It’s been quiet on my blog this week! My computer that I blog from finally died for good and we have had a super busy week with being out of town last weekend and planning to leave town again today. I finally had a moment to myself to post this review that I’ve been wanting to get up of the sunless tanning product I have been testing out lately. It’s the tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum. It’s a gradual bronzing or tanning serum mixed with tarte’s famous maracuja oil. I am totally adoring the bamboo packaging it comes in, as you can see below. Keep reading if you want to hear what I think!

tarte maracuja bronzing serum.jpgpress sample, affiliate links

I absolutely love tarte’s maracuja oil products so I was super excited to test this one out. It is powered by maracuja and plant extracts to hydrate, brighten, and even skin tone as it helps fight signs of aging for a firmer, brighter, smoother appearance. Of course these claims are over a lengthy amount of time and you’d most likely have to use this the whole bottle up before seeing the long term benefits. I haven’t used it for more than a couple weeks so I can’t comment on the anti-aging benefits.

The infused self-tanning complex delivers instant radiance and gives a gradual, natural-looking bronze complexion over time. The scent is of bergamot, gardenia, lily of the valley, and jasmine. 

maracuja bronzing serum 2.jpgYou are supposed to use 2-3 drops of this on your clean, dry, skin on your face and neck daily for results. I find the texture of this to be like a serum but very slightly sticky. It doesn’t bother me and it’s really easy to apply. The scent is lightly floral but I can still pick up on a hint of the sunless tanner scent. That’s a scent I normally detest, however, it’s really subtle in this formula and fades once I have my makeup on. At night, I’m sleeping so I don’t notice it. 

In terms of how well it works, I’m still making up my mind. I wear SPF constantly on my face and body, but still end up with a slight tan no matter what I do. My goal for the summer is usually for my skin not to change more than 1-2 shades. I spent years using a tanning bed and have since sworn them off in favor of trying to avoid skin cancer, so I am pretty addicted to SPF these days. Anyway, I am always very slightly tan in the summer no matter how much I try to avoid it. I get the impression that this is meant for people with very fair skin. I didn’t notice a real difference in my complexion in the last few weeks of using it, but I really think it’s because my skin tone is already too dark for it with the tan I have going. I did think it felt great on my skin though- gotta love that maracuja oil! 

tarte maracuja bronzing serum 3.jpgI have read many positive reviews on this from people with extremely fair skin. I am planning on using some of this on my skin on my bust area where my tan lines are. I’m going to a wedding in a couple weeks and the dress I plan to wear is a little lower cut than what my tshirt tan line is. I think this will be perfect for my super light skin there. Also, I plan to use it in the fall as my tan is fading so I can get a bit more mileage out of my summer foundation colors. I think it will be perfect for adding a bit of color to my skin when I am even more fair.

Long story short, I think this will be great for women with ultra fair skin. If you are anywhere else on the spectrum, it probably won’t show up on you. If you are interested in checking it out, you can buy a 1.7 oz. bottle at Sephora for $47 below. 

Is this something you’re going to check out this summer? What’s your favorite gradual tanner? 


21 Comments on Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum Review

  1. Allison @neversaydiebeauty
    June 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I love Tarte products, but I’m not into self-tanners. I get enough sun in spite of wearing sunscreen just from being outside.

  2. Jessica W
    June 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the honest review! I’m not into self-tanners, because of my light skin anyway. LOL

  3. Mai
    June 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Hmm I think my skin might just be too tan for this!

  4. Sheila Arkee
    June 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm (3 years ago)

    It sounds lovely, but as you mentioned, it probably wouldn’t work out for me.

  5. Cosmetic Sanctuary
    June 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Sounds lovely. I love the packaging

  6. Phyrra
    June 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the packaging. Too bad it won’t work for most people.

  7. Destany
    June 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Probly wouldn’t work for me, but that packaging is cute 🙂

  8. Laura
    June 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm (3 years ago)

    that looks so nice!

  9. Brooke @ Blushing Noir
    June 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I may or may not be too dark for this. I’m not fair but I’m not dark either. I’d give it a go. It’d be SO fantastic if it worked out.

  10. Miranda Mendoza
    June 27, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

    This probably wouldn’t work on my caramel skin

  11. Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries
    June 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m sure it would work for me but I don’t really like the sound of it for some reason. I only really use oils at night and that would seem counter productive to apply it at night. I think?

  12. Cindy Ingalls
    June 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Not sure this work for me, I’m fair but not porcelain.

  13. Nidia Doherty
    June 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m pretty fair, so this might work for me. I love Tarte maracuja oil!

  14. Honeygirlk
    June 28, 2014 at 5:03 am (3 years ago)

    This sounds like it would definitely not work on me. lol

    • Justina
      June 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm (3 years ago)

      I know! I felt kind of bad for the darker skinned crowd when I realized this would really only work on super fair skin! What do you use to enhance your tan Honey?

      • Honeygirlk
        June 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm (3 years ago)

        I actually use my Organic virgin coconut oil – I swear, everyone asks me about my skincare routine and weight loss and it all comes down to coconut oil. Since it has a natural SPF… I put it on before the beach or pool and it keeps my skin moisturized in the sun with some protection but it also allows me to tan evenly if I decide I want to get a little more bronzed. 😉

  15. Anastasia
    June 28, 2014 at 10:10 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve always loved tarte packaging!

  16. Betzy Carmona
    June 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I have heard nothing but great things on their oils

  17. Carleen
    June 29, 2014 at 11:23 am (3 years ago)

    I might try this. I need something for my own fair skin.

  18. Emma Clark
    April 3, 2017 at 3:50 am (5 months ago)

    I am using Tarte maracuja serum and I am happy with it.


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