March 2, 2016

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist 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 Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist ($25) bulletproofing your makeup since 2016. Whoa! Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist is a new four-in-one facial mist that acts as a primer, makeup setting spray, hydrating mist, and skin refresher which launched with the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Collection exclusively available at Sephora.

No secret, I love a good hydrating facial mist so I was excited about this mist but it’s actually more of a makeup setting mist for me versus a hydrating primer.

Here’s the deets.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist is a product that won’t be loved by many dry skin lovers but will be embraced by the oil skin ladies and lads out there. This comes housed in a colorful purple bottle that’s 2.5 oz in size.

At first I thought, “Oh I can happily mist this all over my face!” Don’t. Contrary to the fact it is marketed as a “hydrating mist” I would avoid just misting this willy nilly all over your face. This mist excels at acting as a makeup setting spray but it isn’t a product I’d use as a “skin refresher” or hydrating facial mist.

That being said, I will say it is amazing as setting spray and I don’t say that lightly as I’m a person who dislikes makeup setting sprays.

Here’s a few things you should know first.

It does contain alcohol denat 40 as the second ingredient and citrus peel oil as the third. The citrus peel is used for fragrance as this has a strong, sweet orange fragrance that could prove irritating to sensitive users but also citrus oils in general might irritate skin. Alcohol denat 40 is gentle enough on skin but if you avoid alcohol in skin products or you have drier skin you’re not going to want it appearing as the second ingredient in a facial mist. On that note, I will say it is part of the reason that the product is so great at mattifying shine and oil.

Tarte says to “mist a few times throughout the day to quench dry skin. Please don’t do this. It’s a very drying product. You don’t want to mist this on your dry skin a few times a day as it will likely dehydrate you versus hydrate you.

But here’s the good news…

As I mentioned above this excels as a makeup setting mist. I don’t typically like setting mists because I feel like they soak my face and end up ruining my makeup. Not the case with Tarte’s formula. Almost instantly on contact with skin this sets almost immediately. It tightens a little as it dries down but nothing too uncomfortable. I use a few mists in the AM after my complete makeup application and I swear it adds about 10 hours of wear to my blush and foundation. I tried it with both cream and powder blush. Cream was the true test here since I haven’t found many cream blushes that wear long on my drier skin. I was able to maintain cream blush wear for a solid 8 hours without it fading or losing intensity. At hour eight it looked as fresh as it did when I originally applied it. The mist just creates an invisible veil over skin that locks in foundation and makeup beautifully without soaking you or smearing makeup. It does soak up any and all oil so if you’re extra oily or shiny this will mattifying your skin for several hours. For us dry skin folks, well, this isn’t necessarily a good thing as we don’t exactly have a ton of oil to around and the oil we do have we likely want to keep. The good news three spritzes in the morning didn’t do too much damage but me (I cannot do more than that otherwise my skin feels very tight) and I was able to maintain the wear of my makeup all day with those three simple spritzes.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist promises a little TOO much for what you do get. If I were Tarte I’d simply say this was a makeup setting mist as tacking on hydrating mist, refresher, etc…can prove not only confusing but disappointing to those of us with drier skin. I wouldn’t say this is the four-in-one wonder it promises to be but it does excel at setting makeup and is one of the best setting mists I’ve had the pleasure of using to date.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist is available now exclusively at and at Sephora stores March 14th.

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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.

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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 or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Janessa

    I really want to try this. I am a flipping grease ball, no matter what I use…

      • Janessa

        Darn it, I just bought it on your recommendation. Safe to say I’ve completely broken my no buy. But hey I went 2 months! Now back on it… LOL

        • Isabella Muse

          LOL! sorry! ๐Ÿ™‚ Tell me what you think? Curious minds!

          • Janessa

            I’ll check in Tuesday after trying it out for a few days! Bless the 2 day flash shipping hahaha!

          • Isabella Muse

            I can’t wait to hear what you think! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lorraine

    Yay!! I definitely need an oil-busting setting spray for summer.
    Isn’t it funny though how hydrating sprays often seem to advertise as setting sprays and vice versa?
    It seems to happen often that a product will come out like “fix and set” (made up example) and bloggers unanimously agree it doesn’t set makeup but works great as a hydrating mist to use throughout the day.
    Like e.l.f spray….then a product like this tarte one comes out claims to be hydrating but is actually bullet proof makeup setting spray.
    Why do companies do that? I don’t get it. Lol!

    • Isabella Muse

      always always always see this. They promise so many options with one simple mist it boggles the mind!

  • Mary

    1st let me tell you I LOVE your blog. I am one of your older subscribers ([email protected]), but I get great info from your entries since I too have dry skin. I appreciate that your product reviews are so unbelievably thorough. I was glad to see you review this product since I was interested in it when I saw the promotional announcement. I had been planning on buying the
    Rainforest of the Seaรขโ€žยข Make A Splash Hydrating Skin Savers set when it was in stock at Sephora, to try it out. Based on this review I will have to pass. I am glad to have the heads up & may try some of the other products in the series.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw Mary thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sticking with me this long ๐Ÿ™‚ <3! and thank you again, I'm glad the reviews are helpful! You might wanna check out the 500 point perk upcoming from Tarte at Sephora, believe it contains a sample of this! Would be a good way to try it if you're curious! xoxoxo!

  • Amy

    Thanks for this review! I was totally going to pass this product by but your comment about oily skin got me. I have to try this out!

    Would you use it as a primer, too? Or just after makeup, to set it?

    Thanks for your great posts!! I love them (my wallet doesn’t, but I do).

    • Isabella Muse

      Amy, I would just because my skin is dry but you can if you’re oily. It might do well at removing excess oil prior to applying either your foundation or moisturizer so you have a smooth, shine-free surface to work on. Personally, I can’t. It’s way too drying for me to prep with me, I need a hydrated area to apply goundation on top of. But for oily skin, yes, for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ haha sorry! and you’re welcome, I’m glad you like them ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Amy

        Thank you for the advice!! Can’t wait to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katherine T.

    I was curious about this, but skipping, as I need to hydrate, not mattify my face, and my face doesn’t like alcohol or some of the citrus oils. Thanks for saving me $

  • diane

    I’ve been obsessed with this! I have combination, shine and oily prone skin. I use it before and after makeup and notice my makeup does wear longer and I also use it at night now as part of my skincare regimen. Something in this is magical because the redness in my cheeks have calmed down quite a bit since I used this and the deep dive cleanser.

  • zVintage Fashionizta

    I’m glad I did not add this to my order because I have very dry skin and sensitive eyes so this product is definitely not for me.

  • Erin

    I wish the little sample set would stock at Sephora, I NEED to try this spray, especially after your review!

    • Isabella Muse

      they’ll be a 500pt perk shortly from Sephora with it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Janessa

    I LOVE this spray!! I have worn it everyday since last Friday and it has done a beautiful job of keeping me matte and shine free. It definitely has a strong citrus smell, but settles pretty quickly. I use 3-4 sprays and am good to go. I have loved MAC Fix+ but I feel like i’m wasting it since I use probably 8 sprays each use. I’m so glad I tried this!