Maracuja Miracle Foundation 12-Hour Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Before we discuss the specifics of this liquid foundation with sunscreen, a comment: The sunscreen actives, which include avobenzone for reliable UVA protection, are synthetic. There's nothing wrong with that, except Tarte bills itself as the "high-performance naturals" line, so in essence they're not following their own philosophy—this is assuredly not a natural product.

Although the formula is fragrance-free, the sunscreen actives aren't the best for those with sensitive skin, or for use around the eyes. You may find this stings when applied around the eyes, in which case this isn't for you—but that reaction doesn't apply to everyone. Generally speaking, the mineral sunscreen actives of titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide are preferred for use around the eyes.

The creamy liquid slips over skin and provides medium to full coverage from just a tiny amount. Keep in mind that applying this sparingly (a little goes a long way) means you'll be shortchanging your skin of sun protection, as any SPF-rated product must be applied liberally to get the stated SPF rating on the label. You may want to apply this foundation over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater because SPF 15 is considered too low by most dermatology boards around the world.

Once set, this feels moist and leaves a dewy, radiant finish best for normal to dry skin. The high amount of wax in this foundation makes it questionable for breakout-prone skin, not to mention those with breakouts probably don't want a foundation that feels as moist as this.

Most of the shades are workable, especially for fair to medium skin tones. The darkest shade (Deep) isn't that dark (it's best for tan skin tones), while the following shades should be considered carefully due to pink or peach undertones: Ivory, Beige, and Medium Tan.

As for the anti-aging ingredients that Tarte maintains firm and brighten skin, they're present in teeny-tiny amounts that likely won't affect skin. This foundation contains a high amount of the mineral pigment mica for shine, which has only a cosmetic effect, but that's not the same as "active" ingredients that lighten dark spots for a more even complexion. The tiny amount of gold this foundation contains is not cause for concern (or excitement, as gold isn't a precious skin-care ingredient though it can be an allergen).

Last, it's worth nothing that this foundation has an awkward pump. It clogs easily and tends to dispense more product than most will need to cover their entire face. We recommend unscrewing the pump and pouring the desired amount into the palm of your hand or onto a sponge.

Note: This foundation's rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you're ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection in a fragrance-free formula.
  • Allows for full coverage from a small amount of product.
  • One of the only dewy finish foundations for dry skin.
  • Very good range of shades.
  • Pump dispenser quickly becomes problematic.
  • Amount of anti-aging ingredients is low, which makes the price out of line.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octinoxate 7.5% Octisalate 4.0%, Oxybenzone 2.0%; Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ozokerite, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Silica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P-Cresol, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Bis-Vinyl Dimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Beeswax, Potassium Sorbate, Glycereth-18 Ethylhexanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Boron Nitride, C18-21 Alkane, Polyisobutene, Ethoxydiglycol, Xanthan Gum, Barium Sulfate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Benzoic Acid, Glycereth-18, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Propylene Carbonate, Allantoin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Trehalose, Gold, Hexylene Glycol, Peat Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Excellent foundations; great cheek stain and powder blushes; superior pressed powder and eyelining pencils; good mascaras; unique, innovative, beautiful packaging; complete ingredient lists on the company's Web site.

Weaknesses: Can be pricey.

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that “would prove that glamour can be good for you.” This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.

This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulas—silicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, we’ll forgive them that as what’s ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.

However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundations—noted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics call 855-968-2783 or visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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Want the miracle foundation back please!

I love the warm beige maracuja miracle foundation. It no longer is for sale. Will you bring it back and if not what do you have that is similar to that foundation. It was the perfection foundation and I am so bummed that I can not order it.

Reviewed by
Kathy Murray
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello there! Thanks for your feedback. Here at Beautypedia, we just review the products - we don't have an affiliation with Tarte. We encourage you to visit their website, though, and reach out to their customer service department for assistance =)

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I absolutely love this foundation. I suffer from skin dandruff which was produced by a hormonal change from pregnancy, ever since then my skin has been dry, itchy, red and i cannot wear just anything because my skin dandruff's flares and burns. I am able to wear this foundation and i dont have any side effects and it looks beautiful, im a olive beige color and i have to buy both deep & tan to get the perfect shade, i dont mind it. I absolutely love this foundation & everyone compliments my skin.

Reviewed by
Marlene f.
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