This is hands-down my favorite makeup discovery of the year. And I say that as a longtime hater of BB creams, which I stopped trying a few years ago because my disappointment with every one I tried was so absolute and overwhelming.
In summer, I don’t wear makeup except for brow gel and tinted lip balm. If it’s a really special, air-conditioned occasion, I’ll add powder and blush. But nothing makes contact with my sweaty face when it’s over 75 degrees outside. I can’t even wear necklaces in summer because anything touching my skin is revolting when it’s hot out.
THAT SAID…I got a sample of this Tarte BB Tinted Primer with SPF 30 before the weather turned gross and loved it instantly. The medium shade still works on my slightly tanned face, as does the medium-tan. Unfortunately, the color range is quite abbreviated, so you’re out of luck if you have dark skin. That’s a shame, because otherwise Tarte is probably my top pick for the makeup brand I’d use at the exclusion of all others if forced to choose. But I would encourage you to hit up your local Sephora and try this for yourself, because it has everything: silky texture, smooth application, and a barely perceptible presence that makes it hard to believe something so subtle could even out your skin tone, fill in fine lines, and minimize pores so effectively.
Tarte wants us to use this as a multi-tasking product to act as primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment, AND sunscreen. I think that’s a bit of an over-sell. I have oily skin, so I don’t use moisturizer under this. (I’m being very laidback about the sun this summer, so this alone on my face is fine; but I do use an SPF on my neck and chest.) I do still use an oil-free serum under it in this humid weather, though. And I continue to use actual anti-aging treatments day and night, because this is far from clinical-grade skincare. But it makes a wonderful, light coverage foundation and imperfection concealer. I haven’t tried putting foundation on top of it, because disgusting heat, but I’m sure it makes a great base for a silicone-free foundation. (Using a silicone-heavy one could result in the ‘rolling’ effect of balled-up product you get when silicones clash.)
I’ve suspended my trials for now, will be using this every day once the weather cools. Love, love, love it.
(Note: This is NOT a sponsored post or an ad. None of that here, just my own personal opinion on products I paid for with my own money.)