Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil Review & Swatches

This Winter has been really cold and dry and it has been wreaking havoc on my skin! For the past couple months, my skin has been so dry and dull but the worst part is I have been breaking out like crazy! No matter how well I thought I cleaned and moisturized, my skin just couldn't seem to keep up and it was really frustrating for me.

One night, out of despair, I was searching through my skincare drawer looking for something — anything — to remedy my dry skin problem and guess what? I found this unopened deluxe sample of the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil! I used to be skeptical about putting oil on my face but thought there was nothing else to lose at this point! My skin was at the worst state it had ever been and any change would have been an improvement!

Turns out, this thing may have just been the “miracle” product I was searching for! :)

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

Before I go on with the review, I'd like to mention that reviewing skincare products is not my strong suit. I try to avoid it at all cost because the truth is our skin is so different from each other! What works for me may turn out to be the absolute worst for you and I would hate to recommend products that do nothing for you or worse, cause you breakouts. So, please bear in mind that this review is purely based on my experience on my own skin. Please proceed with caution! :)

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

I have the deluxe sample size of the oil but its packaging is pretty much identical to the full size, only the bottle is smaller. The oil is housed in this really gorgeous purple-tinted glass with a wooden screw cap. The cap has a built-in dropper applicator that only dispenses just about 2-3 small drops of oil — enough to cover the entire face (and neck). The oil is clear as water and has a mild herbal scent that dissipates quickly before it even reaches the skin.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

According to Tarte, the Pure Maracuja Oil is extracted from seeded pulp of maracuja fruit and hand pressed to preserve the nutritious essential fatty acids (EFAs) and Vitamin C. The EFAs work to replenish healthy skin cells while Vitamin C contributes to the brighter and more radiant complexion, together they promote active skin recovery and deliver intense hydration.

They also claim that more than 90% of women in the 6-week study reported an improvement in skin texture and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles!

Now, I have only been using this oil for only 2 weeks, so I can't really confirm their findings. I have been using it only for the sole purpose of keeping my skin balanced and moisturized and this, I can tell you the results are true and immediate!

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

Tarte recommend applying it at night only because Vitamin C breaks down when exposed to light. Here's how I do it. I clean my face, pat dry, moisturize and finish with this oil. I apply a few drops on the tip of my finger and gently dab the oil on different areas of my face, focusing more on the area around the nose, then I slowly spread it out to cover my entire face. I do not rub but rather “press” it in. Whatever is left, I pat it on my neck.

Unlike Argan oil, the Maracuja oil feels incredibly light and thin, spreads easily and absorbs quickly! It doesn't take more than a minute for it to fully absorb and I don't find it to leave any sticky, greasy, filmy feel on my skin at all. If you happen to somehow find it too greasy for your taste, try mixing it with your moisturizer so that it sinks in better.

Within the next few days, the condition of my skin improved so much. I don't see dry patches/crazy flakes around my nose anymore and my skin feels a lot more supple. I've also been getting less and less of those nasty, painful acne and the ones that are already on my face seem to dry up and heal pretty fast. I'd like to go so far as to saying that it helps fade the scarring, too, but that could be due to the combination of the oil and another scar-fading cream that I use or just the cream itself.

Whether it works on fine lines and wrinkles remains to be seen and I'll be sure to keep you posted once I hit the 6-week mark. :)

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

Phew, what a lengthy review! And I apologize! I tend to write too much sometimes! I just hope it was at least helpful. :) If your skin also has been suffering from the cold, I definitely recommend you give this oil a try. If you are unsure, you can always get a sample or a small rollerball size to see how your skin reacts to it. I'll definitely buy the full size once I finish this bottle (although I have a feeling it won't be for a while!).

Have you tried any face oil? What do you use to keep your skin hydrated and acne-free?


US$46 at SephoraUltaTarte

฿1,725 at Sephora Thailand



  • I’ve been using this since early December and it’s been so amazing! I can’t speak highly enough of this oil. My skin went from combo-oily to combo-dry overnight because of really cold weather that my skin wasn’t used to. This oil helped with my severe dry patches when nothing else could! I use it every single night and if my skin feels very dry in the morning after I shower, I’ll use it then as well. I have noticed that my skin looks more supple and it just glows! I also have seen a drastic reduction in acne. I love maracuja oil!

    • A total skin saver right?! I’m SO glad I found it in my drawer!! :D Do you use it alone or do you layer it over moisturizer/face cream?

      • I use it alone! I totally stopped using the regular oil-free moisturizer I’ve been using for years in favor of this & light argan oil. They’re all I need now!

        • Wow! That’s nice that you can skip the moisturizer! I should try that, too! I’m always afraid the oil alone wouldn’t be enough since it’s been CRAZY cold here (below zero temperatures every night!). What light argan oil do you use? Josie Maran’s?

  • I’m so sorry you’ve had the dreaded 1-2 punch of dry skin PLUS breakouts! I’ve had the same thing and it’s like, NOOOOOO – one problem at a time! I’m glad this oil has helped you and I look forward to an update after you’ve used it for 6 weeks. I haven’t had any luck with facial oils. Every one I’ve tried has broken me out much to my chagrin! I do love using oils on my body by mixing them into a body butter. That has been a saving grace during this uncommonly cold winter!

    • This Winter needs to be over like, NOW. It’s been ridiculously cold and I just can’t take it anymore! So depressing! :(

      Does your face get dry, too? How do you keep it to stay hydrated? You have amazing skin, Kristen! Please share your secret!

      • I am with you on winter needing to disappear! I thought I’d done pretty good this winter (I got a down-filled jacket and it really made a WORLD of difference to be toasty cakes!) but recently it was in the 70’s here for a snap and OH! It reminded me what spring is like and how much I’ve missed it! Where are you? I’m in Atlanta and this winter has been nutty!

        You are THE SWEETEST. Honestly, I cannot thank you enough for your kind comments on my skin! Lately I’ve been struggling SO badly with chin acne so hearing you compliment it makes me feel so good! Aside from my chin which is being a terd, the rest of my face has been very happy lately! I use the following:

        Cleanser: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed
        Serum (Night only): Clarins Vital Light Serum followed by…
        Night Moisturizer: Clarins Multi-Active Night Recovery Cream All Skin Types

        In the morning, I wash with the Clarins cleanser and moisturize with NARS Pure Radiant TM! Even if I still want to wear regular foundation, I just use a little bit of the NARS PRTM and it’s nice b/c it boost the coverage a bit and is nicely hydrating.

        I noticed that my skin seemed to react really well to the Clarins cleanser when I ran out and switched back to my old cleanser (Purpose – which I had used for YEARS!) and my face was super dry and tight.

        While my skin does get pretty oily, it’s definitely combination because I do get dryness in places, especially during the winter. The Vital Light Serum has been the one thing I’ve used consistently for about 2 months and I’ve seen a real improvement in my skin! If you’re searching for a serum, I would highly recommend checking it out!

        OMG! I’ve left you a novel! LOL! :)

        • OMG Kristen! Thank you so much for your mini review!! :D I’ve heard so much about the Vital Light Serum and you bet I will definitely give it a try when I finish my current one!

          And how I wish we had a brief second of 70F heat. I’m not even asking for a full day, just a brief second. Haha.

  • I’m looking forward to trying this type of Oil. I may try another brand first though. It’s good to hear how light it is!

    • Oh wow… much cheaper than the Tarte one!!! Will you be buying it soon? I’d love to hear your thoughts once you try it! :)

  • Speaking of Face Oil, I found one earlier this winter and felt in LOVE with it ever since. Here it is: http://www.sephora.com/seaberry-moisturizing-face-oil-P374948?icid2=fresh_lp_seaberry_carousel_P374948_link

    FRESH, Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is not as light as Tarte but it has been my life saver. No moisturizer in the world is powerful enough for my super dry skin. I remember that I struggled horribly last winter but this winter, COLDER & LONGER, dryness is NOT an issue at all. It’s a must try!!!! Oh, and it smells amazing!

    • OHEMGEE!!! A whole paragraph?!! WHO ARE YOU?!

      Haha, I’m kidding I’m kidding! I’ll check it out next time I’m at Sephora. Does it leave any sticky residues?

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