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Tarte Create Your Own Beauty Box Review – November 2017

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Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Tarte recently had a create-your-own beauty kit sale that let you pick 7 items of your choice: 5 full-size makeup items (in your choice of shade), plus a makeup bag and brush of your choice for $63!

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Your choices were limited to select offerings, and one per category, but there was still a ton of item and shade options to choose from! Click here to view our post with all of the options this time around!

 This box is no longer available for sale.

FYI – QVC is offering a 6 Piece full-size tarte box with a pick-your-shade foundation for $72.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

The Box: Tarte Build Your Own Custom Beauty Kit

The Cost: $63

The Products: A makeup bag, foundation, lip product, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and makeup brush of your choice!

Check out all of our Tarte Build Your Own Custom Beauty Kit reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory for more makeup boxes!

Purple Bag – Retail Value 8?

This time around, you could choose a black, gold, or purple bag. The gold was pretty but I have something similar so I chose this purple!

It’s lined, and roomy! It’s a nice size and very handy.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Tarte Powder Player Bamboo Pressed Powder Blush – Retail Value $34

I love Tarte’s signature, sustainably-crafted, bamboo brushes. I chose this pressed powder brush because I also chose a pressed powder foundation.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

The synthetic bristles are really soft, and they’re densely packed so that you can buff in your foundation. It feels high quality and I’m happy with the performance.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation in Fair Neutral – Retail Value $35

Tarte’s foundations can be hit or miss for me because I’m so pale. This powder foundation and their Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer both work for me, but I don’t think any of their other foundation formulas are quite my right paleness/undertone.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Inside the box, the pretty golden compact came in a nice little sleeve – a great idea for keeping it closed/safe when tossed in a makeup bag or travel.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

This foundation is hypoallergenic and designed to mask redness, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and excess oil while softening the look of fine lines and pores. It’s meant to be moisturizing, anti-aging, and buildable. I didn’t find a huge amount of coverage from this, but it’s great if you need a light-medium coverage or even using it on top of a tinted moisturizer for a little more coverage/setting powder.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride – Retail Value $29

Tarte’s blushes are how I got into the Tarte brand! If I could only wear one blush for the rest of my life, I’d choose Tarte’s blush in the shade Exposed. It’s just so perfect on every skin tone and natural looking, and neutral enough to go with any makeup look.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

I already have one in Exposed that I’m using plus a backup, so I chose to try the shade Blushing Bride (I have a bit of a collection of these blushes….), which is a rosy pink.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

I’ve consistently found these blushes to perform well. The color payoff is nice and they blend great. I’ve never clocked if they actually last 12 hours but I know I’ve never had any problems with it wearing off throughout the day. These blushes last forever, too – it takes months for me to make a dent! Great quality and great value.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara – Retail Value $23

This is Liz’s all-time favorite mascara! (She’s also a big reason for my exploration and love of Tarte.) This mascara does a little bit of it all – lengthens, curls, volumizes, and conditions.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

The brush looks simple but does a great job distributing product evenly and separating my lashes without making them look spidery or clumpy. It’s a drier-feeling formula so you get a little more control over application and it’s not goopy at all. It lasts well and I’ve also never had a problem with it smudging under my eyes!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Bonfire – Retail Value $22 (found on sale here for $17)

All of Tarte’s products are made with good-for-you ingredients and this lipstick is no exception. It has a vegan formula that’s made to help firm, protect, and treat your lips while delivering opaque and bold color.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

I was feeling a little vampy when I ordered and chose this blackberry shade. I love dark and bold colors on my lips for fall and winter! This formula is definitely hydrating and the wear time is great. You can see this and all these products on my face later in this article.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Tarte Sex Kitten Liquid Liner – Retail Value $20

I love liquid liners, especially ones in felt-tip or brush-tip pen form. I feel like I have so much better control and precision!

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

This is a good, basic, black liquid liner pen. I haven’t tried this one before now but I couldn’t resist because of the adorable cat on the lid!

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Like I said earlier, this is a good basic liquid liner pen. I loved the precision I can get with it and it dries down to a super smudge-proof set. Thumbs up!

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Here’s swatches of everything! You really can’t see the foundation at the top but that’s because it matches my skin really well. Then, you see the bush, lipstick, and eyeliner.

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Here’s a look I made using everything in this kit! The foundation (applied with the brush), eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipstick. I think all the products were high quality and a steal with the price of the build-your-own kits!

Tarte Create Your Own Kit November 2017

Here’s a better look at the liner and mascara. All of these items are definitely going to be used by me!

The Verdict: These Tarte Build Your Own Custom Beauty Kits are not to be missed! It’s refreshing to have them offer you your choice of each category rather than having it be a total mystery like just about any other cosmetic brand that does these occasionally released kits. The value is fantastic for the products you get. The value for my kit adds up to $171! I’m definitely happy with that.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this box is now sold out.

Value Breakdown: At $63 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Purple Bag: $2.95
  • Tarte Powder Player Bamboo Pressed Powder Blush: $12.53
  • Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation: $12.89
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush: $10.68
  • Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: $8.47
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick: $8.11
  • Tarte Sex Kitten Liquid Liner: $7.37

What do you think about the Tarte Create Your Own Beauty Kit this time around? What did you get?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

17 Comments

  1. I wait for this deal every spring and fall and I’m never disappointed. I’m very happy with everything I received, except the lip product. By the time I ordered they didn’t have much left and I just grabbed something without looking up swatches. Yikes! But it really doesn’t matter given the overall value and how much I like everything else.

  2. Ooh wow!!! That lip stick looks fabulous on you. I wish I had got in on this deal. I may still go out and get that blush. You’re a good salesperson.

    • Ha, thanks TK! It really helps when you genuinely like or love what you sell. It’s why I enjoyed working at Sephora so much! I felt like I was just having girl talk and sharing my favorite stuff with people!

  3. You’re absolutely beautiful! Thanks for another excellent review.

    • Thanks so much, Ellie!

  4. How do you get your liner so perfect? Love the vampy lips!
    I’m so bummed I missed out on this!!

    • Marie – practice! And patience. It takes so long for me to do liquid liner because I go so slow. Also? The right liquid liner makes a huge difference. My go-to is Kat Von D but Tarte and Stila are good too. 😊

      • New project and reason to buy liners! Thx!

  5. Omg, you are a good salesperson, and I don’t even wear blush. Too bad it’s sold out. You look gorgeous.

    • Amy, thanks! Haha. It helps when you really actually like the products you’re talking about.

  6. I’m still waiting for my order to arrive from the last deal they had which was in October.

  7. That pressed powder is my holy grail foundation. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but I’ve barely made a dent in my current compact that I got with the May 2017 Tarte box. Love it.

    • Mine, too!

    • Sharon, the blush is the same way! Their pressed powder products last foreverrrr.

  8. How did I miss this deal!?! I’m on this site several times a day! Next time I guess!

  9. I LOVE this deal. This is what really turned me onto Tarte products. It’s pricey, but I think it is a great way to try out products you might not otherwise get to try! On a whim, I chose the empowered hybrid gel foundation in the May bag, and it is now my HG foundation. I hope they continue to sell these option bags twice a year!

    • Gray – I’m so glad you like that gel foundation! I tried it in a Tarte Build Your Own kit last year and the lightest shade they offered wasn’t light enough for me. 😢

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