Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer | Review

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Tarte products, so I was excited to give this tinted primer a try.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer - SPF 30

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer – SPF 30

The specifics, according to the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer packaging:

  • Healthy treatment
  • 12-hour primer
  • Buildable coverage
  • Oil-free moisture
  • Pore minimizer
  • Skin brightener
  • Chemical-free sun protector

I’m quite pale, so I got the lightest of the five shades, Fair. The coverage is very minimal, but it is called a primer, so typically you’d use this under foundation. You could certainly use it on its own if a very sheer coverage is all you need/want. I found the coverage too sheer, so used it under a mineral foundation.

I like this product, though I do have a couple of issues with it.

It feels very smooth and does a pretty good job at minimizing the appearance of pores, though my pores are something special, so mine were still very much visible. It isn’t greasy or shiny at all, and it sets quickly to a powder-like finish. My mineral foundation applied far better over this primer than on its own.

The color is a bit too pale and pink for me. If the color was better, it might provide slightly better coverage. Although putting foundation over it allows me to correct the color, it would work better if the color was a better match. Light, the next lightest shade, might have been a better match for me.

The main problem I have with this primer is it’s ability to stick to and accentuate peeling skin. I have oily skin, but occasionally my skin will peel a bit around a healing blemish or after exfoliating. The primer clings to the skin in a really obvious way, and I’m not talking about major skin peeling. In fact, many of the times this happened, I didn’t even realize I had any peeling until I applied the primer – didn’t feel or see anything prior to application.

Overall, the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer is a good product, but if you have any peeling skin, due to dryness, blemishes, over exfoliation etc., this might not be the best one for you.


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