Tarte Create Your Own Beauty Box Review – May 2018
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!
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.
About The Box
The Cost: $63
The Products: A makeup bag, foundation, lip product, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and makeup brush of your choice!
Tarte Build Your Own Custom Beauty Kit May 2018 Review
Pink Tassel Bag – Estimated Retail Value $12?
The first item you choose in these kits is which bag you’d like. I couldn’t resist this one with the pretty, trendy tassels! It’s quite spacious, too. Definitely roomy enough to hold my full face of makeup that I wear day to day.
Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation, Porcelain – Retail Value $39
GUYS. I think I’m in love. I know Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer is a cult favorite but they recently released a Shape Tape foundation and I was so excited to see this new product included in the options for this bag! I didn’t realize there was both a matte and a hydrating formula! I have dry skin so I grabbed the hydrating one.
This foundation is hydrating, lightweight, and buildable. I’m thrilled with it because I think it may be one of the most perfect matches to my skin tone that I’ve ever found in a foundation (very challenging because I’m pale and neutral-toned). Also, I’ve worn it for a few days now and it wears really well when I’m running around outside after my kids or on walks or anytime I work up a light sweat in this Summer heat. Once my face dries, you’d never know that happened by looking at the foundation. I mean maybe a little, but it doesn’t smear or melt and the finish and evenness have stayed almost completely while running around in the Summertime.
TL:DR – I adore this foundation and the formula performance has impressed me so far.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer, Fair – Retail Value $26
With my dry skin, it has been hard to find a concealer that 1) matches my skin tone, as stated in my blurb about the foundation, 2) conceals without being too thick and cakey, and 3) hydrates instead of setting down and creasing. This one, so far, has done all of that for me.
This formula is hydrating and thin but still opaque. I don’t have severe under eye circles, but I need help with the I-have-two-kids-ages-2-and-under tiredness. It also feels really good under my eyes when applying and has also held well when doing things outside so far.
I want to note that my concealer came having leaked a little. I can’t see how much is left because the bottle is frosted, but it doesn’t look like too much leaked out. I still sent an email to Tarte’s customer service. There was no way to attach photos but I told them I have them if they want to see. They never even asked for them for proof, they just sent a new one for me right away! That’s awesome.
Tarte Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Shadow Liner, Brown – Retail Value $21
I have a lot of Tarte’s different eyeliners already, but I’ve never tried their clay pot eyeliners so I thought I’d snag one. I’m happy with the waterproof formula’s performance and opacity. I wish it had come with a little brush, but I have my own.
What I didn’t love about this product is the packaging. It’s quite a large box with a false bottom (that goes down to where my finger is in the photo on the right) which means just over half the box space is pointless.
Tarte (Limited Edition packaging of) Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara – Retail Value $23
Similarly, to the liners, I’ve tried most of Tare’s mascaras, too. I’ve never tried the Gifted mascara, though, so I snagged this one with pretty, limited-edition packaging. I’m glad I did because I’m really happy with it! It hasn’t flaked or smeared for me at all, and it applies well with no clumping. It’s also designed to nourish and condition your lashes to help them grow and replenish and be healthier.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick, Surfer Girl (Cool Fuschia) – Retail Value $22 (found here for $17)
For Summer I can’t resist a bright pink lipstick! The formula for these lipsticks is very opaque, hydrating, and comfortable. I just looove this cool pink color. You can see this (and all these products) on me later on in this article.
Tarte Limited Edition Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush, Charisma (warm golden apricot) – Retail Value $29 (found here for $21)
Their blushes are the first product I ever tried from Tarte’s brand. A friend recommended this pressed powdered blush in the shade exposed and it’s been my holy grail blush ever since, and I’ve created a small collection of their other colors. This shade, Charisma, is a warm golden apricot and works really well on my skin tone.
Here’s everything swatched for you! You can see them applied below.
There you have it! I’m wearing everything I got in my box. I love getting a full face of makeup in these kits. I’ve been wearing these products for the last few days, too, and am loving them.
I also snagged 2 free samples at checkout.
Tarte Skincare Gym Bag Grabs Athleisure Essentials – Retail Value $29 (found here for $12)
I’m showing this to you because I added it onto my purchase from the sale category – this is NOT included in the Create-Your-Own Kits, but this was on sale for $12 and includes a full-size Lifted Sweatproof Mascara which is worth $23 by itself, plus eye makeup remover wipes, a brightening moisturizer, and a deluxe-sized quench lip rescue in Nude.
Honestly, I love everything in this kit, too (especially the moisturizer and the lip) except for the makeup wipes. They feel really oily and also not wet enough at the same time. They work well, just feel weird and leave my skin feeling like I need to wash my face instead of leaving it feeling clean or refreshed.
Again – this isn’t included in the create-your-own kits. I added it on from the sale section and thought I’d give you a blurb about it since it’s still available for purchase!
The Verdict: These Tarte Build-Your-Own kits are not to be missed! These kits are one of my all-time favorite box releases every year. It’s refreshing to have them offer you your choice of each category rather than having it be a total mystery. And all full-size! The value is fantastic for the products you get. This box cost me $63 including free shipping, and my 7 items add up to a retail value of $172! That’s awesome! I’m absolutely happy with that.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Tarte only offers these Create-Your-Own kits twice a year! (Last year was May and November, then this year it was in May so I expect another release in the Winter/November again.)
Value Breakdown: At $63 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Pink Tassel Bag: $4.40
- Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation: $14.28
- Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer: $9.52
- Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Shadow Liner: $7.69
- Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara: $8.42
- Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick: $8.06
- Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush: $10.62
Check out all of our Tarte Build Your Own Custom Beauty Kit reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory for more makeup boxes!
What do you think about the Tarte Build Your Own Custom Beauty Kit this time around? What did you get?