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

What it is:An innovative BB treatment with multiple skincare and makeup benefits in one eco-chic tube. What it does:- This state-of-the-art BB cream offers numerous benefits for smooth, youthful-looking skin - Features SPF 30 sun protection - Comes in five shades 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
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Questions & Answers for Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Question
Fair or Light?
I wear Fairly Light in B.E., I seem to be inbetween Fair & Light in the Amazion Clay Foundation. So, this is why I need to know if this runs dark, light, or true to Tarte Colors. Any advice appriciated!
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
athenakitty
(San Diego, CA)
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
12 answers
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answer 1
I have very fair skin and tried the fair - it is so light, I feel like I look like a vampire, which is saying something considering I usually can just choose the lightest color of any makeup and be good to go. I'm ordering the fair - may end up mixing the two.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
lbeez
answer 2
I am in between the fair and light shades for this product. I'm probably closer to fair in the winter and light in the summer, so I bought the product in both colors and mix them as needed. It's pretty easy to do, and the cream doesn't seem to go bad (it lasts a long time, so you could always buy a fair full-size and a light mini size and save a little bit of money).
answered 6 months ago
makeupmaven71
(Doylestown, PA)
answer 3
I think the tint runs dark. I bought Light, exchanged it for Fair. Store lighting vs. natural sunlight makes a big difference. I would suggest getting a sample of two shades so that you can compare them in natural light.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
celestialnights
(East Coast, USA)
answer 4
I used to use Fair in BE which is one shade lighter than Fairly Light and when I wore Tarte BB in Fair today, even though it looked ok I felt like I would look better in Light or in mixture of Fair and Light. So you should definitely go for Light. Also, BE's fairly Light is on the yellowish side (even though they say it is neutral) whereas Fair in this BB is pink. I hope this helps
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
musja
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 5
you should probably go for the light shade, it fits a larger variety of skin tones. it is also a bit more yellow tinted than the fair. i use the fair and its perfect for me, but i usually have trouble finding shades that are white enough.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Elisier
answer 6
This runs dark. I'm usually medium, but light matches me better.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
helpmeoutplease
answer 7
I have fair skin, not white, with red undertones. I find the "light" the best shade for me.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
greeneyedjudy
(Northern VA.)
answer 8
yes its dark for being called "light" its very much a light medium.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
Swirl1306
(Oceanside, CA)
answer 9
I also wear fairly light in BE and the light is a perfect match! The fair is ghostly white!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
maddiesma
(VA)
answer 10
I think light shade will be best. Fair is Snow White and medium is a bit tan.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
kukita
(Miami, FL)
answer 11
It runs relatively true to color. Great Product.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
jes1324
answer 12
It runs dark, I would say go with fair.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lgrstar
(Long Island, NY)
Question
How to conserve product?
I just purchased this product and am wondering how best to use it in order to make it last as long as possible. Many BB creams I have bought are in larger containers (and not as expensive) so I don't worry as much about using them up, however, since I am traveling soon it would be nice to know I if I will be covered for my entire trip, or if I will have to buy another bottle. Other BB creams say to put on about a pea-size amount, but I have a feeling that using a similar form of measurement with this bottle might give it a life of about 2 months max.
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
Foxx77
(Corvallis, OR)
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
7 answers
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answer 1
My full-sized product lasted over a year, but only in the last 6 months or so did I wear it every day. You really don't need much of it to even out your skin tone; I'd recommend just applying it to the center of your face and/or just the areas that need correcting if you were really worried about it running out.
answered 8 months ago
Beatleschick
answer 2
it lasts about 2-3 months. Pea-sized amount every day.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
itsbean13
(San Jose, CA)
answer 3
Mine lasted me about four months, using it probably 5 days a week.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
KatieMullaly
(East Hampton, CT)
answer 4
Try using a sponge, or the BeautyBlender. This creates an even finish, that looks flawless and natural :)
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
JoShefferman24
(Boston, MA)
answer 5
I've been using mine FOREVER (read: at least 5 times a week for the past 6 months) and I use the suggested pea sized amount. I took 10 peas worth on my 10 day France trip with me and somehow came home with 1/3 of it still unused. Same goes for the matching concealer in the tube: it just keeps on giving!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Minagica
(Montreal, QC, Canada)
answer 6
As far as your trip goes, I think it depends upon what you use with the BB cream. If you use it more as a tinted primer, and then put a foundation or something on top, I think you could use as little as possible to just cover your face (or maybe even just the areas you really want the foundation to stay put and look nice) ... otherwise, if you're like me, and pretty much use this AS your foundation in the summer months, I find a small pea size is what covers my face, end of story. Its not quite like a tinted moisturizer, where you could make do with mixing a nice lotion with it or making your own foundation+lotion combo, since this BB cream has such a primer feel to it.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
ohmygeez
(St. Paul, MN)
answer 7
If you're worried about the amount of product, that's definitely not a problem. I thought it looked pretty small too, but I've been using a pretty good sized dollop (like nickel-sized) every day for the past six months, and I still have a decent amount left. Maybe enough for another two or three months of use. And that includes the amount lost when it started oozing out of the tube like crazy due to pressure and high altitude after I took it with me on a flight. It didn't explode or anything, but just be careful opening it after flying!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
shnickers
(Denver, CO)
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Shimmery?
I saw "diamond powder" in the ingredients list, and it makes me worry that there's going to be shimmer in this product. The tarte tinted moisturizer definitely had way too much shimmer for my taste, so I'm wondering if this is similar.
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
jidimc28
(New York, NY)
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
6 answers
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answer 1
I use this in Light and there is no shimmer at all. I am 43yrs with normal to dry skin in winter (normal in summer) and I avoid products claiming to give "shimmer", illuminate, glow and similar because they tend to equal sparkle/glitter. Once you have fine lines/wrinkles, sparkly particles are not your friend!

This bb cream does settle to a primer-like finish with a "natural" matte finish, where your skin still looks like skin. My guess is that the diamond particles are what keep this from becoming a "death-mask" matte finish, but they are not visible as sparkly particles, like with products containing mica. No shimmer/sparkle/illuminating, etc!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
book14me
(Nashville TN)
answer 2
I don't see any shimmer. I bought the product first in LIGHT after trying it on in the store. In natural sunlight it was too dark. I exchanged it for FAIR & it matches my skin tone much better. Both colors are matte & I didn't detect any shimmer/sparkles.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
celestialnights
(East Coast, USA)
answer 3
There is shimmer. I do not notice it on my face but when I put the product on the back of my hand to apply with my brush I can see it.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
london24
(Des Moines, IA)
answer 4
I don't know what the intention of the ingredient is but it does not have any shimmer at all. It actually does look like a primer after it sets. You can watch my review and demo on my youtube channel Beautymakeup87
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Beautymakeup87
(Fontana, CA)
answer 5
I have this product in "light" and there is no shimmer at all. It gives you a nice airbrushed look.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
beautyshopace
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 6
Just a very slight shimmer, barely noticeable - just enough to make your skin look amazing
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
TrinkaNYC
(New York, NY)
Question
can I use it every day like a foundation?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
6 answers
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answer 1
I use this as my every day foundation, yes.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
Jennyduvall
(Vancouver, WA)
answer 2
I do. Coverage is light and I do use a concealer on old blemish marks. No new breakouts since switching to this.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
syrinx075
answer 3
Yes you can. It gives sheer but buildable coverage. I use a light dusting of a setting powder and it is all I need. My skin is a bit uneven with light to moderate acne.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
MindyS5
(Columbus, OH)
answer 4
Absolutely! You can use it under your foundation or as your foundation. It is the only thing I use for coverage. It's perfect and lightweight.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
clp6096
(Tiltonsville, OH)
answer 5
Yes, I use it everyday and it gives great coverage (if your skin is mostly problem, free that is).
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
silkTea
answer 6
Yes, I use it as a primer/light coverage foundation daily. It feels great on my skin.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
keysgirl
(Key West FL)
Question
Can you smell the sunscreen?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Fairfax, CA)
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
6 answers
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answer 1
I have not noticed any smell at all. The SPF in this product is a titanium dioxide/zinc oxide instead of oxybenzone and I have found that those products in general smell less. (they are also better for you and I think provide better sun protection)
answered 1 year ago
dtcpr
(Westchester, NY)
answer 2
Not at all
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
iAmTheD
(Miami, FL)
answer 3
No, I don't smell sunscreen. I really hate the smell of sunscreen & was very happy that I couldn't detect any *pool side/beach* scent whatsoever.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
celestialnights
(East Coast, USA)
answer 4
No, I think it smells (not strongly) of silicone, maybe? But it doesn't have the sunscreen smell. In any case, Sephora will take a return if you hate it after you try it.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
bananr
(Portland, Oregon)
answer 5
The product doesn't have a scent....it's great!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
LMG247
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 6
The Tarte BB Tinted Treatment does not have a sunscreen type fragrance to it. Personally, I did not notice any fragrance.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
melissabt
Question
does tarte bb treatment smell
I can't stand the smell of sunscreen. Does the BB treatment 12-hour primer w/spf 30 smell?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
bmdaad
(Cape Girardeau, MO)
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
6 answers
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answer 1
no noticeable smell. I notice it's darker than I would want when I first apply it, but then it blends in after a few minutes. You'll love this product.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
itsbean13
(San Jose, CA)
answer 2
Not really. I don't notice any smell.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
LauraOO
(Boulder, CO)
answer 3
Ew, lol, no :D
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Minagica
(Montreal, QC, Canada)
answer 4
It doesn't smell at all! Best BB cream on the market!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
JillyJill112
(Youngstown, Oh)
answer 5
I don't think this smells like sunscreen. If there is any scent to this product at all, it's not noticeable.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
sharena
(Seattle, WA)
answer 6
Nope! Just super creamy and wonderful non smelly goodness. Pea size does the whole face!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
rezraveillation
(louisiana)
Question
Product application - how to avoid clumping
I love the feel and look of the Tarte BB cream product but I can't figure out how to apply it without creating little balls/clumps all over my face. Any suggestions on how to apply the product to avoid looking like I have little balls of lint all over my face?

My application method:
- clean face and towel dry it
- on occasion, I use toner (this should even out my pH, right?)
- apply sunscreen and wait a few minutes for this to soak in (I need a stronger suncreen than SPF 30 due to Retin-A use and sunlight exposure)
- apply BB cream with fingertips

I have had this issue before with other face primers. The manual step of removing the little clumps/balls o' lint is driving me batty. Experienced make-up users, please clue me in!
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Austin, TX)
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I think maybe its not compatible with your sunscreen product
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
shbc64
answer 2
I'm wondering if it's your brand of sunscreen or sunscreen that is causing it? I have used this for quite a while now and have only had a problem with clumping when I used too heavy of a moisturizer on my skin before putting it on. What if you mixed a small bit of your sunscreen with the BB cream in your palm before applying and then used a foundation brush to apply? Hope this helps.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
apiarist
(Portland, OR)
answer 3
I have had that problem with other products when using a sunscreen under a BB cream. Try waiting longer between applications of the two?
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
LauraOO
(Boulder, CO)
answer 4
I'm guessing it is the suncreen that you're using prior to this product that's causing it to clump/roll up. You're either going to have to experiment with other sunscreens, or try other products to get the right combo.

Personally, I like this BB cream, with a powder sunscreen (physicians formula works great) over top. I then reapply the powder constantly over the top throughout the day.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
vigwa
(Astoria, NY)
answer 5
Sounds to me like your issues might be with your towel...if you're effectively cleaning your face, then your sunscreen/BB cream should sink into your pores. I've never heard of this problem/experience this. Maybe try going into the store.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
MayaSuzDan
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 6
I use a foam/sponge make-up applicator. It spreads evenly on skin without clumps.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
CaliGirlMC97
(San Jose, CA)
Question
How much coverage.
Just wondering if this is the best for me. I love BB creams but tend to break out when using some of them. I'm hoping that this product being more natural may work better. Is this the best Tarte product for a 50 something face that needs some coverage?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
Nanabets
(Richmond, VA)
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
6 answers
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answer 1
I'm in my 40's and it works great for me. My 15 year old daughter who is acne prone also uses it. We both love it. Great, light coverage.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
itsbean13
(San Jose, CA)
answer 2
I'm 49 & I love this product! It give just the right amour of coverage for me
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
shbc64
(Millburn, NJ)
answer 3
I would not recommend this for you. It light in coverage. Definitely go with the YSL bb cream. It's the best and i'm in shock of how amazing it is. You probably would need some concealer and any type of bb cream you use since they are light.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
LuzVi
answer 4
Has good coverage and is moisturizing.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
LauraOO
(Boulder, CO)
answer 5
This one caused me to break out, and I've used other Tarte products without any problem. I'd recommend trying a different ultra hypoallergenic type. Most BB creams have SPF, but one without sunscreen might be the best bet. I think that's what irritated my skin.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
lofo
(Seattle, WA)
answer 6
I haven't tried many other Tarte creams so I don't know what they're like, but I can tell you that I have oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin, and this product has been great for me, no issues at all.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
lizzyp
(New York, NY)
Question
Is the medium too dark for an NW20?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
Amaloo44
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes, medium is actually pretty dark. I think NW20 would probably be fair or light.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Clobear
answer 2
I wear NW20 and use this in Light. It's perfect! I DO think medium would be too dark.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
StacyZ713
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
I'm an NW 20 and it was entirely too dark for me. I'd say go with LIGHT.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
mle102286
(seattle, wa)
answer 4
I just ordered light-thank you so much for the help guys!
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
Amaloo44
answer 5
Yes. If you are NW20, go with "light." I am an NC 30-NC35 and the Medium is a perfect match for me.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
mizchynuhdoll
(Chevy Chase, Md)
answer 6
Hi Amaloo44,

For your skintone, we suggest the shade Light.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Order of applicaiton.
I normally apply my sunscreen after applying a light moisturizer then the bb primer,but i want to start using the amazonian bb cream instead of using a regular foundation. In what order should i apply these products?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
sparkfae
(Huntington,WV)
on BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
6 answers
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answer 1
I put a lot of stuff on my face.
Personally I use any skin specific products first (spot treatements, prescriptions) then my face oil, then sunscreen, moisturizer then my BB cream then my concealer then my mineral powder foundation. If I am not wearing a foundation I put my concealer under my BB cream (for dark circles)
answered 1 year ago
dtcpr
(Westchester, NY)
answer 2
i have been using bb's instead of foundation and it's great- and gets even better because you're being better to your skin. tarte bb was great and i believe it has spf.. i haven't tried layering more spf on but i would recommend applying bb first to give your skin those benefits, then try spf on top and see how that goes
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
vnarsgirl3
answer 3
Apply a regular moisturizer with spf first. When your face is TOTALLY dry, apply this BB cream (it goes on smooth/dry and has a powdery finish so you don't want to put it on a "moist" face, lol :-) But, honestly unless you have pretty dry skin like me, the BB cream alone could provide nice moisture.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Annie99
(boston, ma)
answer 4
I'd do your moisturizer, sunscreen and then this BB. the BB is more of a foundation kind of texture, you will be absolutely fine if you let the first two products sink in a little-- I did it that way in humid Maui!
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
mle102286
(seattle, wa)
answer 5
Since this product already has an SPF of 30 you do not need an additional sunscreen. If you feel that you still want one, mix the sunscreen and moisturizer in your palm for one application before you apply this product.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
JetSetHousewife
(Kirkland, WA)
answer 6
Honestly the bb cream has a great sunscreen in it, I rode on my Harley all day in the sun with this product plus a bronzer without SPF on and my face didn't burn at all but my shoulders did when I forgot to reapply my sunscreen. I have also went out on the lake with this on for half a day and still didn't burn my face at all but I didn't get my face constantly wet just floated around. Also this product gave me enough moisturizer but if you want more I would apply that first then the BB then if you want more coverage then apply it but if you only want a light natural coverage this is fine by itself or with a light powder foundation over it, that all I apply with it. I hope I helped you out a little.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
Munford85
(Rogers, AR)
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