Tarte – LipSurgence™ Lip Tint (Elite)


Online Description:

An iconic, hydrating & pigment-packed lip tint with a smooth, velvety formula.

This award-winning, 3-in-1 lip tint offers all the benefits of a lipstick, lip gloss & a creamy balm while delivering rich, complexion-enhancing pigment & keeping lips hydrated & refreshed all day. Infused with skinvigorating™ ingredients like vitamins C & E & jojoba seed oil, the nourishing formula moisturizes & smooths lips for a younger-looking pout with a refreshing burst of peppermint. Simply twist up the automatic pencil tip & glide it over lips to deliver sheer color & a surge of moisture for a plumped-up, luscious appearance.


No pencil sharpener needed. To advance lip tint, twist pencil base clockwise. Apply as you would a lipstick–it’s goof-proof.


My Thoughts:

This little gem came to be a part of my makeup collection by a Sephora Favorites set that I bought. I almost always purchase the makeup sets they provide because they give a bunch of deluxe minis and sometimes a few full-size goodies for the price of one or two of the full-sizes. The sets give me the opportunity to try new products without having to pay the price for full-size products. On the slight chance I don’t like the products, I can either use them in my MUA kit or give them away, but it isn’t so much of a loss vs paying for a full-size product.

There’s a faint peppermint scent to it, which sometimes I loathe and sometimes I enjoy, depending on my mood. I’m more of a spearmint girl, to be honest, but every now and then, I switch things up to enjoy some peppermint-scented products.

Packaging:                                                ★★★★★/5

Although I’m not a fan of the unreliable cap on this, but I do love that it is a twist-up product instead of a pencil that requires sharpening. The cap to tube ratio isn’t proportional and that causes the lid to cover half of the label. The lettering is pretty and simple, yet sturdy because this has been rubbed up against many things in my bag and the letters have yet to fade.

The petite size to this deluxe mini is great for travel because it’s dual-purpose and saves space and weight in my bag.

Performance/Wear:                               ★★★★★/5

This bright, coral lip tint is universally flattering for all skin types and complexions. It can double as a cream blush because it doesn’t contain any shimmer and it doesn’t crease by settling into fine lines or enhancing dry spots. Oily skin doesn’t cause it to break up nor does it enhance the look of large pores. One coat creates a shiny, but sheer finish, yet building it up creates an opaquer result with even more shine. The single coat creates just a light, natural flush of color to my lips, but building it up creates a brighter, spring/summer look with more intent than a light tint.

The formula is intensely moisturizing and feels wonderful on my lips and cheeks, but it does transfer and smudge, so touch-ups are necessary. It doesn’t settle into the vertical lines in my lips, nor does it bleed through my lip line. There isn’t a feathering problem, but it also doesn’t last very long on my lips. When applied on my cheeks, it wears just fine until I wash it off, but when I wear it on my lips, it fades evenly and gradually, but more often than I’d like. So, I’m stuck reapplying it pretty often because of how much I chatter and drink throughout the day.

It works well with other products with different formulas. For example, it doesn’t cause any breakup when worn over foundation nor does it falter in its benefits when worn over a lip liner or lipstick. Caution with bringing this with you on hot days because the cream product can’t hold up to temperatures that get too hot because it’ll melt to shape however it’s laying.

Skin Swatch

Price:                                                          ★★★★★/5

Since it is able to be used for multiple purposes, it adds to the value of this product. The cream lasts quite some time with just the lightest swipe of product for each use. The twist-up packaging is a huge plus, which is the last contributing factor to my decision to repurchase this once I’m out of it.



  • vitamin C: antioxidant free radical fighter that helps prevent premature signs of aging, while brightening skin
  • vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and antioxidant
  • jojoba seed oil: natural soothing extract that leaves lips soft, supple and smooth

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, caprylic/capric triglyceide, vegetable oil/olus oil/ Huile v eacute;g eacute;tale, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax/ cire de candelilla, cera alba/beeswax/ cire d rsquo;abeille, hydrogenated vegetable oil, castor oil bis-hydroxypropyl dimethicone esters, ozokerite, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, dimethyl isosorbide, stevioside, salicornia herbacea extract, limonene, palmitoyl hexapeptide-14, ascorbyl palmitate, linalool, glycine soja (soybean) oil, tocopherol. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), red 28 lake (CI 45410), red 28 (CI 45410), red 7 lake (CI 15850), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140), nbsp;red 27 (CI 45410), red 6 (CI 15850), yellow 6 lake (CI 15985), red 33 lake (CI 17200), blue 1 lake (CI 42090), red 22 lake (CI 45380), red 7 (CI 15880).

formulated without:

  • parabens
  • mineral oil
  • phthalates
  • sodium lauryl sulfates
  • gluten



  • Gorgeous, universally-flattering coral color
  • Twist-up tube
  • Multi-purpose
  • Very moisturizing
  • Doesn’t bleed
  • Doesn’t feather
  • Fades evenly
  • Buildable color
  • Clean, peppermint scent


  • Unreliable cap

Texture:                                       Cream

Scent:                                           Peppermint

Recommend?                             Yes

Repurchase?                               Yes

Retail:                                           $12.00

Size:                                              0.10 oz.

Want to try this for yourself?

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

2 Comments on “Tarte – LipSurgence™ Lip Tint (Elite)

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