Rated 3.32 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Works...but still like Malley's better
I am comb/oily skin. This worked well and maintained a matte finish for the majority of the day. However the application is challenging in part due to the packaging. This was the first primer I've used that had a applicator. I tried it with and without the applicator sponge, but didn't see a difference sponge vs. finger application. It was hard to determine if I got an even coat as I need it all over, not just for spot treating. Yes, this is a small amount of product (0.31 oz), but it is nearly all gone in less than a month after I purchased it (1/19/19). Based on the lack of ease of application and cost, I am not sold; in fact I'm switching back to Mally Perfect Prep Pore Primer. With Mally I spend $23 per oz, where this particular Tarte Balm it is over $75 per oz.
Most Helpful Critical Review Horrible
I really wanted to love this product... I love tarte, i have always used their shape tape foundation from old formula to new... However this product caused so many imperfections... In the summer i occasionally have problems with dry patches on my nose and between my brows, right now its january and i have not had any skin issues since begining of September after applying foundation over this primer my skin had flaky and dry patches over the entire face... I was so embarrassed to leave the house but i had to run errands in a timely manner and didnt have time to wash and reapply my make up... About an hour into running errands i realized my brows looked super choppy and not solid anymore so i decided to rub my finger by them and everything wiped right off in one swipe... I use all high end make up and never had any issues with foundation, brows or concealer but this go around with use of this product my make up slides off and it gave my skin a nasty look like i had reapplied make up over dirty skin that was washed before application which was not the case. BEWARE.
Reviewed by 161 customers Makes my pores appear more prominent
Hannah from Chicago, IL
The balm works to reduce appearance of pores at first. But after a few hours it traps concealer in my pores and makes them FAR more visible. It goes on nicely and feels light but I really wouldn't recommend to anyone with large pores.
My very first Ulta review
Buy it if you want to hide your pores! from Pennsylvania
I got the travel size just to try it out. My expectations weren't high, but wow! The pores on my nose disappear when I use this. Loveeee it!!
I use it different but LOVE IT!
La'Bourdette from Orange County CA
I love this stuff! I don't know if I wear it as intended however the results I get are FANTASTIC! To start... I am 43 yrs old with very dry skin. I have redness across my nose & cheeks. I have wrinkles between my eyebrows (the 11) on the corners of my mouth & 3-4 surprised lines on my forehead over my eyebrows. I also have fine lines around my eyes, which intensify if my skin is really dry. I find myself absolutely needing to exfoliate 2-3 times a week to control the flaky pealing skin look.
Ok, with that said, if you're in the same general situation, you have to try this!
After my serum, moisturizer, & tiny bit of foundation soak in. I take my ring finger and twirl it around to pick up product & rub my ring fingers together to warm it up. I then dab it under my eyes continuously to the outside upwards towards the brow & right under the brow. I continue dabbing until I've worked it over the 11 wrinkles between my eyebrows,& then dab back to where I started. This has a matting effect & also softens wrinkles excellently. It is a slick product but has a drying matte finish. I only use this product on areas which I do NOT apply setting powder. I used to but this is a replacement for a matte finish setting powder. It did not blend with my powder but it might with a different brand. I use Laura's translucent loose. I like this look much more than the powder finish. It's a finishing product for me, not a primer. I could barely see my wrinkles in the daylight!
kay from flordia
awful for oily skin , very greasy and makeup doesn't go well with it , i just use powder and it just didn't blend in at all so my face was very patchy looking , i'll just use my $5 primer that actually works . don't waste your money , definitely will be returning
I would not buy this product again or recommend it to anyone
Taylor from Indiana
I tried this product on a few occasions, and I did not care for it any of those times.
This item does not perform like it advertises on the product.
S from Some place
I heard a YouTuber i love rave about this so I'm excited to try it! But you know if I don't like it, I can return it right? You're not really "wasting your money." But anyway.
Love this product!
Rachel L from Navarre, FL
I've tried primers in the past and because my skin is extremely dry they just make my skin flaky. So I was skeptical about this one. But, I love it! It is very smooth and I really like that it's in a compact and has an applicator sponge. I only use a very small amount on my nose, chin and middle of my forehead. * I have not used this under makeup * I primarily bought this to use when I'm not wearing makeup to even my skin out and it does that for me. So I've been very pleased with this product.
Best primer ever from Philadelphia
Makes my makeup look like airbrush! Highly recommend!
Does nothing for me. Waste of money
Kim from CA
Waste of money
Needs a second test
Desi J from Los Angeles
I like it, it does blur… I do feel a little shinny BUT it is summer and it has been humid so I am factoring that in. My makeup has not budged a bit and I went to the gym in makeup to test it out. Would I buy this again? Yes, in the fall. I want to see how it does on winter skin. I think when shopping for a primer you have to factor in weather, foundation (I use Liquid) and the facial moisturizers you use.
Not for me
Brandy from Flowood, Mississippi
I am glad I only bought the travel size. The bad reviews are correct. It made my face extremely greasy, and made my pores look huge. It made my makeup look awful, and gave me a very aging look.
Chriatina from Florida
I was excited to try this product to help blur my fine lines and my pores that have gotten larger with age. I found that it is very greasy and even after allowing to dry for 30 minutes my foundation and powder still did not stay in place after applying both on top.
Will be returning
Kenna from NC
So I thought this would be a great replacement for my primer since it was a balm. My skin is dry around my nose & mouth & this product left my makeup looking super textured and wet. It's like my foundation couldn't set on top of it. It made everything settle in the creases on my face, which has never happened before.
WiLin from Eau Claire WI
My 70 yr old skin loves this primer. Does a great job of making pores & fine lines disappear. I've even just applied this balm, a touch of concealer and out the door. The sponge included in the compact makes application quick & easy. Highly recommend
VERY BAD PRIMER
40 year old Francis from Texas
Glides on smoothly BUT it makes my face so oily! By midday, it's like I never applied any foundation at all. Definitely will not buy again
Tarte shape tape works great!
Melanie from Collierville TN
The tarte shape tape goes on smooth and works great!👍🏻
I would buy this product again
Red from Gallatin, TN
This smooths your face and your makeup goed on so nicely. It maked it look great!
T from NJ
The bad comments are right. It feels like crisco. I put it around my eyebrows. Make-up just slithers around your face like wax.
Ashley from Monroeville, pa
I only use powder makeup and it makes it look super dry .
babyxmoose from Richmond VA
I never write reviews but had to for this one. One of the worst products I've ever used. I have very dry skin and this stuff made me look like I had bathed in Crisco.
My skin was so oily and within about 20 minutes my makeup started to slide off. Even with setting powder & setting spray. If I had the slightest touch anywhere on my face, my makeup was rubbing off.
DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Wouldn't even give it 1 star.
Cat woman from Westchester, N.Y.
Use this before applying your foundation for a smoother and more even look
Yes I love this product gives you a great coverage
Rayshell from Los Angeles ca
Apply before using foundation and makeup for smooth finish
Nice and smooth
mojo from Atlanta
I really like the smoothness and it is non drying. I will purchase again.
Kris from Kalamazoo Mi
Like this, even using for about 6 months.
Great for my dry (getting older) skin
Mel from Dallas, Texas
My skin has changed the last couple of years and starting to show crease lines under my eyes. This has helped tremendously for my concealer to go on smooth, and decrease the appearance of those fine lines. I use on my T Zone and my powder stays on all day, with the same smooth look. I love this product, and it does last a long time which justifies the price tag to me. I've bought and finished 3 already and use daily, so definitely a must have in my daily routine.