BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer SPF 30 by Tarte

BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer SPF 30

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Sephora user
May 3, 2013

great alternative to tinted moisturizer

I have oily skin -- its not so much greasy as shiny (that might not make sense). no amount of mattifying product can keep my face shine-free the entire day, somehow it just comes through and eats up half the make up on my face. i have largely used liquid foundations because of ease of application and brands from MUFE to CoverFX and have also used some cream foundations though find them too heavy on the face. I have faded discoloration mostly along my chin line and enlarged pores from years of significant acne.I purchased tarte because i was going on vacation and i did not want to be wearing a very heavy foundation but i still need more coverage. last year when i went on vacation i used nars and laura merciers tinted moisturizers. i like the consistency of the laura mercier its thicker and has more coverage but i would still have to ocntinously powder over it as it makes my face quite shiny still. i used the tarte and its alot like the Benefit Pore Minimizer which i have continously repurchased for well over a year and use it as a primer under my foundation i feel like the silicon layer really gives ur foudnation a nice finish esp cuz i have large pores. i have replaced it with tarte however because its got the additional mattifying properties. tarte has that same silicon primer feel to it but it mattifies beautifully. an important qualification however is that i would only recommend if you actually are oily. my sister used it and she returned it because it was too dry for her face (for reference she powders her face maybe once or twice for shine thru-out the day - i blot every 2 hours mostly t-zone area).it was great while on vacation and i have actually incorporated into my daily make up routine since i returned especially since i am tanned and my foundations were not matching. the coverage you get from such a lightweight product is fantastic and yes you can layer it but i wouldn't do that too much. I think once all over and then second time around just your problem areas. i do use a concealer for blemishes and dark spots after. if you do more than that it will end up with a cakey finish. if you need a more full coverage look i would use this as a primer and layer your foudnation over.even though i am applying less make up, i do not feel like it makes me look like like i have less make up on it has a nice velvety finish to it -- if you are more dry or have combination skin it will look cakey in those areas. also i apply with a make up brush (also from sephora).its mattifying qualities are great-- i still compulsively check my face every two hours (10 years of make up melting will do that to you) but find i only have to powder my nose only because its starting to get shiny. the fact that its all natural is a great bonus, its making me rethink my make up philosophies and go with a less is more/organic attitude. « less

Sephora user
February 21, 2013

Love It!

Ok, I’m not a very good writer and I'd rather read reviews than write but I was compelled to share how AMAaazing I think Tarte’s BB is. I've been waiting years for a product like this. And finally Tarte got it right! The texture is light, blends very smoothly, dries to a nice even matte finish, last for hours, and CHEMICAL-FREE SPF. Also, a little goes a looong way. It took me a few times to figure out how much I needed but I was often squeezing out way too much. So now I know all I need is one large pearl size drop. I apply this to the back of my hand and then use a "triangle shape" sponge applicator that I've ripped in half and using the ripped end I dab the sponge on to the BB and then apply on my face. It really helps in getting a nice smooth blend, covering pores and fine lines, and able to get around the curves if my nose and eyes. At first the cream is really slippery and that's scary for someone with oily skin but don't fear, it dries to a nice matte finish, which was very important to me to have a matte coverage . I've tried a few highly rated BB creams and they were all too thick, pearly sheen, and made my face an oily mess within a hour. And finding one to match my skin tone was another dilemma. I'm Asian and live in Hawaii so I have a bit of a warmth undertone. Most of the BB creams I've tried made me look chalky and one toned. I use Tarte's BB in Medium and it blends into my skin tone as if this color was made especially for me! So my skin looks natural and healthy, not ashy and caked up like other BB creams leave me. I also have acne prone skin and this has not made me break at all. I've been using for at least month far so good. Also the key for me is using an AHA cleanser at night, which really helps to break down all the makeup and remove all residue of it. And OMG, this BB is not full of harmful ingredients! Can't get better than that. This is truly the ultimate All-In-One! Ok, have I said enough. « less

Sephora user
August 28, 2013

The perfect BB Cream

So, I was introduced to BB cream by a friend earlier this year, who bought a different brand- I believe it was Smashbox. I went to Sephora and asked an associate for help based on my skin type and tone, and this is what she showed me, in the lightest shade. I was skeptical at first, because I don't often find a foundation that doesn't end up being orange. I have very fair skin with cool undertones and to be honest, I didn't think the first try would work out, because who's ever that lucky? Well, I was completely wrong!Pros: I absolutely love this product! I use it every single day. It perfectly blends into my skin tone, the texture isn't too runny, and most importantly, you can use as much as you possibly want without it looking like you caked on too much. It will always look natural on your face. I use this cream like a foundation with nothing else on top of it besides eye makeup, and it looks like my natural skin tone, just enhanced and totally evened out. The second it goes onto your skin, it blends in perfectly, smoothing out your pores, but not clogging them. I often go to sleep without washing it off and it never feels like my skin is suffocating, nor does it come off on my pillow. I don't feel like I'm wearing anything! It makes your skin look matte with absolutely no shine, although I have dry skin rather than oily. And here's the best part: IT LASTS FOREVER. I believe I bought this thing in February or March, and it's now almost September. That's 6-7 months for one tube, and still going! A little goes a very long way, as it spreads like butter.Cons: Once you get towards the end of the tube, it does tend to squirt out of the bottle in large amounts, which you can't get back into the tube, so it can be a bit of a waste. The packaging could be better for that reason, but I'm still happy with it. Also, in my experience, it is somewhat drying if you already have dry skin. I have very dry skin on some areas of my face, and it dries them out more, instead of moisturizing, so I still have to use a moisturizer first. So it's not entirely all-in-one, although I honestly would never expect it to be and still want to moisturize separately. I just wish it wasn't as drying.Anyway, I highly recommend this product! Even with the cons, it's very much worth it and I will be buying again once it runs out. Worth the money! Less

Sephora user
October 16, 2013

Replaces SPF/primer/foundation/concealer/powder!

This is my holy grail product and by far my favorite beauty purchase to date. It’s a sun protectant, primer, foundation, concealer, and powder in one. I have been using it for a month and saw it last all day while maintaining a matte finish. Since I began using this product to replace all my other products, my skin has improved and my acne has gone down drastically, because my skin can actually breathe now.Application & texture – This product is incredibly silky and smooth. The velvety balm spreads out as thin as you want, and layers as thick as you want without becoming cakey. Effortlessly, too!Finish – It finishes matte as if you’ve already powdered. I have normal-combination skin and my t-zone gets dewy in no time. The first time I used this, I was impressed at how matte the finish was. I powdered anyway with the lightest dusting of translucent powder, just out of routine, and realized that I looked cakey in the sun. So powder is not only unnecessary, it doesn’t work well with this product. Touching up mid-day should be fine though.This is the most MATTE cream/liquid product I have ever used. Even more matte than the MUFE HD Mat Velvet foundation which is nowhere as easy to apply.What I love MOST about this product is that it offers a 1-step routine. Before, I would sometimes do bb cream with SPF + powder. However for my problem areas, I would need primer and concealer as well to make sure it’s concealed throughout the day. This product doesn’t budge and can be used as a concealer. The only thing it doesn’t conceal for me is my acne scars, as they’re significantly darker than my natural skin tone. (It would probably work with a thick layer but I think spot concealer would be better for my skin). But since I began using only this product for my face, I have been getting far less pimples because my skin can actually breathe. Before it was an endless cycle of makeup messing up my skin, and using makeup to cover it up.One thing to note is that this product is NOT a tinted moisturizer. Although some bb creams are hydrating, this one is not, and it’s more like foundation. Dry skin women may need to moisturize ahead of time. Just make sure your skin is dry-touch before applying this product.Cheers! Less user
January 20, 2013

Not impressed...seems just like a primer

I was so excited to try this product out as I love Tarte products. It is touted as "a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen." I thought that it sounded perfect for my needs! Sadly, that wasn't the case.I wore this product for a few hours before returning it. I have combination/fairly decent skin. My problem areas are redness, oily t-zone and I don't like seeing the pores on my nose.I applied this product to a clean face and then used Tarte's smooth operator finishing powder to set it. I have used A LOT of BB creams. This does not seem like a BB cream to me - it seems like a primer as the consistency is silicone. At first it felt heavy on my face (I do not like to feel my makeup), this effect slightly went away. If you are looking for creamy, try something else. I have a few dry patches and this BB cream made those areas stand out.Aside from helping to minimize the pores on my nose, I felt it didn't provide nearly as much coverage as the Tarte smooth operator BB cream/tinted moisurizer. The coverage was very fair/poor. For the price and amount of product you get I was expecting much better. I didn't like that with this product you can really feel the silicone in the consistency of the product.As for the 12 hour claim, I don't think that is accurate. I wore it for a few hours and it was fading from my semi-oily t-zone (mainly noticeable on my nose). For all this product is supposed to do I think it's really only good as a primer.I went with a different BB cream and am now happy! « less

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Olivia Lotz
Dry Skin

Any tinted moisturizer, bb or cc cream, or light weight and non cakey looking foundation recommendations?

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Melissa Brooks
Oily Skin

This is absolutely amazing!

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Ashley Williams
Dry Skin

What are some of the best brands of bb creams out there ? I do have dry skin with red undertones , not sure if that makes a difference!

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Celeste Smith
Combination Skin

I absolutely adore this! It’s my holy grail bb cream. It stays on all day, it’s waterproof, lightweight, it covers blemishes but it doesn’t hide my freckles, and it looks and feels clean. This will definitely help with the redness. The one thing that some people don’t like is that it has a silicony feel to it sense it is a primer. Though I honestly don’t mind it you may. If you don’t like that texture Tartes tinted moisturizer is great too.

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Nikki Bryant
Combination Skin

I want a natural look in my makeup. I don’t wanna cover my freckles. What’s the best foundation and in what shade because I don’t know my actual tone or undertone.

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Celeste Smith
Combination Skin

I use this everyday for a cleaner look because it covers light blemishes on my skin but never my freckles. Sense it’s a primer it tends to feel more “silicony” than a moisturizer, but I find the primer to be cheaper.