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TARTE LipSurgence™ lip tint: My thoughts in general and differences between Natural Lip Tint, Matt Lip Tint and Lip Luster

As most of you aware that I do have Tarte Cosmetics Spree once a month and lately the recent order have a few people ask me questions re LupSurgence.Lip Tint.  I thought I would do a small blog on my thought of them and the differences between them.

Tarte has a line of lip products called LipSurgence .  Originally, the product only came in one formula: LipSurgence natural lip tint.  This product won so many awards for its luxurious naturally moisturizing formula that they decided to produce two more lines of LipSurgence, the lip luster, and the matte lip tint.  I have used all 3 of these formulas so I wanted to post about my thoughts on each of them.

  1. 1.      LipSurgence™ matte lip tint

Just like the original and best-selling natural lip stains, LipSurgence™ natural matte lip stains are peppermint-infused and glide on smooth for a rich matte finish that will stay all day. Each of the matte shades boasts the high pigment concentration we love from matte lipsticks, but unlike drying lipsticks these stains are infused with our high-performance natural™ LipSurgence™ technology which is clinically proven to increase moisture content.

Earth engineered from a proprietary blend of plant bio-nutrients our LipSurgence™ technology quickly absorbs into the skin delivering a surge of moisture on a cellular level while boosting peptides stimulate skin’s own regenerative system and assist in the formation of collagen. This proprietary blend increases skin’s water content for a ‘plumped up’ appearance. The result is naturally fuller, healthier lips without any irritation or stinging.

Here is some swatches as reference:-



Exposed, Fiery, Lively, Lucky, Sweet (flash)



Exposed, Fiery, Lively, Lucky, Sweet (daylight)

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  1. 2.      LipSurgence™ natural lip tint

These anticipated natural gel lip tints are an extension to our best-selling and award-winning cheek stains and like our iconic stains each emotive, peppermint-infused shade glides on smooth for a natural flush that will stay all day.
Earth engineered from a proprietary blend of plant bio-nutrients, our LipSurgence™ technology quickly absorbs into the skin delivering a surge of moisture on a cellular level, effectively and naturally increasing skin’s water content for a ‘plumped up’ appearance. The result is naturally fuller, healthier lips without any irritation or stinging.



  1. 3.      LipSurgence™ lip luster

As a follow up to tarte’s best-selling LipSurgence™ natural lip tints, these shimmering lip lusters give a high dose of color and shine in an easy twist-up stick. Just like the original, tarte’s LipSurgence™ technology delivers a surge of moisture on a cellular level for a naturally plumped up appearance while natural peppermint adds a refreshing burst of flavor with each application.



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Tthe packaging for the LipSurgence lip pencils matches the actual product color so it makes it easy to pick out the right shade. What you probably can’t see from the picture below is that the packaging matches the formula of the product as well.  


For example, the Tints have no glitter in them but have some shine so their packaging is pearlised.  The Lusters have glitter in them so their packaging is glittery.  The mattes have no glitter or shine so their package is matte and has a rubberized feel to it.  I think it is very special about these packaging as I really love it.


The lid stays on well and I have yet to have an accident in my makeup bag where they lid came off and got everything else covered in product.



These come in the form of jumbo lip pencils with a twist up product advancer at the bottom. If you apply the product at an angle and not from the tip, then you should not need a sharpener for these. (I love it that way as it saves me a lot of time as normally the sharpener is someway in the starsh!!)


You probably will not need a liner for these either. They stay where you put them and I have not experienced any running, smearing or settling into fine lines. I like to wear a liner with the matte shades that is just a shade darker than the one I’m applying just to give my lips more dimension but it is certainly not necessary.


When you apply these, you will notice that they smell minty due to being infused with peppermint oil. The smell fades quickly after application but I think it rather nice. As far as a taste, I think they maybe taste slightly minty and sweet.


How do they feel?

Tarte claims that after using these for 28 days you will see a 6000% increase in your lips moisture content. I can’t attest to this because I have no way to objectively measure my moisture content, but I can say that from the very first time I used a LipSurgence product, I noticed that my lips felt very moisturized, soft, silky, creamy and luxurious. I would definitely say that yes, they are very moisturising, even the matte shades.

I do think over time they will increase the moisture content and condition of your lips due to the healthy ingredients, vitamins, and antioxidants in them.



Tarte claims that these colors will last all day, but I find that I need to reapply after 4 or 5 hours or after eating. They do wear off evenly though so you don’t have to worry about your lips looking weird if you can’t get to a mirror to reapply immediately. A lot of people describe these as lip stains but I’m not sure I would agree with that. Some of the darker shades have more of a staining effect than others but I still feel like the color wears off evenly and naturally.

The problem for me is that my lips feel so great with these on that I am starting to dislike the way my lips feel without them, so basically, I’m hooked.




At $24 a pop, I think it is pretty good price and they will last you a while. I like that I don’t need a brush to apply so no product gets wasted. Tarte frequently puts out value sets with these products where you get several shades for a little more than the price of one so keep an eye out for those.


Way better than a gloss

I am a lipgloss girl but after I use this, I changed my mind.  The main reason why I love these so much more is because they are not sticky AT ALL. With LipSurgence, you never have to worry about your hair getting stuck in your lip goo and then streaking it across your face when you pull it out (yes I’ve actually had that problem with glosses). The Lusters and Tints do have some shine to them and reflect some light but they are definitely not as shiny as a gloss, which I think is a good thing. I think the Lusters and Tints give the perfect amount of shine. Just a hint with the Tint and a little bit more sparkle with the Luster. And for no shine there is matte.



The tints are the original LipSurgence line and they are lovely. They are a sheer lip color and do let some of your natural lip color shine through. These have no glitter, just a little bit of shine to them.



The lusters have a lot of very finely milled glitter in them. The glitter does not feel chunky or gritty on your lips like some glittery lip glosses do, and the effect of the glitter is not gaudy or tacky at all, it just makes your lips shine and sparkle more than with the tints. I also feel like these are a little bit more opaque than the Tints and can be built up more. My favorite luster shade is Glisten, a beautiful peachy nude shade.



The mattes have no glitter or shine to them, they have a completely opaque matte finish but they are very moisturising just like the tints and lusters. I love a matte lip for tying together a really bold eye but other matte products I’ve tried before were too drying on my lips. So far I’ve only tried Exposed, the nude shade, but it is GORGEOUS. I am thinking Envy will be my next purchase because it looks lovely.


So, to summarise:


  • Very moisturising creamy and luxurious texture
  • Good for you, natural ingredients
  • 3 different formulas to choose from depending on which look you are going for
  • Not sticky like glosses
  • Easy to apply, no sharpener or brush needed
  • Stay in place without the need of a liner
  • Do not last all day as claimed






I would definitely give these 5 out of 5 stars. These are some of my favorite lip products of all time.



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