Before we discuss the specifics of this liquid foundation with sunscreen, a comment: The sunscreen actives, which include avobenzone for reliable UVA protection, are synthetic. There's nothing wrong with that, except Tarte bills itself as the "high-performance naturals" line, so in essence they're not following their own philosophy—this is assuredly not a natural product.
Although the formula is fragrance-free, the sunscreen actives aren't the best for those with sensitive skin, or for use around the eyes. You may find this stings when applied around the eyes, in which case this isn't for you—but that reaction doesn't apply to everyone. Generally speaking, the mineral sunscreen actives of titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide are preferred for use around the eyes.
The creamy liquid slips over skin and provides medium to full coverage from just a tiny amount. Keep in mind that applying this sparingly (a little goes a long way) means you'll be shortchanging your skin of sun protection, as any SPF-rated product must be applied liberally to get the stated SPF rating on the label. You may want to apply this foundation over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater because SPF 15 is considered too low by most dermatology boards around the world.
Once set, this feels moist and leaves a dewy, radiant finish best for normal to dry skin. The high amount of wax in this foundation makes it questionable for breakout-prone skin, not to mention those with breakouts probably don't want a foundation that feels as moist as this.
Most of the shades are workable, especially for fair to medium skin tones. The darkest shade (Deep) isn't that dark (it's best for tan skin tones), while the following shades should be considered carefully due to pink or peach undertones: Ivory, Beige, and Medium Tan.
As for the anti-aging ingredients that Tarte maintains firm and brighten skin, they're present in teeny-tiny amounts that likely won't affect skin. This foundation contains a high amount of the mineral pigment mica for shine, which has only a cosmetic effect, but that's not the same as "active" ingredients that lighten dark spots for a more even complexion. The tiny amount of gold this foundation contains is not cause for concern (or excitement, as gold isn't a precious skin-care ingredient though it can be an allergen).
Last, it's worth nothing that this foundation has an awkward pump. It clogs easily and tends to dispense more product than most will need to cover their entire face. We recommend unscrewing the pump and pouring the desired amount into the palm of your hand or onto a sponge.
Note: This foundation's rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you're ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octinoxate 7.5% Octisalate 4.0%, Oxybenzone 2.0%; Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ozokerite, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Silica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P-Cresol, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Bis-Vinyl Dimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Beeswax, Potassium Sorbate, Glycereth-18 Ethylhexanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Boron Nitride, C18-21 Alkane, Polyisobutene, Ethoxydiglycol, Xanthan Gum, Barium Sulfate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Benzoic Acid, Glycereth-18, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Propylene Carbonate, Allantoin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Trehalose, Gold, Hexylene Glycol, Peat Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
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 formulas—silicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, we’ll forgive them that as what’s 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 foundations—noted 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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