February 19, 2013

Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer Review

Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer
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
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.
They include: 

"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) 

-Silky texture
-Truely matte
-Looks nice on lighter skintones
-Is waterproof

-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. 



  1. I've been looking for a nice matte bronzer and I picked up Too Faced in Milk Chocolate and it was too orange for me so I exchange it for Hoola from Benefit! Here's to hoping it's better!

    Let's Play Makeup

    1. Perhaps the darkness/orange tone is just what I need for my skintone! I've actually been eyeing the Too Faced bronzer for quite sometime now. :)

  2. This looks so lovely!
    Great blog, will like it now :)

    gracierosee.blogspot.co.uk xx

    1. Thanks! I'm definitely gonna check out your blog :)

  3. What a great and honest review! :) It's so funny because last night I spent hours searcing for contouring information! I own Hoola by Benefit, so I gave that a try, but I found it too brown and tanned looking. Just unnatural. I'm going to try the L'Oreal TruMatch crayons...I've heard good things about them! Sorry to hear this broke you out so bad. How awful!

    1. I just have angry troll skin haha. I've actually heard great things about some light brown MAC blushes for contouring. Not as dark as Blunt, but they have plenty. I hope you find the perfect one!

  4. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment!I really like this review :) I need a nice bronzer,i think this is great for me and i like the fact of being waterproof ! Followed back! xx


    1. Thank you! May not have worked for me, but it could for you!

  5. I would love to try out this product! A great post :D

    Lorna x


  6. Lovely post, i'm a new follower!

    Kimberley x


  7. I absolutely love this bronzer, it's so pretty; I love Tarte products as a whole though with the cute packaging & natural ingredients! Thanks for stopping by my page and leaving a comment!


  8. Have you ever heard of a brand called "Color Science"? They are a pricier line but have great skin benifits as well that would probably be good for your sensitive skin! Ton of prodcuts, you should check out their website!!



  9. so happy that i stumbled on your blog! my skin is nc30 as well and i had the same exact issue w/this bronzer (obvi? haha). have had a small sample for a year now and just thought i was going crazy w/it not showing up on my skin. sad, since i also have lots of love for tarte!


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