Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl Swatches and Review

  • Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl
  • Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl
  • Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl
  • Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl
  • Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl
  • Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl
  • Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl
  • Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

What they are: Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyls are thick lip glosses in stick form that coat the lips quite heavily for a glassy, high-shine finish that smooths over the look of lip lines. This is not plumping formula but the thickness of the product has a plumping visual effect. 

Price/Quantity: $26 for 2.7 gram / 0.095 oz

Availability: Tarte, Sephora

Shade Range: 16 Shades. 8 of them are shimmery and the other 8 are not. Of those that are not shimmery, 4 are sheer and the other 4 are more opaque.

Packaging: Slim click up pen with a lid that snaps on and off. The clicking mechanism feels a bit more high quality (quieter, smoother, requires less force to press) in this pen than the ones from NYX and Elf. Other than that, the rest of the plastic casing feels like comparable quality to those brands.

Smell/Fragrance: All 8 of the ones I’m reviewing here have the same noticeable but not very strong sweet scent. It’s not fruity or floral, just a generic sweet scent, similar to a sugar cookie. They do not taste sweet and are not minty/tingly either. In addition to the fragrance, I also smell something that reminds me of synthetic oil.

Expiration/Shelf Life: 12 months after opening.

Ingredients: Dextrin Isostearate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Synthetic Wax, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Flavor/Aroma, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tin Oxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Trihydroxystearin, Glucomannan. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985). Source: Sephora.com

Performance

Texture/Consistency/Finish: These are like thick solidified glosses at room temperature that melt instantly as they touch the skin. They have a fairly thick feel and transfer heavily as I swipe them across the lip. They look and feel thicker than most lip glosses or oils I’ve tried as well as the NYX Slick Clicks and Elf Pout Clouts. This causes them to smooth over the look of lip lines better than those products. For the most part I don’t find the thicker feel uncomfortable and as long as I don’t go overboard, they don’t get too goopy. If I am too heavy handed, they can start to gather a bit toward the corners of my mouth. The color mostly stays evenly dispersed over the lips, even if I press them together several times.

Half of the shades have shimmer/sparkle and the other half do not. For a few of them, if I press my lips together, the feeling of the shimmer is hardly noticeable. I have to really try hard to feel that the shimmer is there. Most of them have a mixture of ultra fine shimmer and slightly larger sparkle. Shimmering Mixed Berries and Shimmering Rose are the only 2 that do not have larger sparkle and have more of a glossy satin finish. The shimmer and sparkle in all the shades is subdued and not super noticeable unless you’re looking really close.

Application: For the sheerest shades, I am able to simply sweep these across the lips, doing maybe 2-3 passes for an even coat. For all of the opaque shades I feel the need to use a lip brush to apply the product cleanly around the edges of my mouth just because so much of the product deposits even with a light touch. I can reapply the deeper shades decently well without a brush as long as it holds up okay around the edges. Reapplication of the sheerer shades is no issue and I don’t feel the need to remove the previous layer for a fresh layer to look good.

Pigmentation/Color Payoff: This varies by color and finish. Of the non-shimmer shades, 4 are sheer and 4 are nearly opaque. All of the shimmer shades are sheer. Because the formula is so thick, I feel the color for the majority of the sheer shades shows up very well and is buildable if I feel like I want it to pop some more. Sheer Petal is the least pigmented and the only shade that is basically like a clear gloss on me.

Longevity: They do not seem to absorb, or dry down after wearing them but after an hour or so I notice the glassy reflection they have upon initial application begins to fade to more of a soft balmy glow. The color also seems to migrate over time even if I’m not eating or drinking anything. When wearing the shade Apple for a couple hours, I saw that the pigment started traveling into the very fine lines around the edges of my lips and the product in general starting moving into the corners of my mouth. I don’t think this is as much of an issue with the sheerer shades.

Pros and Cons

Things I like:

  • Not sticky when pressing lips together.
  • Smooths over look of lip lines more noticeably than most other glosses/oils/balms I’ve tried.
  • If I press my lips together, the color doesn’t slide around and create weird looking lines on the lip. 
  • The sheerer/lighter shades do not look milky.
  • Packaging feels ever so slightly better quality than the drugstore alternatives.

Drawbacks and other considerations:

  • Deeper and more opaque shades require using a lip brush for the best looking application.
  • Deeper shades travel into fine lines around edges of lips and migrate into the corners of my mouth after wearing them for a while.
  • The deeper shades are more high maintenance than I prefer.
  • The synthetic oil scent is not super pleasant to me and I continue to notice it as I wear it.
  • Many of the shimmer shades are way too similar to each other.

Do I Recommend Them?

If you like a thick glossy lip product that’s not sticky, I think you’ll enjoy these. I’m not as much into the more opaque shades personally because I don’t feel they look as flattering and are not as easy to use.

Swatches

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl Swatches
Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl Swatches

Sheer Petal

Sheer Petal | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Sheer Petal is an ultra sheer pale pink without any shimmer or sparkle. This barely adds any noticeable color to my lips and mostly looks like a clear gloss.

Sheer Iris

Sheer Iris | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Sheer Iris is a sheer pale mauve without any shimmer or sparkle. This one has slightly more color payoff and opacity than the previous shade and the color itself is super close to my natural lip color which is more muted and cool toned.

Sheer Lotus

Sheer Lotus | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Sheer Lotus is a sheer bubblegum pink without any shimmer or sparkle. This shade adds a noticeable brightness to my lips but still looks pretty natural.

Sheer Berry

Sheer Berry | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Sheer Berry is medium, cooler-toned, purplish berry without any shimmer or sparkle. It is applied somewhat heavily here but can be worn more sheered out if you want. It is the deepest of the sheer shimmer-free shades and I am still able to apply it straight to the lips without the help of a lip brush. The next four shades are the opaque shimmer-free options and I feel the need to use a lip brush with all of them.

Rosy Brown

Rosy Brown | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Rosy Brown is a nearly opaque medium pinky brown with no shimmer or sparkle. This one is more difficult to apply. As I swipe it across the lips the, product melts a little too easily so ALOT of it transfers. With the sheerer shades, it’s not as much of an issue and doesn’t look bad. But this one being so pigmented, that heavy application can look very messy/goopy and with sloppy lines. I mainly sweep this on to transfer a decent amount of color to the lips and then use a lip brush to clean up the lines around the edges and make sure the product is sitting evenly/smoothly on the lips. Once I do that, the color mostly stays where I put it and remains even-looking, even if I press my lips together.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Hibiscus is a nearly opaque warm reddish mauve without any shimmer or sparkle. I apply this one the same way I apply the previous shade.

Apple

Apple | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Apple is a cool-leaning red without any shimmer or sparkle. It has a bit of depth to it so it doesn’t look too bright on me. It also doesn’t not start to look pink or orange if it is sheered out. I most definitely need a lip brush for this one.

Cacao

Cacao | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Cacao is a deep brown without any shimmer or sparkle. I also need a lip brush for this one.

Shimmering Mixed Berries

Shimmering Mixed Berries | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Shimmering Mixed Berries is a lighter, cooler toned sheer pink with a lot of super fine shimmer particles. The shimmer in this shade is smaller than in some of the other ones. It doesn’t look super obvious or add much noticeable sparkle unless you are looking super close up. I’d describe it as a glossy satin finish.

Shimmering Pink Lily

Shimmering Pink Lily | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Shimmering Pink Lily another sheer pink that is a tiny bit brighter, warmer, and pinker than the previous one. This one has a mixture of the same fine shimmer as the previous shade as well as some slightly larger sparkle. The larger sparkles are a bit more noticeable on the lip.

Shimmering Bright Pink

Shimmering Bright Pink | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Shimmering Bright Pink is similar to Sheer Lotus in that it adds a noticeable pink hue and brightness to the lips without looking “unnatural”. It also has a mixture of fine pink shimmer and larger sparkle.

Shimmering Cranberry

Shimmering Cranberry | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Shimmering Cranberry is a sheer cooler red with a hint very fine pink and gold sparkle.

Shimmering Cinnamon Spice

Shimmering Cinnamon Spice | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Shimmering Cinnamon Spice is a brownish nude with more prominent gold sparkle. The sparkle in this is the largest of all the shimmer shades so far, but is still not large enough to actually feel gritty on the lips. I don’t feel it at all if I press my lips together.

Shimmering Rose

Shimmering Rose | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Shimmering Rose is light peachy pink with all fine shimmer and no larger sparkle. It is SOO similar to Shimmering Mixed Berries, however this one is ever so slightly warmer. Both have the same subtle satin gloss finish.

Shimmering Daisy

Shimmering Daisy | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Shimmering Daisy is a pale cool pink with some larger, more noticeable gold sparkle.

Shimmering Coconut

Shimmering Coconut | Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Vinyl

Shimmering Coconut is a pale warm nude with larger gold sparkle.

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