Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigments Review, Photos, Swatches


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigments

Availability: Sephora, Tarte
Price: $24.00
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Company’s Description

Power up your pout! Inspired by our newly designed cheek stain, these punched up lip tints impart bold color and shine for a perfect smile all day long.

Tarte’s Spring 2014 Collection features the release of new items in the LipSurgence line–Power Pigments–which are said to give the lips bold color. The 8 shades are inspired by Tarte’s cheek stains. The following shades are depicted and reviewed, below:

  • Exposed: nude pink
  • Tipsy: sheer coral
  • Blissful: warm peach
  • Fearless: pink coral
  • Blushing Bride: rosy pink
  • Flush: sheer berry
  • Natural Beauty: sheer rosy red
  • True Love: sheer watermelon

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Packaging: 9/10

These lip balms come in thin pencil form with slide-off caps. Each pencil has a different design and is in the color of the balm inside. These are longer and thinner than the other lip products in the LipSurgence line and, unfortunately, contain much less product.

Quality: 8.5/10

Exposed is a nude shade with a beige-pink undertone.

Tipsy is a pale coral-pink.

Blissful is a coral-orange/deep peach.

Fearless is a soft pink.

Blushing Bride is a berry red.

Flush is a pink-berry.

Natural Beauty is a warm-toned red.

True Love is a bright red.

All of these colors have good pigmentation, are semi- opaque, and leave a glossy finish on the lips. Some of the shades–Exposed, Tipsy, and Blissful–can emphasize any dry patches you have on your lips.

The Power Pigments have a slightly balm-like texture. They’re not super moisturizing, but they’re not drying either.

Despite Tarte’s claim that these will last all day, they actually only wear for a couple of hours. They’re not transfer-resistant, so they’ll come off quickly through eating or drinking. The bolder/brighter/deeper colors do leave a tint behind on the lips, though.

Ease of Use: 9/10

These are pretty simple to use because of the pencil packaging. I found that they do tug a little at the lips, though, and the smaller size means it takes longer to apply the product compared to the other LipSurgence balms.

Price: 5/10

The other balms in the LipSurgence line cost $24.00 and contain 0.1 ounces (3 grams) of product. These Power Pigments cost the same amount, but contain 1/3 of the amount of product! Even with the old LipSurgence balms, you were paying more-than-average for the amount of product you were getting. Now, Tarte has tripled the cost by cutting the amount of product by a third, but not giving customers any comparative break on the price. Tisk, tisk.

Final Grade


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigments


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigments


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigments


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigments


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigments


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment Swatches


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment v. Lip Stain


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Exposed


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Exposed Applied


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Tipsy


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Tipsy Applied


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Blissful


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Blissful Applied


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Fearless


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Fearless Applied


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Blushing Bride


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Blushing Bride Applied


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Flush


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Flush Applied


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Natural Beauty


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Natural Beauty Applied


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in True Love


Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in True Love Applied

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4 Responses to Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigments Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sylvia says:

    I like the colours better on you than myself! I bought a few of these last year mostly in the regular lipsurgence, but in had the gloss and power pigment too. I recently bought more of them in power pigments and lipglosses, but only opened the watermelon because I bought too many and don’t want them to expire. In disappointed that the watermelon looks very blah pink on my lips (note: I’m medium skin tone). I already have the watermelon from before in the lip gloss and love it. I’m wondering if it’s because I wear a natural spf over my lip balm before applying any lip colour (I tend to have very dry lips) so I’m going to test it again without the spf balm.

    My favourite their SWANK colour, which seems to he discontinued to I was unable to order then this round.

    I also agree that they don’t last very long and I find I prefer the chubbier stick of the regular lipsurgence better, which I think is discontinued.

    These are the only lipsticks that don’t seem to irritate or dry out my lips. Also prefer a stick format for last applications without a mirror.

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  3. Catluuver says:

    I know these don’t last long but I absolutely love the color of True Love. If anyone can think of any dupes for the colors, I’d love to know. It doesn’t need to have the glossy finish I just love the color, because IRL it looks like it’s more of a watermelon color at least on my lips. Thank you!

    • Angela says:

      I haven’t tried the tarte one, but Nivea’s cherry tinted lip balm has a great bright, cherry color that looks great and is probably similar.

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