Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster in Adored on lips
You know how they say that every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings? Well, every time I take out a Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster, a drag queen cheers and whips out two snaps in a circle.
The six new moisturizing lusters ($24 each) are souped-up versions of Tarte’s best-selling LipSurgence Lip Tints with punchier pigmentation and a finish so shiny (I gotta wear shades).
In the plus column, I really like that these pencil tips are twisties, because I don’t like having to tote around a sharpener (ahem, I’m talkin’ to you, NARS Velvet Gloss).
I also tip my hat to Tarte for keeping a lot of the common lip gunk out of these, like formaldehyde-based preservatives. They’re also gluten, oil, talc and MEA/DEA/TEA-free. And because they’re also cruelty-free, Tabs gives his husky-pawed kitty stamp of approval.
I’ve been wearing shimmery red Fever, shimmery light pink Adored and shimmery nude Buff on and off for about a week so far, and they have an almost lip balmy, non-sticky texture that feels thick and smooth. I like it, and I also dig their light peppermint flavor and scent, which, for the record, fades pretty quickly. That’s something the colors themselves don’t do, however; they last about three hours on my lips.
From left to right: Fever, Adored and Buff
Swatches from left to right, top row: Fever, Frisky and Buff; bottom row: Adored, Glisten and Pouty
Swatches from left to right: Buff, Adored and Fever
Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster in Fever
Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster in Buff
Persnickety moment: Check out how Tarte describes their so-called “LipSurgence technology”:
The old meets the new with the infusion of our high-performance natural LipSurgence technology which is clinically proven to increase moisture content by an astonishing 6000%. This proprietary blend effectively increases skin’s water content for a ‘plumped up’ appearance leaving lips defined, smoothed and hydrated.
Um, 6,000%? I don’t know — that’s an awfully big number, and I haven’t really noticed much of a plumping effect yet… I do feel they’re moisturizing, but I’m gonna go with 5,225% instead. But seriously, they don’t dry out my lips, so that’s good.
Crazy claims aside, I like the new Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Lusters and find myself reaching for them all the time. If you’re searching for a moisturizing, non-sticky lip product that offers the finish of a shimmery, shiny gloss, consider paying them a visit on your next trip to Sephora.
PRICE: $24 each for a 0.10-oz twist-up pencil
AVAILABILITY: At Sephora stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
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I remember reading a good review of it in Entertainment Weekly a while back, so last week I Tivo’d an episode on a whim. Two episodes later I was hooked! I think the writing’s actually surprisingly smart for what it is, with the characters being pushed into sometimes serious, complex (sitcom) situations.
Even El Hub likes it (the parts about football help). NOTE: In case you have kiddies, there’s some naughty language that gets bleeped out, and it’s chock full o’ “suggestive situations.”
Anywho, that’s my show to share. What have you been watching lately?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,