Price: $24 each
Availability: Sephora stores, sephora.com, tartecosmetics.com
As a follow up to tarte’s best-selling LipSurgence™ natural lip tints, these shimmering lip lusters give a high dose of color and shine in an easy twist-up stick. Just like the original, tarte’s LipSurgence™ technology delivers a surge of moisture on a cellular level for a naturally plumped up appearance while natural peppermint adds a refreshing burst of flavor with each application.
Tarte’s newest line of LipSurgence lip tints includes 6 luster shades and the same central ingredients as Tarte’s natural and matte lip tints: jojoba seed oil, peppermint oil, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
These lip tints come in a pencil form. The pencils are made of light-weight glittery plastic in the color of the respective tint. The bottom part of the pencil twists so that you can push up more of the product as needed.
The packaging is portable and durable. I do wish there were a built-in pencil sharpener. The twist-up feature will let you access the product as you use it up, but the point of the pencil won’t be as narrow without some sort of sharpening.
These lip tints give a beautiful sparkle and glossy finish without looking like a sticky lip gloss. The color you get is translucent, yet even in color. The effect gives your lips a very nice tint without covering up your skin. Because the finish you get is translucent, all of these colors are very flexible in terms of what skin tones they will go with.
The peppermint oil in each pencil gives your lips a little tingle and makes the product smell like peppermint. The peppermint oil didn’t irritate my lips, but if you have very sensitive skin, you should avoid it. There’s really no plumping effect.
I really love these lip tints, but, as much as I don’t want to, I’m forced to take off points because this product isn’t long-wearing. Tarte claims that “[l]ike the cheek stains, each shade of these natural lip stains will leave a natural hint of tint that will last throughout the day.” This just isn’t true. The product will last on your lips about 2 hours if you’re not eating or drinking. It really doesn’t stand up well to eating or drinking because the color isn’t bold like it would be with a lipstick and the texture isn’t sticky like it would be with a lip gloss. More importantly, after the sheen wears off, there isn’t much color or a “stain” left behind on the lips.
I personally don’t mind that it doesn’t stain the lips because I love the way it looks. But a lot of consumers will buy this product thinking it will give their lips an all-day tint. If Tarte didn’t make this claim, I would have given this a 10/10.
Ease of Use: 9.75/10
These pencils couldn’t be more simple to use. The pointed tip makes application precise and quick. The only reason the ease of use isn’t a 10/10 is because as you use the product, the point of the pencil will get more dull and wide, and without a built-in sharpener, you might have a slightly more difficult time getting a precise application (like on the cupid’s bow). Still, I don’t think this will be a big problem, so I only deducted a small amount from the score.
$24 is expensive for a lip tint. The price is partly due to Tarte being a “natural” makeup company. Natural and organic cosmetics almost always cost more.
Another thing that does justify the price tag is this product’s uniqueness. I can’t think of any other lip pencil that also gives you the sparkles this product gives you.
As with other Tarte products, these lip tints are paraben, phthalate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and cruelty-free.
These are in my personal list of top lip products, but the fact that they don’t stain your lips as Tarte claims means I have to give them a B instead of an A.
Try if: you’ve tried and liked the other LipSurgence products
Buy if: you want a hint of color with a lustrous finish and don’t mind re-applying