Rated 4.45 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Amazing look/feel, great for SENSITIVE
I am a 33 year old woman with extremely sensitive skin. My face has a few crinkles around the eyes, olive-green undertones, a pink scar from a biopsy, and patches of seborrhea and rosacea (both currently controlled so that you wouldn't know I have them unless I let my care routine slip). I never dreamed that something that is essentially a BB cream could give me enough coverage. I was really looking for a primer to wear under the Naked Urban Decay foundation that I purchased. My goal has always been to just even out my complexion without looking like I'm wearing makeup. The Naked foundation just looked sheer, and appeared to be sitting on top of my skin instead of blending in, despite various brushes and application techniques. So, when I bought the Tarte BB cream, I used it as a primer- Oh, what perfect skin it gave me! It feels like silk going on. I use my fingers because I love the sensation of smoothing this over my skin. I had discovered that I don't even need the foundation on top of this- I now wear this as my only face perfecting product, with just a bit of blush and highlight. It lasts all day for me, from 8 am to 7 pm. By 5-6 o'clock I've got a bit of dew, but the product stays in place. It does not crease or move on my oily skin. The MOST AMAZING part of this product is that it does not irritate my sensitive, seborrhea-prone skin with tiny areas of rosacea. I have worn it every day for 2 weeks without a single tingle/prickle/flake/etc. I even started letting it truly be my moisturizer, instead of layering it over La Roche Posay Rosaliac. So, my morning face = wash with Noble Zinc soap, apply a serum, and apply the Tarte BB Cream. Done. I am allergic to most sunscreens- the only normal sunscreen that I can wear on my face without issues is the Neutrogena Baby Pure face sunblock. Thankfully, this cream contains the same sunblock ingredients! My only wish is that I had gone with a shade darker. I have the shade "light", which looks dark when it comes out the tube. It does blend to a very light color. I can pull it off in the winter, but will have to buy the Medium for sure when summer comes. I also don't know how it will do during exercise/sweat- I usually run during my lunch breaks, but am injured right now. I would like for this to stay in place to provide sun protection during my midday runs- will have to test this out in a month when I'm allowed to work out again! P.S. I am buying this for my mother, I love it so much!
Most Helpful Critical Review 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!
Reviewed by 1572 customers Feels like butter! but has zero coverage
BiBi from San Jose, Ca
This is a great BB cream if you just want a little veil of coverage. It goes on really nice and smooth, it feel very buttery yet very light. once its one you cant feel it or smell it. the only downside is that it provides almost no coverage and its hard to build on itself.
Lissa from Tampa
This was the perfect color, feels weightless, easy to apply. I can throw a little bronzer on and have just a natural face and skin still looks awesome.
Won't go w/o
Cycling girl from CS, CO
This is a staple for me now. I never really bothered with primers until my 40s. Now I put a thin base layer of primer on and it helps the rest of my makeup be applied easily and lasts a lot longer.
This is the second BB cream I've tried and I prefer this one
Sass from Pendleton South Carolina South Carolina
I am a mature woman and I needed something that would not settle in my lines or pours. This BB cream does that quite well plus evens out skin tones i.e. age spots
Are you serious
Katie from Florida
I was so excited when this first came out because I love Tarte, they've never let me down. To start off, the shade range sucks so bad. There is literally only 8 colors. The first color is more like a translucent powder, you put it on and it doesn't cover anything but it does make you look ridiculously ashy that's for sure. I didn't understand because I'm as pale as it gets but it still made me look ashy? The next color immediately after the first ashy one is way to dark, they clearly jumped the alphabet way to fast. I returned the first color to Ulta and the girl said you're probably gonna wanna mix them and me knowing the girls at Ulta usually never know what they're talking about I was like how bad can it actually be? LITTLE DID I KNOW I WOULD BE A WALKING PUMPKIN FACE. Dear god this was my worst experience with Tarte, what were you guys thinking by releasing this? Added on the formula is a powder-like consistency so anyone with combination skin like me or dry skin don't try this, it will come out really patchy for you.
Recommend by Ulta consultant
Ally from Brentwood CA
Without testers, I was a little scared to purchase without color matching. But cruelty free and SPF 30 sold me. The color was a perfect match. And I love that I can wear alone or as a primer.
oohhlivie from Ca
I wear 2N1 in double wear by estee Lauder and I purchased the shade Light in this and it's way too orange.. returned it
I've used it for years!
Book Lover from Logan, UT
I use this before my foundation. I have some dark spots and acne scarring, and this helps add coverage but doesn't feel heavy.
Linda from Chicago
I love love love this primer, in use this as foundation, no need to put concealer. This did the job! Looks like i'm not wearing any makeup. Need more shades.
No more oily skin
Cyaya from McAllen TX
I have used many other foundations to try and control my oily skin but nothing would work for more than a couple of hours. I bought the trial size of this and I regret not buying the full size. It has great coverage with a small amount and it lasts all day and it stops my oily skin. I already have the full size in my cart ready to purchase again.
Broke me out
Hannah from Michigan
My skin broke out pretty bad and on a hot day this didn't last a chance
Not for combination skin
Tay from Indiana
So sad this didn't work for me.It does have good lasting power though. If you have combo skin I would skip it, it clings to dry patches and the consistency is impossible to blend. It does feel kind of heavy on the skin. The shade range isn't great either the lightest option oxidizes to orange. I think this could with normal medium toned skin skin!
C from Louisiana.
Seriously, this is the holy grail of foundation. I have purchased probably 8 tubes on this. I have never liked any other foundation as much as I loved this one.
Best purchase in years!!
WI Mom from Milwaukee
If this ever gets discontinued I will be devastated! This helps smooth my fine lines, doesn't settle and minimizes pores. The finish has a subtle glow and feels natural. SPF is a huge bonus!! LOVE!!!!
Love and will rebuy, but here are a couple things to know...
Jess from Michigan
I love this product for so many reasons. I am obsessed with SPF, I love matte finish, and I like medium coverage with as few steps as possible. This is perfect for all of those things! It kind of reminds me off the Cotz tinted primer, but with better color coverage. I will say though, it isn't for pale skin. I am olive toned Italian/Jewish... not excessively tan but definitely far from pale, and the light shade is orangey on me in these winter months. There is an excellent color range for the darker tones, but I'd image this won't work for very fair skin. The other thing is that it oddly had a bad smell?? And is a bit pricy for the amount of product. But it's a one step face spf and coverage product that doesn't get shiny. Will continue to buy if I can't find something super similar at a lower price.
Great texture and feel, not a great color match
Madison from Texas
This product feels amazing! Even application and smooth texture. However, I ordered the light color, and it has too much of an orange tint to it.
The most amazing thing to happen to cosmetics
clatbu from North Carolina
For a perfect everyday product for my face, this is my go-to. I have tried every other brand and this one is the best! The primer in it makes it so smooth, the coverage is great, and the color is a great match for me. It has good coverage, sun protection, and looks really natural! I even wear it to work out and afterwards, it doesn't look gloopy or weird!
Buy this NOW
PopTart from USA
I love the texture and natural coverage this product offers! It's SO velvety. Great satin finish! I wear this with some mascara as an everyday "I left the house" look.
Can't live without this!
Carley from Columbus, OH
This is my go to! I use this product every day. I had acne through my teens and continue to struggle with it through my adult life. I've never been one to walk out of the house without foundation because of it. This stuff has been my saving grace! It evens out my skin tone, and covers most of my blemishes. It's also a great primer if I plan on wearing foundation.
More colors needed!
Martina from Chicago, IL
I have oily, acne prone skin & I LOVE this product. It does not cause any breakouts & applies beautifully and smoothly on the skin. It provides a light to medium coverage, I use it with the Tarte pressed setting powder and it covers up my acne & dark spots so well. It's not heavy and lasts pretty much all day especially if you apply a setting powder & spray with it. The only downside is I have to purchase & mix both the fair & light shades together to get it to match with my skin tone. The fair shade is too light and the light shade is too dark.
This is a miracle in a little tube!
Erin B. from Atlanta, GA
This stuff is amazing. It's a perfect primer to help my makeup last long and look smoother. I can also just use it when I don't have time to do a full face makeup but want to smooth out the appearance of my flawed skin.
I would by this again
Becca from Moorestown, NJ
I mix it with my shade to make it closer to my skin tone, perfect finish with my foundation.
:) from Grand Prairie
I have combo skin and this gave me such a smooth base and kept my skin looking nice all day. Definitely recommend!!
MC from Riverside
I think this has helped me a lot to balance my skin tone and control the oiliness on my face. It's great to apply when you don't want to put so I have make up won or apply it before you put makeup on.
Cindy from Ohio
This stuff is THE best. If you have big pores, this is for you. It's the only thing that doesn't settle into my pores and look awful. This saved me in the summer. So light and smooth. Must try!!