Cult Beauty Starter Kit – September 2020 Edition

Cult Beauty Starter Kit - September 2020 Edition

Almost a year ago I featured the first Cult Beauty Starter Kit, since then they released another one towards the beginning of summer which didn’t grab my interest. But a couple of weeks ago I saw they launched their third edition, and I couldn’t resist picking myself it up again as a little midweek treat. There were a few brands which I knew I liked, a few I hadn’t heard of and a few that I had on my hit list to try out.

You’ll notice there’s been a lot less beauty box reviews around here this year, and that’s mostly because I decided to go CF at the start of 2020 as my new years resolution, finding that most beauty boxes don’t cater for that yet. This box contains six items and only one of them is from a non-CF brand, I haven’t decided what that will mean yet, but it’s the only non-CF product that has entered my collection during 2020 – which I’m pretty proud of managing to stick to it!

The box retails for £30 and has a value of £90.

Plenaire Rose Jelly Cleanser – Full Size Worth £16

Cruelty Free, Vegan, Made in UK

I hadn’t heard of this brand before but I was excited that there was a cleanser inside this box as my stash is starting to run very low. I was quite surprised when this arrived that this was a full size product! It feels very dinky and great for travel. Plenaire seem to have one very popular product which is a blemish treatment, the line is currently quite compact with only five products in the line up. I’ve yet to try this but reading the reviews I’m excited to as the texture sounds really interesting, it does have the same kind of light rosey scent that the Pixi rose line does. The packaging, I also love – it has a really nice soft matte texture to the tube.

REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic – Deluxe Sized worth £5.40

Cruelty Free, Vegan

I’ve been really enjoying a lot of REN’s skincare recently and one of their moisturisers featured in my most recent favourites. The AHA Tonic is a product I haven’t tried from them yet.  Whilst this is a decent sized deluxe sample I would imagine that this isn’t going to be big enough to see what difference it will make to my skin compared to products I’ve used loyally, however it’s going to be really handy to keep back in my travel sized basket for when I can’t take my giant 750ml of Pixi Glow Tonic somewhere with me. The AHA in this is lactic acid which my skin usually seems to love, holding off until I can travel (lol when will that be?) might be a hard ask!

Living Proof 5 in 1 Styling Treatment – Full Size £25

Cruelty Free, Vegan

I’ve really liked all but one of theLiving Proof that I’ve tried so far from them. I do unfortunately have a drawer full of similar type of styling products that take forever to use up and finish. At the moment I’m graviting towards anything that simply will smooth and add shine as I’m doing very little styling – even my hair coming near a hair dryer is only happening about once a month at the moment! This is a full size product and I like the packaging, it’s not too long and big and would be a good product for tucking into a travel bag, a lot of hair products I find are so long they don’t fit into most travel bags. The 5 in 1 claims were a struggle to find, but it conditions, smoothes, adds volume, strengthens and adds shine. Reviews I’ve seen of this have been pretty good and that it helps prolong styles for longer.

Dr Jart+ Tiger Grass Sleepair Intensive Mask – Full Size 30ml size £12

I bought a couple of Cicaphir products from Dr Jart in TK Maxx last year which I have been yet to try, so whilst this is the non-CF product in the box I do plan to use those at some point as I’d heard great things about this particular line so I’ll likely tie this in with that review. I am a fan of a sleeping mask and ran through the Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask which I got in the last one of these very quickly. This is meant to be great for sensitive skin, so I might keep this aside for when I next have a breakout and see if it helps get it under control.

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream – Full Size £8.99

Vegan, Cruelty Free

The Inkey List has been on my hitlist to try for ages – a similar low budget option comparable to The Ordinary. Whilst I do have an eye cream on the go, for some reason I’m finding I just don’t want to use it, which is strange as it’s a good product that I have already reviewed. Maybe swapping out for something new will help me get into a better routine with my evening skincare again, as I’ll admit I’ve been lazy AF the past few months and my skin has definitely showing signs of neglect. This has good reviews and I like trying things from low budget brands such as this – there’s a few other products from them I really want to try so I’ll see how I get on with this and then maybe dip my toe into others!

Huda Coral Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette – Full Size £25

Cruelty Free

I’ve had a hit and miss experience with the 2 Huda palettes I’ve tried so far, the last one the Topaz Obsessions came in the last Cult Box and I adored it. I was excited by the idea of a Coral palette as I’ve been a real sucker for coral shades in the past and kind of fell out of using them, I thought having some new shades would reingnite my love of a coral eye. This palette (and I don’t think the picture above actually does that much justice) isn’t very coral, leaning more pinky – I’d say there’s only 2 true coral shades in this palette having swatched after taking pictures the metallics are particularly pink. I’m hoping they pay off more coral on the eye. I’m a little worried about this one, I didn’t look into the palette before buying the box, but Huda’s mattes aren’t my favourites and there’s only 2 metallics in this one. I think one of the reasons I liked the last palette better as they had more of her metallic formula in and was more evenly split.

The first Cult Beauty Starter Kit box I think slightly excited me more because there was 2 things in there that I specifically had that exact product on my hitlist to try was a little more exciting, but I’m still thrilled with this box and look forward to trying everything out. It’s a mostly skincare edit, and I think it might have been nice if there had maybe been one more makeup product inside to balance out the box a little.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products before and if there’s anything you’d be keen to see reviews of – I’ve got a massive backlog of stuff to review and deciding where to start is difficult! If you’re interested in grabbing one for yourself you can pick them up here for £30 (Affiliate Link).

Post contains affiliate links, Cult Beauty Starter Kit purchased with my own money. 


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  1. September 22, 2020 / 10:12 am

    Can’t believe you get all this for £30?!

    • rachael
      September 22, 2020 / 10:35 am

      I know – such a good steal isn’t it! Fab treat!

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