Jul 12 2015

Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Review


This review is long over due. In fact, I’ve already (just two days ago) completely finished my bottle of the Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 making this a perfect time to review it. After using it for two and half months (hauled here), I think I can safety say that I’ve formulated my thoughts.


Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Review


Fairly recently released, Tarte says that Tarteguard facial Sunscreen is their “first ever, non-chemical sunscreen to help protect, moisturize, brighten and re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance”.

It promises to be a lightweight, non-sticky liquid lotion that “seamlessly melts into skin, leaving it supremely soft and silky, without ever leaving a white cast.” The formula contains all mineral, non-chemical sunscreen ingredients to help protect against UVA/UVB rays and is also infused with maracuja, red algae, soybean, apple and honeysuckle extracts to nourish, tone and retain moisture while helping to combat signs of aging for a firmer, brighter, smoother appearance.

I was drawn to the product in my quest to incorporate more harsh chemical free skincare options in my routine and, therefore, really like the fact that the sunscreen was oxybenzone-free. The packaging is also pretty cool – a bright purple that is actually a rubberized outer shell that houses a glass bottle.  The only downside is that the heavy bottle combined with the the lack of transparency means you can’t really tell when you’re about to run out which is what happened to me. Good thing I had a back–up sunscreen.


Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Review


Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Review

Upon initial application, (I used three pumps for my face and neck), Tarteguard does leave an ever so slight white cast which quickly dissipates (see swatches below). Most mineral sunscreens will do this in varying degrees. Although the lotion does not leave my face feeling greasy or shiny, it does add some moisture. I’ve used it over bare skin, serum as well as my regular moisturizer without difficulty. I also really like the scent. It’s not a sunscreen scent, although you get may get a faint hint of that, but smells really fresh and clean.


Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Review


As far as sun protection goes, nothing has happened that would suggest to me that it isn’t working. I don’t sunbathe so I cannot speak to the efficacy of the product if one is lying out in the sun all day. I do, however, live in a sunny, tropical climate and get plenty of sun exposure just going out my daily routine. In that sense, the product has worked because I haven’t gotten sun burnt or noticed any darkening of the skin or increased melanin (freckles etc).


The Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 retails for $32.00 USD and can be found at Sephora, Tarte and other retailers.

While there are likely cheaper, mineral chemical-free sunscreens out there, I think the Tarteguard is a decent option (its about the same price as the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Cream in SPF 40). Otherwise, if you’re interested in a more “natural” sunscreen at drugstore price points, I  would suggest checking out the baby section. They often have some of the best options and, of course, adults can use the products as well.






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    • Jaa on July 12, 2015 at 10:40 am
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    Hey Kimmy! Great review! I have a sample of this that I got from my Sephora order waiting to be tested. Good to know it’s a decent sunscreen. I’m looking forward to using now! 😀 It seems to sink in really quickly huh? I love that!

    1. Thanks, sweetie. I remember seeing that sample on Sephora. Would love to know what you think. It sinks in pretty well, I forgot to mention that. Oops! 🙂

  1. I had no idea that Tarte has this but it has been a long time since I bought anything from Tarte. Great review, Kimmy!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Thanks, Shireen. Sephora had a promo deluxe sized sample a while back but don’t know if they still do.

  2. Great review! I had seen this sunscreen on their site and wondered about it. Though I’m more of a drugstore sunscreen girl lol. 🙂 xo

    1. Thank you, Katie. I enjoy Neutrogena from the drugstore as far as skincare – and as I mentioned, the baby section often has the best sunscreens because they are formulated to be so gentle. 🙂

  3. Hey Kimmy, I think I heard somebody else singing this one praises so thanks for the review! If I had the choice, I’d probably prefer physical sunscreens as well. However, makeup seldom ever sits well on top so I think what I have for the moment are either chemical or a mix of physical and chemical. Glad to hear this one works well!

    1. I use both to be frank (chemical and physical) as there are plenty of the chemical ones from brands I enjoy, along with the hybrid, but lately I’ve been trying to use more non chemical ones. 🙂

  4. Ok this sunscreen totally just made it to my wishlist! I’ve heard about it elsewhere (can’t remember where) and was interested. But now I’m sold! It sounds great. The packaging is cool too.

    Would you repurchase? I didn’t see if you mentioned that or not.

    1. Sorry, hehe. Yes, I’d repurchase it. I’m using the emergency one I opened when this ran out but the short answer is yes. 🙂

  5. Sounds like a very nice sunscreen lotion, but it’ll be wiser if they change the packeging into something light and more convenient for users.
    Other than that, they made a great job with this product.
    Also thumbs up for the review, Kimmy..

    Btw, I just followed you on Twitter and Bloglovin 🙂
    Have a lovely day!

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

    1. Thanks, hun. I really recommend this one if you are in the market for a new sunscreen at this price point that is. 🙂

  6. I’ve been seeing reviews pop up for this sunscreen all over and so far no negatives. I’m interested in it, it’s a bit pricy but I might take the plunge. I just checked the ingredients and no zinc oxide, which is great since I’m highly allergic to it. 🙂 Great review!

    1. It must me challenging to be allergic to zinc oxide especially when it comes to sunscreen. What brand do you usually end up using?

        • Jen on July 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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        I use California Baby most of the time, which only has titanium oxide in it. It’s the best I’ve used so far. I bought it for the kids but them I started using it too.

  7. I wanted to try this too since it’s not full of chemicals. Great review girl! At least I know it’s worth using now. 😉

    1. Let me know if you end up trying it, Julie. I know Sephora offered a deluxe sample as a point perk some time back, but I don’t know if that’s still available. 🙂

  8. Is it wrong that I’d happily buy this for the bottle alone? Shame that it’s a glass bottle though as it just cries out ‘holiday suitcase drama’ but good to see that it’s a decent cream. I hate thick, sticky sunblock.

    Kirsty xxx

    1. Hehe. No, not wrong at all. I was probably just as drawn in by the packaging as the ingredients, lol. xo

  9. Oh I haven’t heard of this – how encouraging that more “mainstream” brands are offering all mineral sunscreens! And yes, you’re right about checking the baby section for mineral sunscreens – the only issue is that they’re often quite greasy and leave serious white cast, because well, babies don’t care about that LOL!

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