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Tarte Cosmetics

Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 25.00
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A lot of people like to use facial mists for quick refreshment on the go or even for toning down a too-powdery makeup application. We agree they have their place for all skin types, but Ready, Set Radiant Skin Mist from Tarte has too many problems to recommend.

Packaged in an opaque purple bottle with a fine mist sprayer, this facial mist's best formulary attribute is an impressive amount of antioxidant green tea oil. Next up is how refreshing this feels and the fact that the very fine mist won't wreck your makeup.

One more advantage is that this mist lightly hydrates without making skin feel sticky or coated. Most mists share this trait, but Tarte's contribution does it better.

Now the accolades stop and we get to the bad news: Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist contains skin-irritating eucalyptus oil as well as sensitizing mint extracts and fragrant sandalwood. As we explain in the More Info section, all of these pose a threat to skin's healthy appearance.

One more comment: Nothing about this mist allows for flawless makeup. Like all face mists, when used on bare skin, it serves as a prep step, but doesn't help makeup last longer or stay in place better.

See our list of best toners and face mists for options without this one's drawbacks.

Pros:
  • Enriched with potent antioxidant green tea oil.
  • Fine mist feels refreshing and won't wreck your makeup.
  • Lightly hydrates without making skin feel sticky or coated.
Cons:
  • Contains skin-irritating eucalyptus oil and mint extracts.
  • Fragrant sandalwood poses a risk of irritation.
  • Doesn't allow for more flawless-looking makeup.
More Info:

Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!

Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don't get lulled into thinking that if you don't see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.

Generally, it's best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there's no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:

Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385

Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This refreshing, vegan skin mist brightens, fortifies and soothes for a fresh-faced complexion. Its enriched with antioxidant-packed cucumber, fruit, and plant extracts to deliver a radiant, dewy finish for a lit-from-within look. Wear the non-sticky mist alone to illuminate for a fresh, no-makeup look or spray it on after your skincare routine to help balance, tone, and boost your complexion for flawless makeup applications.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Stearate, Lauryl Glucoside, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Squalane, Isohexadecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Triethylhexanoin, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hexylene Glycol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Rose Extract, Carbomer, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1.

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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