The 5 Best And 5 Worst Of Tarte Cosmetics

Guest Post by Emily

Hi, guys! How are you doing today? I am so happy to be able to write for Lipstick For Lunch! I’ve been a fan of this blog and Mrinalini for a while now so it’s a pleasure to be writing this. Thank you Mrinalini!

Tarte Cosmetics is a makeup and skincare brand that has been around since 2000. Tarte is best known for being free of the not so great stuff like (but not limited to) parabens, mineral oil, phthalates fragrances, and gluten. They are also cruelty-free and offer many vegan products.  It is one of my favorite brands but they certainly have hits and misses. I’d also like to mention that Tarte has AMAZING gift/value sets! Almost all of these items are available in some sort of a mini for a smaller cost, a value set with minis to try, or an amazing gift set for the holidays.

5 Best Products:

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“A daily, vegan gel moisturizer that soothes & refreshes parched skin with electrolyte-packed hydration.”

“Gives a healthy glow from H2O. This cooling gel features a thirst-quenching cocktail of hyaluronic acid & electrolyte-balancing sea salts that hydrates skin without weighing it down. As the non-greasy formula quickly absorbs, it infuses skin with marine antioxidants from our Rainforest of the Sea™ complex, fighting free radicals & plumping the appearance of fine lines for a bouncy, ageless look.”

This stuff is so good! It will instantly make such an improvement to dry skin. Almost everyone’s skin changes from season to season due to the weather changes. My skin always gets dry in winter and this stuff just magically transforms it into smooth, supple skin.

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“Long-wearing color & moisture-rich full coverage lipstick in 24 creamy shades.”

“Discover long-wearing lip color powered by H2O with this full coverage hydrating lipstick. The ultra-creamy vegan formula combines intense pigments & buttery-smooth conditioners for comfort-swipe color that locks in place with no feathering or bleeding. Make water work for you through each sea-inspired shade infused with regenerative lip-quenchers & the antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to help smooth the look of lip lines.”

All of these are amazing and they are formulated in the best way. They will add a ton of hydration to your lips and will smoothen lip lines. They aren’t transfer-proof or the most long-wearing lipsticks but are some of the most full coverage and hydrating ones. My favorite is Set Sail, which I consider my ‘perfect nude’.


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“A cult classic for over a decade, this best-selling vegan mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes & conditions, acting like a push-up bra for your lashes.”

“Curls & separates every lash with a 360° magniLASH wand for a naturally defined & voluminous look. The mascara’s blend of good-for-you ingredients like rice bran, olive esters & provitamin B5 soften & nourish lashes with each stroke.”

My holy grail mascara! This stuff is superb. This isn’t a claim but since using this product exclusively, I feel like my lashes have grown and become so much softer. This just gives such a nice appearance to the lashes, it never transfers to the under eye area. If you haven’t tried this yet, please do! I don’t think you’ll regret it!


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“A best-selling, full-coverage, vegan, blendable concealer that instantly brightens, smooths & shapes skin.”

“Provides a flawless matte finish that won’t flake or crease, even if you have dry skin, fine lines, or pore problems – no setting powder necessary. Mango seed & shea butters naturally regenerate & illuminate all complexions, letting you play with light to lift your features.”

I think by now everyone has heard of this stuff. Yes, it is as amazing as everyone says it is. I think it is way too expensive but it’s so nice. Full coverage, doesn’t crease, and it is amazing for contouring and highlighting. It is a bit on the dry side of things and it’s a bit thick, but I love it.


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“An award-winning powder blush with long-wearing Amazonian clay, so pigment looks freshly applied all day.”

“Super soft, silky powder chock full of true-color mineral pigments lets you layer on your glow with no harsh lines or chalky build-up. Its micronized Amazonian clay helps control oil & infuse moisture for balanced skin & seamless blending. The magnetized pan lets you pop your favorite shade from its compact to create a custom palette.”

This might be the best blush ever. It lasts forever and is buildable – it just looks so natural. I think these are too expensive BUT Tarte has many blush value kits that have just launched and I think those are a steal! Pick one of those up and you won’t regret it.

5 Worst Products:


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“A lightweight, 12-hour concealing serum offering buildable, medium coverage with skin-soothing benefits.”

“Mask imperfections while sealing in radiance & hydration with this buildable, medium coverage concealing serum. It features concentrated levels of pigments suspended in deep conditioning serum made up of 20 percent water to deliver the coverage you desire & the moisture your skin craves. The vegan friendly formula is powered by the proprietary Rainforest of the Sea™ complex that serves as the ultimate defense for skin, helping protect from daily aggressors & premature signs of aging. Apply it directly from the custom applicator wand to mask any redness, dark spots & acne or to brighten the undereye area.”

I’m just not a fan. I don’t think it offers great coverage and I didn’t see the skincare benefits.


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“A 2-in-1, vegan lip crayon that helps prime & line a perfectly contoured pout.”

“The versatile 2-in-1 lip crayon helps you create vibrant tarteist™ looks no matter your skill level thanks to its creamy, easy-glide formula that deposits rich, hydrating pigment in just one simple stroke.”

I received this in a subscription box and was so excited! I tried it the next day and the tip broke off, not once but twice. When I got it on it was so dry and definitely not creamy.


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“A translucent, silky finishing powder with Amazonian clay that keeps makeup in place & diffuses imperfections.”

“This microfine loose, invisible clay powder blends effortlessly into any skin tone to set your foundation to a breathable matte finish without chalky residue or flashback. The secret’s in the clay – it naturally balances all skin types to absorb oil, minimize the appearance of pores & make your makeup last without flaking or clinging to dry patches. You can also use the oil free formula as an undereye baking or treatment powder – Amazonian clay will absorb shine to reveal a smooth, soft-focus finish.”

OH THE BACKFLASH. I made the mistake of baking and I just looked so white. I also tried it under camera flash and it was just like “hello! I am powder! hear me roar!”. Avoid this if you’d prefer to stay not white, your skin tone.


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“Weightless, talc-free makeup setting & baking powder with tiny, light-reflecting particles that blur out pores & lines.”

“This silky, vegan powder sets & protects without flaking, creasing or caking. The loose, vanilla-tinted formula blends invisibly to absorb shine & set your makeup to a matte finish. It also has magic micronized filtered particles that diffuse light to give you healthy, more luminous dimension, making it the perfect setting powder to prevent flashback in photos.

It’s hypoallergenic & infused with antioxidant algae & marine ingredients to protect & balance skin while it blurs imperfections. You can also use this multi-tasker to bake your concealer, brighten up dark circles or filter out pores & fine lines.”

Like smooth operator™, this just makes you look so white. Not even brighter, just white.


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What it is:
“This state-of-the-art BB cream offers numerous benefits for smooth, youthful-looking skin
Features SPF 30 sun protection
Comes in five shades

Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, antiaging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow. Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skin tone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.”

Firstly, I still don’t know what this guy wants to do. He wants to prime, moisturize, treat AND give you sunscreen. Some people may think that is great, and I did too. I was into the idea of it but I put on the shade ‘light’ and became oranger than an umpa lumpa. Needless to say, I’m not a fan.

What do you think of Tarte? What are your favorites from them? What don’t you like? Hit us up in the comments below!

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This blog post has been written for LipstickForLunch by Emily Burns.

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2 thoughts on “The 5 Best And 5 Worst Of Tarte Cosmetics

  1. Thank you for your review! I feel like it’s so hard to find reviews for tarte products that aren’t the shape tape. I really wanted to like the shape tape but I believe the color range was lacking, I couldn’t find one that worked for my complexion.

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