need, use, and love: for my face

  • Post author:
  • Post category:Life
  • Post comments:12 Comments


When it comes to makeup I’m definitely not an expert. I’m more of a shopper cautiously trying out new products every so often.

But despite my lack of prowess in the beauty department, after years of purchasing a variety of tinted moisturizers, I’ve definitely found a favorite.

Tarte’s Smooth Operator tinted moisturizer consistently leaves my skin the healthiest and clearest compared to all others that I’ve tried (Bobby Brown, Laura Mercier, Neutrogena, etc). Due to the power of birth control to counteract my PCOS, I’ve gone from really bad acne to incredibly clear. However, if I miss washing my face a night or two or if I am out sweating in my makeup, I can break out every so often.

But I’ve discovered that when I use Tarte’s Smooth Operator, my skin is at it’s absolute best. Plus, I like that it does a good job evening out my skin tone without masking too much and has SPF built in. I have a face full of freckles and trying to cover them up with a foundation just ends up looking a bit too drastic. Which leaves Tarte at the top of my list when it comes to keeping my natural look a bit more polished.

So while I’ll continue to wander aimlessly down the aisles for other beauty products for years to come, I’ve got my tinted moisturizer locked down.


PS – I’ve just taken Liz’s advice and purchased my first NARS blush in Orgasm. I’m already hooked!

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Ok this is a must purchase for me, everything you said about it sounds like a no-brainer! And yay to purchasing the blush, it literally makes me feel like my face is awake and glowing, even though I may not feel that way! 🙂 Miss YOU!

  2. Alyssa

    I LOVE Nars Orgasm. They also make a liquid highlighter that you can use as a blush or an all over illuminator, which is definitely a “need, use and love” product for me.

  3. Susan

    I love tinted moisturizer! But I don’t have one that I am loyal to, I will haev to try this, I love using it in the summer, when I just don’t feel like doing my whole ‘face’!Thanks Jess!

  4. rita

    nars orgasm is a must have. it’s honestly one of the few items i go back to time and time again.

  5. Tiera

    This is on my list of beauty products to buy, for sure! I love Tarte’s commitment to healthy, natural ingredients and their green philosophy — so I’ve been snagging up a few new products from them as I finish up other products. They’re definitely one of my new favorite brands!

  6. Jess, This stuff sounds awesome! How long have you been using it? Do you use it year round or only in the heat?

  7. I’ve been using this for years and totally agree! I definitely noticed a change in my skin when I started using it. And the coverage is perfect!

  8. I’ll search for this moisturizer locally, thanks for the rec! I’ve been using Neutrogena but I find it a bit heavy for Israeli summers, really.

  9. I’ve been looking for a tinted moisturizer. I’ll have to try this out!

    Also, I’ve been using Orgasm for years now… I’ll never go back to anything else!

  10. Katie

    I second (fifth? eighth? haha) the NARS blush! It looks so good on everyone and I wear it all year long!

  11. Orgasm IS THE BEST BLUSH EVER! It is the ONLY blush I will ever wear. As a makeup mavin, I swear by the stuff. I am totally going to try Tarte’s tinted moisturizer. Thanks for the tip!

Leave a Reply