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Tribe Beauty Box Subscription Review + Coupon December 2020

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJan 29, 2021 | 6 comments

Tribe Beauty Box
3.6 overall rating
50 Ratings | 12 Reviews

Tribe Beauty Box is a bi-monthly female and women of color-owned beauty subscription based in Ontario, Canada. They send 4-5 full or deluxe size products from indie and trendy brands in each box which includes one face product, one tool, one eye product, one lip product, and/or one skin prep product. Tribe Beauty believes in supporting indie brands as well as female-owned companies. 

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)

ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!

The Products: 5 full-size beauty products from trendy, indie, 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 is a 100% female and Black-owned company. Every Tribe Beauty Box contains at least 2 items from female-owned brands.

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Here is the info sheet for the box.


Poppi Cosmetics Neon Drip Palette - Retail Value $29

This eyeshadow palette was a variant- subscribers could receive this or the Suva Beauty Saffron Palette. While the Suva palette has some gorgeous earth tones, this neon palette sparked joy inside of me- I love the colors! While they certainly aren’t an everyday eyeshadow look for me, I adore the vivid shimmery shades and the nicely pigmented matte shadows.


Here are the swatches. All of the shadows were soft without having too much fallout, and I love that each shimmer shade has at least one corresponding matte shade.


The Balm Down Boy Blush, 0.29 oz - Retail Value $21

I have only had The Balm products through subscription boxes, but when I contemplate I can’t really think of a product from them I didn’t like. This bubblegum-pink blush is really pigmented (I applied more than I meant to because I didn’t realize how much my brush was picking up), but it blended out with ease.


Avant Skincare Pro-Intense Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Day Cream, 50 ml - Retail Value $134

I refuse to believe a company would think their skincare product is worth $134 and then still package it in a plastic squeeze tube. After further investigating, it looks like the 50 ml version showed on the Avant website is packaged in a glass jar while ours is in a tube. I would describe the texture as being a thick gel-cream, and while it does have ingredients like hyaluronic acid and jojoba, those aren’t near the top where I’d like them to be. My skin was fine after trying this out and felt more hydrated, but the performance overall didn't overly impress me-- perhaps it will be a better match for another gal.


Sola Look Liquid Lipstick in Brenda Loves Dylan, 0.15 oz - Retail Value $14

I love the red color of this lipstick, but I didn’t love how it performed. The wand gave me good control over lining my lips and applying the color exactly where I wanted, but once my lips were coated it took a really long time for this lipstick to dry down. Even once it was dry, it still had this permanent sticky feeling that was uncomfortable- like my lips kept wanting to stick together (it was the strangest thing). Because of that, I don’t see myself reaching for this again.

Iman Cosmetics Perfect Pencil in Nut Bush - Listed Value $10

I appreciate we received an eyeliner in a color other than black! This deep brown shade isn’t the most creamy eyeliner I’ve ever used, but it still went on well with minimal tugging. Using a brown eyeliner instead of a black one adds a softness to my eyeshadow look that I can really appreciate, and I think it paired really well with the pinks and oranges in the eyeshadow palette.


Here is the eyeliner swatched above the blush.


Here I am wearing everything! I couldn’t decide on what eyeshadows I wanted to play with, so I did two different looks. On one eye I applied a the matte orange shade (culture) to my inner half of my lid, and the matte pink shade Clout to the outer half, and then I went in with a densely packed brush applying the orange shimmer shade Poppin’ over the orange and Slippery over the pink. I then took a clean eyeshadow brush and blended the shimmers out, and used the eyeliner to give me a small wing. On the other eye I applied the matte shade Slimey all over my lid before blending on the shimmery shade Flex. I also used a small pointed brush to apply Flex to my lower lash line. I finished with both the lipstick and blush from the box!

The Verdict: This box was a bit of a miss for me. The neon eyeshadow was a delight to receive and play with, and the blush worked well for me too. I wish we had received a different skincare item than one with a marked up price, and to be honest it felt like this box was missing one more product. According to retail values, everything in this box adds up to $208. Personally, I feel that should be taken with a grain of salt, but the eyeshadow palette and blush combined are worth more than what the box cost and those were my favorite items in the box.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will get the February box.

From Tribe Beauty:

Your first box will be charged for at checkout, and will automatically subscribe you to receive the box every 60 days (bi-monthly). Once you are a subscriber, you don't need to purchase every upcoming box, you will be billed automatically, except you skip or cancel.

Learn more about their shipping schedule here!

ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $39.98 ($34.99 + $4.99 shipping) for this box, here's what you're paying for each item:

  • Poppi Cosmetics: $5.57
  • The Balm: $4.04
  • Avant Skincare:$25.77
  • Sola: $2.69
  • Iman Cosmetics: $1.92

Check out all of our Tribe Beauty Box reviews, the best beauty and makeup subscription boxes of 2020, and our growing list of Black-owned subscription boxes.

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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.

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I see that Avant cream in so many subscription boxes, never hear anything special about it, never see it talked about on any other beauty/skincare platform and yet somehow it’s worth $134. And what are the ingredients that make it so expensive? I don’t know, that kind of stuff really rubs me the wrong way and can make a box feel less unique or special. I’m going to look into that Brand a little more now, I want to know what is up with that cream. Lol. The palette was beautiful and those yellows were so beautiful both on your eye and the swatches! I love that blush also, such a pretty color. Like you said, at least those two items were wins. I can see why the box felt as though something were missing. Do these subscription companies read the reviews you guys write? I’ve always wondered that because they could really get some good feedback if they did.

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Squeeze tubes are better than jar packaging because twist-off lid jars can degrade the product’s ingredients by exposing them to air and light (plus there’s the hygienic issue of sticking your fingers over and over again in a jar). I agree Avant could still spring for better packaging with that price though — like maybe an airless glass pump.

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I dont know who is behind the Avant company but their prices are ridiculous compared to the ingredients I’ve been seeing. Some good but nothing innovative and some I wouldn’t even put on my face. Also, I usually don’t gravitate towards bright palettes but that one is so pretty!

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Love that yellow eyeshadow!

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I love that shadow palette…the colors; the color payoff! And the name of the liquid lippie made me smile with its 90210 vibes (yes, I’m old, lol!). Great review, thank you 🙂

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I appreciated the 90210 reference as well! The tacky lipstick feel I could certainly do without 😖

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