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BB Cream - Tarte - BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen

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rated 4.0(178 reviews)

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  • 70% would buy again
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rated 5 of 5 on 4/16/2013 1:00:00 AM More reviews by estellanutella

Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black

This is the ONLY thing I've ever found that actually controls my oil even though it has spf! MUFE mat velvet works well, too, but no SPF.

I'm so oily that I blot within 2 hours normally, and if I let myself get to 3/4 hours, I will have to use 3 sheets. With this, I have gone to the (climbing) gym and gotten on a full-body sweat and run to the bathroom to blot only to find that I don't really need to! When it comes to products with spf, I am usually a greasy mess fifteen minutes after application but not with this!

As for acne, I haven't noticed an increase in break-outs... but I definitely haven't "cleared up" either so I doubt this is helping but for the oil-control AND spf 30, it's still making me very happy. Happy enough to give this 5 lippies!

The only thing is its price. At $50 a pop... (in Canada, after tax), damn. But you really don't need much of it to cover your face. I dot ~5 small dots on an area and blend with my fingers. I have acne scars but I'm not looking for full/heavy coverage and would rather let my skin breathe than look flawless but made up.

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/14/2013 1:14:00 PM More reviews by miisellen

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I've used this for about a month now and it makes my face look flawless while still looking like skin. It provides light coverage so if your just trying to even out your skin this is the product for you. It has good oil control. I usually get oily about 30 minutes into my day but this helps control oil for several hours.

It seems the bad reviews are mainly that this product breaks them out. Luckily this has not happened to me. In fact, there are some nights where I am too tired to clean off my makeup and I just wash my face with water and still, not a single pimple from this.

I've already repurchase this cause I originally had the deluxe sample. I use the color light which is yellow based.

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rated 1 of 5 on 4/14/2013 12:09:00 PM More reviews by ev123

Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I purchased this because of the outstanding reviews, but this is quite possibly the worst product I have tried. It actually seems to give the appearance of MORE pores and wrinkles than I have with no make-up at all! It looks okay for the first few minutes after I put it on, but then it settles into imperfections and accentuates them. Plus the texture is weird and the color is off for me. Very orange. If I get any in my eyebrows it flakes up horribly.
Again, I can't believe this stuff has gotten such glowing reviews...

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/13/2013 2:33:00 PM More reviews by joeywin

Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I have an oily tzone and minor redness. This stuff is perfect. It covers without looking heavy or cakey. The lasting power is also good and gets me through a full day without needing a touch up. It does make my pores less visible and it is a chemical free sunscreen! Love it.

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rated 3 of 5 on 4/13/2013 2:54:00 AM More reviews by redbloodlips

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I want to love this product, the texture is amazing and it feels good on the skin, it covered my acne scars pretty decently and it lasted 7+hrs on my oily skin. However it made me break out terribly, so I won't repurchase. I guess, I will continue on the path of looking for the right BB cream.

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/12/2013 11:44:00 PM More reviews by MCast

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

My first shot at the BB cream craze was unfortunate and a dream-shattering experience. My friend gave me her Garnier 'Miracle' BB cream because the shade was too dark for her light complexion. Well thanks but no thanks, the freakin' product gave me the worst acne. I took me about a week to get my face clear again. Even though Garnier sucked at delivering a formula that did not clog pores, I loved the finish. Dewy and natural-looking. Thanks to this disaster, I was inspired to find a better product, one that was possibly a little pricier, but heck, my face was on the battle line! I came across this Tarte product after lots of research. It's a tinted primer -lacks the whole 'moisturizing' appeal of the BB trend. But does it work on my oily skin! It's easy to apply and controls the shine throughout the day. I do get oily by the afternoon, but I live in Florida, and its humidity has mercy on no one. My biggest surprise was that I did not break me out! Praise the makeup lord! I even took a nap wearing it as its final test. I'm quite happy with this product. It's perfect for someone who doesn't wear foundation, and wouldn't like to do so in the future, but still likes to look pull together while protecting her skin from sun damage. Definitely give it a test run at Sephora!

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rated 3 of 5 on 4/9/2013 10:36:00 AM More reviews by Annakie

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

I was SO excited to try this product because I'm trying to wear less makeup and be more mindful of the chemicals in what I use. This BB cream is easy to glide on, and the fair shade is one of very few that actually is light enough for my NC 15/20 skin. As others have mentioned, it doesn't offer much coverage at all--mostly it just smooths out your skin tone. I'd mostly recommend it as a primer or something for those who don't like looking "made up."

Personally, I didn't really like the texture of this--it's so full of silicones that it feels greasy, but it makes it slide around well WITHOUT slipping off during the day. Unfortunately, it also highlights every tiny bit of dry or flaky skin you might have.

I also loved that this BB cream has no chemical sunblock, parabens or other questionable ingredients I try to avoid. I did notice, however, that it contains stearic acid, which is acnegenic...I tried it anyway, hoping it was a small enough amount that it wouldn't bother my skin, but I broke out. :( It's going back to the store.

--Good color for fair skin
--Physical sunblock
--Long wearing
--Ingredients are on the safe/natural side

--Stearic Acid a problem for acne-prone skin
--Picks up dry skin
--Greasy silicone feeling going on

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rated 4 of 5 on 4/9/2013 5:11:00 AM More reviews by alix1979

Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Grey

Having read such amazing reviews about this product, I went to great lengths to track one down - these are not readily available in the UK and US sites won't ship at all. I ended up obtaining it from a lovely swapper in Canada.
Unfortunately I wasn't nearly as impressed as I had hoped. I have given it reasonable lippies as I don't think it's "bad" exactly buy in all honesty - no better than MAC tinted moisturiser which is much cheaper and easily obtained.
The covereage is light as you would expect from a BB/primer and has a silky feel as applied. I don't think the staying power is huge but I've only worn it for 3 days and work lighting is particularly harsh. I will use it up but unlikely to repurchase.

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/7/2013 10:37:00 PM More reviews by miscellea

Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Other

This is a really lovely product. It applies smoothly and goes a bit matte when you rub it in, which puts it head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to BB creams.

Powder helps set this cream and makes it last much longer, otherwise it really doesn't make it until the end of the day. That may just be me. I have somewhat oily skin, which can be a trial for any foundation to survive so I end up using powder no matter what.

The packaging is REALLY pretty. I love the bamboo cap, which is one of those things that just makes me happy to see in the morning. Instant mood lifter!

I wouldn't recommend using this cream without blush and possibly also contouring powder. The coverage is just good enough that you're going to need the additional coloration.

All in all, I would use this every day if I could afford it. However, it runs about $35 a tube at Sephora so I can't really call it my every-every day cream even though a little will go a LONG way. I first got this as a sample from the Sephora shop girl and just the little trial jar she gave me lasted several days!

I feel like my skin looks better for having used it. I don't even break out if I forget to take it off at night and I think it says something about the weight of it that I can do that. Normally I am hyper aware of how makeup feels on my face.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 4/7/2013 12:09:00 PM More reviews by wagashi

Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Green

This product is amazeballs. The milisecond I tried it out at Sephora, I knew I had to have it. Firstly, this product is not a traditional BB cream -- BB creams usually apply more like foundation and are creamier and purport to have skincare benefits. This is literally just a silicone primer with added SPF. So why is it so great? The texture! I have ginormous pores essentially all over my face from hormone issues :/ I've tried countless primers, with Clinique's pore corrector being the one I usually settle on, because it's tinted. The difference in the texture was stark when I left this Tarte primer at my hotel and had to use the Clinique the next day. The Clinique product, like a lot of unfortunate silicone primers, is less spreadable, drier, and heavier. It similarly fills in pores, but it looks obvious and emphasizes fine lines. This Tarte primer is beautifully smooth, feels light, manages to retain some moisture so your face doesn't look like a mummy, and has the perfect amount of pigment to actually even out skin tone and also work beautifully as a base for makeup. I've never purchased anything from Tarte before, but this is really a winner. Good job!

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