Cohorted Beauty Box July 2015 Review

I’ve tried a lot of different beauty boxes over the years, and so far Cohorted’s box has impressed me the most. I ordered the May box, and I was so impressed with it (review is here), so I wanted to get my hands on the June box too. I had so much trouble trying to order the box, the site crashed over and over again, and by the time it was back online all the boxes has sold out. I was really disappointed by this, but tried again this month and was lucky enough to get July’s Cohorted box. This month the boxes didn’t sell out even nearly as quick as the previous months, it seemed that they had added more boxes available to buy. I hoped that this wouldn’t affect the quality of the items in the box, but I fear it might have slightly…

Cohorted Beauty Box Review July emilyloula blog

Cohorted Beauty Box Review July Contents emilyloula blogJuly’s Cohorted Beauty Box Contained;

> Diego Dalla Palma Palette
> Flora by Gucci Perfumed Body Lotion
> St.Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 in 1 Lotion
> Nails Inc Matte Polish in ‘Gatwick’

Cohorted Beauty Box Review July emilyloula blog Diego Dalla Palama palette

Cohorted Beauty Box Review July emilyloula blog Diego Dalla Palma Palette Lipstick LinerDiego Dalla Palma Palette | RRP £25

This palette by Diego Dalla Palma is my favourite item within this months Cohorted box, and one that I’m really impressed with. It contains 6 eyeshadows, a lipstick and an eyeliner – a beautiful collection inspired by Snow White & The Huntsman. This isn’t something I would usually pick up myself, however I actually love it and know I’ll get use out of everything within this palette – and I think that’s the beauty of these kind of boxes. The lipstick, which is aptly named ‘Wicked Queen’ and is worth £15 alone, can be picked up separately from here. It’s a bright, blue toned red, which is great for making your teeth look whiter, and would look lovely on all skin tones. This has very quickly become my favourite red lipstick, due to its gorgeous shade, high pigmentation, comfortable formula and great wear time. The 6 full sized eyeshadows included in this palette are also right up my street, with 3 shimmery shades, and 3 mattes – perfect for both a day time or night time look. I love how they’ve named these shades – Snow, Shield, Mirror Mirror, Fairest, Destiny and Battleground, as they fit really lovely with the theme. A black eyeliner is also included, named ‘Dark Night’, which has a long wearing formula and is soft enough to apply comfortably, but also hard enough to get a good, defined line. This palette retails for £25, which is more than the cost of the Cohorted box, but if the contents were sold separately, it’s actually worth over £100, which is incredible value.

Cohorted Beauty Box Review July emilyloula blog St Tropez 4 in 1St.Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 in 1 Lotion | RRP £20

I’ve never actually faked tanned before (shock, I know), but it’s something I’ve been wanting to try out recently, so I was glad to see this St. Tropez lotion within this month’s Cohorted box. It’s a gradual 4 in one tan, which is said to help with tanning, toning, firming and moisturising your body. I’m trying to lose some weight at the moment, as well as toning myself up so this again, has come at the perfect time. St. Tropez are one of the biggest players in the Tan ‘game’, so I think it’s a great brand to be included within the Cohorted box. I’m impressed that it’s a full sized bottle (150ml) and is worth £20 – considering the box itself is the same price, so you’ve already made your money back with this product alone. I’m really looking forward to giving this a try, I’m hoping it will give me that summer glow that I’ve been yearning for.

Cohorted Beauty Box Review July emilyloula blog Nails Inc GucciNails Inc Matte Polish in ‘Gatwick’ | RRP £11

I’m a huge fan of anything matte, whether that’s lipsticks, eyeshadows or sports cars, so I was excited to see this nail polish from Nails Inc within the Cohorted box. This bright, hot red shade is from their London collection, and is named Gatwick – after the airport, which is the one I actually usually travel from. As all matte shades, this won’t last as long on your nails as a regular nail varnish, as the consistency is completely different. It dries really fast, so you need to be quick when applying so you don’t get streaks, but again this is another general trait of matte nail varnishes and isn’t specific to this Nails Inc polish. You’ll only need two coats of this as it’s really pigmented and is fairly thick. I really love this shade and the finish, so I’m looking forward to wearing this, and pairing it with the Wicked Queen lipstick from the palette also in the Cohorted box.

Flora by Gucci Perfumed Body Lotion | RRP £7.50

This Gucci body lotion is my least favourite item within the Cohorted box, and one that I’m actually really unimpressed with. Firstly, mine was really dirty, and seemed like it had been sat in a box in mucky, dusty box in a warehouse for years – I don’t think that matches up to the ‘luxe box’ that Cohorted offer. Secondly, this size lotion isn’t actually available to buy alone, which makes me think that they’ve just separated all of the perfumes and the accompanying body lotions from a gift set (like this) and sent those out. Since there was no sample of the fragrance, I think that defeats the object of the lotion, as it’s supposed to be used to layer up the scent. I’m not a huge fan of body lotions anyway, and I don’t like the scent of this at all, it’s too floral and over powering for me. Unfortunately Cohorted, I’m not impressed with this product and won’t be getting any use from it.

I’ve got mixed opinions on July’s Cohorted box, I really can’t make my mind up on it or not. The box itself retails for £20, and this month’s it is worth over £63. That is great and all, but I don’t think that it compares to a lot of the previous boxes, usually worth about £90. Don’t get me wrong, I really love the palette, and I know I’ll use the nail varnish and the St. Tropez tan, however I just don’t think that this box matches up in terms of quality and products to the previous months. Cohorted have had a lot of complaints about how quickly the boxes sell out, and how they’re aren’t enough available to everyone. I fear that they may have compromised the products inside this month’s box, so there was more available to sell. Good business for them of course, but not as good for me as the consumer. I’m going to try and get my hands on the August box and see how that compares, I honestly hope that this month has just been a blip, but we’ll have to see…

What do you think of July’s Cohorted box? Would you have been impressed with the contents? What’s your favourite beauty box? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, and thank you for reading! 

emily x

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  • I’d certainly have been disappointed with the body lotion too, really not a great addition to the box.
    As a whole it looks pretty impressive but as much as I love that palette, I bought a friend & myself this palette on ebay 2 years ago when the huntsman movie was released for £8 and I’m pretty sure you can still buy them so thats a poor choice for them to add.
    Here’s hoping your next box is back to their former glory, I’ve always read good things about the Cohorted boxes in the past.
    Gillian xx EyelinerFlicks

  • Emily Knott

    It’s a shame, your right. It does seem this box falls behind the rest. This is why I find it hard to commit to beauty boxes.

  • I’ve never tried a beauty box and think it’s because it’s money for something you might not end up liking. Maybe if I had some more money to splurge I might, this seems like an ok box, but its a shame it’s not as good as previous ones.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

  • Tejal

    I’ve never heard of Cohorted before but they do have some good beauty bits inside of them! I personally find glossybox to be quite good. I have only found glossybox products to be disappointing a few times, but I think that’s because it’s hard to find products that will please or be beneficial to everyone? I agree with Emily this makes it hard for me to commit to beauty boxes. x

  • Sounds like a mixed bunch! The palette looks and sounds fantastic though, fab value for money! Looking forward to reading what you think about the St.Tropez tanner 🙂 xx

    Hannah x hannatalks

  • Such a great box! I am in love with the Snow White Inspired set its gorgeous! x

    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  • Pam Scalfi

    Love the palette! Such a great box! You will love the St Tropez tanner, it’s amazing 🙂

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi?

  • That eyeshadow palette looks so pretty – love the shades it consists of


  • Hayley Walker

    Such loveliness all in one box <3

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

  • I’ve never really warmed to subscription boxes myself but this box actually looks like it had some quality products in it!

    xo, alison*elle

  • I’m really not a fan of Cohorted over them using discontinued products in their boxes :/ I don’t think this is the best box I’ve seen of theirs xx

    Gemma | ?

  • Karen Humphries

    I wasn’t impressed with this month’s box either. I’ve seen on a well known auction site that the Snow White set is available for £6.99 so not such a bargain being included in this month’s box. My 17 year old daughter has claimed that make up palette! I also agree about the Gucci body lotion. I felt it was just a token item they added. The only other Cohorted boxes i managed to purchase were the March and April ones then they decided to do the 3 month pre order and unfortunately I couldn’t get onto their website due to it crashing so was surprised when I was able to order July’s box. I’m in two minds whether to try for the August box now after this disappointing box.

  • Drea.

    Great, honest review. I haven’t tried any beauty boxes before, so it’s good to have an idea about the different ones and what they usually have to offer!

    Drea xo
    Drea’s Junkyard

  • Becca Allen

    Thanks for this detailed review – I’ve been so desperate to get my hands on one of these but failed miserably so far. Now umming and ahing about trying for August’s box as I would have been really disappointed with this one – especially the body lotion, but matt nail varnish isn’t up my street either. Just seems underwhelming as a whole compared to previous months.

    Hmm decisions decisions…

  • I find the cohort boxes are just a way for them to unload all of their left overs so I am not surprised your Gucci lotion was dirty. After the first box I got from Cohorted, I stayed away.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • I haven’t tried beauty boxes, I’m not exactly experimental when it comes to beauty products so I’m a little scared about subscribing to a monthly one. I’ve heard both good and bad reviews but I’m not a big enough fan of makeup (shock, shock, horror) to splurge on a subscription. Thanks for sharing, nice to read an honest review. Xx

    Shaqinah from Shoes and Roses xx

  • Tal

    It’s the night before my
    holiday and I should really really be sleeping but I can’t stop reading your
    blog haha! Loved this post.

    My Little “ROAD TRIP” Box Review JULY 2015

  • Really enjoyed reading your honest review! That palette definitely looks incredible 🙂 Hopefully next month they live up to their usual standards for you xx

    Love and Marmalade

  • Me-moi

    Good review. Im still awaiting my box (and a reply from cohorted as to its whereabouts) which is a shame. I do think that it is a bit silly to have tanning lotion as a product as not everyone is pale skinned, what about those with olive, brown or black skin? There should be an option where they can note it and swap it out for other products. It doesn’t seem as good as other months but still the best beauty box out there. Compare this box to my Birchbox and it wins hands down (though its more expensive). I just hope that mines gets sent out soon.

    • Thank you! That’s such a shame that yours hadn’t arrived, have you got it yet? I agree with you about the tanning lotion, it’s not a very versatile product – I never thought of it that way! It definitely is better than the majority of boxes, although more expensive, the products are normally fab so I hope next month is a bit better. Thanks for reading and your comment xx

  • I bought the very first Cohorted box and it was SO disappointing, it’s definitely put me off buying any other x

    • I found this box disappointing too! I’m going to buy next month’s if I can – I hope it’s better!! xx

  • Samileen

    I can never seem to buy the Cohorted Beauty Box, it’s always sold out, don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

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