Earlier this summer, Tarte released their first-ever, non-chemical sunscreen that promises to not only protect, moisturize, and brighten but also re-invigorate the skin for a youthful-looking appearance! How about that? A sunscreen that re-invigorates the skin! Well, you have my full attention, Tarte!
I'm reviewing a deluxe sample size today in which the bottle's packing isn't as glamorous as the full-size one but is still pretty cute! It comes in a vibrant purple bottle with neon coral text and a pump dispenser that is covered by a clear plastic cap to keep the product inside as clean as possible.
And good news for those who prefer physical sunscreens since this one contains Titanium Dioxide 3.36% (protecting against UVA2 and UVB) and Zinc Oxide 4.13% (protecting against UVA1, UVA2, and UVB).
It also has SPF 30 but before you dismiss it as too low, the fact is a higher SPF sunscreen (such as SPF 45 or 50) only gives you 1-2% more UVB protection than an SPF 30 sunscreen. That's not much at all so realistically, I'm OK with it.
However, what I'm not happy seeing is the low percentage of Zinc Oxide. From what I know, it should be at least 5% (10% being ideal) to keep your skin protected from UVA1 which accounts for 75% of the UV radiation that cause premature aging. They really should bump this up just a little more!
While I'm not thoroughly happy with the low percentage of active ingredients, I have to say I applaud Tarte for infusing so many antioxidants in the formula! Maracuja oil, soybean extract, apple extract, and vitamin E to name a few. Not to mention red algae, honeysuckle extract, and sodium hyaluronate to keep your skin soft and moisturized!
Speaking of formula, I find it to be creamy and just a tiny bit thicker than normal lotion. It is milky white in color and requires some massaging into the skin to get rid of the white cast. And even then, I still see a hint of white residue on my skin from time to time (as seen below in my arm swatch). It's not too bad in real life, though, and if you follow with a primer, foundation, or powder, I doubt it will even be noticeable at all.
Besides the white cast, you'll notice a slight shine and dewiness, too. It feels moisturizing on and really does make the skin soft and silky without stickiness as claimed but I still wouldn't go so far as to call it invigorating. ;) The scent is yummy! Tarte describes it a fresh, ocean’s lily scent which I find absolutely pleasing. It is pretty strong in the first few minutes but will quickly subside. I didn't notice the formula interfering with my makeup during wear. Some reviews stated that their makeup slid off or became splotchy at the end of day but that that has never happened to me. It hasn't broken me out, either.
All in all, while this sunscreen is probably alright in terms of keeping me away from sunburn, I still have my concern about its effectiveness in protecting my skin from the “aging” ray. I will probably reserve it for when I'm home or working indoors only. At the end of the day, though, it's your choice. I'm just here to inform and share a little bit of what I know. I still think wearing any sunscreen is better than not wearing anything at all! :)