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Cult Beauty The More Glow Edit Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakDec 7, 2021 | 4 comments

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The Cult Beauty Box
5 overall rating
2 Ratings | 3 Reviews

Cult Beauty is an online UK-based beauty shop that only stocks tried and true products along with the next big things in beauty and innovative products. They periodically offer special one-time purchase boxes. They recently released a collection of edits centered around holiday gifting, and I grabbed the More Glow Edit. This box cost roughly $64.64 USD (including shipping).

This box is no longer available, but Cult Beauty does appear to be releasing sets like these more frequently! 

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First Impressions

 

This box ships from the UK, and it took a little over three weeks for it to be delivered to me from the time it was ordered. This box comes with a red and pale pink sleeve encasing a pale pink box. Open the box up and you'll see pale pink sizzle keeping the products nestled safely inside.

The Breakdown – What’s Inside The Cult Beauty More Glow Edit

Caudalie Vinergetic Instant Detox Mask, 75 mL - Retail Value $39

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This isn’t a new product to me- I actually used it and fell in love with it while I was in law school (and even got a friend hooked as well). It’s super trendy right now because it went viral on tik tok, and I’m not mad about getting a new bottle. This is definitely a drying clay-based mask, but it also has zinc and grape water. While I have dry, sensitive, skin and don’t use clay masks often, sometimes I just want to feel like my pores are extra clean (and I always follow up with a hydrating sheet mask after). The big selling point of this mask (beyond the fact that it’s effective for large pores and oil control), is that as it dries you can see this mask work- you’ll see all of your pores on your t-zone as this mask vacuums oil and debris from them. It’s a really cool experience (and I think this same type of effect is what launched Glamglow into fame when the brand first launched), and if I’m doing a bad job describing the way the mask looks once it dries, you can check out a video of me using it here 

LOLI Beauty Arnica Elderberry Jelly All Day Maskne + Spot Rescue, 35ml - Retail Value $28

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I have only tried two products from Loli, but I have really been digging the brand. This is a lightweight acne treatment that can be used to spot treatment or to prevent maskne when you apply a very thin layer to the inside of your fabric face mask. The ingredients are organic and the formula is alcohol-free, and it’s made with witch hazel, colloidal silver, arnica, elderberry extract, and aloe. The texture is mix between a thick liquid and very thin jelly, and it dries fast on your skin once applied. I’m not so sure I love the jar packaging (I think a dropper would be more sanitary?), but I appreciate how lightweight this acne treatment is and that it didn’t dry my skin out. 

Scientia Notox Youth Boost Eye Serum, 15 mL - Retail Value $35.88

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Okay, is this not some super fun packaging? I love the reflective pink and gold bottle this eye serum is packaged in. This eye serum is formulated with antioxidants and vitamins to brighten the appearance of tired eyes, and it has a lightweight serum texture that absorbed quickly once applied. Ingredients-wise this has a lot of the things I like to see, like peptides, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and ferulic acid. My eyes can be sensitive, but I didn't have any issues with this irritating them.

Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot, 30 mL - Retail Value $20

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I find the Sweet Chef brand to be super cute. I love their sheet masks, but this was my first time trying out a serum from the brand. I am always hesitant with vitamin C products because a lot of them irritate my skin, but I didn’t have any issues with this one. It has a lightweight serum texture that absorbed pretty fast, and it didn’t cause pulling when I layered it in my routine. This cruelty-free and vegan formula is made with ginger extract, turmeric extract, ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C), and Irish moss, and it works to hydrate your skin and fade dark spots for skin that looks radiant. If you’ve never used a vitamin C serum before you may need to use it for a few weeks to start seeing results, but this is an affordable option worth looking into. 

ALPHA-H Liquid Gold, 100 mL - Retail Value $54

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I am not one to bring this up often, but I really felt like this exfoliating treatment came with some pretty excessive plastic packaging. The bottle already has a flip-top lid, so the extra lid on top of it just feels unnecessary. I appreciate aesthetic packaging just as much as the next person, but this just isn’t working for me. Okay, mini-rant over- this stuff is called liquid gold, but you’re going to feel like it’s a bottle of liquid coal if you’re not careful. This formula is *potent*. It’s made with 5% glycolic acid and denatured alcohol, so this isn’t something you should be using every single day. For my sensitive skin, it would be a one or two times a week treatment, but if you have oily or mature skin you probably can get away with using it a bit more frequently. I do like that the formula is made with silk proteins, licorice root extract, and glycerin, to hydrate and soothe, but I don’t think I’ll keep reaching for it. 

Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Eye Cream, 20 mL - Retail Value $39

 

I wasn’t expecting to say this, but after trying out everything I believe that this eye cream is the star of the box. I already liked the ceramidin line from Dr. Jart, but I have honestly fallen in love with this eye cream. The texture is super creamy and emollient but somehow doesn’t feel too heavy, and it feels super nourishing to the delicate skin around my eyes and mouth (I apply eye cream in both of those places now and will not be going back now that I’ve noticed a considerable improvement in the health of my lips). I didn’t get any bumps from milia from using this, but I will say it’s rare for my skin to experience that. I love that the packaging features a pump- it’s so much more sanitary than dipping my fingers into a jar, and it’s also easier to get the correct amount. The formula features a proprietary blend of five ceramides (which are naturally occurring in your skin’s moisture barrier), niacinamide, and squalane, and it melts into my skin when I apply it, no intense rubbing required. If you’re looking for a new eye cream, I strongly recommend trying to find a sample of this one to see if you love it as much as I do. 

Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial, 30 mL - Estimated Value $19.20 (buy the 75 mL version for $48)

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I love this brand- it features vegan squalane as a key ingredient in all of their formulas, and my skin loves squalane. This is another potent exfoliating treatment though- do your skin a favor and don’t use this in the same routine you use the Alpha-H Liquid Gold. This mask features four different forms of alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic, lactic, malic, and tartaric), fruit extracts with exfoliating properties like bilberry and lemon extract, and it also has mineral powder for a microdermabrasion effect. This mask has a lot of power that is only mildly tempered by the squalane and hyaluronic acid that’s also in the formula. I’m not saying this is a bad product- this mask is incredibly effective. But it is a product that you can easily overdo it with, so make sure you are intentional about when you use it to avoid over-exfoliating. 

Pai Skincare Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil, 28 mL - Retail Value $29

 

I like the Pai Skincare brand, and am happy to try more from them. They really pay attention to details in their packaging, and that made the unboxing experience feel like a treat. This is a lightweight cleansing oil that was gentle on my skin and effective at removing makeup, but I didn’t love it. After using it a few times, I realized I actually preferred a heavier cleansing oil or balm to remove my makeup just for the sensory experience. This is formulated with rosehip extract, squalane, jasmine oil, and olive oil, and if you don’t like the feel of heavy cleansing oils this might be a better fit for you. 

Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream, 20 mL - Retail Value $6.99

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This was a fun moisturizer- it has a lightweight gel-cream texture that feels almost like jelly, and it absorbs into my skin super fast leaving skin hydrated while still being lightweight. This is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera leaf, and it also has green tea extract which creates a moisturizing formula that isn’t heavy. I’m a fan of the performance and a big fan of the price tag, too. 

Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, 7.4 mL - Estimated Value $7.68 (buy the 15 mL version for $16)

 

I love this moisturizer- I actually have a full-size jar open right now that I have been reaching for in my morning skincare routine. This has a lightweight texture, not unlike the Versed cream, however, this has a whipped texture added to it. Just because it's lightweight doesn't mean it doesn't pack a hydrating punch, though, and I like the superfoods in the formula like spinach, kale, and alfalfa extract that are paired with hyaluronic acid for hydration and nourishment for my skin.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, 50 g - Retail Value $38

 

This is one of my favorite cleansing balms, and I’m so happy that a larger jar was included in this set. It’s a thick oil-based balm that some may find to be too heavy, but I love it because it feels like a nourishing hug to my skin when I massage it in to break up and remove makeup and dirt from my face. I personally find the user experience to be luxurious thanks to the texture, but it’s also incredibly effective as a first cleanse. Sometimes cleansing balms with this texture leave residue that can be difficult to fully rinse away, but I don’t have that issue with this. When I add water it emulsifies beautifully, and it leaves my skin feeling really nourished when I’m all done. Formula-wise this is made with a blend of oils, butters, and waxes, and it has an essential oil blend that gives the balm a slight herbaceous scent, too. 

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, 25 mL - Estimated Value $8.93 (buy the 70 mL version for $25)

 

I remember a few years ago not loving this sleeping mask from Laneige because it was so lightweight, and I think that was partially due to me not knowing how to layer all of my products for maximum nourishment and hydration for my dry, sensitive skin. Now that I have more years of experience under my belt, I can appreciate this lightweight sleeping mask that provides hydration without being heavy. I think this would work for almost all skin types, and if your skin is like mine then finish your routine with a facial oil. This isn't my favorite product, but that doesn't mean this hydrating gel cream won't be yours.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: £48.80 ($64.64) 

Value Breakdown: 

  • Caudalie: $39 → $7.74
  • LOLI Beauty: $28 → $5.55
  • Scientia: $35.88 → $7.12
  • Sweet Chef: $20 → $3.97
  • ALPHA-H: $54 → $10.72
  • Dr. Jart+: $39 → $7.74
  • Biossance: $19.20 → $3.81
  • Pai: $29 → $5.75
  • Versed: $6.99 → $1.39
  • YTTP: $7.68 → $1.52
  • Elemis: $38 → $7.54
  • Laneige: $8.93 → $1.77

Everything in the box added up to $325.68, which is more than five times the cost of the box!

Key Takeaways

There was so much I loved about the More Glow Edit from Cult Beauty. They curated a selection of products to leave your skin glowing, whether it’s from exfoliating or nourishing the skin to help it look its best. I love that this set features affordable drug store (Versed, Sweet Chef), midrange (Dr. Jart+, Laneige), and high-end (Elemis, Alpha-H) brands. Another thing I appreciate is that every single product in this set was either full-size or travel-sized, so there were plenty of uses for each product- that really helped me to feel like I was getting bang for my buck. Cult Beauty Edits tend to sell out quickly after they are released, but I definitely recommend keeping an eye out for their next Edit.

Other Things You Should Know

When is this box available? The More Glow Edit is currently sold out. Cult Beauty Edits tend to go quickly once they are released, but Cult Beauty will give you a few days notice before the box goes live so you know to keep an eye out if the set is one you want to snag.

Does Cult Beauty only ship to the US and UK? No, they ship worldwide!

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Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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4 comments

Jody E

Hi Jessica, can you tell me what the Alpha-H product is? A serum, mask? I am confused when it is used.Thanks.

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Jessica Hapak

Hi Jody E,
It’s an exfoliating toner; I applied it with a cotton pad. Hope that helps and sorry it wasn’t more clear!

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Snow

Wow there is quite the assortment here! But first, I’m not seeing the video of the mask?? And second, how does a mask go viral? Granted tik tok is not my cup of tea (I’m way too snarky to deal with fun videos,) but then again twenty years ago I was obsessed with AOL messenger (oh, how the internet has changed 😁.)
I think all in all there are some really great products in here, and some that I would put in my question mark pile. Thanks Jessica for the review. I hope your cystic acne calms down, too. I literally know your pain when it comes to those suckers. 😣

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Jessica Hapak

Hi Snow,
Thanks for pointing out I was missing the link- that has been fixed. I think the mask went viral because it looks kinda creepy when it dries on your pores. My acne is still freaking out. I think it’s stress related, because work has been a lot lately and I’ve also been getting a lot of stress migraines lately too 🤦🏻‍♀️
Thanks for reading!

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