstick—the formula is creamy and comfortable, while still providing a matte look. But I’m kinda over the whole nude lip thing. Because my skin is on the pale side already, nude lip colors usually wash me out. Or else I end up looking a little too Kardashian-Jenner for my liking. I appreciate that this one is actually a little rosier/terra-cotta-ish on than it looks in the tube, but I also feel like I already have a handful of really similar nude lip colors in my makeup drawer already (and none of them are getting much action, if I’m being honest). If you’re into nude colors, or just looking for a great everyday color, it could be a good pick. It did stay on through the entirety of my morning iced coffee and granola bar. I only ended up applying a bit more later to kick a little more moisture to my lips.
Doucce Lip Definer Pencil in Lyra, 0.048 – Retail Value $20.00
This liner seemed like it’d be a little too orange to pair with the lipstick I got, but it ended up looking okay. I don’t often line my lips, but being light with this creamy pencil did give my nude lip a crisper line. Sometimes lip liners can be soooo dry, but this pencil was tidy without being stiff and easy without being as creamy as an eyeliner might be.
Here are the two lip products together. The top is the matte lipstick and the bottom is the liner. You can see how much more orange it is. But again, it’s not as noticeable when it’s faded into the lip color on my lips.
Doucce Fierce and Fine Graphic Pen Eyeliner, 0.037 – Retail Value $21.00
I love few beauty products as much as I love liquid eyeliner. It’s my go-to. I will say that I prefer waterproof formulas, which this one does not seem to be (it comes off easily with a bit of water, so no wearing it to sappy movies!!!) But the shape of the marker-like tip makes it REALLY easy to work with. The formula is pretty light, too—nice and opaque, but not thick or sticky on my eye.
Doucce Brow Filler Pencil, 0.044 oz. – Retail Value $22.00
2018 has been the year of eyebrows for me. I’ve always had thicker, darker brows, but pencils like this one have helped me take their shape and impact to the next level. The cool ash-brown color of this pencil works great with my natural black-brown brow color. (It deepens their color in a natural way, so I don’t look like a Lichtenstein drawing.) The brush end helps feather out the color a bit as it brushes out my brows. I think I still prefer the mascara-like brow gel products I’ve been turning to lately, but this’ll be good to have in a pinch.
Doucce MaxLash Volumizer Mascara, 0.39 fl. oz. – Retail Value $22.00
Whoa, this really works beautifully! I think the big difference-maker is the brush, which whipped my lashes up and out so that they were really standing at attention. It stayed put, too, with no smudging or bits twinkling down onto my cheeks through the afternoon.
Here’s a quick swatch of the brow pencil, the liquid liner, and the mascara.
Verdict: I estimate that this box has a retail value of about $174.54. Most of that value goes towards the limited edition eyeshadow palette, which was priced pretty high. (I couldn’t find this palette, with its combination of highlighter, blush, and shadows, online.) But I do like that if I get other Doucce shadows/blushes, I can use this magnetic palette to store them as well. My only real qualms with the assortment were that the eyeliner wasn’t waterproof and that they featured a nude lip, which I personally am a little bored with. I feel like this would be a worthwhile box to get in the UK, but the additional shipping costs to get it in the US push it a bit over the edge in terms of what I’m willing to spend on one beauty box.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Currently, it looks like your first box would be the August box.
Value Breakdown: I paid about $53.74 (41 GBP) including shipping to get this box, which had an approximate value of $174.54. That means that the approximate price paid for each item via the box is:
- Palette – $20.18
- Lipstick – $7.39
- Lip liner – $6.16
- Eyeliner – $6.47
- Brow pencil – $6.77
- Mascara – $6.77
And the average price per item via the box is $8.96.
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