Cult Beauty Starter Kit Review – October 2019
Cult Beauty is an online UK beauty shop that only stocks tried and true products along with the next big things and innovative items. They periodically offer special one-time purchase boxes. Their starter kit is the newest and includes six must-have items from popular brands that will jumpstart your love of beauty. This one goes for roughly $38.00 USD (including shipping).
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About this Curated Beauty Starter Kit
The Box: The Cult Beauty Starter Kit
The Cost: £30 ($38) + £5.94 shipping. FYI – UK tax is removed during checkout so my total with shipping was £29.95 ($38)
- The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser 50ml
- Pixi Retinol Tonic 100ml
- Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 30ml
- NARS The Multiple in Orgasm 4g
- Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Pillow Talk 1g
- Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions Palette 10g
Cult Beauty Starter Kit Review
My Cult Beauty Starter Kit arrived in an outer cardboard box which was nice since it preserves the nice gift-like black box inside.
You’ll find a short pamphlet that details the six items included and what they do.
Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $27.00
How freaking seasonally appropriate is this palette?! I love that is has a nice compact size but includes nine shades that complement one another and match the fall foliage outside. There are five mattes and four metallics (one is more like a glitter) to play with here and each one has a different strength. I really enjoy discovering new palettes and although I’m usually a matte girl on the daily, I’ve grown to appreciate metallics to really glam up an eye look and add dimension. I found there to be very little fallout and great pigment on these babies.
Here’s an eyeshadow look I created with the palette. So Fall!
Nars The Multiple in Orgasm, 0.14 oz. Mini Size – Estimated Value $10.92 (Buy the full-size 0.5 oz. for $39.00)
This multi-use stick can be used on cheeks, lips, eyelids, and anywhere else you want a flush of color. Orgasm is a shimmery pink hue that unfortunately is a little too glitzy for my tastes. I really love a cream blush and that’s what I normally use sticks like this for but there is a bit too much gold metallic in here for me to use it as a go-to blush. I do enjoy the chubby little stick though and something like this makes packing for travel that much easier.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Mini Lipstick in Pillow Talk, 0.03 oz. Mini Size – Estimated Value $8.50 (Buy the full-size 0.12 oz. for $34.00)
I received my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in a Sephora Favorites kit not too long ago and was really impressed with how creamy it was. This mini came in the color “Pillowtalk” which is a perfect rose/mauve that really works for me. This lipstick wears like a beautiful soft neutral while hydrating and doesn’t feel heavy on my lips at all. What a dreamy little thing! This small size is great for a night out or a wedding when I may not be carrying my usual giant bag of 10 full-size lipsticks.
Here are swatches for NARS and Charlotte Tilbury.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, 1 oz. Mini Size – Retail Value $22.00
I actually purchased this exact size not too long ago on my own because I wanted to try it. Glow Recipe makes some really lovely skincare and this watermelon mask does a fantastic job bringing moisture to my skin while I sleep. I simply add a thin layer to my face (one dollop is usually enough) and allow it to dry before putting my head to the pillow. This just feels fantastic on in general, so the act of slathering it on my face is quite soothing. In the morning, I wake up with dewy skin that looks bright. Plus, I love the light fresh watermelon scent!
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, 1.7 oz. – Retail Value $7.90
I’ve been meaning to try something from The Ordinary for a long time. This brand quickly became a cult fave since it is super affordable (unlike a lot of skincare sold in beauty stores) and actually seems to deliver results based on what I’ve heard. I was happy to see a cleanser in this box since I have so many masks and serums already. This cleanser has plant-derived squalane which is a dupe for the skin’s natural squalene which hydrates and moisturizes but can decrease as we get older. The formula is on the thicker side and has an opaque white moisturizer look to it but turns into a milky oil once I warm it in between my hands. The directions have me add it to a dry face which is consistent with most cleansing oils and it really leaves my face feeling properly moisturized and clean of dirt and makeup. I think this one is a winner!!
Pixi Retinol Tonic, 3.4 oz. – Retail Value $15.00
Pixi has the cutest pale green and gold packaging. This toner contains skincare hero retinol along with glycerin to help protect and repair skin. I like that even with a step like a toner can be packed with extra helpful ingredients. It also has a pleasant floral scent to it and a pretty purple color. This is a lovely travel size since it falls exactly within the TSA guidelines so I’ll be packing it on my trip to Arizona!
The Verdict: The Cult Beauty Starter Kit included some heavy-hitting brands that I trust which seems to be the very foundation of their existence. Five of the six items were ones I hadn’t tried before so it was great to get an idea of the brand’s products and I was extra excited to finally try The Ordinary. All of these will get use from me except for the NARS multi-stick which I’ll pass on to a girlfriend who enjoys more sparkle in their life. The box has a retail value of $91.32 which is a steal for $38.00.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: £30 ($38) + £5.94 shipping FYI – UK tax is removed during checkout so my total with shipping was £29.95 ($38). Here’s what you’re approximately paying per item:
- Palette: $11.24
- Lipstick: $3.54
- Sleeping Mask: $9.15
- Cleanser: $3.29
- Toner: $6.24
Did you grab one of the Cult Beauty Starter Kits?