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Ulta Beauty Finds “Ace Your Base” Review – September 2019

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Ulta recently released a new sampler collection – the Ace Your Base Kit!

FYI – unfortunately, this box is now sold out online. It may still be in stock at your local Ulta, however!

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My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About this Ulta Beauty Finds Collection

The Box: Ace Your Base Kit

The Cost: $20 + $5.95 shipping (this kit is sold out online now but may also be available in-store!)

The Products: A variety of products to help you master a flawless look

Ships to: The US

Ulta “Ace Your Base” Kit Review


This box also came with a coupon for $5 off a full-size product purchase from the items featured in this box.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Contour Stick in Mink, 0.07 oz – Estimated Value $5 (Buy the 0.35 oz version for $25)

There’s not much product in this mini contour stick (the second photo shows it rolled all the way up), but it actually was a great contour color for me and a little went a long way. The formula is creamy and blends out well, and when I was done applying it I felt you couldn’t actually see the contour, but overall my face looked more defined. 


BECCA Travel Size Hydra-Mist Setting Powder Deluxe, 0.05 oz – Estimated Value $5.59 (Buy the 0.17 oz version for $19)

I love this stuff- I have it in the full size and I am working on getting a backup. I love the cooling feeling upon application, and the added boost of hyaluronic acid keeps my skin from looking dry when my makeup look is done. Plus, it does its job as an actual setting powder in terms of making my makeup last longer.


Lancôme UV Expert Aquagel Defense 50 Sunscreen, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $6.50 (Buy the full-size 1 oz version for $39)

I liked the way this felt on my skin – it felt like part-primer and part-moisturizer with SPF. Unfortunately, denatured alcohol is one of the top ingredients, so I won’t be using it again (it is sensitizing to my skin). I am bummed because otherwise, this was a nice sunscreen that had a good finish.


NARS Blush in Orgasm, 0.12 oz – Estimated Value $22.50 (Buy the full-size 0.16 oz version for $30)

This blush is a classic, but it’s a classic for a reason. Orgasm is an almost universal shade that should work for just about anyone, and I love the hints of gold shimmer in this peachy-pink blush. It is buildable, too, with just one swipe being enough for a faint hint of color and multiple swipes building up the pigment. 


Here is the blush swatched above the contour stick.

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PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer, 0.24 oz – Estimated Value $15.84 (Buy the 0.5 oz version for $33)

This was my first time trying a primer from PÜR, and it wasn’t bad. This has a thin milky consistency that left my face feeling slightly tacky and ready for foundation. I didn’t notice any dramatic blurring effects, but I did think it wore well throughout the day. 


tarte Double Duty Beauty Base Tape Hydrating Primer, 0.24 oz – Estimated Value $7.20 (Buy the 0.5 oz version for $15)

This was my first time trying the Base Tape primer even though I use Shape Tape all of the time, so I was excited to finally pair the two together. I definitely noticed the hydrating properties of this primer, which I felt kept my concealer from drying out my face. It has a thin consistency that spread across my face easily, and I was happy with how my foundation (using the Shape Tape concealer as my all-over base) wore during a night out.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $7.50 (Buy the 1 oz version for $15)

This cult-favorite setting spray sets your makeup and makes it stay. I love using this in the humid Louisiana summers because without a good setting spray I am wasting makeup due to how quickly it will melt off. This is one of the better setting sprays I have tried, and I am always happy to have more samples (especially because I can’t bring myself to pay the price for the full-size version).

The Verdict: I thought this was another fun box from Ulta considering the high-quality brands featured! I especially love the ABH contour stick and the Base Tape primer, but I think this included a nice variety of products to get a good base when applying makeup. Value-wise, this has a total value of $70.13

To Wrap Up:

Is this box still available? This box is sold out online but may still be available in-store. 

Value Breakdown: This box cost $25.95 ($20+ $5.95 shipping) and I calculated a total value of $70.13, which means you’re paying approximately the following per item (and less if you pick this up in-store!):

  • ABH: $1.85
  • BECCA: $2.07
  • Lancôme: $2.40
  • NARS: $8.32
  • PÜR: $5.86
  • tarte: $2.66
  • Urban Decay: $2.77

Check out all of our Ulta Beauty Kit reviews and the best beauty subscription boxes of 2019, as recommended by our readers!

What do you think of the Ace Your Base Kit?

Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Limited Edition Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, Ulta Beauty Kit Reviews| Tags: ulta | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. I was looking at this review when my friend sent me the link for your website. I just wanted to let you know that there is a website from where you can order wine bottles.

  2. How did I miss this? It is a very nice collection of products, and I love that they throw in those coupons.

  3. I loved this kit I got it on sale for $10 during the 21 days sale. Im kicking myself I shouldve gotten 2 lol…. with the $5off and 21 days going on I was able to score the tarte shape base for almost half off

  4. Got this for my friend for christmas for $15 after a $5 coupon from a grand opening event. Hope my friend likes it!

  5. Dang I’m sad I missed this one. Love the value

  6. I know that Paula’s choice started calling denatured and sd alcohol and many other ingredients “sensitizing” and others have started quoting it such as in this review, but the way they use that word is really misleading. A skin sensitizer has a specific meaning for chemical contact and ethanol (pure or denatured) is not one, in that there is no causing of allergic reaction after repeated use. They seem to mean that ethanol itself is just drying at higher concentrations, so they should have just stuck to that term instead of muddying the waters in regards to dermal allergies.

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