The Plucky Pink Tarte Energy LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint Puts Pep in This Cat Lady’s Step

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Tarte Energy LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint

Wearing Tarte’s Energy LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint ($24) on my lips

I guess it was a good thing I slicked Tarte’s $24 Energy LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint on my lips before Tabs and I left the house for his morning walk; otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have been able to keep up with him!

Yeah, I have no idea what got into your nephew this morning… Instead of casually strolling along like he usually does, stopping and starting to nibble on shoots of grass and inspect behind tires, he straight-up trotted like a show dog! — with his twitchy tail up, his head held high and proud, and his low-hanging tum swaying back and forth as he galloped around the circle.


I was smiling from ear to ear like a proud stage mom as he pulled me along. 🙂

And it was quite a workout, too. The big cup of coffee I had first thing this morning probably helped me keep up with him, but I also think the soft shine of Tarte’s $24 Energy LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint put an extra spring in my step.

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, caprylic/caprictriglyceride, vegetable oil/Olus/Huile végétale, candelilla cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, cera alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, hydrogenated vegetable oil, castor oil bis-hydroxypropyl dimethicone esters, ozokerite, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, dimethyl isosorbide, stevioside, salicornia herbacea extract, limonene, palmitoyl hexapeptide-14, linalool, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil. (+/-): titanium dioxide (CI 77891), red 28 lake (CI 45410), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140), red 27 (CI 45410).

New for spring, this latest member of Tarte’s lightweight, non-sticky family of twist-up LipSurgence pencils is one of those products that changes colors like a mood ring on your lips.

According to Tarte, the Skintuitive formula responds to your personal pH balance and your “energy,” resulting in a personalized shade of pink all your own.

Tarte Energy LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint

It’s a gimmick, sure, but it’s one of those gimmicks I like, because it takes some of the work out picking a matching lip color, in that you can’t really control what color you’re gonna get. With energy, it is what it is, ya know? Your color is your color, and that’s that.

When Energy touches my lips, BAM! It goes from being a sheer baby pink to a medium rose petal pink in just a few blinks of an eye.

Tarte Energy LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint packaging

It also tastes and smells lightly of peppermint, aahhhhhhh… So refreshing when I slip it on, like cold iced tea with a sprig of mint on a scorching summer day.

Wear time’s about two hours, and it’s moisturizing, to boot.

When I want a casual lip look that’s a step up from a sheer balm, but less intense than a full-on gloss, like when I’m taking Tabs out for his morning jog/walk, Energy hits the spot.

PRICE: $24 for a 0.10-ounce stick
AVAILABILITY: Available now on Tarte counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (I only wish it lasted a little longer)

While we’re on the subject of cat lady things…

Colorful Ceramic Cat Bowl from Petco


Check out these $4.99 cat food and water bowls I spotted at Petco last Saturday.

Aren’t they adorbs!?

Black and White Ceramic Cat Bowl from Petco

Colorful Ceramic Cat Bowl from Petco


If Tabs didn’t already own an extensive collection of fine feline china, I would have brought home the one with the colorful kitties…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Tabs love Tarte.


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So far, 13 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Ra says:

    😀 Haahaa… his bums are moving as he flies. How did you manage that?
    Cosmetics industry, I refuse to pay more than £5 for lip balms and glosses!

  2. eight says:

    I think Tabs is in the spring spirit!
    eight recently posted … L’Oreal Hair Expertise Re-Nutrition Intense Mask Review, Photos

  3. Oooh oooh oooh I see our kittens’ food / water bowls! We have the white ones with the black kitty print on them 🙂 Two small ones for food, one big one for water.

    (The lipsurgence tint looks fantastic, too)
    Emi at Project Swatch recently posted … Wet n Wild Spring Awakening Palettes GIVEAWAY!

  4. Jen says:

    I really like Tarte’s LipSurgence pencils. I have two of their matte ones, and I want to try their um, shiny? ones.

    LOL @ your crazy cat lady-ness. But with a kitty like Tabs, how could you not be?
    Jen recently posted … Fickle, fickle

  5. Joanna says:

    Just tried the Givenchy one that is similar in concept and it was a waste. Not enough color for me. This however looks a little brighter and has a much smaller price tag!

  6. Lulle says:

    The only reason I’m not really into LipSurgence is the minty scent… I don’t like mint flavored lip prodects at all 🙁
    Lulle recently posted … Victoria’s Secret new Cheek Tint for spring!

  7. Kim says:

    I’m a sucker for all Tarte’s creative claims so I’ll have to give this one a whirl. 🙂

    Speaking of wear time, I noticed with Becca’s Beach Tints that I get great time when I wear it as a blush (which I actually love) and about 30 seconds when I wear it as a lip stain. Was it the same for you?

  8. Painted Lady says:

    I have this lip tint, and it is so gorgeous! I love how the color deepens! It sounds like you and Tabs had a lot of fun on that walk yesterday, he is so cute. Those cat bowls are too!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Very cute product! Like a mood ring for your lips… doesn’t Smashbox have a gloss that does that?

  10. Maria says:

    Tabs looks so pissed in the first pic and it’s so cute! I can’t believe he will walk on the lead! I can’t get my 18mo old yorkie to do it still LOL!!!

    I’m going to have to call BS on that video though, I think it would take a bigger rocket to get Tabs up in the air LOL 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maria,

      LOL, that’s one of his famous modeling poses. 🙂 He’s quite expressive for a cat, don’t you think?

      Your Yorkie sounds like a ball of fun! What is his (her?) name?

      • Maria says:

        I have an older guy who is 9 and his name is Charlie (he was 6 mo’s old when I got him so he had his name already). He’s pretty well behaved unless he senses trouble. But then I got the new guy who’s the 18 mo. old, his name is Nacho. I always wanted to name my pets Taco, Nacho, Quesadilla, LOL – I have a twisted sense of humor!

        Anyway, he’s definitely quite a personality and going to take a lot of work to train on the leash. Like I said – very impressed with Tabs!!!

      • Maria says:

        BTW Karen, YES Tabs is very expressive! When I scrolled down and saw that shot I thought, LOL I would have gotten on the ground to get a pic of my guys looking like that!!

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