I wish I could say I love this foundation. But I don't. I ended up returning it. I got it in Tan for my NC40 skin. It leaned on the orange side. I didn't like that but still gave it a far try. I liked that I didn't get oily as fast as I usually do but it feels a bit heavy. Worst thing of all is that it made me break out :( . I suppose it was the silicones that were the culprit, that or the amazonian clay. I'm not sure. I did give it a fair 3 weeks to see. It gave me gross white heads that I usuallly get when I work out to the max.
The finish was nice. It's a satin finish and a bit dewy for me because I have oily skin.
Alas, I will not repurchase.
Oh and one last note: The brush is awesome! But you can get a cheaper one from Everyday Minerals or Ecotools. They work just the same but for less than half the price. ;D
Wow, So I am a little suprised by all the negative comments on this product. I had previously been using the MAC studio fix fluid for about two years and i had been happy with it until it started making myskin break out consistanly so i went to sephora in search of a full coverage foundation with good staying power and that was somewhere in my price range. The woman at sephora took me straight to the Tarte Amazonian clay foundation and said i would love it, and she was right. I love the thick consistancy to it, and compared to mac it actually feels lighter. It stays true to it's claim, it lasts all day with very full coverage and is completly buildable. I find it easy to work with and it does not becomes cakey what so ever, I have sensitive skin and have not experienced any break outs. I am very happy with this foundation!
I've been using this foundation for about a month so I feel I've given it a fair shake. I find it good coverage but would not get it again.
First of all the color match was good - I got shade Light and it matches my NC20 - NC25 skin well.
But it dries out the dry part of my face - cheeks and eye area. I use eye cream, moisturizer and primer and then apply the foundation with my Sigma F82. But it shows up lines that I've never even noticed before.
The consistency is thick and I can kind of feel the fine clay particles - Therefore I think this would be best for people who have all-over oily skin and who need to hide a lot of blemishes.
It's too drying for my combination skin and actually more coverage than looks natural if you don't need that much.
This is a pretty good foundation, the medium shade matched me pretty well, I would say this is medium coverage and to achieve that I need to apply a lot of product. Another note, I got this hoping it was good for my skin AND performed well but this like many other foundations has a ton of silicone. This felt a bit drying on my skin and left me wanting more moisture -also felt like it accentuated fine lines as the day went on, so I would say it is not best for dry skins unless the climate was hot and humid , then perhaps it would work. All in all pretty good but not outstanding. I feel that Erno Lazlo absolute finish is very similar and perhaps better if not only for the fact that I can get it on Ebay for 15..00 and this stuff costs more. so I am still on a search for that perfect foundation that performs well and is natural and truly good for my skin !
So far, I really want to keep liking this foundation. It's a good amount of coverage for me, except on breakout spots, and the colors match my skin tone really well. I like that it's a little tiny bit sparkly to diffuse some flaws, but it's not shiny or sparkly or greasy after wearing it for awhile. It does tend to cake a little bit in certain dry areas of my face, so make sure you moisturize well or have normal to oily skin. I'm a little bit nervous because I am starting to get blackheads on my nose since using this product. I can't say that it is directly related, but I have never gotten them before and have only started noticing them since using this foundation. Overall, I really like it and it's a great fit for me, I just hope it continues to deliver and no problems creep up since I've only been using it a couple of weeks. I'll re-review if I notice anything.
I would have given it a 2 or a 1 but I really LOVE the brush. It is a little bit on the big side and it reminds me of the everyday minerals flat top kabuki brush but bigger.
The foundation however was horrible. I wish I was getting the same results as all the raves here on MUA but it was not full coverage at all and it did not cover up my enlarged pores. It also only lasted 4 hours. I put it on at 8 am and I went to lunch and came back and it looked bad. So I applied more and it just looked cakey. Then later that night I looked in the mirror and it look blotchy and you could see my pores a million miles away.
It did not break me out or make me oily. However, I just felt like it didn't cover anything for how thick it felt. I went back to my Revlon colorstay and I think the Revlon one is a better coverage foundation and staying power than this foundation. Revlon gives me that no makeup look and covers my pores. My mom always used to say "the high end are just as good as the drugstore brands" Usually this is not the case, but in my opinion this situation it is.
So if you have tried this foundation and came across the same types of things that I have (not enough coverage, wears off easily, pores seemed enlarged) I would suggest try Revlon Colorstay for combination oily skin or if you want to stay with high end the Dior Nude hydrating foundation is good.
Update 10/11/2013: I agree with everything above, but it did break me out into pizza face. I don't know why I wanted to try this again, but now my face seems to dislike this foundation and I broke out from in :(
I bought the brush separately, and both it and the foundation are fantastic. Ivory works for me (NW15). I apply by patting tiny amounts over my face with my fingertips, then I blend/buff with the brush. (I use the EL BB cream as primer.). The result is natural and polished. I don't think I would recommend this for those who truly need full coverage, as I can imagine it becoming very mask-like, but applied sheerly, this is just beautiful and stays all day long without any powder touch-ups for me.
I am in love with this for the excellent color match alone! I have fair skin and finding the right foundation usually leaves me settling for something just a bit too yellow or pink.
Not this! I love that it doesn't oxidize to a red or bronze undertone. I have skin so oily I look sweaty sans cover up, and this mousse-y foundation dries to a wonderful matte finish, absorbing better than any other liquid or even mineral makeup I've ever tried.
Combined with a light dusting of the amazonian clay pressed powder and it's the most flawless finish i've seen from a liquid foundation.
I have found that for me, this has to be applied with a sponge or else it settles into the dry patches on my cheeks. Minus one lippy for that.
But overall, the best bang for my buck.
I recently bought this after liking the sample I got at sephora. Always been and ELDW girl, but as I age my skin has gotten dry. I compare the coverage on this as equal to my DW. but not nearly as drying. Dries to more of a satin finish rather than matte I was able to find a decent color match in Light, which is still a bit yellow when I first apply, but blends well and actually matches better than my DW did once blended. I have been applying with my fingers as I find this gives me the best result. It's a little pricey, but I get almost twice as much product for a few dollars more. I wouldn't call this full coverage, more medium. I don't find it settling into my laugh lines or undereyes, but if you have sun spots you will still need concealer.
I will update when I've been using it longer, but right now I'm thinking I may have found my new HG. Let's hope it continues this way :)
*UPDATE 2/22/12* Started noticing small dry, flakey spots on my face today that are way exaggerated by this foundation. I was told it was moisturizing, while it's not a drying foundation to me, it's not moisturizing enough. I guess my hunt for a moisturizing foundation with decent coverage continues :-/ I still think this is a nice foundation, so I will leave my rating the same, but would not repurchase.
The more I use this, the more I love it. It is beautiful, lasts all day, didn't oxidize on me, looks natural and covers well. I used the brush and the beauty blender and my fingers, and the brush was by far the best application method. It seems to me like the only way to get a natural, airbrushed look. It looked 'foundationey' the other ways. I have dry cheeks, and do not feel like it dries me out more. It's probably the least drying long wearing foundation I've ever tried.