Tarte Create Your Own Beauty Box Review – November 2018


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Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 box

Tarte recently had a create-your-own beauty kit sale that let you pick 7 items of your choice: 6 full-size makeup items (in your choice of shade), plus a makeup bag for $63!

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 inside box

Your choices were limited to select offerings, and one per category, but there were a ton of items 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.

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 all items close

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Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 all items

About The Box

The Box: Tarte Build Your Own Custom Beauty Kit

The Cost: $63

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

Tarte Build Your Own Custom Beauty Kit November 2018 Review

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 item list

Here’s the list of what items I picked this month.

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 bag

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 bag inside

Multi-Color Sequin Makeup Bag – Estimated Value $8?

The first item you choose in these kits is which bag you’d like. I love this sequin bag! The colors are so fun, it’s lined, and it’s a smallish size, but big enough to hold everything I ordered in my kit! (It’s bigger than an Ipsy bag.)

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 false lashes

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 false lashes 2

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 false lashes 3

Tartiest PRO Cruelty-Free Lashes, Little Black Dress (natural) – Retail Value $12

The Eyes category had various eyeliners, single eyeshadows, and false lashes to choose from. I’ve already tried most of the liners and I don’t tend to use single shadows much, so I picked the falsies! These are the “Little Black Dress (natural)” variation. I have to say I’m actually really glad I picked these! I’m impressed with how natural they look. Although, when I put them on, they are definitely more long and dramatic than I expected from a “natural” set but still not a big, bold statement. I really like these and can see myself adding these for my day-to-day looks more often!


Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 clay stick foundation

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 clay stick foundation close

Clay Stick Foundation in Fair neutral (fair skin with neutral undertones) – Retail Value $39

This is a foundation formula I haven’t tried from Tarte before. Despite being a clay foundation, I found it to feel very light on my skin and even slightly hydrating! The coverage was moderate, not full like I was expecting, but it is very buildable so you can work up to more coverage easily. I love that Tarte has the undertones specified with their shade names because it can be hard to find neutral-toned foundations like I need to match my complexion. I’m glad I got to try this, and I’m excited to work with it more and wear it as my new go-to.

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 mascara

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 mascara close up

Limited Edition Maneater Voluptuous Mascara – Retail Value $23

I tried to pick products that are new to me this time around. This mascara has a silicone wand with shorter bristles, which really helped to get some length, curl, and definition. This is a great mascara!

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 concealer

Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-hour Concealer, fair – Retail Value $25

I love this concealer. It’s full coverage and it sets beautifully smooth – without drying out, oxidizing, or turning chalky. This works great for dark under eye circles or blemishes. I also love the purple and gold metal tube design; it gives it a nice weight and feels luxe to me.

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 liquid lipstick

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 lipstick close

Tartiest Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, Sis (warm brown) – Retail Value $20

I love a good liquid lipstick, and I’m happy with the performance of Tarte’s matte formula. It’s opaque and has great staying power, even through eating I found. I chose the color Sis because I liked the pictures I saw online, and warm tones and browns are ones I love to wear in the Fall/Winter. This shade is described as a “warm brown” but I found it to actually look much more brick red in the tube and on my lips than it looks on Tarte’s website. Maybe I need to add a second layer to make the color deeper? I don’t really mind, though, because this shade is still gorgeous.

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 compact

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 compact blush and highlight

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 blush and highlight close

Limited Edition Blush & Glow Blush & Highlighter, rose gold (peachy glow) – Retail Value $30

I was excited to see this combo compact this time around! I love the packaging (let’s face it: Tarte has really great packaging design in general), and the colors of the blush and highlighter are great. Tarte’s blushes are some of my very favorites out there, and this one is the same long-lasting and easily-blendable formula. The highlighter is a nice shade, too, though I found the payoff to be a little less substantial; it’s kind of subtle and hard to overdo.

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 swatches

Here’s each item swatched. From top to bottom: foundation, concealer, lipstick, blush, highlighter.

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 makeup modeled

Here, I’m wearing everything except for the false eyelashes (foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter, lipstick, mascara). I really love everything!

Tarte Custom Kit November 2018 makeup + falsies modeled

And here’s with the false lashes added! As I said earlier, they’re definitely much longer than I expected them to be for being a “natural” set but the way the lashes are laid out looks natural. They’re not too much of statement, and I kind of just got used to them and felt extra feminine and put together. I loved wearing these!

The Verdict: These Tarte Build-Your-Own kits are not to be missed! They’re one of my all-time favorite beauty box releases of the year. It’s refreshing to have them offer you your choice of each category rather than having it be a total mystery like typical subscription boxes, and that I can choose to use the discount to try new-to-me Tarte products so I’m not risking paying full-price, or take the opportunity to stock up on my favorites. 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 about $157. I am 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 and this year, they released in May and November, so I would expect the next one in May 2019)

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

  • Sequin Bag: $3.21
  • False Lashes: $4.82
  • Clay Stick foundation: $15.65
  • Mascara:$9.23
  • Concealer: $10.03
  • Liquid lipstick: $8.03
  • Blush/Highlighter: $12.04

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?

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.

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21 Comments

  1. Haley thank you so much for this review! I love that you picked items you hadn’t tried before! And those lashes look So beautiful on you! I kept going from picture to picture; you’re right they do make you look…idk how to say it…more glam? I don’t want to sound mean, because I think everyone’s beautiful, makeup or not. But I can see how wearing the falsies would make you feel just a little more special 🤗 love it

    • Emily, you don’t sound mean! I don’t know if the second photo is also just “my good side,” maybe? Lol, or maybe the lashes are just magic. I definitely felt more glam and feminine with them on.

  2. Yes those lashes look GORGEOUS on you, oh so sophisticated!! I just received my box yesterday and I’m so happy with everything I received to, OMG what a bargain these Tarte boxes are. I’m so happy I can’t wait till the next one in May!! I’ve always missed these or just didn’t have the money at the time of the sale, well for now on I’ll make sure I have the money set aside for it, it’s so worth the money and I highly recommend it the n next time it comes around!! I picked the basic black bag, the Tarte shape tape matte foundation, the Hamptons palette with a blush highlight and contour/bronzer (I’ve been wanting that palette for a long time), a single eye shadow in the green, the LE flamingos mascara, a Tarte liquid lip gloss in the shade fave, the same highlight and blush palette in rose gold, and I think that’s everything I got!! I love everything I received and I can’t wait to do it again and again so worth the price and you get to pick your products so there’s no mistakes and if there is it’s bcuz you picked the wrong shades!! Great bag from Tarte, I’d rather do this any day vs a mystery bag NOT knowing what your getting!!

  3. OOoooh Yes!!…I loved everything on you! And the eyelashes are stunning, Bold and sultry yet natural at the same time, they don’t look false at all! I unfortunately missed this deal, maybe next time..Great review though and that look is amazing on you.

    • Thank you so much, Jessica!!

  4. I ended up not ordering it because all the items you could choose are in the sale/clearance section of their site.
    The sale they had a few weeks ago had a lot of the products cheaper and I wasn’t restricted to one thing from each category.

  5. I’m so jealous! I initially chose the same bag and the concealer, but I received an email hours later saying that my order didn’t go through. When I got to go back and order again, it was hours later so a lot of the items were sold out. They knew this would happen so they offered me 15% discount which I liked. I think it was a good deal overall. I just wish they’d have more items in stock and process the orders correctly.

  6. I chose that same bag but received an email a couple of days ago advising me that it was out of stock and they are replacing it with a sequin “mermaid” aqua bag and they also included a picture in the email. They also said that because it wasn’t what I had selected they were going to refund me for one item. They don’t reference an actual $ amount and said it could take 1 to 2 weeks to process. While I do like the replacement bag, I’m kind of disappointed because I wanted to use the multi-colored sequin bag as a holiday clutch.

    • Hi Laura,

      I got the multi colored sequin bag and I’d be happy to trade with you. I have no specific use for mine.

  7. Looking forward to getting mine! I chose the flamingo bag. I got that concealer last time, and found I wasn’t reaching for it over my liquid shape tape, so started using it as an eyeshadow base, and that works great!

  8. I would have ordered one, but they always sell out of the lightest foundations by the time I get on to order. The box isn’t as good of a value when you can’t get the things you want the most.

  9. I’d thought about getting this beauty box from Tarte. But I have lots of products. Although, by May (or whenever they do this again), I should be able to get it. I thought the choices in this year’s selections were great. I found multiple items in each category that I would want to try out. I love that foundation that you got. I used it this morning.

  10. that bag is sooooo cute. adorbs

  11. In my box, all I really liked was the blush and the mascara. This box was just not a good fit for me.

  12. They haven’t even shipped mine yet! I got an email a couple of days ago assuring me they haven’t forgotten but I’m kind of worried they are going to end up telling me something is out of stock….or just cancel my order.

    • That’s happened To me last time…. ive got a refund. But i got my bag this time!

    • I had a dream the other night that something I wanted was out of stock and they substituted for something else. I actually checked my email the next morning to make sure

  13. Wow, this is so cool. I didn’t know they had a box.

    • It’s a 2x-year release! No subscription. 🙂

  14. Beautiful! This looks like one to watch for in May!

    • Be quick about it ;D I’ve been trying to get it since last Nov but the fair shades sell out fast, and I didn’t really set an alarm or anything so

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