June 6, 2017

Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance Review

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Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance ($24) is being marketed at the brand’s first-ever perfume but I’m hearing different from many of you. Apparently, Tarte already had a fragrance?! I honestly do not remember that and after much searching the web I was unable to discover a photo or even a blurb about it anywhere. I would have loved to seen what the original perfume looked like.

Mid-range brands releasing fragrance is apparently a thing now. Recently, Urban Decay launched their Go Naked Perfume Oil and soon after that Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance dropped. Now I’m waiting for Too Faced to make some sort of peach fragrance launch. Who thinks that will happen? Shall we place bets?

Even though I dislike rollerballs I decided to purchase Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance because social media was making it into some sort of magically elixir. Hey, even I give into the crazy social media hype sometimes too.

Tarte houses this in a very weighty glass rollerball that holds 0.287 oz of fragrance. I was surprised how heavy it felt in my hand. It’s a shame they didn’t package this in a bottle and if they do at any point I’d be first in line to purchase it as I really enjoyed the fragrance. My hope is that the are testing the market and might at some point release it in a larger size. But I think that’s just wishful thinking on my part as they do say it is limited edition. In reality, it probably is limited edition and at some point it’ll disappear and they’ll release a new scent seasonally or even other season. That seems like a better marketing technique than simply bringing out one large bottle. Gotta keep us coming back for more right? None the less, I will be purchasing a backup as I did with Go Naked Perfume Oil which is also available for a limited time.

The rollerball is fuchsia in color and decorated with pretty pink hearts. I kept thinking to myself because of the name, the cute packaging, and even the scent itself how great this would have been as an early Spring/Valentine’s Day release. It just screams February to me.

The notes include:

  • Top: orange, mandarin, passion fruit & berry
  • Heart: passion fruit, lychee, gardenia & vanilla
  • Base: vanilla, cedarwood, sandalwood & musk

Tarte’s fragrance is one that has a good developing layer of notes. The notes are ones you can smell, they are also ones that develop gradually as the fragrance warms up. I don’t have a nose for fragrance by any means but I have an extensive fragrance collection and I can honestly say I struggle sometimes to pick apart notes. On a first mist, I can’t really tell you what it is I’m smelling. But with Tarte’s fragrance I actually can tell the notes apart and I can smell them as they morph from the top to the heart and finally at the base.

The fragrance starts out with a fruity cocktail with a zesty dominate note of orange and mandarin. The orange is sweet and slightly tart but never bitter. Quickly, almost too quickly, a highly sweet note of passion fruit and lychee come out to play and almost immediately after vanilla comes at me full force. Vanilla is a note that makes an appearance very quickly due to the fact you get a double dose of it at the heart and the base of the fragrance. Much of the fruitiness disappears to be replaced by a gorgeous and slightly tropical and shyly musky madagascar vanilla with cedarwood and sandalwood adding warmth. It’s very fun fragrance at first application but it quickly turns playfully sexy and sensual. It’s a fragrance that becomes stronger as your body temperature rises.

Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance is a delightful perfume and well worth picking up. I’m Muse Approving this and will be purchasing a backup for my own collection. And if, by some crazy chance, Tarte decides release a 3.7 oz bottle, well, I’ll be first in line to purchase it.

Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance is available at Ulta.com and tarte.com.

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

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  • Diane

    I’ll be first on line right near you to get this In an atomizer. I don’t like roller balls either but also bought this for the scent. The gourmand fragrance lover in me is crazy about it. My review will be up Friday!

    • Isabella Muse

      can’t wait to hear your thoughts!!!! I really liked it, I’d totally buy a larger version if they decided to go that route 😀

  • Kimmwc03

    Can’t wait to try it.

    I remember that Bare Minerals/Escentuals had perfumes at Sephora awhile ago but I don’t remember Tarte ever having a fragrance.

  • Wingadings

    This sounds like it smells so yummy! I really enjoy fruits like guava, passion fruit and lychee (talk about sweet, sugary goodness!) to eat or drink. And it sounds like this might smell sort of like an ice cream sundae, minus the woody and musk notes.

    I’d really like a sample because fruity smells tend to just smell of strong sugar on me. It sounds like the musk and wood notes might balance it out that overt sweetness.

    Why does everything have to be limited edition >:/

  • Brian

    I hope they release a full size bottle soon too. Hopefully around the holidays or in a set? This scent sounds right up my alley!

  • Kristin

    I’ll email you a pic of the original + the box it came in. (If you want to add it to this post, feel free.)

    • Isabella Muse

      YES PLEASE! I don’t remember it AT ALL maybe if I saw it, it would spark some memory in me 😀

  • Robin

    This sounds Devine!! What’s the staying power like? It would be nice if they did a shower gel, lotion etc during the holidays.

    • Isabella Muse

      It’s quite a nice long wear, it gets stronger as your body temperature rises! I’d say I got about 6 hours of wear from it before I touched up.

  • Amy

    It sounds wonderful, but I think I will have to wait until it’s available at Ulta and I can test it. I thought the UD perfume oil would be awesome, but it wasn’t for me.

  • Jodi

    Yes to Too Faced peach scented fragrance!!!! & a chocolate scent too please! I don’t think either has been done anywhere / anytime so it would be amazing! I can envision Too Faced peach in a James & The Giant Peach flacon.

  • Iris

    This sounds excellent. If only it came as a hair mist (maybe someday); I’m now sensitive to fragrance applied to skin but can still use hair products.

  • JD Cooper

    I just received a travel sized bottle of the Sweet Tarte fragrance with an order I placed through Tarte. It smells absolutely amazing!! I would definitely purchase a full size spray bottle of this if Tarte released it. Until then, I’ll keep purchasing the roller ball bottles. I hope they keep this fragrance around for awhile & not as a limited edition. If ur on the fence, give it a try. I think you might be in for a nice treat.

    • Isabella Muse

      yay happy to hear you like it. I’d totally buy a bottle if they sold it like that!