Back in the day, makeup used to consist of just foundation, powder products, and eyeshadow. Flash forward to today where every brand and their mother is popping out new products weekly including the growth of the setting and priming spray craze. Truthfully, I’m sometimes skeptical on these kind of products. I go back and forth if I’m buying overpriced water + some other ingredients. (I’ve tried the Wet N Wild and L’Oreal setting sprays which are decent but not mind-blowing in extending my makeup wear). As part of its Rainforest of the Sea Collection, Tarte (somewhat) recently released its take on a priming, hydrating, and setting spray all rolled into one. Read below for my Tarte Marine Boosting Mist review where I test each claim and give my full opinion on the product!
- Cost: $12 for a 1 oz bottle or $25 for a 2.5oz bottle
- Paraben and Phthalate free
- Vegan, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested
- Available at Sephora or Tarte’s website
Tarte’s Marine Boosting Mist, part of their Rainforest of the Sea collection claims to be a 4-in-1 product. It claims to be a primer, makeup setting spray, hydrating mist, and skin refresher. Furthermore, it states that it hydrates, minimizes pores, and restores skins “natural radiance.” Personally, I think these are quite the promises! We see specific primer waters on the market or setting sprays, but this is one of the first I’ve seen that states it can do it all.
Tarte Marine Boosting Mist Review:
I purchased the smaller 1oz bottle which cost $12. I know smaller sizes are overall less cost efficient, but I do so sometimes when trying a new product or putting it in a carry-on. The blue and purple packaging, matching the rest of the collection, is really fun and cute. Although some people in the reviews had trouble with the nozzle, I haven’t had an issue with it at all.
How it Performed:
First, I tested this out as a primer, spritzing it before I put on my BB cream. The mist is medium- not too fine but not too intense where you feel like you are blasting your face with water. A note, it does smell quite intensely of oranges. Personally I enjoy the scent and find it refreshing, but just warning to those who are sensitive to smell or don’t like citrus. If you wait a minute it really sinks nicely right into the skin. Without any other primer, I didn’t find this alone quite enough. I’m loving my Too Faced Hangover primer and I didn’t find this comparable to making my BB cream and rest of my makeup go on as smoothly. However, spritzing this under my primer makes my makeup look noticeably more radiant and less powdery which I love!
As part of a separate test, I tried this out as a “refresher” mist. I did feel that it helped revitalize my skin part way through the day. This is the first refresher mist I’ve tried so I can’t compare it to others but it definitely reduced that mid-day dullness.
Finally, on a completely different day, I went about my makeup routine like normal. Then, I spritzed this about 3-4 times onto my face, holding it about 6 inches away. Unfortunately, this is the negative part of my Tarte Marine Boosting Mist review. I found no real difference that it extended the wear time of my makeup. Another day I tested setting half my face and then compared it at the end of the day and again saw no visible results.
Although the Tarte Marine Boosting Mist states it’s a 4-in-1 spray, it doesn’t quite live up to that. But nonetheless it is still a good product. As a primer water and skin refresher, it does a great job of making skin feel dewier (especially in the drier time of year!) and more revitalized. I recommend spritzing this underneath your usual primer for the best results. I like the fresh citrus scent it gives and the mist itself isn’t overpowering. However, if you are looking to this as a setting spray, I found it really fell short of that claim. It didn’t noticeably extend my makeup or keep it in place longer.
All in all, I don’t think this is a holy grail necessary for everyday type product, but for people with drier skin or who suffer from makeup looking dull throughout the day this can definitely be useful. I also really enjoyed the refreshing nature of it especially in the colder months. Furthermore, I actually prefer the travel size since it’s easier to slip in my purse for a mid-afternoon touch up.
Are you guys into primer waters and setting sprays? Have you tried to the Tarte one yet? Which do you all recommend?
Until next time!
FTC Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. Item was purchased by me and all opinions are my own.