Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope
If these Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tints ($24) had been around back when I spent my weekdays preparing pleadings as a legal secretary in the city, I would have kept a tube in my pocket for emotional support. It could have kept me company in the restroom stall where I frequently retreated to secretly cry away my frustrations at work (’twas NOT my all-time favorite job).
The line of six matte lip stains, basically matte-ish versions of Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Stains, has been around for about a year. Like their shinier cousins they have a twist-top and utilize the same “High-Performance Natural LipSurgence Technology,” which, Tarte claims, is “clinically proven to increase moisture content by an astonishing 6,000% after 28 days.”
LOL! I feel like that sentence needed a bunch of exclamation marks at the end: “…6,000% after 28 days!!!”
I’m not sure how anyone would ever measure something like that, but I sure do love the work-friendly finish and barely-there, whispery sheen.
The barely perceptible shine loosens ’em up a little, giving them a slightly more casual vibe…but not casual like ripped jeans, tank tops and flip-flops. More like a white shirt over tan jodhpurs and knee-high riding boots.
They deposit a gentle nudge of color that encourages a quick glance, as opposed to shouting, “HEY, LOOK AT ME!” I think they’d be perfect for an office with a strict dress code.
Swatches from the left: Lucky, Exposed, Hope, Envy, Lively and Firey
The colors and light, smooth texture combine to create lips that still look real — a far cry from the way my lips look when I wear several layers of a matte lipstick. Tarte bills them as moisturizing, but I think they still benefit from a starter layer of lip balm. Without it, my lips do feel a little dry by the end of the day.
The fact that they’re supposedly plumping, I basically disregard. Of course, you know me and so-called plumping lip products. I hardly ever notice a difference in the mirror, even when I can feel a tingling in my lips. For what it’s worth, at least these don’t sting/hurt.
They do, however, make me regret cancelling my gym membership, and by that I mean the caps can be hard to open. There were a few times when barely had the upper-body strength for it.
They taste and smell faintly of peppermint, but both dissipate after about five minutes of wear.
I really wish these were more moisturizing because I absolutely love the finish, and Tabs absolutely loves that they’re from Tarte (and consequently cruelty-free).
PRICE: $24 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,