Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a fluid formula with mineral-based sunscreen actives that provide broad-spectrum sun protection. The sunscreen goes a step further to provide a host of beneficial antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and skin-repairing ingredients that help make good on its claims to "re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance." Our only complaint is the fragrance (more on that in a minute), but given that the scent isn't overpowering, it's not a total dealbreaker.
Of course, the million-dollar question is how does Tarteguard 30 look and feel? Fortunately for those with oily or combination skin, the blend of ingredients creates a thin, fluid lotion texture that absorbs quickly into skin. It has a matte feel, yet the active ingredients leave a bit of sheen on skin. It leaves skin brightened with a healthy—but not greasy—subtle glow and after it dries, doesn't leave a white cast.
Those with dry skin may not find this moisturizing enough, but anyone can appreciate how light this SPF product this feels. (In fact, those with dry skin can easily layer this over their preferred non-SPF moisturizer or facial oil.) More to love, Tarteguard 30 wears well under makeup, too.
What about those beneficial ingredients? Tarte included several (honeysuckle extract, passiflora edulis [maracuja] seed oil) with soothing properties, antioxidant (apple fruit extract, vitamin E), and skin repairing benefits (sodium hyaluronate, glycerin).
They also wisely packaged this in an opaque glass bottle—surrounded by a rubber casing—with a pump dispenser, all of which helps restrict air and light from destabilizing the formula so the good ingredients can stay potent longer.
It's an applause-worthy mix, MINUS the fragrance, or as they describe it, a "fresh, ocean's lily scent." Fragrance has the potential to irritate and impair skin, but thankfully it wasn't included in an overwhelming concentration here (the smell dissipates) so we aren't overly concerned about it. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that the formula would be better off without it, especially for those with sensitive skin.
Had this been a 100% fragrance-free formula we'd have been keener on giving it our top honors, but it still rates well due to its lightweight mineral-based broad-spectrum formula with anti-aging and reparative ingredients!
How We Rate Sunscreens vs. Daytime Moisturizers with SPF: Sunscreens are judged based upon whether they provide broad-spectrum sun protection, their SPF rating, potential for irritation, packaging and aesthetics. Additional qualities that push it into three or four star (best-rated) category are the inclusion of meaningful amounts of repairing, cell communicating or antioxidant ingredients as well as unique characteristics that enhance its wearability.
"Sunscreens" are differentiated from "Daytime Moisturizers with SPF" by three primary qualities:
• They must be marketed as "sunscreens" only by the brand.
• They lack specific anti-aging claims.
• Their size is greater than 2 ounces, unless it is specifically called out as a sunscreen for the face and is not positioned as a facial/daytime moisturizer with SPF.
For more detail on how we rate this category of products, see the Best Sunscreens section of Beautypedia.
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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