I've been on a search for a new primer/TM/foundation for combination skin (very oily t-zone, dry around chin) since MAC changed the formula of the Prep and Prime SPF 50 that I used with Sonia Kashuk's tinted moisturizer. I thought I'd try some different products because over the past few years I've started to get milia and thought maybe the MAC or the SK was responsible for this.
I tried the Amazonian clay with multiple oil-control lotions and primers (Murad, Roth, Boots, Cetaphil) and also without primer. I could never get this foundation to look good. It settles into every pore and accentuates every flake. It looks good from a few feet, but close up it is a total mess. I give it two stars because the texture feels lovely and the color match was decent.
I'm also trying the Amazonian Clay tinted moisturizer and so far I like this much better because it doesn't sink into my pores and doesn't emphasize flakiness. Verdict isn't in on the oil-control factor.
I am another one who received this as a QVC TSV with a fluffy brush for application. At first, I didn't really like this product. Then I discovered I was using a bit too much. Once I backed off the amount I was using and blended this out well, I really liked it a lot. I wear this about 90% of the time. I do set my oilier areas with a little loose powder but this is a pretty matte foundation as is. I ordered it in the color Light and it's a very good match for me.
When this product was originally introduced I was so excited, because it wasen't tested on animals and it seemed very natural and reliable. When I tried it in the store it seemed to have really worked for me. I have acne-prone skin, discoloration and oily skin (woo hoo) and I loved the coverage... but when I got home I was very much displeased.
The makeup seemed to have sat around all my blemishes. It maximized my pores and was so flaky. The worst part about this was I broke out. I ended up returning the product and I'm still on the hunt for another foundation.
I can honestly say I hated this foundation. It did not blend at all & the color , Light, was a weird shade of yellow. It doesn't help matters that QVC NEVER refunded me for the purchase price after I sent it back. So yeah, I shelled out $40+ just to try the gawd awful stuff. The brush included was no help at all. Seriously, this was over-all a terrible experience for me. Next time I risk that much cash, I will be buying from Sephora, although the nearest store is a 2 hr drive, at least I will have the ability to take it back to a physical store & be refunded immediately.
I love this foundation. Tarte is known for being natural and for face products i have to say they are the best ive tried especially if you have acne prone skin. The only downside for me is i have dry skin in addition to acne prone skin so it is difficult bc foundations that don't break me out make my skin dry and foundations that won't make my skin dry break me out. Besides my skin being dry this foundation is amazing just make sure you moisturize very well beforehand. The coverage is very good just like it says and it feels very good on i feel like my skin is breathing which is always good thing right :p anyone who breaks out should try this!
This goes on beautifully and makes my skin look flawless using the awesome brush that goes with it. It even looks great applied with my fingers or a sponge. My problem is that it just doesn't have the staying power it promises. I am a nurse and I work 12 hour shifts. I don't have time to touch up. If you can reapply a little midday, this would be a great foundation because I love the texture and beautiful natural finish it gives my skin. It doesn't crease and accentuate my fine lines like other long wear foundations do.
Mousse-like consistency. satin finish, medium coverage.
Has not irritated my acne-prone, sensitive skin.
This is a medium coverage foundation. I hate misleading coverage claims! I have no pimples or skin troubles but I do have freckles and this barely covers them. If you are really are looking for full coverage I recommend Illasque's Rich Liquid.
Now with that being said, this is a good medium coverage foundation. It is very creamy feeling and I actually like its texture. The color choices are limited. I have a sample in Light and I dont know whether to buy this or not because I still dont feel like its dark/yellow enough for me, while the other colors are too pink or way too dark. I apply it with the Sigma F80 and it looks amazing once its blended in. I like the packaging and if I were to buy it I would get it from QVC, you get their brush and their foundation for about the same price as you would get just the foundation at Sephora.
Nice coverage, good match, but gave me cystic acne after a 2 week trial. 4 or 5 really deep cysts on my cheeks, both sides if my nose... I was breakout free before I tried it, for many months. This is the only change I made. Oh well. Now its going to probably be a month before I'm healed up again.
I was so excited to try this product when it came out! I first bought the foundation and recommended brush at Sephora (individual prices). I went home and tried it on, and I felt the shade the Tarte rep who was there that day helped me pick was too dark. They didnt have the next color down, so I went on QVC's website. Lo and behold, they had the shade I wanted AND the Bamboo brush in a bundle and the price was so good I pretty much got the brush for free! it shipped and got to be in a week or so, and the shade I chose from them was perfect! I loved everything about it! The brush is amazing too. I have yet to even finish half the tube, as a little goes a long way. It's thick, but spreads and blends like a dream. It is a full coverage foundation, but it does NOT feel thick or heavy, and honestly, it feels luxurious. I could probably wear it without powder, but I add powder just to "finish" the look and feel complete. It really is worth every penny! I would prefer a flip top lid, and I can see how the price could be high for some people. But that does not take away from the quality of the product itself.