tarte SEA Cream Bronzer Review | 2023

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  • Editor’s Rating: 4.5
  • Price Range:
  • USD: $14.00 – $29.00
  • CAD: $18.00 – $38.00
  • Original 0.56 oz, 16g | Travel Size 0.21 oz, 6g
  • Made in Italy
  • Shelf Life:12M
  • Permanent Edition

For some people, using cream-based makeup can be overwhelming and difficult to apply. It can be intimidating to use new products. It’s easier to use powders because it is what they know and is simple to use.

What if I told you that there is a quality cream product that will have you falling in love with creating a sun-kissed, contoured glow?!

Tarte SEA Collection made a brilliant cream bronzer that is super easy to use, has a natural look, is buildable coverage, and dries to a matte powder finish.

If you want to learn how to use cream bronzer and make your skin to look perfectly sun kissed with a hint of defining shadow, then continue reading!

tarte SEA Cream Bronzer Colour 2
tarte SEA Cream Bronzer Colour 1

Benefits and Claims


  • It’s a “Lift” in a compact.
  • Uses Slip Grip TM technology to hydrate, adhere, and soften the skin.
  • Velvet cream formula applies easily onto the skin.
  • Natural matte finish.


  • Vegan.
  • Dermatologist Tested.
  • Waterproof.
  • Clean Beauty: No Parabens, Mineral Oil, Phthalates, Trixlosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or Gluten.

Good Ingredients:

Colorpop Pretty Fresh Holding Product

Emollients: Triethylhexanoin, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Methicone, Cocos Nucifera Oil (it can have a high comedogenicity level depending on how you react to coconut oil)

Moisturizing: Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol

Protects: Titanium Dioxide

Not So Good Ingredients:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene and Dimethicone


  • The shades are very versatile and look good on many skin colours (I’ve used it on my clients for weddings, events, and shoots).
  • The compact is pretty sleek and easy to travel with.
  • The cream is easy to use.
  • It dries matte.
  • It’s waterproof and longwearing.
  • Blends easily onto the skin.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Fragrance free.
  • The mirror inside the compact is an actual real mirror, where there are many compacts that use a fake mirror that distorts the face.
  • You can see most of the face while using the mirror even though it is small.
  • It comes in multiple size options.


  • The packaging lid is on the cheaper side and might break if pushed to far back.
  • The mirror is very small.
  • There aren’t many shade options.

Testing and Results

Alyssia with tarte SEA Cream Bronzer
Alyssia wearing tarte SEA Cream Bronzer (Grace Bay)
Alyssia without tarte SEA Cream Bronzer
Alyssia without tarte SEA Cream Bronzer

I’m SUCH a sucker for beautiful branding, and the tarte SEA collection does not disappoint. I not only fell in love with the brands colour scheme but also the shades of this innovative bronzing formula. When you first open the tarte bronzer compact, the bronzer can look intimidating. Don’t let this fool you as the cream to powder formula is super easy to use and looks gorgeous!

I want to make sure that you know all that is needed to make a decision if this product is right for you. Here are the results of me testing out the claims, benefits, and more!

A little history about my skin before we begin:

My Skin Type: Combination
Skin Colour: Olive
Sensitivity: Mild


The Tarte Cream Bronzer has a faint plastic-like smell to the formula.


It feels smooth, light, and creamy.


The formula is amazing quality! A little goes a long, long way. It goes onto the skin beautifully.

tarte SEA Cream Bronzer Closed clamshell package


The boxed packaging for the tarte cream bronzer is this stunning, soft matte textured, light blue and white colours. It looks and feels very clean. On the right side of the box, there is the details of the main features of the product with a big cruelty free and vegan sign!

I love the big recycling sign on the back of the box, it helps to remind us to keep recycling beauty products as much as possible!

The container itself is a bit on the cheap side. You can tell that they put a lot more effort into the makeup bronzer than the quality of the container that it’s in. It’s a cute spherical dome, the lid is easy to open, and it has a snap-like closure that closes really well. Inside of the top lid there’s a small functional mirror that zooms out so that you can see your whole face to apply the bronzer if needed.

tarte SEA Bronzer Q&As

Which Tarte Bronzer is for Fair to Light Skin?

The Tarte Seychelles shade is the perfect match for fair to light skin tones. It doesn’t go on orange and looks like your skin is beautifully sun kissed!

Which Tarte Bronzer is for Medium to Dark Skin?

Definitely use the Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer in Grace Bay if you have medium to dark skin. It mimics the colour of a natural tanned shadow. Or you can use this on fair to light skin tones for a contour cream product!

How do you use Tarte Cream Bronzer?

The best way to apply this product is using a sanitized spatula, scraping off a tiny bit, and smearing it on the back of the hand. The hand warms up this product perfectly for your bronzer brush. Tap the brush on the hand smear and then place it in the areas of the face that need more definition and a tan look.

Another method that I like that is quick and good if you don’t have a brush, is to use your fingers.
Take your middle finger and find under your cheek bones. Do one swirl circle into the cream with your middle finger. Place your middle finger under your cheekbone starting where your hair line is a going straight out (not down) towards your nostril. Lift the finger off the face before the eye starts. Then use your ring finger to blend around the cheek bone. Do this technique under the jaw line and temples.
You can directly place your bronzer brush in the compact but it doesn’t give you the best control for the face. If you do not have a spatula, use the tip of a clean makeup brush handle to scoop out the tiny bit of product.

What brush is best for Cream Bronzer?

I’m a sucker for a good cream brush. Use a brush that is made for cream products, not just a big bronzer powder brush. The Smith Cosmetics 118 Blush/Powder Brush is perfect for applying colour all over the face or just to shade in the defined parts of the face.

Can you use Cream bronzer without foundation?

You can for sure, it just won’t look as even or smooth as if you had a clean, blank canvas. Foundation evens out the skin to make the other products colours evenly apply and stand out in a positive way. You might not notice bronzer on your bare skin, but if your skin is evenly pigmented then you can for sure! There are no rules for makeup, just guidelines to help make sure that you look like the best version of yourself.