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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 7/1/2012 8:02:00 PM More reviews by MacPops

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I love this foundation. I prefer to apply lightly with the Tarte brush which comes with the set at QVC. The coverage is remarkable and it doesn't look like I have on a mask as long as I apply lightly with the brush. It is also a good value compared to many other brands. LOOOOOVE it!

updated: I still like this foundation a lot; however, my skin is changing. My skin is getting much dryer, and though I can still make this foundation look great with minimal effort, the look doesn't last. It doesn't matter what sort of primer I use underneath, by the end of the day, this foundation has creased in several places. It's a thick makeup, and there really isn't a way to thin it out. Overall, I think it's more suitable for oilier skin types. Also, the colors are just a bit too yellow for my truly neutral skin-tone. It's workable, but I want something not quite so yellow.

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rated 3 of 5 on 6/25/2012 11:11:00 PM More reviews by breatheformusic

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I really liked this foundation. I really really want to 100% completely love every aspect of it though so I could finally say I found my HG...but unfortunately I don't. Let's start with the pros though:

This goes on VERY smoothly and with a little amount. Very easy to blend overall.

Looks AMAZING when you first apply it. I absolutely loved the finished look when I first applied it- more than any other foundation I've ever tried. I even saw a friend about 15 minutes after I put it on and immediately they said "Wow, your skin looks amazing today."

Hasn't seemed to break me out or anything like that, which is always good because I have sort of sensitive skin. I'm not sure about daily use yet, however.

Looked very natural for the most part. It wasnt at all cakey on me at all either. It also provided pretty good coverage. I only need really a light to medium coverage and this actually provided me with maybe even a little bit more than I really needed. So when they say full coverage, I'm not doubtful that it probably works all right as that.


Even with using an oil control primer and setting it with powder, after about an hour and a half or so, I started to shine. Didn't work too well at controlling my oil.

At hour three or so, it seemed to almost be coming off a bit. It wasn't TOO noticeable but it didn't look nearly as good as when I first put it on.

-I'm giving this 4 lippies mostly because of how amazing it looked when I first put it on and for the first hour and a half or so. It isnt a bad foundation...I've definitely experienced worse as far the staying power and shine goes, but like I said, it doesn't do much for my oily skin and seems to wear down maybe a bit quicker. Im used to using Hourglass Immaculate which controls my oil a lot more and seems to have a better staying power, but I liked the look of Tarte a lot more. So its sort of disappointing that it doesnt work as well for me.

Update: I wore this out yesterday for about 4 hours or so. I didnt get a chance to really look at or touch up my makeup during the day so I kind of just put faith in the fact that it said 12 hours. I got home and looked in the mirror and this stuff had melted off my face. I looked shiny and only parts of my face were still actually covered because the rest of it had just come off. It looked slightly ridiculous. It really bothers me too because this foundation looks the best on my skin when first applied. Oh well :( I need to change my rating down to 3 lippies though.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 6/23/2012 1:06:00 PM More reviews by glamstep

Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Black

BUYERs tip: Get this full foundation ($38) + the Buffer Airbrush Bamboo brush ($32) for only $34 on QVC. I was naive enough to get it separately at ULTA individually & paid full price. Fantastic product. Feels and looks like a second skin. Has full coverage, spf 15 & blends veryy easily. Now the downsides sadly, the color selection; like all HE mu the range is soo limited. This comes in 5 shades only! I'm an NC25 with yellow undertones & the light has the perfect undertones but is too light in the outdoors. IMO this shade is best for NC15-NC20. The medium has neutral undertones & sure I can make it work with a light yellow powder (Ben Nye banana) on top. But this has been the case with ALL of foundations I have tried thus far (and I've tried a lot) I'm alway mixing/layering to get a match. I'm still searching for that one step HG....

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rated 1 of 5 on 6/22/2012 11:29:00 PM More reviews by Adi96

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Medium Brown, Warm Hair: Other, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown

-___- this product is a disaster for sensitive skin. It oxidizes, feels tight after just 20 minutes, and becomes an oily mess which breaks you out. Never buying from tarte when it comes to foundation.

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rated 4 of 5 on 6/22/2012 6:53:00 PM More reviews by AestheticsCosmetics

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I recently purchased this product and I have to say that I have enjoyed it so far. I've seen on previous posters that it oxidizes on some skin. I have not had that problem, however, it seems that those with oily skin types fell victim to it. I have combination skin. I felt like this moped up excess oil and provided hydration where I needed it. It really stayed on all day long; that's a serious plus in this humid climate. I feel the coverage is quite nice as well. I wouldn't say it's full coverage like mac or makeup forever, but it's definitely a medium to full. I mostly wear tinted moisturizers as I don't need much coverage. Lately though, I've felt that I needed more coverage, so I decided to give this a go. All in all, I'd say this is a nice purchase should you feel ok with parting with nearly $40.

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rated 5 of 5 on 6/18/2012 2:09:00 PM More reviews by kscakeface

Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

This product is amazing for anyone looking for coverage whilst worrying about oily skin. I have QUITE oily skin as well as old acne marks that i like to hide as much as possible. this foundation gives me a beautiful glow but doesnt slide off my face after wearing for a few hours. i love that it does not give the "dull, grey" look that all other oil-free foundations have given me. it is a beautiful foundation! not cakey at all & a little goes a long way. it also comes in a 50ml tube (if you pay close attention, you'll notice that is 20ml more than MOST foundation brands) i highly recommend this product. if you have warm undertones (like me) this is the perfect make-up for you :)

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rated 2 of 5 on 6/17/2012 11:06:00 PM More reviews by Beautifulswan007

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green

Oh how I wanted to love this foundation. The texture is amazing and so easy to blend. It comes out of the tube as a lovely, creamy, mousse-like texture. It feels incredibly light and smooth on the skin with a good amount of coverage. I tried this in the shade Medium. It looked flawless for about 30 minutes and then bam! It OXIDIZES like crazy. The color changed so much into something that didn't match my skin with an ugly orange tint. If you look are the ingredient list, there are a few ingredients that are notorious for making foundations turn orange. I wish I could use this or had fairer skin but I would not buy this makeup at all unless you are fine with looking like an orange freak :(

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rated 5 of 5 on 6/11/2012 9:04:00 PM More reviews by shescrafty72

Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

Normally I swear by Revlon Colorstay for oily skin, which works great on me (I have SUPER oily skin). I'm a foundation junky that's always searching for something better than Colorstay...to the tune of 15 different foundations. So far Tarte's Full coverage is the only thing that is equal in staying power and coverage without break outs. I love that it's more of a natural product and the buffing brush is to DIE for :) I purchased mine off of QVC which was wayyyy cheaper than at Ulta or Sephora (think with shipping I paid $44 for the foundation and brush). Will continue to purchase and highly recommend it for people with oily skin that want a heavier coverage. If you are dry, are looking for a dewy finish or don't like looking "made up" this may not be for you. I'm 40 yrs old with big pores, old acne scars, uneven skin tone and some fine lines creeping in around my eyes and have had no issues with this settling in or drawing more attention to these flaws. A small amount covers and evens my skin without the need for concealer. I still powder this foundation to set it (which I also do with colorstay) and require a touch up midway thru the day (which I would need with any foundation because of my oiliness). I'm very picky and this stuff works great for me!

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rated 2 of 5 on 6/9/2012 7:28:00 PM More reviews by hlzapf

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Red, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

Yuck. I liked the Tarte Recreate foundation. Since I have really oily skin, I thought this the Amazonian Clay foundation would be great. I was not impressed. It feels heavy and looks like a mask, but at the same time does not cover! It also makes my skin greasy yet clings and cakes in any flaky areas.The worst of both worlds. I returned this to Ulta.

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rated 1 of 5 on 6/6/2012 4:30:00 PM More reviews by kloud04

Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I actually bought this months back and have yet to review it. I just could not make this work for me at all and it broke me out with cystic acne. ugh.
Pros: Price is reasonable, can return to QVC if you dont like it. Does give great coverage, love the brush, and it doesnt take much product to do your whole face
Cons: Doesn't look too natural (at least on my skin) I think that this only works well on people who aren't super oily. I on the hand am super oily and this just sank into my pores and melted off my face. I also found that I would have to set this with powder which would make me look like I was dead and wearing way to much makeup. This also rubs off sooo badly. I would hug my husband or son and they would have it on their clothes and my face barely touched the fabric. just not a fan. glad to hear that others like this.

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