April 8, 2014

Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum

Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum ($47) gives Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster a run for the money with this new gradual bronzing formula that just launched with their Summer 2014 Collection!

Tarte combines the moisturizing benefits of their Maracuja Oil with a bronzing serum to create a beautiful golden glow on skin!

Take a peek!

Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum is one of those great bronzing products that can’t be over done. I passed this over to a friend of mine recently to try out and he absolutely adored it.

It comes packaged in the same glass bottle with dropper that the original Tarte Maracuja Oil does. It also has the same great hydrating formula that’s powered with plant extracts and maracuja to not only moisturize skin but also to firm and smooth it.

The only change you’ll find here is Tarte infused it with a self-tanning complex that gradually adds a glow to skin with continued use. Oh and P.S. they also changed the scent! It’s infused with beautiful floral notes of gardenia, lily of the valley, and jasmine giving it a sexy, floral scent!

Maracuja Bronzing Serum

This isn’t actually tinted, there isn’t any shimmer here or color! It’s a gradual tanning product that adds a subtle touch of glow to skin as you use it. My friend Jai used it for about two weeks nightly and he came out of like he had spent a few minutes dashing around an sunny island without applying SPF. It really worked well for his skin tone and gave him a healthy glow but nothing too orange or too bronze. I liked the effect so much I decided to test it for myself! It actually only added a touch of warmth to my fairer skin and that was plenty for me as I don’t like to look overly tanned or like I spent too much time in the sun.

This is a simple way to get a touch of a sunny glow on your face (or your body) without using messy bronzing creams or powders!

If you already like and use Maracuja Oil you can swap out for the Maracuja Bronzing Serum to achieve a healthy glow before Summer hits.


Available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Sara

    Looks nice! Definitely want a sample! 🙂
    Speaking of the Clarins self tanner, have you tried it? $30 seems like a good price if you only need a few drops. I tried the liquid one a while back but I had a hard time with application. Personally I like the Bare Essentials Faux Tan for face 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      I have not but been very curious about it!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  • Jowee

    Muse, do you know if this tans your face so much you’re going to have to apply it all over your body for it to match the face? Great Review! I’m really interested in this product because i’m deathly afraid of the sun! haha!!

    • Isabella Muse

      not really jowee, it’s very subtle! It adds a healthy glow but not a super tanned one that you would notice the difference between body/face! LOL welcome to the club 😀

  • diane

    i just got this today and am so excited to try! have you tried the bronzing towelettes too?

  • Lulubelle

    I’ve been using the Clarins self tanner and I love it. LOVE IT. I mix a few drops with my Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF30 each morning and I’m good to go. Very natural looking. Did I mention I love it?

  • Andrea Kazmierczak

    I use the regular Tarte Maracuja oil and am obsessed with it! I am so excited to try this! Is this product limited edition?