Tarte Cosmetics Review


Tarte Cosmetics offers a full line of high end makeup products that have been touted by Hollywood stars and Tarte loyalists alike. This company was started in 1999 by Maureen Kelly, who wanted to develop a line of cosmetics that would be hip, luxurious and healthy for the skin. Tarte Cosmetics includes a full line of makeup, from concealing products and foundations to lip glosses that have become almost a cult classic. However, we are disappointed to find that Tarte Cosmetics does not include skin care products.

The company website is comprehensive and easy to navigate. The company does provide a 30-day money back guarantee on all their products, but it must be done through the corporate office and not through retailers that sell the cosmetic line. We are pleased to see that Tarte Cosmectics provides complete ingredient lists for each of the products, and even application tips on some.

Product Details

We were unable to find much in the Tarte Cosmetics line that would address anti-aging issues that women face. However, we will look at one particular product, the Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation. This formula is designed to blend into your skin easily and diffuse the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The ingredients for the Smooth Operator Foundation include 5% titanium dioxide , 5% zinc oxide other ingredients: water, cyclomethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, octyldodecyl neopentanoate, glycerin, dimethicone, calcium sodium phosphosilicate, saccharum offcinarum (sugar cane) extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, camellia oleifera leaf extract, panaz ginseng root extract, ginkgo biloba root extract, anthemis nobilis leaf extract, phytantroil, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, tretrahexyldecyl ascorbate, boron nitride, palmitic acid, dextrin palmitate, sodium hyaluronate, sodium chloride, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylpareben may contain: iron oxide, mica, ultramarines.

We are pleased to see sun protection included in this formula, since exposure to the sun’s rays is one factor in the aging process. We are also interested to see retinyl palmitate and sodium hyaluronate in the mix. These ingredients are typical in many skin care products, and can smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. However, other proven anti-aging substances are not included in the formula.

The Good

  • The product line is made with ingredients that are healthy for the skin.
  • The company provides a money back guarantee.

The Bad

  • Tarte Cosmetics does not include skin care products.
  • There is nothing in the line to address the effects of aging.
  • Proven anti-aging ingredients do not appear to be used in the formulas.

The Bottom Line

While Tarte Cosmetics is a popular makeup line, there is nothing from this company that would address a woman’s anti-aging needs. We believe women will need to look elsewhere for skin care products that will fit the bill.


  1. Karyn September 22, 2015
  2. johanna Habeler October 3, 2011

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