Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Lips: Tarte Cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Gloss Swatches & Review

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tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss swatches and review spring 2014

Tarte Cosmetics Profile

Tarte Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand that offers a wide variety of beauty products ranging from lips to skincare and everything in between. Tarte often incorporates ingredients believed to be beneficial to skin in many of their products.

This spring Tarte released 8 new lipsurgence lip glosses, which are meant to be a hydrating hybrid of a plumping gloss and lip tint. 


These retail for $19 (.27 fl oz)

Where to Buy

These are available directly through Tarte Cosmetics as well as through Sephora/ 

Tarte Cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss swatches and review spring 2014

Product Type

These have a new lip gloss formula meant to remain hydrating while plumping and tinting lips--they contain lip beneficial ingredients such as vitamin E and jojoba oil. These are paraben- and pthalate-free. 


While these weren't flavored per say, they all had the same scent. It reminded me a bit of a pleasant smelling sunscreen.


8 shades were introduced in Tarte's spring release of the new lipsurgence glosses. All are fairly transparent and most provide a smooth, somewhat subtle wash of color. Keep in mind that my lips have very little pigmentation naturally.

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss blissful swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Blissful - transparent peachy-coral

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss blushing bride swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Blushing Bride - a your-lips-but-better tea rose

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss exposed swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence of Exposed - slightly brown-toned nude

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss fearless swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Fearless - medium pink with orange-red and gold sparks

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss flush swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Flush - smooth, glossy, transparent pink

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss natural beauty swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Natural Beauty - transparent pink-red with gold and orange-red sparks

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss true love swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in True Love - glossy, transparent slightly pink-toned cherry red (this slightly settled into lip lines, but couldn't be seen from far away)

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss tipsy swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Tipsy - milky slightly coral-toned pink

On the Lips

These were slightly tacky when my lips pressed together. The finish was glass-smooth, though I did notice that the pigment from a few of the colors appeared to settle into lip lines (not the actual gloss) up very close--not noticeable from a standing distance away. The fragrance on these was moderately strong and did seem to fade a bit with wear, but if you're very sensitive to fragrance you may want to check these out in-store prior to purchasing. 

I'm not sure if these have an actual plumping ingredient in them, but I did feel a teeny bit of tingling with these. These did not bleed or travel with wear.


These have my favorite style applicator--a curved doe foot. These hug the lips beautifully in my experience and apply this formula perfectly.

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss swatches and review spring 2014


Hydrogenated polyisobutene, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, octyldodecanol, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil,  copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax/cera carnauba/cire de carnauba, tocopherol, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, polyethylene, disteardimonium Hectorite, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hydrogenated polycyclopentadiene, propylene carbonate, silica, sorbitan isostearate, portulaca pilosa extract, sucrose cocoate, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, mica, tin oxide,  aroma/flavor, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol.  May Contain/Peut Contenir/(+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), red 6 (CI 15850), red 7 lake (CI 15850), red 28 lake (CI 45410), red 30 lake (CI 73360), red 33 lake (CI 17200), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140), blue 1 lake (CI 42090).

Final Recaps


These retail for $19 (.27 fl oz)

Where to Buy

These are available directly through Tarte Cosmetics as well as through Sephora/ 

Final Thoughts

I like this formula. While I'm not in love with the fragrance, I think the overall affect and wear is lovely. On their own some of the colors are not hugely different even on my unpigmented lips, but over lipstick, liner or lipsurgence stain may have differing effects. If you're like me and like glosses that are super smooth and budget-proof (and don't mind a bit of tackiness) then these are definitely worth a try in my opinion.

I like that there were a mix of creamy colors and colors with little flecks in this collection. I think my favorite shades were probably Blushing Bride, Tipsy, Flush and True Love.

What do you think about Tarte's new Lipsurgence lip glosses? Which shades are your favorite?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.


  1. Wow, they are all really similar but they all look great! :)

    1. There are definitely similarities, but if you look close you can see the difference between most :) They're not opaque so I'm not surprised they look somewhat similar on bare lips! Layering would really bring out the differences though for those that prefer to layer.

  2. These looks amazing! I want True Love and Natural Beauty!

  3. I love a nice, tacky/thick gloss - I will have to check these out!

    1. LOL I'm with you! And these are definitely moderately tacky and thick enough to coat the lips smoothly, but not feel heavy if that makes sense!

  4. Pretty, what a great way to bring a bit of colour to a lip. Love the look of True Love


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