Tarteguard is an appealing pick for those who want a non-chemical sunscreen to help protect skin! It’s the first time Tarte has launched an SPF product of any kind so that also makes it an exciting product.
Let’s take a peek!
Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion comes housed in a cute bright purple and coral rubber bottle. I LOVE the packaging so much! It has such an 80’s vibe to it. The bottle reminds me of those plastic money containers that people put their money and bits and bobs inside while at the beach or the pool. Remember those? However, I also hate the packaging haha…! Unfortunately it toes the line at being cute and irritating because like NARS packaging it collects grime easily! I’ve been using it daily and since this is a cream I did end up getting the packaging pretty gross by handling it when my hands were slightly sticky after application. Eep! If you’re at the beach when using this, well, let’s just say it won’t travel friendly as between the cream formula and sand imagine the mess?
Tarte formulated this with a host of antioxidants as well as maracuja to add moisture to skin. It’s very highly fragranced! It’s a fresh, ocean lily fragrance according to Tarte and it does indeed have a fresher, floral scent. I liked it because it doesn’t have the gross SPF smell to it but I realize that the fragrance will prove irritating to those with sensitivities.
This formula is a thicker SPF texture! At first pump I was like, “Oh cool! Looks pretty thin!” but it is fairly thick and it does take a hot second to absorb fully. It does have a pasty finish at first application but it sets normally so don’t worry you won’t have a Casper the Friendly Ghost finish. It doesn’t dry down matte though and it is fairly hydrating and very moist and dare I say greasy. On the initial application I had a moment of, “Oh boy! How am I going to apply makeup with this on my face?!” but it does set to a smoother less greasy feel after several minutes. You have to take sometime to really massage it into your skin to get it fully absorbed. But again, it isn’t matte and does remain dewy to the touch.
A few things to keep in mind…
It’s an SPF 30 only which means you’ll have to reapply quite often to be fully protected. The levels of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are very low compared to other sunscreens I personally use and also the price is higher and the size is smaller. For example, my Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream is 2 oz in size for the same $36 price tag and contains 13.9% Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide versus the 1.7 oz size Tarteguard with 3.36% of Titanium Dioxide and 4.13% of Zinc Oxide at $36.
I think the fact that Tarteguard is a non-chemical sunscreen will make it a popular pick but for me personally I desire a higher SPF level as well as more Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. This might be good for me on a shorter day when I’m indoors more than out!
Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion is available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.