I don’t know how January went past so fast but at least when a month comes to an end, I still have a Cohorted box to open! Cohorted is my favourite because it always contains decent sized, full or travel size, products of high quality. It is one of the most expensive UK beauty boxes though, so it comes with a price.
For all the details on how Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox performed in 2017 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2017 unboxing and reviews on Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox!”
Anyhow, for this month, January 2018, I was expecting heavy skincare boxes. Yes, I’m with you, makeup boxes are just so much more fun, but it is January and this month is all about taking care of yourself, your Skin (the biggest organ in your body) and giving yourself some self-love. As a result, for me, a skincare box would be what January needs and thankfully this is exactly what this month’s Cohorted box contained. Spot on Cohorted!
And if that wasn’t enough, it seems that Cohorted is starting the 2018 with a bang. This month’s box contained 5 travel size products, 1 full size product, 1 one use but full-size Mask and 1 sample product to try. How can you go wrong with that?
Cohorted was as always the standard black, square box that closes magnetically and ties with a ribbon. Even though it doesn’t have a special monthly themed design, like other beauty boxes do, it is still pretty and is reusable too.
As last year, the box also came with it’s monthly, small beauty magazine (only 28 pages) that tells you a little bit more about each product and some featured products or artists.
This month’s Cohorted box contained 8 unique products of which one was a sample though, from left to right: a face mask, a pore peel mask, a body scrub, body wash, body lotion, a multi-lift cream, a setting spray and a face cleanser. So much stuff!
Let’s dive in a little more deeply into how each product performed after a week’s use. Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and as beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, beauty requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. If you tried any of these please leave your comments below!
Wish Formula The Mask With Centella Honey Fermented Serum
This Korean mask is meant to relieve and protect the skin barrier while giving a moisturising glow.
It contains honey which is said to moisturise and repair your complexion and peppermint and lemon extract to give a healthy glow.
There are also some other ingredients that are meant to protect the skin’s barrier. If you are wondering whether honey is beneficial in cosmetics or just yummy check out my science infused post: Honey in cosmetics – Is it worth seeking out?
You are meant to use this mask on a clean face of course, leave for 15-20 mins and enjoy!
It was a lovely mask and I thoroughly enjoyed it but as it is often with skin care, I didn’t notice any differences. My skin was softer and smoother but that’s about it. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work though, the claims of this mask are not things that you would easily visualise especially after only 1 use. Skin care takes time and when it comes to face masks half the benefit is almost you taking the time for yourself, sitting somewhere for 15-20 and relaxing.
This mask retails somewhere between £2.50-£3.04, again one more overvalued item by Cohorted, pricing this at £6.00. This is a fairly cheap mask that has some good ingredients. It does not mention how long it lasts. SCORE = 8/10
Skin Chemist Anti Ageing Charcoal Pore Peel Mask
This is a typical charcoal peel mask that looks black, dries on the skin and comes off by peeling. These type of masks can be quite satisfying but at the same time also time consuming. You have to build up a thick layer of the product, so that the mask is strong enough to peel of as one or a couple big pieces but at the same time not so thick that it takes ages for it to dry.
Once you figure out the balance of that this mask is great. You are supposed to leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then peel and wash off any leftovers. It removes dirt, extra oils, dead skin cells and apparently also blackheads. It’s very difficult to tell if it removed any blackheads, as the mask is black itself, but it definitely removes face baby hair.
After the redness of the skin calms down (peeling is an aggressive process), it becomes nicely cleansed and slightly brighter looking. It apparently also minimises pores. If it removes blackheads then by default those pores can then become smaller, as the dirt of them is removed, so that makes sense.
It smells pleasantly sweet but refreshing and it contains Bamboo Charcoal and White Peony Root. It lasts 12M and the product is very simple (only 13 ingredients). This 50Ml tube is actually a full size and retails for £39.00. It is very expensive for what it is and I’ve personally used much cheaper ones (a third of the price or so) that gave me the same results.
It is also unclear as to what the anti-ageing claim is about. It contains alcohol which some argue is bad for the skin and there are only 2 maybe 3 ingredients in it that could offer some sort of nutritional claim. Perhaps it is based on the fact that the Centella Plant Extract is meant to make skin appear more firm? SCORE = 7/10
Urban Veda Rose and Botanics Reviving Body Scrub, Body Wash and Body Lotion
I love that Cohorted included this trio. You get an overall picture of this line of products and a better view on whether you like it or not. They could have easily just included one of them but they included them all. Points there!
These Urban Veda body scrub, body wash and body lotion products are meant to give you a touch of luxury. Although they are travel size, the bottles look nice and are of very high quality. This was something that ended up annoying me though as the bottles are so sturdy that you cannot squeeze them which means you have to keep trying to tip the product out ending up with either more than you need or just annoyed that you spent 10 minutes doing that. The full size versions of these come in more squeezable tubes though, so this might not be a problem.
Other than that, these were gorgeous. They all smell lovely, like rose petals, and although the scent is not too sweet or overpowering, other people will know that you used a rose smelling product.
The body scrub worked well without feeling too rough on the skin. It contains rose Damask flower water, evening Primrose and enriching Jasmine to pamper tired and mature skin. It is a colourless gel rich in anti-oxidants with brown beads for exfoliation.
The body wash is a white creamy liquid that contains similar ingredients to the scrub. It is also rich in EFAs. It washes the skin well and doesn’t leave any sticky residues behind but at the same time the skin feels moisturised and is not left dry.
Finally, the body lotion also has similar ingredients and looks almost identical to the body wash. It has a thin consistency, as lotions often do, and it spreads easily. It gets absorbed by the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any sticky residues behind. It doesn’t give your skin that deep feeling of moisturisation, like for example body butters do, and it definitely doesn’t feel heavenly rich as the Cohorted magazine suggests, but it does moisturise your skin.
There are no parabens, no SLS or GM ingredients. This brand is against animal testing and the products are vegetarian approved. These products were finalist at the 2014 Beauty Awards, won the Platinum Janey Loves award in 2014 and were finalists in the 2015 LiB Beauty Awards.
Cohorted valued these at £12.99 each which again is an overkill. This is the price for the full size products (200mL) not the travel size ones (50mL) included in this box. These would therefore be around the £3.25 mark each. They all last 12M. SCORE = 8/10
Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Créme
This is a day cream as it contains SPF 15. It is meant to crate a firmer, tighter and youthful complexion.
It smells gorgeous. It is a very feminine, sweet and cosmetic, soft, powdery type, clean laundry type scent. The cream itself is pale pink which gives it that extra little femininity and matches the scent well.
It gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave any residues behind. It feels really nice on the skin although I haven’t noticed any tighter, firmer or more youthful complexion results, I know some people who swear by this one. It’s worth a try.
As much as I love Lancôme, it seems to me that Cohorted has been making a bit of a habit out of including free Lancôme samples. They did this twice in 2017 and counted the samples as a box product, but at least this time it appears to be an extra item, rather than taking a product’s position, which is great. However, Cohorted valued this sample at £10 which is an overkill. The sample itself says “free sample, not for sale” on it which means you could have easily gotten it for free from Lancôme itself. Even if we take the per mL value of this cream, this sample would have only cost £6.70. It lasts 12M. SCORE = 8/10
Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
It seems to me that Marc Jacobs truly makes quality products, one after the other. I have yet to be disappointed with any of them and this one was not the exception.
This cute little travel size setting spray bottle is very simple but still looks elegant and feels expensive. Perhaps it is the silver pump or the matter finish on the bottle that gives it the quality look. It’s probably the scent though as it smells absolutely gorgeous. It is a mixture of coconut and something sweet with a cosmetic hint to it. I am not a coconut fan but this one smells amazing. I loved it so much I ended up spraying my face a couple extra times with it!
The mist is very fine, if you press the pump all the way down. If you halfway press it your will get a strong, specific direction spray which can ruin your makeup. Take some distance and press the pump properly.
Other than the gorgeous scent which I still can’t get over, I thought that this did a similar job to the Urban Decay All Nighter. It didn’t add to my oils and my makeup was almost flawless all day long. Instinctively, I think that the All Nighter one is better but that’s probably only because I’ve been using that one for ages and I have more trust in it. I didn’t see any issues with this one, at least not yet, to be able to say that with certainty. So far so good.
Unfortunately though, this spray made my face feel slightly sticky. Not to the touch but when I move my facial muscles around. Nothing major though and nothing so bad that would stop me from using this.
I didn’t think that my face looked specifically dewy, as the Cohorted beauty magazine suggests, but neither super matt. My skin just looked like normal skin.
This setting spray contains some nice ingredients like coconut water, coconut fruit juice and even hyaluronic acid and vitamin E (tiny amounts though). There are also some not so great ingredients though, which are mainly there to stabilise the formulation, like for example sodium hydroxide, phosphoric acid etc.
Again, another huge overvalue from Cohorted. In their beauty booklet they accounted this item to be worth £25. That is the correct price for a full size bottle (112mL) but this little 25mL, travel size one, would retail around £6.40. This setting spray lasts 12M. SCORE = 9/10
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Face Cleanser
This is meant to be a pore-perfecting cleanser that removes excess oil and impurities, while visibly minimizing pore size. It is more suitable for normal to oily skin and even though I have oily skin and is perfect for me, I can only imagine the disappointment of those who received this box and have sensitive or dry skin.
This time it worked perfectly for me but this is a good example of where Cohorted can fall short due to lack of beauty personalisation.
The travel size tube looks simple and elegant and is of standard quality. You are meant to gently shake it before use, massage into the skin and then rinse off with warm water.
The product itself has a pale yellow watery texture and it has a lemony-natural type scent. If you are familiar with Balanceme products, that is what it reminded me off. It has that natural off smell. Personally, I didn’t like it so much as I prefer more feminine cosmetic scents, but I didn’t think it was a bad smell either.
The watery texture means it is easy to spread, however, when you put some of the product in your hands and place the tube down, the product will run out of the tube and onto your counter because of how watery it is. So be mindful when using this one and close the tube immediately.
However, it did seem to work well. It cleansed my skin nicely and left it completely oil free but not too dry. I didn’t try it on a full face of makeup though. After about an hour my face started becoming oily again but that’s ok, this product is not meant to control your oils, just remove them.
I can’t say that I noticed any difference in my pores, but to be fair, these type of skin changes take a while and I’ve only been using this for a couple of days. Nevertheless, it is a nice cleanser but it doesn’t foam.
This is a travel size (30mL) tube but a full size (125mL) retails for £35. It is a little expensive for a cleanser but if this truly minimizes pores and cleansers deeply, then it might be worth the cash. Cohorted valued this travel size at £15. If you do the math, taking the full-size price into account, a 30mL tube would be worth around £8.40. Larger products are usually cheaper per mL however, it seems like Cohorted overvalued this. This product lasts 12M. SCORE = 7/10
Overall, the items contained in the box were absolutely spot on for January. I am shocked that there were so many extra items contained which is amazing. The only downside of this box is that once again Cohorted overkilled their box value which is something they have been doing throughout 2017 as well. It is still value for money, you still get more than what you payed for (£35) so I really don’t see the need to oversell this. The box was valued at £133.00 which I’d say is a massive overvalue by about £60.72. The actual value of the box is around £72.28 which is still amazing value for money. The error comes from the fact that they seem to take full size product prices, in their value calculations, when most of the time the products are travel sizes. Just please Cohorted, stop overestimating!
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 10/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.83/10
Star product = Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
Did you get this month’s Cohorted? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!