The Cult Beauty Advent Calendar sold out so fast this year many of us were disappointed. The good news is that Cult just released their Christmas Edit Gift Boxes. They are divided into categories, like skincare, makeup, body and hair care. This review will focus on the Make Up Edit Box. The selection of products is surprising. Is it any good?
£35 worth over £159
The makeup box contains eight items from various brands. Unlike the Hair Heroes Edit Box, the Make Up Edit one contains some less known items.
There are four items for the eyes. There is a liquid eyeshadow from Kosas, the 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow in Supreme. This is a golden shimmery shade that is appropriate for the festive season. This item comes in full size and is worth £26.
Then there is an eyeliner, the Jillian Dempsey Khol Eyeliner in Rich Brown. This is another full size item that is worth £18. It is two sided, having a smudging sponge on one end.
For mascara we get the Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara in a deluxe size of 2ml which is worth £11. This mascara is claimed to offer a dramatic, bold effect and it comes from a more well known brand.
We also get some false eyelashes, the Sweed x Nikki Wolff Sultry Corner Lashes. These are worth £20. They look realistic and of extremely good quality. I do not see an adhesive included as well, but these are some expensive and gorgeous lashes to try.
For the lips there are two items. There is a liquid lip balm from Roen Kiss My… Liquid Lip Ball in the shade Charlie, which is a dark peachy colour. This is in full size and is worth £23. I do have to say the name of the product is hilarious.
The second item is the Nudestix Magnetic Lip Plush Paint in Hot Paprika. This is a matte lip product that can also be used on the cheeks and on the eyelids. It comes in full size and is worth £24. The shade is a dark brown toned pink. This might look off on some skin tones.
Lastly, there is one item for the face, the Rituel De Fille Metamorphic Highlighter in the shade Siren. This is a pressed highlighter in a shimmery golden shade. It looks stunning and it reminds me of the Becca Highlighter in Moonstone. This is a full size item and it is worth £26. It could also be used on the eyes if the shade does not match your skin tone.
The Makeup Edit Box comes in the same colours as the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar. It comes in pink, red and orange and looks elegant.
There are eight makeup items in the box which are not too little or too much, offering a variety of products. The majority are full size as well.
Most of the products are from lesser known brands, offering new items to be discovered. This could add some excitement!
The concept of the Cult Beauty Christmas Edit Boxes is a fantastic one. Instead of getting a box with mixed products, you get each box containing only one category of items. Therefore, you can choose which ones you actually need and want. For example, in almost every beauty advent calendar review of 2020 I discussed how an abundance of skincare in calendars might not be the best because some people have sensitive skin.
The Cult Edit Boxes are your chance to only get the products you want. For example, you can purchase only makeup if that is what you are interested in! You could tailor a personalised beauty advent calendar with these boxes. If you buy the Make Up Edit Box and the Hair Heroes Box you get a total of 18 products for £55. This is an innovative solution.
I am just as enthusiastic about the concept of these boxes if they are a Christmas gift as well. If you know someone that is mainly interested in makeup and does not want more skincare or haircare, you can give them a box that has solely makeup. This way, you avoid fillers and products that they might not want to use.
IS IT WORTH IT?
For £35 you get eight makeup items worth £159. The value is there and you get your money’s worth about four and a half times. It is not a bad deal but it does depend if you would like these products or not.
The items in the Cult Make Up Edit Box are somewhat interesting and different from what we have seen in this year’s beauty advent calendars or gift sets. Not only are the items from less known brands, they are also slightly different in their application.
The blush, the eyeshadow and the lip balm come in liquid form which adds a twist to the items. This could be an interesting gift to a Beauty lover that already has a lot in their collection because it will allow them to try new things that perhaps they are not familiar with.
The collection of products is not my favourite. There is something about the items that feel a bit random. They are certainly not as well organized as in the Hair Heroes Edit Box, where we have an entire routine for our hair. The makeup box feels a bit less structured. However, how excited you are about the items is a personal preference and will depend from person to person.
Overall, this is a pleasant box that is not expensive, packs some value and allows the discovery of some bands and items.
You can read the review on the Hair Heroes Edit Box here. The reviews of the rest of the Cult Beauty Christmas Gift Edit Boxes are coming soon!
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