I used to use bareminerals as my main foundation but as I got older and unable to spend my days basking in the sun (aka working full time in the real world) my skin has changed a bit and I can no longer find a good color match. I have dry skin and yet I still prefer a powder foundation over liquid.
So far I really like it! It gives such a smooth finish to my skin. The powder is really silky and weightless on my face. Although it does say full coverage I was only able to achieve medium coverage when I first started using it. I have been playing around with it a bit and I noticed using a primer definitely makes a difference. But the way I am able to receive FULL coverage is using the tarte illuminating moisturizer before I apply the foundation. It's actually a BB cream but it goes on so light that paired with the foundation it's not too much. Since I have dry skin it helps keep my skin hydrated for longer. Also for a fuller coverage do hard presses into the mesh to get more powder on the brush. I use 4 hard presses for my entire face (2 on each half). The pigmentation is a lot stronger when you use a primer and especially more pigmented when i use the illuminating moisturizer underneath, it's like it's almost a totally different shade , much darker.
with no primer - only last about 4-5 hours
with primer - about 6-8
with primer + tarte bb illuminating moisturizer - literally 12 hours
I ordered this on QVC because it was such a good deal. I had to guess on the color though since the shades on qvc are limited. I got medium/neutral and it's a pretty good match for my winter skin but I think when spring/summer comes I will go to sephora/ulta and get a true color match. on qvc I paid about $52 including shipping for the foundation AND airbuki brush set - if I got it at my local store it would have cost about $67 including tax.
Since I have dry skin I would notice my skin feel a bit dry towards the end of the day but I just use my fix spray to hydrate. But I notice since I started using the bb illuminating moisturizer underneath I dont get dry.
if you are a powder foundation person, I think you will like this just make sure you get a good color match for best coverage and take some time to play around with it to find best application.
I got this foundation along with the buki brush during Tarte's friends and family sale and I am so happy I did! I had used bareminerals for years but this is 100% better.
-Even, easy application-- no blotches or missed patches
-Doesn't make my skin seem dry like BM does
-Not as messy as BM can be... product is less dusty
-Hasn't broken me out
-Creates a "glow" that doesn't look shiny or glittery... it's just right.
-Lasts throughout the day-- I've used it with my Smashbox and Lancome primers and have had no problem with it disappearing or moving around
-Moderately $$$ for a foundation
-The mesh thing in the container is weird... it's hard to see how much product is left in the container
Bottomline-- Love this product! I went to Ulta before purchasing it on Tarte's site to find my color match. Completely trumps all other foundation's I have tried. Love. Love. Love!
After four months of using this daily I can honestly say my skin and overall complexion have improved tremendously. I get compliments frequently on how great my skin. Thanks Tarte!
I like this foundation a lot. I primarily use this by applying a light layer over my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Full Coverage foundation with the Tarte Kabuki brush. I also use it as a concealer. It works great for that purpose. I have very oily and acne prone skin so I usually need 2 layers of foundation whether it is liquid or powder. The combination of the Tarte Full Coverage liquid foundation and a light layer of this really makes my skin look airbrushed!! Unfortunately, I don't like it as much as a foundation only. When I apply this over my sunscreen, it doesn't last all day and doesn't keep the oilies at bay. I absolutely love the packaging, though!! It is a lot less messy than BE and other mineral makeup. I wear this in Fair Light Neutral. For reference, I wear Fairly Light in BE, Buff in Revlon Colorstay, Ecru in EL Double Wear, and Light Neutral in Everyday Minerals.
I hate this foundation. I have used other Tarte products without any problems, but this stuff is horrible. After somewhat getting my acne under control, I wanted to find a good mineral foundation so I tried this. The first time I put it on, I thought it looked half way decent but didn't love it. It looked shiny, and I hate any type of shine.. a matte finish is a must for me. More importantly this stuff has bismuth oxychloride in it and it irritated the bejesus out of my skin after only wearing it twice. I took it back to Sephora pretty dang quick.
I've never been a powder foundation person, let alone a mineral foundation person, but I really like this one!
I use it over the Urban Decay Naked Skin liquid foundation, for that extra coverage and smooth look. I apply it with my e.l.f. flat-top powder brush, just press it into my skin and buff it over, it looks really good. With the nifty mesh cover packaging, I can easily pick up more or less powder depending on what coverage I want. I like that it doesn't spill everywhere when I open the lid.
The only thing that would make this better is if there was a matte version. It's not sparkly by any means, and I still love it the way it is, but a matte finish would be perfection.
I went to my local Sephora about 6 weeks ago to be colour matched and just check this product out. I nearly had a stroke when the SA said I was "Fair Honey" as I have pale skin with pink undertones and usually run a mile from anything "peach" or "honey". But when a 2nd SA (this time in the US) said the same, I figured they knew what they were talking about and maybe I should just forget about the name and focus on how it looks. I purchased (and the co-ordinated brush) when I was at the US store simply because it is insane how much cheaper it all was even though the Canadian dollar is pretty close to parity with the US one. I really like this product. I find powder type foundations much more easy to use, much quicker than liquid foundations and the results are more reliable (with liquids, I can never be absolutely certain that I won't get a patchy, "dotty" result). So I am always looking for a new powder foundation. The packaging of this foundation is very clever - it is "travel friendly" in a new, rather ingenious way. Product does fly around a bit when I press the brush into the mesh screen, no matter how carefully I lift the brush. And while, contrary to the name "Full Coverage), this doesn't give total coverage to my imperfections (which aren't that pronounced, to be honest), it is buildable and you don't end up looking really artificial. My biggest quibble with this product is that it doesn't contain SPF (unlike my "holy grail" mineral powder from Laura Mercier), otherwise, I'd have given it a "5 lippies" rating, but I do like this and it's pretty much a sure thing that I'll repurchase. I did purchase the special brush for this simply because I get a bit obsessive about having "the whole package" sometimes, but I think if you have the Sephora mineral brush or a good flat topped kabuki brush that works for other powders/mineral powders, you don't really "need" the special brush (though it is nice to have).
Let me just start by saying I am biased to the Tarte line as a whole. My skin needs the TLC it offers in most of it's products. Mineral powders turn me off in one area: the settling into creases and enhancement of skin issues. Well I solved this problem. I use this mineral foundation over a CC cream (by Hard Candy) and voila! Love the shade, love the coverage, love the skin-friendly ingredients, love the quality, love love love this!
I really really like this powder! I was skeptical at first when the Sephora SA said that the coverage and colour would be good for me. My doubt was due to the fact that I hated Smooth Operator and the pressed powder in the purple packaging. But then I thought that I might as well try it and return it if it didn't work out.
I've been using this for about a month now and I can really say that the coverage is really good. I have so many acne scars that seem to blur away with this, and I only need to blot my face after a good 5 hours. I didn't buy the brush that supposedly goes with it - I just use one I bought at Sephora for the BareMinerals loose powder that I ended up throwing out.
The only thing that I don't like is the loose powder format, especially since I like taking my makeup with me when I go out. But for this coverage and colour match, I'll take it. For reference I'm NC40 and bought the medium tan-sand.
Had this for about three weeks and only wore a handful of times, the coverage was really good and I have oily skin but it didn't make me look greasy. The glitter in it didn't bother me (Yeah, there's definitely glitter in there) but the downside to it was that it ended up breaking me out and it just felt really heavy. I didn't purchase the brush, which might have been the reason as to why it felt so heavy but I will say that it worked fine with regular brushes, the product itself was just heavy which was expected because it really DOES give you full coverage. I have a lot of acne scars and redness and this definitely covered them up BUT the other downfall to it was the color match, I'm a mac c5 and have really yellow undertones but I'm not quite "medium tan sand", I'm a little lighter than that but none of the other shades provided that color unless I went to some sort of pink undertone, which I don't have (besides the redness... which I really don't want to emphasize).
The packaging was nice and there wasn't a funky smell to it like with the powderful pressed powder, which I also own and really like.
Anyway, I ended up returning it and I really would love to purchase something like it if tarte released it but minus some of the skin irritating ingredients :(
I look like a complete grease ball whenever I wear this. Also, prior to being acne free, I'm breaking out along my jawline, forehead, and a little along my cheeks. I really wished this would have worked for me because I love the texture and finish of this. Also, I chose the color medium-tan-sand, and it was a tad bit too yellow to the point where I looked like I had a mild case of jaundice. The only way I'd try this again is If Tarte improves the formula or makes a matte version.