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Tribe Beauty Box Subscription Review + Coupon – December 2019

Tribe Beauty Box December 2019 makeup subscription review

Tribe Beauty Box is a bi-monthly beauty subscription box that sends you 4-5 full or deluxe size products from indie and trendy brands in each box: 1 face product, 1 tool, 1 eye product, 1 lip product and/or 1 skin prep product. This box caters to makeup artists or anyone who wants to build their makeup collection. 

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

About Tribe Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: Tribe Beauty Box

The Cost: $34.99 a box + shipping (bi-monthly)

COUPON: Use code MSA to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: 4-5 full or deluxe size makeup products from beloved and up-and-coming brands. Each box will have a value of at least $100.

Ships to: The US for $4.99, Canada for $6.99, Australia, the EU, and the UK for $15.

Good to Know: Tribe Beauty Box has a members-only Facebook page where members can share their tips for the products.

Tribe Beauty Box December 2019 Review


GLAMLITE Miracle Palette  – Retail Value $28.00 (currently on sale for $18.00)

Our first item is a palette inspired by breast cancer survivors, which explains all that pink! Pigment here is great on most and I was surprised that the mattes in this collection are much bolder than the shimmers, which seems opposite of what I usually find in most palettes. ‘Fearless’ especially is insanely pigmented and gorgeous! I wish I had a watercolor paint that was this shade. Everything applies well with a brush and fingertip. This is a really solid palette and the shades are gorgeous, especially if you love pinks!

Top to bottom: Heavenly, Shine, Superwoman, Hope, Angelic, Amor

Top to bottom: Flawless, Butterfly, Fearless, Beautylicious, Rosa, Treasure


Makeup Geek Highlighter in ‘Ablaze’, 7 g – Retail Value $14.99 (currently sold out)

FYI: Subscribers either received this shade or one called ‘Psychadelic’.

This shade of highlighter is too warm for me to use in that sort of way, but I absolutely love this shade. It looks amazing on my eyelids as a minimal shadow. I also think this might be something I could loosely dust all over in the summer when my skin has a little more warmth. The formula is super smooth and very shimmery! It applies like a dream with a big fluffy brush and the whole effect left my skin looking like it was lit with candlelight.

A little warmer than I prefer, but still totally gorgeous!


Gerard Cosmetics Liquid Lip in ‘Mudslide’, 2.5 ml – Retail Value $20.00

FYI: Subscribers either received this item or a Gerard Lipstick in ‘Mystic Moon‘.

Liquid matte lips are a hard sell for me because I am a satin finish kind of gal. But I know for longevity, matte is the way to go! This shade is called ‘Mudslide’ which is a great name for this dreamy brown. It applies beautifully and looks much more pinkish until it dries, when it morphs into a true rich brown. Some of that pink still hides somewhere inside though! Browns can be hard for me but this one did look really edgy and nice on my face, I just had to make sure I had enough makeup on the rest of my skin to balance out how bold my lips looked. 

If chocolate + brick + rose had a baby? I want to repeat that this does dry into more of a true brown!


Clionadh Cosmetics 5 pc Stained Glass Brush Set – Listed Value $24.50 (Buy individual brushes here)

I feel like I received a similar brush set a few months back in Ipsy Glam Bag Plus though they had slightly different brush heads and a retail price that was double! These are honestly just as nice, especially if you love the glass effect on these handles. They are all synthetic bristles, fluffy, dense, and wonderful for powder formulas. This set includes a bronzing brush (which works awesome with the Makeup Geek Highlighter!), blending brush, smudging brush, packing brush, and a mini angled brush.


Venusgale Cosmetics Vixen Potion Chrome Pigment – Retail Value $17.00 (currently sold out)

I don’t know what to make of these little electric flakes! They have so much shine it is insane. They are also difficult to work with, but if you are more advanced with products like this you might have had a better time. I can’t recommend primer enough for these flakes. Without it, it just looks like you just have giant metallic dirt on your lids. The primer causes them to stick to your skin where you can pack them on or gently smear them for a chrome effect. I found them incredibly unpredictable, though gorgeous. I also feel like these can be used on nails for some reason? Am I making that up?

Here I used a primer and then pat applied. I also experimented with gently smearing the flakes for a solid chrome effect.


Sistine Herbal Collagen x Retinol Cherub Eye Mask, set of 2 pairs – Listed Value $15.50

Finally, our last item is a pair of gel eye masks. These are really cute inside, made of pink gel and shaped like cherubs flying from under your eyes. I found them very calming and relaxing to the delicate skin under my eyes. I recommend popping them in the fridge for 30 minutes before application!

Verdict: My December Tribe Beauty box has an estimated value of around $119.99 (I had to rely on some listed values!) which is pretty awesome for a $35 box. This was a really fun box full of brands I had never tried, which is always exciting! The products chosen were also a mix of familiar and new. I thought the quality was great and I really loved the palette, highlighter, and lipstick. The chrome flakes certainly have a learning curve, but new little treasures like this are so much fun to experiment with. The brushes were beautiful and I am always happy to add to my hoard. All in all, this was a super fun box and I can’t wait until the next one. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. The next box is the February box!

COUPON: Use code MSA to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $39.98 ($34.99 + $4.99 shipping) for this box, each of the 6 items has an average cost of $6.67.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Comments (31)

  1. I received a MakeUp Geek highlighter in an Ipsy bag/box and I love it! I don’t usually use highlighters but it makes a lovely eye shadow, too!

  2. They just emailed me a promo to sign up & receive either this Glamlite palette or a Suva palette from a previous box. You get to choose which. The codes are up on their website.

  3. It says that the box will have at least a hundred and fifty dollar value. Fell a little short.

    • Hi! This is the TBB team! We’ve always advertised 5 full size products valued at over $100, you can verify this all across our socials. I think MSA may have a new reviewer or someone might have made a typo, which is why they indicated $150 in this review while in previous reviews they indicated $100, because that value hasn’t ever been advertised by us.

      Thank you

    • Hey Amy! It looks like there was an error with that info and I have corrected it to $100. Indeed, the value has always been listed as at least $100 in previous reviews, it just looks like we got lines crossed in the holiday review rush! Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  4. Those multi chrome flakes are supposed to be used with a glitter glue.You can use them with a primer, but it doesn’t stick as well. There are multiple ways of applying them. You can pat them on with a brush or finger, but I think I like them most when they’ve been smeared. It seems to bring out more of the color shifts.

    But, more importantly, they are mica instead of plastic (which is what typical glitter is made from) and are NOT jagged. They are actually a lot safer for your eyes than glitter is, since they are not plastic based.

    • Thank you for this! I was sure they were safe otherwise Tribe would never had put them in the box. I wasn’t sure how to use them! Primer did not seem to work.

      • I would watch a couple videos on YouTube. Apparently they are tough to work with, but the results can be really pretty!

      • Thank you!!

      • I second this. The smeared look was stunning, but I found it hard to get consistency with.

      • Yes! Many mua were saying it’s definitely a hard medium to work with. I watched one gal use a brush and apply to inner corner of her eye. Others patted it on the lid with a brush or finger and some smeared on with their finger

  5. Love Tribe. It’s always a unique box full of discoveries! I Love that the palette was certified cruelty free. The eye gels were some of the best I’ve tried. The brushes are gorgeous and perform beautifully. The lip was to dark for me, so I’ve gifted it. I’ll be using the highlighter as shadow; it’s a super shade for my amber eyes. The Vixen glitter has going straight into my art supply collection! I’ve already thought of several pieces where I’ll use it!

    • I think that’s a really great alternative use for the flakes! They are very expensive, so it nice to see someone repurposing them instead of tossing them

      • Thank you! I try to be creative and environmentally conscious! I love that they are mica.

      • Truth be told, I would probably use them in art projects too! And you just gave me an idea for the palettes I have swatched and just wasn’t into. Usually I give them to my nieces, but this would be a good alternate use.

  6. While the value of the box is very good for the price, it falls well short of the promised value. That is very problematic for me.

    • Hi! This is the TBB team! We’ve always advertised 5 full size products valued at over $100, you can verify this all across our socials. I think MSA may have a new reviewer or someone might have made a typo, which is why they indicated $150 in this review while in previous reviews they indicated $100, because that value hasn’t ever been advertised by us.

      Thank you

      • Thank you for the clarification!

    • Hey Shel, that was an error on our end! I corrected it in the review.

  7. FYI: Glamlite is listed as cruelty free on peta. I double checked when I saw the back of the shadow.

  8. Yikes! All those jagged glitters make that Venusgale product look extremely unsafe for the eyes. A scratched cornea is not worth it!

    • That is something I would have to trash. Too many horror stories about eyes and glitter.
      The palette and brushes are lovely though.

    • I was thinking the same thing! But in the swatch where she spread it around, it looks like it kind of softened and melted into a smoother texture?? I’m so curious, I almost want to buy one just to play around with it. I guess that’s the appeal of a novelty item!

      • Yep, they aren’t glitter but instead made of mica, & considered eye safe…as well as a FAR safer/ better option for the planet, ie waterways/ marine life.

    • Hey Marion! They were a jagged shape, but not hard at all if that makes any sense. They actually felt like little whisps that you could smear. Really hard to describe and I haven’t played with anything like it before.

  9. Clionadh Cosmetics has the most gorgeous eyeshadows! I’d love to see one of those in a box.

    The palette wouldn’t work for me, but I like a lot of the other stuff in here. I think Tribe makes a nice box, but the price point just doesn’t do it for me.

    • Oh, man, I agree! If it were Clionadh’s stained glass eyeshadow in this box, I would have subscribed in a heartbeat!

    • Hi Jackie,

      Thanks for your feedback. We price out box according to how much we pay for products, the types of brands we support (small/indie) and also based on our overhead. We do not have investors or millions of subscribers like the big boxes.

      How much would you like the box to be? And when you say “the price doesn’t do it for me”, are you saying the box is too expensive or you can’t afford it? I would love get as many details to relay this to the team.

      This December box has a $119 value while the February box has $180+ value.

    • Hey Jackie, I also wanted to follow up on my previous comment. I know text can be misinterpreted sometimes, so to provide clarity, when a subscriber is looking to cancel or skip our box, we ask them the same questions that help us collect data. We ask them to let us know if they are canceling/skipping because This is too expensive/ I can’t afford this/ I’m cutting back on expenses/I want another subscription/Other.

      This simply helps us improve our data and understand our customer and prospective customer better 🥰

      • Hi Tribe – I tend to compare boxes like this with similar boxes and they have a lower price point. Ipsy GBP and Boxycharm both offer similar products and fall under the $25 price. I can see paying a little bit more for choosing indie brands, but an extra $10 plus shipping just hits me hard. If the products were all guaranteed to be cruelty-free, I would also be willing to pay a little more.

      • Jackie, I am trying to support cruelty free brands and have found Tribe has been doing very well. I actually did away with Boxy, Ipsy, Ipsy Plus, BeautyFix and Glossybox. BTW I love your post name!

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