|Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer packaging|
When looking for a product to contour with, it is recommended to go for a matte bronzer/blush. I generally love Tarte because it doesn't irritate my skin. However, this would be the exception to that statement. I wanted to try to add some definition to my face so, I was immediately searching for a decent matte bronzer on MakeUpAlley. It came down to this and MAC's blush in Blunt. Somehow, my brain was drawn to this (perhaps the nice packaging...) and I was off to Sephora on my next free day.
I tried to contour with this with my MAC 109 brush. Nothing too off the charts extraordinary, just the simple "E" makeup artists always recommend. Let me just say, it look ALOT of building to even show up on my NC30 skin. I eventually gave up and just let it be so I could be on my way to finishing my eye makeup.
That night, after some tedious scrubbing with my Clarisonic MIA, I got it all off. The next morning was something I was not pleased about! I looked in the mirror and my jawline which usually breaks out because of hormonal acne, had 3 big pustules forming. My hairline was broken out, but it's like that always so I really don't blame the bronzer for that. However, what really clued me in was my cheeks! The area where I placed the bronzer, on both of my cheeks, was forming multiple hard pustules; all of which were right in the area where I contoured. I think it's safe to conclude that my angry skin did not react well to this product.
|Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer swatch|
Sadly that is heavily swatched...
After waking up to my face being worse than the usual mess that it is, I looked up the ingredients.
"Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Silica, Nylon-12, Zinc Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polysilicone-11, Aqua, Pentylene Glycol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Lauroyl Lysine, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methicone, Capryloyl Glycine, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)."
If you are acne-prone and are sensitive to any of those ingredients (such as silicone) stay far away from this.
Who would I recommend this for?
- People with lighter skintones
- People in the market for a matte and waterproof bronzer
- People with skin not sensitive to any present ingredients (such as acne-triggering titanium dioxide or silicones)
-Looks nice on lighter skintones
-One shade offered
-Not going to show up on darker skin
-Not great building up abilities
-May upset skin due to silicone
I still love the brand Tarte, but this product and me have a hateful relationship.