Tarte Birthday Mystery Beauty Box Review – October 2018
Tarte was celebrating their 18th birthday last week with new sales every day; they also curated this limited edition mystery box containing 5 full-sized products with an $87 value!
FYI – Unfortunately, this box is now sold out.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About The Box
The Box: Tarte Surprise Birthday Set
The Cost: $35
The Products: 5 full-size products, including a palette and something to zip it up in, an $87 value!
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Tarte included a card listing all the items along with their ingredients.
I opened the box, and this bag made me gasp! I was expecting a purple canvas or nylon bag (so very Tarte) but this was so different and fun! This roomy makeup bag easily housed all of my mystery goodies included in the bundle. It measures 8 by almost 6 inches and is detailed with a gold zipper and teal liner.
I am loving this hot pink lip liner! It “lines and primes” your lips for the perfect, stay put lip look. Although they include a how-to on contouring your lips, I just like to fill them in and pop a balm or gloss on top. This hydrating crayon glided on easily, and the pigment was outstanding! (see swatch below)
Hello, holiday lips! This birthday mystery box is all about a bold lip. I rely on subscription boxes to hook me up with colors I normally would not invest in, and I am so excited about this berry lippie! This formula is not only hydrating, but the color is so rich and the gloss compliments it perfectly. Extra points for the heavenly vanilla scent, too!
Tartelette Flirt Clay Palette – Retail Value $19
It has been a few years since I’ve tried any Tarte eyeshadows, and it seems they have come a long way. I remember muddy blending and stiff shadows (mostly in LE value sets) but dang! I can’t get over the soft, buttery textures and pigment. This pocket-sized palette packs a major punch, and I feel like my world has opened up. The pigment lasted through my work day until dinner without any devastating creases.
Lifted Sweatproof Mascara – Retail Value $23
Out of all the mascaras Tarte makes, I am so excited that they sent out the only one I’ve never sampled. Lifted Sweatproof Mascara is a waterproof formula infused with Amazonian Clay, Vitamin C, and emollients to soften and promote healthy lashes. This mascara has changed my mind about waterproof mascaras! It didn’t clump up, flake off or burn my eyes after swimming, and it was also very easy to remove. It only comes in a brown/black color, but it is close enough to black to work for me.
The swatches go in this order: lip sculptor lipstick & gloss, lip crayon, and the eyeshadows as they are laid out in the palette.
Here is a quick look using a few of the eyeshadows and the mascara. Pretty boring eye look but I wanted to make the lip sculptor the star of the show! I am loving the bright berry pop of color! I am happy to report that the lip color stayed on for about 3 hours and faded into a very nice stain, keeping my lips pretty moisturized all morning. I also think the mascara did a great job volumizing and separating my lashes.
The Verdict: Although this entire box was a hit for me, the products that really stood out were the marcara and eyeshadows. I am relieved that Tarte didn’t just throw in clearance items to this mystery box (although both lip products are on sale right now), and the colors they sampled are really fun, universal shades. I can’t wait for the next mystery box to come out because I really feel that this box was very worth the price tag!
To Wrap Up:
Can you get this box if you sign up today? Unfortunately, this set is sold out.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $35, and I calculated a total value of $84 ($73 if you use the sale prices) not including the value of the bag. With 5 items in this box (including the bag), you are paying $7 for each item.
What do you think about the Tarte Birthday Mystery Box? What did you get?