01.29.2016
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Tarteist Lip Paint
0.2 fl. oz. for $20
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Last Updated:01.29.2016
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While matte lips have been a constant in the world of makeup (with varying degrees of acceptance), they're definitely experiencing a revival. Tarte's Tarteist Lip Paint is among the growing number of products offering the newest take on the trend, the matte liquid lipstick. With one relatively minor exception, Tarteist Lip Paint knocks it out of the park performance-wise, which is why it ranks just shy of our top rating!

Tarteist Lip Paint comes in standard packaging for a liquid lip product—a clear tube with a sponge-tipped wand applicator. Though the brand says on its website that it offers a "custom precision wand," it's actually just a standard gloss applicator. It's not a bad thing, it's just not as impressive as the brand would have you think!

Hands-down, the best aspect of Tarteist Lip Paint is its texture. It's remarkably lightweight, with an almost soufflé-like consistency that glides across lips with ease. Though it's not exactly moisturizing (if you have very dry lips, we advise using a balm underneath for the moisture you need), it's not drying either, remaining creamy and pliable throughout its wear time (which is about seven hours).

As for the finish, it's a true matte, with no shimmer, sheen, or sparkle at all. The shades offered are richly pigmented and though there are bolder offerings (such as fuchsia and bright red), there are also neutral options available, meaning there's something for almost everyone. This wears well throughout a standard workday without bleeding or settling into lip lines, fading to an attractive stain towards the end of its wear time.

In fact, the only drawback to Tarteist Lip Paint is that it includes peppermint oil and the fragrance ingredients limonene and linalool toward the end of its ingredient list. The peppermint smell is apparent when you open the tube, though it fades within a couple of minutes after you apply it. There aren't enough of these ingredients to be a problem for most, but they can be potentially irritating, so the caution, though slight, is warranted.

Otherwise, Tarte's Tarteist Lip Paint is a winner in the world of liquid matte lipsticks. It's one to check out if you're attracted to—but have so far been avoiding—the look because you think matte lips might feel too drying.

Pros:
  • Lightweight, soufflé-like texture makes for easy application.
  • Feels comfortable throughout its wear time.
  • True matte finish with several shades available.
  • Doesn't bleed or settle into lip lines.
  • Fades to an attractive stain.
Cons:
  • Contains peppermint oil and fragrance ingredients that can potentially irritate lips.
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Claims
Paint on pigment to create a tarteist™ lip masterpiece with this full coverage, longwearing liquid lipstick with a creamy, hydrating texture and a non-drying, matte finish.
Ingredients

Tbt Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mica, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850). Namaste Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850). Bae Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77499). Frenemy Ingredients: Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearoyl Inulin, Mica, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool. (+/-): Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140). Hangry Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Mica, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool. (+/-): Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090). Yaassss Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090). Lovespell Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090). Adorbs Ingredients: Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Stearoyl Inulin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410). Twerk Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Iron Oxides (CI 77499). So Fetch Ingredients: Dimethicone, Mica, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Limonene, Linalool. (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Manbun Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mica, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). Selfish Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mica, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Stearic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. (+/-): Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410). Cray-Cray Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearoyl Inulin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

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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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.