Subtl Beauty Stak Review

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Often times when I am traveling, I don’t like to check a large bag. When the trip is shorter and I just want to bring on a carry on and personal item, packing some of my beauty items can be a little bit difficult. Either I get to the point where I have to sacrifice some of my must have beauty products or I have to cut back on the amount of outfits I’m packing. Picking between the two can be super hard, so when I heard of Subtl Beauty Stak and how great a product it is for travelers like myself, I knew that I needed to check it out.

When I first got my Subtl Beauty Stak, I decided to try it out at home first. I had a few trips coming up that I wanted to take it with me, so I knew I needed to try this out fast before I committed. Trying it out gave me a good feeling, so then I decided it was time to pack it up and take it with me. Though I did also find a little bit of set backs in the experience, overall, the Stak is a game changer. In this blog post, I’m sharing my initial experience with the Subtl Stak including using it and also how I went forward and built the Stak the worked for me.

Subtl Beauty Stack


The allure of having your makeup essentials neatly organized in a single “stack” is undeniable. Say goodbye to rummaging through your makeup bag in search of specific products—Subtl Beauty Stacks offer a solution that’s both compact and versatile. The Subtl Beauty Stack is more than just a petite tower of beauty essentials; it’s a powerhouse of cream and powder formulas carefully curated for your complexion and needs. What sets Subtl Beauty Staks apart is their tailored approach to beauty. You have the flexibility to create a personalized stack based on your unique needs or opt for the simplicity of the Starter Stak. Regardless of your choice, all products within the stack are cruelty-free and devoid of gluten, fragrance, and parabens.

Building upon valuable customer insights, Subtl Beauty has amplified their product line with the launch of Stak 2.0, a more expansive and user-friendly version. This upgraded edition offers an increased size, providing you with more product for your investment—a true win-win for savvy makeup enthusiasts seeking a bang for their buck. One of the noticeable improvements lies in the enhanced threading mechanism that effortlessly secures the containers together, ensuring a seamless and secure closure. A functional mirror and a mini brush have also been integrated, offering a delightful touch of convenience reminiscent of the beloved Polly Pocket feel, making on-the-go touch-ups a breeze.

An ingenious addition to the Stak 2.0 design is the dedicated layer for the dry brush cleaner—a thoughtful feature that complements your makeup routine, allowing for a quick and efficient clean-up. However, the standout transformation lies in the refillable nature of the Stak 2.0. This upgrade is a game-changer, allowing users to reuse the outer container while having the flexibility to switch out the inner pan with a refill. This means you can easily replenish your favorite product or even switch to a different shade without having to invest in an entirely new container. Not only is this a fantastic convenience, but it’s also a significant step towards sustainability. By offering refillable pans at a discounted rate compared to purchasing the original item, Subtl Beauty encourages responsible consumption and a reduced environmental footprint.

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Subtl Beauty Stack Travel Makeup


For those who thrive on a minimalist approach to their beauty routine, the Subtl Stak system is a game-changer. The eyeshadow formulas within this ingenious design are undeniably smooth, making application a breeze. However, their silky texture can be deceiving, as a little goes a long way, and it’s easy to find yourself using more product than intended. While the shimmer shadows exude a beautiful finish, they do require delicate handling, as they may experience fallout if accidentally dropped. Nevertheless, the formula strikes a perfect balance, delivering a delightful fusion of creamy and powdery textures, making it a preferred choice over traditional powder shadow pans.

Tailored for those seeking a daily, minimalist makeup routine, the selection of makeup within the Stak system is ideal for individuals constantly on the move. It’s designed for the practical needs of travelers rather than extravagant glam events. Personally, being able to consolidate a lot of my makeup for trips where I am not planning to wear a lot of makeup – like in tropical places where makeup wouldn’t even stay on – is what makes me love the Subtl Stan. The Stak not only freed up room for additional items in my bag, it also gave me the ability to have something that I can easily grab to touch up makeup on the plane.


  • Takes up minimal space when packing in a carry-on or small bag
  • Effortless application, even by hand.
  • Quick survey to find what works best for you.
  • Highly customizable with an extensive range of shade options.
  • Connects together easily and seamlessly.
  • Labeled to show exactly what products are stacked where.
  • Great for applying makeup on the go and even while flying.


  • There is only one brush/applicator for all products so you still need to pack or have your own.
  • Not all shades are currently available for certain tones and wants.
  • Sometimes there’s a need for reapplication midway through the day.


One thing that I adored about building the Subtl Stak was that I was able to take a survey to help determine what my perfect Stak would be. I’m one who is always super hesitant about buying makeup online, unless I’m refilling a product that I have already used, because you never know what is really going to show up, and I don’t always trust those shade match apps. To assist in finding your ideal shade, Subtl Beauty offers a helpful feature that allows you to cross-reference their products with your existing makeup collection. It’s as simple as selecting your current brand and shade from their extensive list, and voilà—Subtl Beauty’s system suggests the closest match, aiding you in making an informed decision.

For a more interactive experience, you can opt to take a customized quiz designed to guide you to the perfect Stack. Subtl Beauty takes it a step further by allowing you to choose the length of the quiz, bearing in mind that a shorter quiz might offer slightly less precise recommendations. If you’re up for a bit of adventure and willing to step outside your comfort zone, Subtl Beauty offers curated Stacks for a tailored experience.

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The Subtl Stak was provided to me for review purpose. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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