Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum ($47) in her BoxyCharm subscription last month, and when she told me she was never going to use it, I jumped at the chance to snatch it up for myself.
I haven’t used the product long enough to warrant a full review, but I thought I would give my first impressions. First off, I love the design of the bottle. It’s similar to their Pure Maracuja Oil, with the lid also acting as a dropper so you can easily get the product out of the bottle with minimal mess.
The serum is an oil, also reminiscent of their Pure Maracuja Oil. From what I’ve experienced so far, the two products seem to be very similar, except this one is supposed to give your skin a natural glow/tan as well. I’ve only used the serum once so I can’t give any results on how well it works at adding color to your face (the description says it’s supposed to impart a gradual, natural-looking bronze, so I’m sure it will with time). However, from one use I did notice how soft and smooth it made my skin. It immediately soaked into my skin without leaving any sort of greasiness behind, and since it’s a gradual bronzer, I didn’t have to worry about any streaks on my face.
I also really enjoyed the scent of this serum – it reminds me of butterscotch or a maple donut, which I know might not be a favorite for everyone. The scent wasn’t crazy overpowering but it definitely was there and lingered for awhile after application, so just a heads up for anyone that gets irritated easily by scented products.
Overall, I’m impressed by this serum so far. I’ll let you guys know if that opinion changes in the future or if it ends up failing in the self-tanning department. At $47 a bottle, this stuff is definitely a luxury product and not something I need in my skincare arsenal, so it’ll have to work wonders for me to justify purchasing future bottles.
Have you ever tried a bronzing serum before?