I purchased the tarte sugar rush Cake Butter after everyone kept comparing it to the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. That review comparison is already up. Whilst browsing the Ulta site for new items, I came across the Ulta Beauty Collection Butter Cream Cupcake Body Souffle. As I had already come across a $23 product many claimed was a dupe for a $45 product, I wondered if this would work as an even cheaper dupe for either product. Could the $10.50 product compare to the $23 product? After all, finding an even cheaper dupe for a suggested dupe would only save more money, if you like the product.
Similarities and Differences Between tarte sugar rush Cake Butter and Ulta Beauty Collection Butter Cream Cupcake Body Souffle.
Both are powered by Water, Glycerin and Shea Butter, and they both have red coloring to give them their cake like appearance. The tarte product has a lot more ingredients. With shea butter listed higher and alcohol listed lower on the Ulta Beauty formula, I went in expecting it to be more moisturizing. One of the main differences other than texture, which I will touch on in the reviews is fragrance. They are very unique from one another, which throws out my theory that they would smell and perform similar.
tarte sugar rush Cake Butter Ingredients
Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance/Parfum, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Tetramethyl Acetyloctahydronaphthalenes, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P-Cresol, Sodium Hydroxide, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Ethyl Vanillin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Disodium EDTA, Styrax Benzoin Gum, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vegetable Oil/Olus/Huile Végétale, Limonene, and Tocopherol, Red 4 (CI 14700).
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ascorbic Acid, Benzophenone-4, Beta-Carotene, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance(Parfum), Red 33 (CI 17200).
Textures of tarte sugar rush Cake Butter and Ulta Beauty Collection Butter Cream Cupcake Body Souffle.
The tarte formula (on the left) looks like a typical lotion or body butter. It has a medium density, so it is far from the thickest body butter I’ve tried. On the right, you can see a completely different texture for the Ulta Beauty Collection formula. My husband calls it slimy, but I like to call it sorbet. It really mimics real life sorbet in texture, so it is true to the product name. You even get a cooling (not tingly) feeling when you apply it (even if you warm it up in your hands first).
tarte sugar rush Cake Butter Review
At $23 for the 10.58oz tarte sugar rush Cake Butter, it costs $2.17 an ounce. That is more than twice the price on the Butter Cream Cupcake. For those who purchase this hoping to get a cake scent, I think most of you will not be disappointed. It really smells like cake to me. The medium density formula blends into the skin like a dream. Those looking for something non-greasy, that will let the skin breathe, and will absorb quickly, this is the cream for you. While I generally prefer a cream that does not fully absorb (I like to feel tacky), it is nice for warm weather.
One major drawback is it loses its fragrance as it absorbs. If you want to smell sweet all day, this will not work for you. It will get you through an event that lasts a few hours, but I noticed almost no fragrance after 5-6 hours. To me, it makes it another run of the mill, scented body butter.
That does not mean I do not enjoy it. I do, and I kept reaching for it a lot in the spring. It’s just I am not sure I would continually pay $23 for it knowing it is not overly special even though I loved it while I had it. Because it absorbs slower than the Ulta Beauty Collection, I find this more moisturizing. I purchased a second tub (now that this one is gone), but I will not open it until the spring or summer. My skin needs more moisture now that it is cold outside.
At $10.50 for the 8.55 oz Ulta Beauty Collection Butter Cream Cupcake Body Souffle, it costs $1.23 per ounce. You get more product in the tarte product, which is the reason you lose some of the perceived discount on the price per ounce. The best part about purchasing a product from the Ulta Beauty Collection is there are constant promotions. If you are not getting a free GWP or a discount, you are purchasing at the wrong time. It is currently buy two, get two free. As you can mix and match items in that promotion, it makes it an even better value. Wait for a sale or event (if you happen upon this later), and you can get this with an even better deal.
The biggest drawback on this is the fragrance. I can see where it tries to smell like a Butter Cream Cupcake, but it comes off smelling very artificial to me. Thankfully, the scent does not last long, but I find it quite irritating while it is noticeable. Scent is very personal though, so you might enjoy it. Hopefully, they do not all have the artificial smell, because I already purchased a different scent to try (when I bought this one).
The other drawback is absorption. This feels amazing as it goes on. I love the texture and how it sits on top of my skin. Some do not like that about moisturizer, but I do. It makes me feel more hydrated. Over time, it almost disappears. While it is possible the skin might fully absorb it, I notice my skin starts to feel dry again before I hit the 24-hour mark. When I do the scratch test, it fails. My skin turns white (as it does when it is dry) versus red (as it does when it is moisturized). Either way, this is not rich enough for cold weather or really dry skin.
Other than the lower price and opportunity to purchase with an even better deal, I would say the main benefit of this is how cool it feels going on. For the first few hours, it actually feels more hydrating than the tarte. As the hours pass, the tarte wins.
Ae the tarte sugar rush Cake Butter and the Ulta Beauty Collection Butter Cream Cupcake Body Souffle Dupes?
Sorry to let you down. These are not dupes. Yes, they have some similarities, but there are enough differences to really prefer one over the other. My preference is the tarte sugar rush Cake Butter. Neither of these formulas are rich enough for cold weather, but they both provide enough moisture without feeling heavy on the skin when it is hot outside. The tarte is more moisturizing long-term, but the Ulta Beauty Collection provides an initial boost of moisture that feels more refreshing. When it comes to fragrance, it is not even close. Tarte nailed the cake scent, where Ulta fell short. Are those differences enough to justify the increased price tag? I would say they are at times and aren’t at other times. Since the deal is better on the Ulta Beauty Collection, I would be more inclined to purchase it over the tarte for warmer months provided I can find a scent I enjoy.
Have you tried the tarte sugar rush Cake Butter or the Ulta Beauty Collection Butter Cream Cupcake Body Souffle? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know below. See all dupe and product articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
Discosure: Affiliate Links