Must Have Elixir for Dry Skin


Those of you out there with dry skin just know the struggle— i.e. putting makeup on and watching it flake off, waking up with patches of dry skin on your face, and getting out of the shower and having your skin just suck all the moisture from your body surface. Believe me, I know how it is… and after browsing the aisles of Sephora in a back-to-school beauty shopping trip, I think I’ve finally found the miracle cure.

Yes, you heard me right. It’s a freaking m-i-r-a-c-l-e.

Let me introduce you to Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Hydrating Boost gel moisturizer.

It’s not just any moisturizer, it’s a cool moisturizer (as in, yes, your face literally feels refreshed from the moment you lift the gel to your skin). Beyond that, this gel moisturizer really is a solution to those plagued by dry-skin everywhere.

Click my read more to see my full review.

Now before I get into it, I will disclaim that yes, I bought this product with my own money and no, I was not always a Tarte fangirl. In fact, I vowed never to buy Tarte products again after a short but unfulfilling relationship with Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Mask foundation.

On a brief aside, after the foundation was recommended to me by multiple Sephora beauty consultants, I was suckered into buying it and after using it for a matter of weeks, found myself entirely unsatisfied with it. Not only was it the opposite of hydrating, it happened to suck all moisture from my face and wound up looking cakey after two hours of wear. After that, I told myself, never again… and Tarte lost my trust from there on out.

And then I found this and things were never the same again.



First things first, just look at how beautifully packaged this product is. It’s practically begging you to buy it, and part of the motivating reason I did was because of how beautiful it looked on the shelf. With a shiny gold lid that somehow refrained from feeling cheap in the hand, and a smooth minimalistically designed wrap, I keep it as a centerpiece on my vanity just to look at in the morning.

When you take the top off, the moisturizer is carefully packaged with a reusable plastic seal that you can keep after the first use, which helps ensure the product doesn’t go everywhere or coat the lid. Promoted for being a skin quenching water gel, the description on Sephora details that it is…

“Powered by hyaluronic acid and Tarte’s exclusive Rainforest of the Sea™ antioxidant complex to restore the skin’s natural hydration. The lightweight moisturizer absorbs into skin, leaving no oily or greasy feel behind, while powerful marine antioxidants help skin defend itself from everyday aggressors. Its skin-balancing properties support antiaging, and it helps boost the appearance of firmness, tone, and vitality over time.” –Tarte


I can attest to the fact that this H20 gel is a smooth, cooling gel that is lightweight, does not leave an oily or greasy feel behind, and softens my face while leaving it refreshed and firmer looking than before. However, my one qualm with it is the way it dries. After about five minutes, it feels tacky to the touch, but after waking up in the morning eight hours later, my skin feels super refreshed and clean after it fully absorbs the antioxidants.

The thing I like the most about this product is the fact that:

  • It is a gel moisturizer… which honestly changes the whole moisturizing game.
  • My skin feels baby soft the morning after using it.
  • It helps my skin actually retain moisture instead of moisturizing it temporarily.
  • It smells vaguely of lavender.

The only sort of skin type this product likely wouldn’t do well for is oily skin, as the H20 gel isn’t known for maintaining PH balance as well Tarte’s other products are. I would also advise one to use it sparingly as a little gel goes a long way and can overhydrate the face if too much is used.

Lastly, it costs $40… but do I think it’s worth the price? Absolutely.

The ingredients as detailed are:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA, Propanediol, Sea Salt Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Phospholipids, Stearoyl Inulin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Silanetriol, Limonene, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Algae Extract, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Blue 1 (CI 42090).


Thanks for stopping by and tell me what you think of one of the first products from Tarte’s skincare line. Would you buy it? What are some alternatives for gel moisturizers that you like to use instead? And lastly, have you dabbled in any of the other Rainforest of the Sea products? If so, let me know in the comments below!




  1. Laura
    September 21, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    I was so curious about this! The price is a little steep, but it sounds so nice, especially for an overnight moisturizer! I’ll have to check this out!

    She Likes to Shop

    • September 21, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      I had my hesitations at first when I looked at the price too, but I took the plunge, invested and have used it every night since. It definitely feels super smooth and cooling on the skin. I would ask to try it in the store and see if you like it, but I’d say it’s well worth the investment 🙂

  2. September 23, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    I love gel moisturizers for their lightweight moisture and cooling sensation. I currently use a Korean aloe vera gel by Nature Republic (from Amazon) but this one sounds great!

    Blush & Pearls

    • September 25, 2016 / 7:26 am

      I swear the Koreans have the BEST beauty go-to’s and they’re always so innovative in formulas. Will definitely add that to my ‘to try’ list!

  3. September 26, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Thank you for the tip! 😀

    • September 26, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      You’re welcome, glad you could give it a look! 🙂

  4. September 30, 2016 / 3:57 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I’m currently struggling with dry and flaky skin (which makes my makeup looks awful!) and I think I’m going to get this one. xx

    Erin |

    • September 30, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      I have extremely dry skin so I know the struggles… in the winter time, I’ve had to put Vaseline on my face to keep it at a normal PH level, which is not ideal since Vaseline is essentially just oil. This hydrating serum definitely worked over night and in the morning there is a visible difference. I’m glad I could be of help! Best of luck 🙂 xox

  5. October 4, 2016 / 1:24 am

    I got a sample of this in a tarte discovery kit that I bought and I instantly fell in love! It’s super hydrating but doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or ‘too moisturized’ if you know what I mean? It’s on my wishlist for Christmas 🙂

    Rae //

    • October 4, 2016 / 1:40 am

      I’d definitely go so far as to say this is one of the most revolutionary products Tarte has introduced and I’m genuinely surprised you don’t hear more about it. I’ve noticed there’s next to no ‘moisturizer’ feeling or residue left and it’s one of the reasons I love it. It’s definitely worth a spot on any wishlist! So glad someone has else has tried and loved it as much as I do! 😀

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