Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer

New from Tarte this spring are four shades of the BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen.

So what exactly is this, a primer, bb cream, tinted moisturizer or what? Well it’s all of that and more actually. This is a long-wearing, oil-free, tinted moisturizer with primer, light diffusing properties (TripleB Complex which includes natural diamonds, plants and lipoamino acids) and SPF 30 inside.

At first glance I thought it was essentially a tinted primer to wear under foundation. But actually you can use it on its own, and it provides pretty darn good coverage. It gives a light/medium coverage and is buildable. The shades it comes in right now are Fair, Light, Medium and Tan.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer 2
Fair, Light

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer 3

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer Swatches
Fair, Light

Fair is the lightest shade and too pale for my skin tone.

Light is the second lightest shade and more yellow and warmer. I initially thought it would be too deep but it matched me pretty nicely.

Me with no makeup
Me wearing nothing at all but moisturizer (and a fancy schmancy Turbie Twist in my hair)

Me wearing Tarte BB Tinted Treatment in Light
Wearing BB Tinted Treatment in Light

Me wearing Tarte BB Tinted Treatment in Light 2
Wearing BB Tinted Treatment in Light

So you can see the shade matches nicely, and it does a pretty good job of evening out my skintone and covering some of my patchy and reddish areas. It definitely works really well with covering pores, which is my #1 requirement when wearing any primer.

The texture of this stuff is nice and different than say the Urban Decay Beauty Balm. It’s thick and really silky feeling. Because it’s thick it feels more like a primer or BB Cream than the UD one, which is more liquid-y. It gave me more coverage than the UD one does. It’s very soft and blends in really easily with not much effort. A small amount goers a long way, but you can also use more to build it up for more coverage if you wish. It also helped brighten my skin a bit, which is nice.

Overall: This is a really great primer. What I like is that it is basically everything in one tube, but if you want more coverage you can easily wear it under a foundation. I don’t think I would ever really need to do that because I prefer medium coverage in general. I don’t mind if my freckles peek through a bit, as long as unevenness and pores are covered!

Availability: Sephora, Tarte and Ulta.

Pricing: $34.00 for 1.0 oz.

Are you going to try out this new BB Tinted Treatment?


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Written by Kelly
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