Cohorted Beauty Box: August 2016 Review

The Cohorted Beauty Box has become a staple for me. I look forward to it each month and know I’m always going to love what’s inside.  They’re always jam-packed with high-end goodies. See last month’s box here as an example.

Cohorted Beauty Box August 2016

The Black Edition Beauty Box from Cohorted is a £35 per month subscription and contains 4-5 full sized high-end and luxury beauty products, with the occasional extra sample thrown in for good measure. They feature brands such as theBalm, Too Faced, Mac and Nars to name a few, and the value is always incredible. I’m never disappointed. You can find more information or subscribe here.

Nars Andy Warhol Eyeshadow Palette Flowers 3

Nars – Andy Warhol Eyeshadow Palette Flowers 3 – RRP £45

One of the things I like about Cohorted is that they include a mixture of the newest and most exciting products as well as some products that you can’t get your hands on anymore. This palette is the perfect example of that. It was from a limited edition Andy Warhol inspired Nars collection that you can’t find these days! It’s a mostly neutral palette, set out in a pretty pattern that is inspired by Warhol’s poppy paintings. The black in the background looks really intimidating to use at first, but it’s simply an overspray which comes away to reveal a pretty lavender grey shade underneath. The shadows themselves are super smooth, pigmented and gorgeous. I’ll definitely be using this a lot!

 

Nars Andy Warhol Eyeshadow Palette Flowers 3 Swatches
Nars Andy Warhol Eyeshadow Palette Flowers 3 Swatched

The shades are all very wearable and everyday appropriate. It contains a pearly white, shimmery copper, a satin finish chocolate brown and a delicate lavender-grey. I definitely think you could create a complete eye look with just this palette, which makes it ideal for travelling.

Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream

Lancome – Absolue Yeux Eye Care (2 x 3ml samples) – RRP £25 Full Size: £85

This particular eye cream is geared towards anti-aging and reducing the signs of wrinkles. This might put some people off using it, but I believe that the younger you incorporate anti-aging products into your routine, the better. It’s easier to prevent unwanted signs of aging than it is to fix them. This cream feels light on the skin and absorbs quickly, so you can use it both day and night without having to wait ages for it to sink in before applying makeup. I like getting things like eye creams and serums in beauty boxes because I’d have no idea where to start looking otherwise. Getting them this way means that I can learn what I do and don’t like without forking out a tonne of money.

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

Nunzio Saviano – Anti-Frizz Sheets – RRP £14

This is such a cool, unusual product! These are individually wrapped sheets containing a lightweight leave-in conditioner that tames frizz and flyaways and adds shine to the hair. All whilst delivering a boost of moisture. Since they’re individually wrapped, I can imagine they’d be great to throw in your bag for hair emergencies. My hair just doesn’t get frizzy or need much taming, so I’ll be passing these along to someone who can make more use of them than I can. Even though they’re not for me, I can see why a lot of people would love receiving these to rescue them from bad hair days.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Porn-A-Thon

Smith & Cult – Nail Lacquer in Porn-A-ThonRRP £19

You could have received a number of different shades of this polish, I received Porn-A-Thon.This nail varnish really surprised me. It looks like a muted nude in the bottle, but it comes off as a vibrant peach shade on the nails. The packaging is gorgeous too, I love the delicate font and the hammered metal on the cap makes it so much easier to grip and use. Smith & Cult polishes are 5-free, so they’re better for you.

 

Smith & Cult Porn-A-Thon Swatched
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Porn-A-Thon (2 coats)

The formula is really nice. It became opaque in 2 coats and dried really fast. It’s long lasting too. As I’m writing this, I’ve had the polish on for 5 days and there are no chips, only some wear on one or two of the tips.

 

Cohorted Ovali Brush Blush  Base

Cohorted – Ovali Brush CollectionRRP from £12

You could have received any of the brushes from the new Cohorted Ovali range. I believe I received either the base or blush brush, both of which retail for £18. This new range of brushes is their version of the oh-so-famous Artis brushes that have been taking the internet by storm. The brushes are cruelty-free and synthetic, making them ideal for applying cream, liquid or powder products as they won’t absorb it all. The density of the bristles gives an even, streak-free finish and allows you to get the most coverage out of your products. I’ve been using this brush for the majority of my base makeup and I love it for blending out my concealer and cream contour. The brush is so soft on the skin, it feels so nice to use – once you get used to using such a different style of brush. These brushes are available both individually and in sets on the Corhorted site, I’m curious to try out a few more.

This month’s Corhorted Box was an absolute winner for me. There’s only one product I won’t use and I can pass that on to somebody else. All of the others, I’m super happy to have. My box had a total value of £121, which is way more than I paid AND I got my hands on a limited edition Nars palette AND a sneak peak at the new line of Ovali brushes. To me, that’s fantastic.

My favourite product of this box is a tie between the Ovali brush and the Nars palette. What’s your favourite? I’d love to know.

See you next time!

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