Tarte Cosmetics

Mermaid Skin Hyaluronic H2O Serum

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 42.00
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Tarte’s Mermaid Skin Hyaluronic H2O Serum claims to be a powerful serum that “splashes skin with intense moisture”, but only the latter is true. This fragrance free water-based serum provides super-light hydration with a minimally tacky finish that feels wonderful and is suitable for all skin types, but is by no means “powerful”.

So, why the average rating? This pump-dispensed blue-tinted serum is a surprisingly sparse formula given its cost. You do get hyaluronic acid (in the form of sodium hyaluronate) along with hydrating algae extract and glycerin, but that’s it. There’s nothing else to brag about, and what’s there is easily found in dozens of products that offer more for your money.

And if we’re being extra-picky, this doesn’t contain panthenol (vitamin B5) as claimed, but a calcium derivative of with minimal research proving it helps skin. Pure panthenol would’ve been a better ingredient here.

While this serum’s aesthetics are exemplary and it definitely hydrates without a greasy feel, your skin deserves more than what this can provide. At best, it’s a good add-on to your regular moisturizer, and not recommended as a standalone hydrator.

  • Super-light yet hydrating gel-serum texture.
  • Minimally tacky finish.
  • Fragrance free.
  • A surprisingly sparse formula for the money.
  • Doesn’t contain pure vitamin B5 as claimed.
  • Clear packaging won’t keep the algae extract protected from light exposure.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This powerful serum splashes skin with intense moisture without feeling greasy, heavy, or sticky for plump, dewy skin. The completely clear formula is loaded with complexion quenchers like hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, and marine plant extracts to help provide powerful antioxidant defense.

Water, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Nitrate, Algae Extract, Calcium Pantothenate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that would prove that glamour can be good for you. This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.

This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulassilicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, well forgive them that as whats ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.

However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundationsnoted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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