These Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Luster Tints pack some Fever-ish shine

by Paris B on · 14 comments

in FOTD,Lipstick,Makeup,Product Reviews


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On April 2, 2014
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Tarte Cosmetics, in case some of you didn’t already know, is now available here in Malaysia at Sephora stores. I like the brand. At least, most of what I’ve tried. Their famed Amazonian Clay blushes are lovely even if I don’t think their asking prices very lovely and I have a couple of eyeshadow palettes that I like too. They are however limited edition pieces so I didn’t see merit in telling you about them.

However, one of the most popular items in the Tarte Cosmetics arsenal is their LipSurgence lip tints or lip crayons that come in various textures. Yes, lip crayons again icon biggrin These Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Luster Tints pack some Fever ish shine

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About 1.5 years ago, before the brand was available here, I had some gift sets shipped in as gifts for friends and among them was a set of the Tarte LipSurgence lip tints. I gave most of them away, but I kept one for myself – the Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster Tint in Fever – a red. Was there any doubt why? icon razz These Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Luster Tints pack some Fever ish shine

I never really thought to write a review because, heck! We couldn’t get it here back then could we? But since we now can, I thought I’d just share my thoughts on my sole experience with a Tarte lip crayon. Well, let’s just say I’m not impressed enough to buy another icon razz These Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Luster Tints pack some Fever ish shine

Like all the lip crayons available these days, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster comes in a twist up fat crayon, with a packaging colour that reflects the colour of the product. The Lip Luster range is supposed to be a follow up to the more popular LipSurgence Lip Tints and boasts more pigmented colour and shimmering shine.

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Like most of Tarte Cosmetics products these boast not only pigmented colour, but also a host of lip caring ingredients with antioxidants to combat skin aging while keeping lips moist and healthy. Tarte also prides themselves on being paraben and mineral oil free, if that’s your concern.

Strangely, I find these a wee bit drying. I know, I know. Call me weird because no one else complains about this, but seriously, I always feel like my lips look and feel dry every time I wear Fever, which is why I don’t wear it very often. I notice the formula catches in the lines of my lips and just makes them look wrinkly, and when you’re on the wrong side of 20, wrinkly lips is a no-no icon razz These Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Luster Tints pack some Fever ish shine

It could also be because I realised that I didn’t like the texture very much. No one told me back then that the LipSurgence Lip Lusters are full of glittery shimmer.

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On left, I layered Fever about 4 times and on right, it’s just 1 swatch.

I think you can just about see the glittery chunks in the product which is something I would have forgiven when I was in my early 20s but I now shy away from. I can handle shimmer in lip products, but I can’t handle chunky glitter anymore.

To be fair, the product isn’t gritty the way many glittery lip products are, and it is actually quite smooth on. But the chunky glitter does spoil it somewhat as it catches on my lip lines and the formula too settles in lines. I might perhaps prefer the non-shine Lip Tints so if you have tried those, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. I also do not know if it’s the colour that makes my lips feel dry, because red pigment is known to be a little more drying, but I’ve worn other red lipsticks and lip crayons without problems so it may not be that either. I personally don’t think I like this formula very much that’s all.

As a colour though, I love how Fever looks on me.

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It’s one of those colours I wear regularly and from afar, gives my lips a lovely shine. Up close you see the silver glitter so while I love the colour, I think this formula just doesn’t cut the mustard as far as I’m concerned.

Oh and I believe these retail at RM90 locally which I think is just far too pricey. I’d do much better with the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense or even Revlon Just Bitten Balm which are more affordable and feel more comfortable and in the case of the Lip Luster, just looks so much better!

In a nutshell

The Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Luster is a more pigmented version of the LipSurgence Lip Tints with added shine. I find that the shine is added by way of glitter which doesn’t sit well with me. I also find the formula a little drying which seems to be personal as many people I know love the formula of Tarte lip crayons. I haven’t tried others but as far as the Lip Luster goes, I’m not getting any more simply because for the asking price, I would prefer to pick up one from Clinique or even a couple from Revlon, both of which suit my lips better than this Tarte one does.

Pros: Bright pigmented colour is flattering, Twist up pencil is easy to use, No scent

Cons: Shine is too chunky, I find it a bit drying on my lips, Pricey

Who will like this: Anyone who likes glitter and shine in their lip colours, Anyone who likes lip crayons

Have you tried the Tarte LipSurgence lip crayons? Do you have a formula or colour you think is worth checking out?

You could say therefore I’m not a fan based on this one experience and I haven’t gone back to try any others. As I have said, I consider RM90 pricey when I know full well I can get a product that will work very well at a lower price from other brands. That said, I’m open to suggestions if you’ve tried other Tarte LipSurgence formulas so suggest away! icon biggrin These Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Luster Tints pack some Fever ish shine

Paris B

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster Lip Crayons Price: RM90 Availability: Sephora Malaysia stores

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liyeun April 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

Tarte has to work a little harder on their lippies, as I have read not so impressive reviews about them. Anyway, the RED doesn’t look that red, it has a little brown to it, and I find it looks nice on you. It does look smooth on the lips, too. Anyway, what were you wearing as a base today? I like how smooth your skin looks today.

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Paris B
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April 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Yep, I agree. But these do get a lot of raves and I have friends who love them which made me feel quite alone LOL The colour itself is very nice, thanks :D I can’t remember what I was using as a base to be honest but I think it’s either the Lunasol Water Gel Foundation or the Make Up For Ever HD liquid foundation. Sorry! :P

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Victoria April 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Agree with liyeun that the red looks really good on you and your skin is also smooth in the photo :-) I just bought myself the Revlon Just Bitten Balm in Honey and I think I have to agree with your review about it being dry on lips when it is newly opened. I used the tester in the pharmacy and left it on my lips for half a day and it was not drying at all. I am guessing it is because it has been left opened for at least 6 months? LOL. The colour looks really lovely on me though. I am planing to get Romantic but it looks like I might have to leave it for awhile before getting proper usage out of it, perhaps a couple of months down the road.

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Paris B
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April 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Victoria :) Yay! You got the Just Bitten Balms! Isn’t Honey the loveliest, most wearable colour ever? :D I do wonder if the textures change over time but I’m so glad that they’re not as drying as I experienced initially :)

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Shelby April 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I love how wearable this color is but chunky glitter is definitely a deal breaker for me. Thanks for the review :)

Shelby

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Paris B
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April 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Absolutely, the glitter spoilt it for sure although the colour’s lovely :)

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Lily
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April 3, 2014 at 12:10 am

Eh, not one for glittery lipsticks. RM90 is quite steep too, since the Clinique ones are only RM60 and they’re NICE! That said, red lipstick does stand out when you’re wearing white though. Very classy :-)

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Paris B
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April 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Yep! Just stick with the Clinique ones :D Thanks Lily!

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gio April 3, 2014 at 2:24 am

I love crayons, but not when they contain chunky glitter. That’s too much for me. That red shade looks gorgeous on you, though!

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Paris B
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April 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Thanks Gio! The colour’s gorgeous, too bad about the texture! I’m glad I tried it though. There were so many raves about this!

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Hani Lutfi April 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

Tarte products are quite pricey since it’s no Chanel or NARS but the quality is top notch. I wouldn’t spend RM90 on a lip crayon, that’s crazy. But the Amazonian Clay line, I heard is amazing & I’ve been dying to try the foundation or the BB cream. It would be a really good investment. Have you tried them yet? I would really like a review from you before I make a purchase :)

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Paris B
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April 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I do think Tarte is pricey but I do like their eyeshadows and blushes. The lip products just don’t wow me though so I’m not likely to try another one. I haven’t tried the foundation or BB cream yet although I too have heard that it’s amazing. The problem is the Amazonian Clay bit, which implies that it’s more suited for someone with oilier skin and I’m just too concerned that it would be too drying for me :( If I do get a sample, I’ll be sure to share :)

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Jennifer April 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Aww (throw hands in the air)! Not impressed enough to buy another? I thought the colour looked great on you amidst the neutral and simple make up. I am not a lip product fan other than lip balm before bedtime. I am keen to try the Amazonian Clay blush. Ahh but I am such a slow coach to finish up my blush. One lasts forever :P

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Paris B
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April 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

Yes, I love the colour but not the texture. Meh meh and more meh! :P The Amazonian clay blush is nice. Long lasting and if you have oily skin, a boon! Besides, I’ve never known anyone to finish a blush to be honest. I came close but it never quite got there LOL Splurge! I think you’d love it :D

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