I was going to start this post by saying that, I haven’t bought myself a beauty box in ages, but a quick check of my beauty box tells me that’s a lie – although I definitely haven’t had many in 2019. So when my friend Sophie sent this round in our group chat within seconds I’d clicked add to cart and I was checking out. I’ve seen Cult Beauty do something similar before but they’ve never quite appealed to me, this one the Cult Beauty Starter Kit was almost made for me.
The box is unfortunately currently sold out, but it is listed as awaiting stock after it saying it was sold out over the weekend, there is a waitlist sign up if you’re eager to get your hands on it. But they named this the Cult Beauty Starter Kit, and it featured a fantastic range of brands across skincare and makeup, it was priced at a mere £30, which I’d normally turn my nose up at with other beauty boxes get to that price, but this one was filled with full and deluxe sized products worth over £75. To make the deal even better, some of them were products I had on my hit list.
Pixi Retinol Tonic – Full Size 100ml / £10
I’ll start with this as in many ways if you’re a regular reader you’ll know already I’m a big Pixi fan and have reviewed this toner before, in fact you can find it here if you’d like to read. This is Pixi’s anti-aging tonic but it’s also fairly good at being soothing too, it’s a good introductory retinol product if you don’t want or need something too intense. This is a full size, but it’s their smaller travel sized bottles which are £10 each. I’ve already got one of the 250ml bottles on the go, but I’m going to pop this in my cupboard as a backup.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk – Deluxe Mini 1g / Worth £7.14
I knew this was mini, but having it in my hand it’s even more mini! At around just less than a third of the size of full CT and in very dinky packaging it’s a very cute little lipstick, I’m going to have to keep it in the box to make sure I don’t lose it! Pillow Talk is shade that has such iconic status now, but I’ve always felt like it might be a little pale for me when I’ve swatched it in stores, however I think one day curiosity might have got the better of me and I would have tried it, so I’m very happy to see whether this shade will suit me or not! Look out on the ‘gram where I suspect this might feature in a MOTD soon.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser – Full Size 50ml / £5.50
I’ve not had the best experience with the items that I’ve tried from The Ordinary, however I’ve heard good things about this cleanser being a good makeup remover as well as it being good for the skin. I’ve generally liked products that I’ve tried with squalane in in the past, such as the Kiehl’s Ultra Repair moisturiser. I’m close to finishing up my last batch of cleansers I put to the test in the high end to low end test I did, so I might plan out another similar one and see how this budget one compares.
NARS The Multiple in Orgasm – Deluxe Mini 4g / Worth £8.50
I’ve always been a little scared of cream blushes, but products like the Multiple from NARS make them look really easy to use. I liked the fact that they included the classic shade Orgasm… I’m actually not sure that I’ve had the shade before – just dupes of it. It’s a colour that seems to suit a lot of shades and a cult favourite so I’m sure a lot of people will be happy to see this. It’s a really decent sized mini too, I’m looking forward to putting to the test.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask – Full Size 30ml / Worth £20.50
Glow Recipe has been a brand on my wishlist for a while – and specifically this mask. I’ve been good on buying masks as I’ve got so many in my cupboard and trying to finish so many off, but this is one heading straight to my bedside table, unless there’s one lingering right at the back – I think I’ve finished all of my sleep masks. Face Mask Friday posts haven’t been seen for a while as I’ve not been trying anything new from my stash, but I’ll be bringing this back once I’ve had a full test. This has a delightful scent – it’s like a juicy watermelon scent rather than it smelling like watermelon sweets which a lot of watermelon products do. Very excited to finally be introduced to this brand.
Huda Topaz Obsessions Palette – Full Size £25.00
I’m sure a lot of people would consider this palette the star of the show – I have Mauve obsessions already and I was a little disappointed by it – I found it difficult to work with. I know so many people love these palettes so I wanted to see whether it was that particular palette I didn’t get along with – or whether it was all. I do need to pull out that original palette again as it’s been ages since I last tried it, but I really wanted to give the formula a second try. The Topaz palette is exactly my kind of neutral, really warm bronze, coppers and golds. With really intense stand out metallics and mattes it looks like a perfect autumnal palette.
And that’s it! I think this was a great little box, my one little grumble is that this box was advertised as being worth over £100, however my maths skills are evidently better than theres as when I worked out price per gram on the minis, they probably used different calculations – but even if the lipstick had been full size it wouldn’t have been worth what they said. Personally I’d still have bought it if they had advertised it at the correct value – but it’s disappointing when it arrived and I started doing the maths and realised it didn’t add up.
This is listed as coming back in stock with a waitlist, so if you’re interested in trying to get your hands on it use the sign up link here. I think it would make an amazing excellent idea to break it up to making gifts for different friends in a really budget friendly way – or spoil someone special (that could be you!) to it all.
What do you think of the Cult Beauty Starter Kit?
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