As you may remember, I received this Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Lively as part of Sephora's 500 Point Perk free gift back in February. Tarte describes Lively as a hot pink, but I detect a definite blue-based red undertone making it more of a fuchsia shade, at least on my skin and lips. It is housed in a convenient twist top container as one expects from Tarte (NARS: you really should use this packaging for your Velvet Gloss & Velvet Matte Lip Pencils- it truly is preferable to sharpening).Tarte:
Just like the original and best-selling natural lip stains, LipSurgence™ natural matte lip stains are peppermint-infused and glide on smooth for a rich matte finish that will stay all day. Each of the matte shades boasts the high pigment concentration we love from matte lipsticks, but unlike drying lipsticks these stains are infused with our high-performance natural™ LipSurgence™ technology which is clinically proven to increase moisture content.
Earth engineered from a proprietary blend of plant bio-nutrients our LipSurgence™ technology quickly absorbs into the skin delivering a surge of moisture on a cellular level while boosting peptides stimulate skin's own regenerative system and assist in the formation of collagen. This proprietary blend increases skin's water content for a 'plumped up' appearance. The result is naturally fuller, healthier lips without any irritation or stinging. LipSurgence™ Natural Matte Lip Stain contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like LipSurgence™ technology, which is clinically proven to increase moisture content by an astonishing 6000% after 28 days, vitamins A & E, which are anti-inflammatory emollients that protect against free radical damage, carnauba wax to ensure a smooth application, coconut extract that has known microbial and moisturizing properties, and peppermint oil to cool and soothe inflamed or irritated skin while freshening breath.
Lively is a very wearable shade that is quite comfortable on the lips, and it really does glide on effortlessly. That it is peppermint-infused does cause a slight tingling sensation that I find to be pleasant, but it does subside after a few minutes. While it is a matte shade I do detect the slightest sheen. It is neither drying, nor is it particularly moisturizing on me. Where Tarte came up with the idea that it is "clinically proven to increase moisture content by an astonishing 6000% after 28 days" is beyond me. Are we talking after 28 days of being stranded on a desert island without food or water?! They are right about one thing-- that is astonishing! I certainly did not experience a 6000% increase in my moisture content- nor do I have any clue how I could either validate or refute such an outlandish percentage. Notwithstanding this wacky claim, I really like the formula, the wear time, the color, and the convenient and pragmatic packaging. I am also quite fond of having a lip product with fewer chemicals in it since it is inevitable that some will be ingested.
Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, candelilla cera, silica, C12-15 alkyl ethylhexanoate, isopropyl palmitate, cyclopentasiloxane, VP/eicosene copolymer, cera carnauba, phenyl trimethicone, disteardimonium hectorite, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, propylene carbonate, caprylyl glycol, benzophenone-3, sorbitan stearate, tocopheryl acetate, sodium saccharin, castor oil bis-hydroxypropyl dimethicone esters, retinyl palmitate, salicornia herbacea extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, dimethy isosorbide, palmitoyl hexapeptide-14, mica, tin oxide. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), red 6 lake (CI 15850), red 7 lake (CI 15850), red 27 lake(CI 45410), red 33 lake, red (CI 17200) 40 lake (CI 16035), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140). Made in USA.
Overall assessment: This is a lovely product, and I will definitely look into other colors in the future. Lively is a bright and lively color which makes it perfectly on-trend this season.
0.1 oz $24.00 at Sephora