I have to say that this is an interesting foundation. First of all, the Bamboo Foundation brush is a MUST for getting this to look flawless. I tried other foundation brushes with it and it just didn't look the same. Also, this is some heavy, pigmented stuff and I think on the package it says to use a quarter sized blob. Uh, no. When I did that it looked so cakey and fake. I later tried using a half of a dime sized amount and it looked so much better. It does look like makeup but if you use a small amount and use the brush it will give you a creamy, flawless complextion. Pair this with Tarte's Smooth Operator Finishing Powder and your makeup will last for hours. I do really like this for a full cover makeup and will re puchase again if I ever run out of the tube I have. A tiny bit goes a long way!
I have an extremely oily T-zone, and this foundation is dang near perfect.
First of all, I don't think a lot of women with oily skin think they need to moisturize before applying makeup. Find a gel moisturizer, or an oil-free cream one, and slather it on. Your skin will over-produce oil if you completely strip it away. Hence the "separation" problems a lot of you may be having.
THAT being said, I love this foundation. I wear it quite often without any powder, because the finish is so matte, but NEVER cakey. And you only need a little dab of it, and spread it around. It's definitely medium-to-full coverage though, so if you're looking for something lighter, this may not be for you.
I'll definitely repurchase this one.
let me just say, i have combination skin and break out very easily. i'm 29 and have no lines or wrinkles, but since my skin blemishes easily it's difficult to find a foundation that will cover redness and acne marks, without creating more zits. i also tend to get some flakiness. this foundation has been awesome--it never breaks me out, even when sleeping in it, and it looks natural and non-powdery. lasts through a whole work day, i have to dab a tiny bit around my mouth from smiling.
it blends great, and as long as i've exfoliated and moisturized, i have no issues with flakiness. i'm NC20, and Light is a perfect match for me. the foundation brush is AWESOME, and makes the foundation go on even better. highly recommend!
I really really wanted to love this foundation, but unfortunately I just couldn't get this foundation to work on my skin. I read so many reviews that said this is for girls with oily skin, well I have to disagree. This literally started separating on my face as soon as I put it on. It looked like tiny pinholes all over my chin and cheeks where my pores were. It settled so bad into the smallest crevices and lines that I never knew I had! I'm only 23 and I have no wrinkles or fine lines, and it looked like I had a the face of a 40 yr old. I do want to say that I did of course use primer and I actually tried this foundation with about 3 different primers, but nothing worked. Foundation is a hit and miss kinda game, and this was a miss for me :(
Just finished up my BareMinerals and wanted to try something new. I really likes BM initially but towards the end it just looked a little off idk it was weird. That was the first powder foundation I had used and liked. I was looking to try PurMinerals but was itching to try liquid again too.
A co-worker suggested I try the new Tarte foundation. He matched me and did my face and I was so happy with it. This is just my initial impression. I'll probably update it next week when I've worked with it for a while. So far I really like it. It's long lasting & not heavy. I've had it on for about 9 hours and it looks great.
The only thing I'm really worried about it how my skin will take it. When I started wearing BM and getting facials, my skin cleared up so much. I'm hoping that my skin stays clear while using this.
ABORT MISSION ABORT MISSION.
This is the only foundation that I have tried that broke me out. I had pus filled pimples by the end of the second day that I tried it.
The coverage for this foundation is ok. It didn't really cover any redness for me. I much prefer MUFE HD or even Maybelline Fit Me.
So I have very acne prone skin and have used everything from MAC to L'oreal and everything seemed to provoke a break out. A double edge sword was trying to cover up the blemishes only to find that many of these products were the cause of them. I went to Sephora and was given a sample of this stuff, I've never heard of it. I tried it for a week while attacking my acne and it worked very well for me. Awesome coverage and did not cause ANY acne. I see it didn't work for many people but I've gotten great results from it.
Really liking this foundation for my oily, acne-prone face. A Sephora SA matched me to Ivory (I'm NC-15, maybe slightly lighter), and though the foundation looked too dark, it actually went on much lighter than I thought it would. When I went back to Sephora, I tried the Fair shade, and it was wayyyyyy too light for me (and that's saying something!). I read a lot of reviews about the foundation not really being full-coverage, and what I've found is that you can build it to be full-coverage, if that's what you want. I don't really need or want the full-coverage, so I found that using just a little bit of this was perfect - light coverage, very natural-looking (I apply with my fingers). Like I said, my skin is oily, and this foundation has been the best of the foundations I've tried for that (and even when I get oily later in the day, I don't *look* oily). Also, this foundation doesn't break me out. It's going to last a long time, because I only use a little at a time.
I received a rather generous sample of this product. Decided to give this a shot because I loved the mousse texture, it's natural and received great reviews. When my skin was super dry, this did not work at all! It definitely highlighted every single flake on my face. Finally my face is back to it's combination state (slightest flake here and there but nothing major) so I gave it another shot. I LOVE IT! I apply with my hands then buff out with a brush and it looks flawless. I do set it with a powder and it lasts the whole day (9 hours, I don't wear make up longer than that). I do have to blot my tzone at least once in those 9 hours. The shade is "light", and although it's a tad light for my skin tone, it's yellow which is great to even out the redness so I use a bit of bronzer to even it out. The medium is more pink and so it wouldn't help even out the redness. I don't like using primers+foundation+powder+a million other things regularly because it's horrible for your skin. I will be purchasing the full size as soon as I'm out of my sample.
Did not like this foundation at all. Tarte says it has a healthy and natural finish, but the finish is very dull and lifeless. It makes my skin look dehydrated. It also highlights dry patches or acne, and it settles in fine lines...so it makes my skin looks WORSE than it is. I tried applying it with a brush (similar to the one Tarte sells), sponge, and fingers - nothing worked for me :-(. You can see swatches and photos and a full review on my blog here: