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.
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.
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.
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).
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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