Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil Review (Comparison with Josie Maran Included)

This undiluted organic and moisturizing maracuja oil quickly absorbs for firmer, brighter, smoother skin. Pure maracuja oil is rich in vitamin C, so skin appears instantly brighter and more radiant. The oil is also a source of essential fatty acids (EFAs), a requirement for healthy skin cells that the body cannot produce on its own. EFA deficiency can result in the breakdown of essential skin cells which causes skin to appear dry and aged. By supplementing skin with pure maracuja oil, you are infusing life back into dull skin and replenishing EFAs to rapidly rebuild and repair. This potent antiaging elixir that has anti-inflammatory benefits promotes active skin recovery and delivers maximum hydration without any greasy or filmy feel.

For people who haven’t tried these face oils before, the sound of putting oil on your face may seem intimidating. What if it leaves my face a greasy mess? What if it breaks me out?! I don’t want oil to clog up my pores! Rest assure, face oils will not do those things. At least, a good face oil shouldn’t be doing those things.

I first tried these beauty oils out when I received the Josie Maran Argan 100% Pure Argan Oil sample. It was one of the few well-known beauty oils on the market. Since then the trend has increased by quite a lot and now a lot of other choices are on the market. Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil is one of the other well-known option. And from other reviews at the time when it was still new to the market, it seemed to be performing better than Josie Maran’s Argan Oil. Where Josie Maran’s Argan Oil failed, Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil excelled.

Do I agree with that thought? Yes, I feel that sums up my thoughts on the two products.

First off, I want to mention that I don’t like the smell from either of the products. Mind you, I don’t like the smell of olive oil (I can cook with it, but I don’t like using a bunch for salads) and these products remind me of olive oil. Not quite the same, of course, and not as strong but it’s not something I’m fond of. Josie Maran smells a lot stronger and I notice that the scent lingers longer than Tarte.

When I apply these oils I usually do a couple drops onto my palm and rub it between my two hands before patting it onto my skin. I notice that for the “How to Use” section for the Argan Oil it recommends applying it damp skin. I don’t understand that. Oil and water don’t mix so I feel like it’d just sit weird. It doesn’t mention using it like this on the Maracuja Oil’s “How to Use” section though. I apply it to my skin after I dry my face after cleansing. Does that count as damp? haha.

What I notice after applying Tarte’s product is that it is a bit lighter than Josie Maran’s oil. It might feel a bit uncomfortable to people that are new to using face oils either way. Where creams feel like they’re getting absorbed into the skin almost instantly, the oils seem to sit on the face for a bit. You can really feel that layer with the Argan Oil, which makes it a bit uncomfortable – it makes you feel that initial apprehensiveness at applying an oil to your face. And to be honest, it never really seems to sinks in when using the Argan Oil. When using Tarte I can initially feel the thin layer of oil on my face, but give it an hour or so and it’d be absorbed. After it’s been absorbed, there’s no trace of any oiliness on my face.

I still wouldn’t recommend using this in the morning. I know some recommend it as a daily moisturizer, but I recommend it as part of your night skincare routine instead. I believe that most of us don’t have that much time to get ready in the morning and it would take too long for it to fully absorb. For me, I prefer a day moisturizer that can absorb quickly while giving me enough moisture to last the day. However, if I applied this in the morning my makeup would probably slide around since I can’t wait an hour for it to absorb before applying makeup. But it’s totally worth it to apply it at night though, because when you wake up you’ll have a radiant face. You could probably even get away with a light moisturizer in the morning because of it. With the Argan Oil, since it never really seems to absorb fully, I also recommend using it at night, but with that said, why would you want to use a product that never fully absorbs? haha.

I really do see results with this product. I won’t say it’s a miracle product and you’ll suddenly end up with perfect, beautiful skin. But it definitely improves on your skin overall. While using it I feel that it is more radiant and… plump? As if it’s fully satisfied in the moisturizing department haha! My acne scars seem to disappear a bit faster too. I didn’t feel like I got those results with Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Oil. Don’t expect these oils to magically grant brightened skin or remove wrinkles though! And effects seem to only last while using it. After I stopped, my skin didn’t keep any of the results.

Both products come in glass bottles with a dropper. Tarte’s bottle looks expensive and is quite hefty in weight. Something that’s nice to leave on your table. I think Josie Maran tries to go for a more natural look with less bells and whistles, but it looks rather medicinal instead of being a beauty product. What I do want to mention is that Josie Maran’s dropper works like a normal one, but Tarte’s feels a little weird. It looks nice since it’s made with a wooden handle and a gold button at the top to press. But the button feels kind of flimsy and never totally fills up the dropper. I understand that there’s no need to completely fill up the dropper since you only need 2-3 drops of the product, but it gives a weird touch. I thought it was broken at first LOL. I mean these are all just aesthetic problems and doesn’t affect the actual product, but it was something that I noticed while using the product.

Bottom line for this product? I’d recommend it to all skin types to try out. I think it actually works, but I would recommend it for your night skincare routine as opposed to using it both in the morning and night. It takes a while to fully absorb. Pricy, but it does what it claims so I think it’s worth the price. Especially because you only need 2-3 drops per use so it will last quite a while. And just because I compared this with Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, I feel that I should mention, I wouldn’t recommend that one because it leaves a film on your skin.


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