Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen – FIRST IMPRESSION

Well that’s a mouth full, isn’t it?

I got a sample of Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer with my last Sephora order.  I’m so pale that usually when I get a sample card of foundation stuff, I chuck it immediately; however, when I glanced at this, I noticed the “fair” shade was actually pretty fair.  I did just glance at the card, though, and I mistakenly thought this was a typical BB cream.  So, I sat down to do my makeup with this and just went a-slappin’ this all over my face.

As I’m applying this, I’m thinking, “Uh.  What.  This feels like a primer.  With silicone.  And silica.  And it feels WEIRD.  What…….the…………HECK?” Yet, it has color to it.  The fair color oddly matches my skin tone, which is around a MAC N10 or NW10, which is crazy because that never happens.  The strange thing about it is that Tarte claims you can wear this alone as a BB cream/tinted moisturizer type thing, or under foundation.  I’m here to tell you that as a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, it has basically no coverage and a completely weird finish.  I did attempt to wear this by itself with just a bit of concealer (NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer) and the lame thing about that was, it didn’t play nice with the concealer…I feel like primers are supposed to make blending easier, but this made it harder to move the product around.  ANYWAY, as I was applying it, I looked at the sample card a little better and was like, “OHHHHH, you can use this as a primer, too.”  But the other thing about this primer is, it didn’t really seem to fill pores or blur fine lines, so I’m not sure why I would.  My Tarte Clean Slate Poreless primer does that in spades!

This product also has an SPF of 30 and the sample size has about the amount you would need for a full face to get that SPF…except there’s no way you could use that full amount without being a hot mess.  So, you’re not going to get the full amount of sun protection claimed when using this product.  You’re about to see where I’m going with this, but first, let’s see what the claims are on the Sephora website:

Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, antiaging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow. Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skintone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

What else you need to know:
Beauty Balms or BB Creams were originally developed as a perfect post-procedure cream used to treat, hydrate, prime, protect, and camouflage the skin. Great for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, these versatile “five-in-one” formulas are designed to do it all: treat with high levels of active skincare ingredients; moisturize and smooth dehydrated skin; prime and perfect skin’s surface; camouflage and color correct the skintone; and protect skin from the sun with SPF. They can be used as a last step for their skincare benefits or used on their own as an instant beautifier.

This product is powered by tripleB complex, a proprietary blend of natural diamond dust, plants, and lipoamino acids that diffuses light and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores while improving the appearance of skin luminosity.

Research results:
In a consumer panel study:
– 100% of women immediately saw an improvement in the surface texture of skin for smoother makeup application
– 97% of women saw and felt smoother, softer skin
– 91% of women said fine lines appeared minimized
– 94% of women said pores appeared less visible after 4 weeks

Pretty hefty claims for a primer!

In conclusion, basically I have a beef with BB creams in general that are trying to be all things at once, and that is that they usually fail to do any of those things well.  Skipping steps may seem faster, but you’re going to lose out in the end – lose out on sun protection, coverage, the actual function of a good primer, and the skin care benefits you’d get from a great skin care regimen.  Products that claim to “do it all” rarely can.  Since this is a first impression, I cannot speak to the results over time, but I can say that it did not blur fine lines or fill pores and it did not hydrate my skin and I was not able to use enough to get good sun protection and the coverage was slim to none.  I have yet to try it underneath a foundation, but I can tell from the consistency I probably don’t need to…no need to fix what isn’t broken.  I’ll stick with my great skincare (including antioxidant serum, high SPF, and a badass primer) and take that extra 5 minutes to use seperate products rather than trying to use one product that’s trying to be all things.

For reference, here’s me wearing the product just after applying.  It’s hard to tell about the coverage, because I did go in and spot conceal because I just couldn’t stand it, LOL!  It didn’t really control oil and I did have to blot after about 2 hours.


Your mileage may vary with this one, but I’m going to say DEFINITELY get a sample before shelling out $36 for 1 ounce!

Have any of you found an all-in-one product like this that actually works for you?


12 thoughts on “Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen – FIRST IMPRESSION

    • That’s good to know? Does the Chanel product have a lot of fragrance? When I worked for them that was my main gripe with their products. Glad you are enjoying the blog!


  1. Like you, I just can’t find a BB or CC product I like. Something is always off…either there is not enough color range to match my super pale skin, or there’s not enough coverage, or there’s not enough/too much hydration. I’ve given up on them. So I end up using a lot of different products which is definitely a hassle, but at least they do what I want them too.

    Do you use highlighter at all? If you do, I’d love to see a blog post on one. I’m just starting to get into the glowy skin trend (my Hourglass Strobing Powder arrived today), but at age 42 I have to worry about fine lines being highlighted. I’m not entirely sure this trend is going to work for me.

    PS Thanks for doing some pics with your eyes closed…it’s so helpful to see what you’ve done with your eye makeup.


    • Heya – I do use highlighters sometimes! I don’t go for ultra in your face highlighters usually. My favorites are both by MAC. The one I use most is Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish. It’s light and fairly subtle. The other is a MAC Pro product, MAC Shaping Powder in Emphasize. It’s very subtle and a light off white shade. Some folks even use it under their eyes, though I prefer it on the high planes of the face.


      • I do REALLY love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal as a finishing powder. It’s *extremely subtle* so can be used all over the face. It makes for pale skin perfection and I can’t live without it!

        The Hourglass Strobing Powder I’m still playing with, but so far I like it. It’s a couple of notches up in intensity from the Ambient Lighting Powder so you definitely can’t use it all over your face. Since the powder is so finely milled it doesn’t seem to stick in my wrinkles like some of the others. I’ve never tried MAC, but I’ve just tried Anastasia Beverly Hills in Starlight, and the Becca highlighters in Pearl and Moonstone; so far the Hourglass one looks way better than both (but is less intense).


      • Have you tried Guerlain Meteorites? I have those and I feel like perhaps the Ethereal might be similar. I definitely think Becca Pearl may be too over the top of a highlight for me though. Boy that seems to be the trend!


      • I have not tried the Meteorites yet (which is even more $$$ than Hourglass in my area). I just read a review that said Meteorites is a bit more luminous than Ethereal, but she thought they were close enough that you wouldn’t need both.

        Becca Pearl was pretty darn intense on me. Over-the-top glow does seem to be the trend; I guess that would be beautiful on young, perfect skin, but with my fine lines I have to stay subtle or I look like the crypt keeper!


      • I understand! I think liquid illuminators can be nice too. Or even just using a cream blush and letting the dewy look be all the “highlight” on its own.


      • Speaking of cream blush, I’ve recently discovered Besame Cosmetics and their crimson cream blush is the best I’ve ever used. The lipsticks are semi-matte perfection as well and they have a wonderfully gothic Noir Red. Their overall look tends to be more vintage pin-up than gothy, but I just can’t get over their beautiful blush.




      • Oh lord. Besame is this thing where if I go down that rabbit hole, it’s gonna be bad. Like gotta catch ’em all bad! I have a great love of vintage pinup stuff, film noir, and their packaging makes me swoon. I haven’t bought a thing yet because I know I will go bananas.

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      • I know what you mean. When I heard about their lipsticks I only ordered a single one (Besame Red) and held myself back from everything else. I ended up so impressed with the formula and color of the lipstick, I now own three more, plus the cream blush. Thank goodness their website is out of stock on most of their stuff, otherwise I’d probably own it all (not good for the wallet). Their packaging is just beautiful and their products so luxurious, the temptation is high!


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