I got this lip tint because I had already fallen in love with the Energy Noir eye pallet, and I thought a full set would be appropriate. The tint is subtle yet buildable and imparts a plummy tinge that I like better than the original.
I bought the original tint during my phase of trying for a natural, subtlety polished look. I bought products that would merely enhance or perfect my skin, and I was fascinated by color changing lip balm. It was the beginning of my obsession with Tarte. I liked the color, but the formula dried my lips out.
The formula is technically the same in the Noir version, but it isn’t nearly as drying. A creamy feel, this is slightly more moisturizing than your typical lip balm (many of which are heavily flavored and therefore are packed with skin drying alcohol). It has a slight mentholation or minty taste, so if you have very sensitive skin, you might want to test this out before buying it. I don’t know why this one works better on my skin, but it does.
The color is really great! At first it looks like nothing, just a tiny bit of purple-ish gloss. I reapplied often when I wore it because it absorbs into the skin quickly and I found with each reapplication the stain it left got darker. By the end of the day, it was a pretty dark plum. It was probably thanks to the amount I had on coupled with its color-changing affects, but I found the end result quite flattering.
I keep this in my purse for days I run out of the house without lipstick or need a quick touch up. Because it’s moisturizing and subtle, it matches nearly anything you could have on, already. It’s not something I would reach for if I had time to do full makeup, or if I were dressing up, but for a casual Saturday or an emergency, it works perfectly.
I’d recommend this for anyone who likes dark colors( but needs more moisturizing options), stargazing in sundresses, or gothic beach wear.