I think I might have FINALLY found my HG foundation. And I have tried quite a handful, both high-end and drugstore (Revlon CS, Revlon CS Whipped, Rimmel Lasting Finish, Bare Minerals, Laura Mercier Silk Creme, MakeUp Forever HD, Urban Decay, Estee Lauder DW), to name a few.
Before I dive into my full review, some background about my skin: I have light golden olive skin (NC20ish currently), my skin gets pretty light and grey-looking in the winter (ew) but I tan very easily and nicely in the summer. My skin is combination and acne prone, I get quite oily in my T-zone all year round but quite dry on my cheeks and around my mouth and eyes in the winter. Finding the right products for my skin is always a challenge.
THE PAST: I was a loyal Bare Minerals user for years, it was the first foundation I fell in love with and we had a good run but as I grew out of my teen years I began to realize that it looked cakey on my skin and was rather drying - whether I was oblivious to those things the entire time I wore it or whether my skin changed with age, I don't know, but I fell out of love with it about a year ago. Ever since, I have been on the search for a compatible liquid foundation.
THE PRESENT: My skin is acne prone and pretty sensitive, though as I grew out of being a care-free teenager I also began to realize how important it is to take care of your skin.
Makeup is only going to look as good as the skin underneath it. I am very strict on my skincare and face cleansing, I ALWAYS remove my makeup before bed no matter how tired I am, even if that means half-assing it and using only a makeup wipe. ALWAYS take off your makeup before bed, always. Even with my diligent skincare routine I still get random small pimples and occasional nasty, large cystic bumps but my skin is now nearly flake free and blemish free, I think in large part thanks to finally taking proper care of my skin.
My go-to foundation as of late has been Laura Mercier Silk Creme or Urban Decay Naked, neither of which I am totally in love with. I love the silky texture and coverage that LM provides but it's staying power doesn't really impress me even with a good primer and Skindinavia setting spray - it just doesn't last around my T zone and begins to fade around my jaw by midday. I do expect a lot out of my foundation but staying power is a MUST for me. The Urban Decay naked feels truly naked, which I love, but it is too sheer for me for most days. On good skin days I can be confident wearing it but that's rare, the color I have (4.0) is too dark for my pale skin at the moment also, it looks splotchy as it wears because the shade and my skintone are so different right now. I think the color match will be perfect mid-summer when my skin is tan. The UD staying power isn't the greatest either, it rubs off on everything and doesn't last all day. I plan to use it in the summer for light coverage on days when I am only running short errands and don't need it to last for a full day of work.
This is getting long-winded and I apologize but I always enjoy reading long in-depth reviews of a product when I am really interested in it before I decide to buy it.
THE HOLY GRAIL (maybe): In comes Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation (that's a mouthful). I have considered trying this for a while but just never bothered to buy it and tried Urban Decay Naked and LM-SC instead. When I wasn't completely enthuse with either of those, my search began again. On a whim, I recently purchased Tarte BB 12-hour Tinted Primer in Light and fell in love with it. I don't usually buy things on a whim but I'm so glad I did. It has amazing coverage for a BB cream, a silky feel, and it provided a good, even base for my LM-SC - but that's another review. Anyways, the point is that Tarte's BB primer introduced me to the Tarte line and after being so pleased with the primer, I decided to bite the bullet and buy the foundation. I currently wear the 12-hour foundation in Light Sand and it is the closest match that I have ever found for my light golden olive skin - that alone really impressed me! It is almost on the edge of being too light and as the weather continues to get warmer and my skin continues to warm up, I will have to sooner rather than later move on to Light Medium Sand - I am hoping that will match my summer skin just as well as Light Sand matches my winter skin.
Aside from the tone matching so closely, I love the feel and finish of this foundation, it is comparable in feel to Laura Mercier Silk Creme but I feel that it stays matte longer on my skin and is easier to blend and looks more natural, + the color is better for me. After I apply my toner, moisturizer, and primer, I apply the Tarte AC foundation in small dots to my face, blending and smoothing it out with my fingers. I find that the warmth of my fingers helps melt the product into my skin. I then use a damp BB sponge to tap gently over the top to blur any finger marks or smudges. I typically only have to apply one layer of foundation to get my desired Medium+ coverage, and build up a second light layer in trouble spots. I finish off with Skindinavia setting spray and then move on to my bronzer/blush, etc. I get flawless, natural, semi-satin coverage that lasts a good 10 hours with minimal to no touch-ups, I am SO impressed with this foundation and I am very rarely impressed by much, especially cosmetics! I could keep going but I'm sure your eyes are bleeding by now if you made it this far.
THE END: Some people say that this foundation is expensive but I will gladly splurge on foundation if it works because the key to great makeup is a great canvas and I do believe you get what you pay for, especially with this foundation. Plus, it's .7 ounces larger than typical foundations... 1.7 ounces will set you back about $38 USD but you get almost twice as much product! For me that's a GREAT deal and more than worth it. It may not work for everyone but it works fo
Ah, how tedious the search for the perfect foundation is. So far, this one's my HG for these reasons:
- Doesn't look cakey, even without applying primer first
- Perfect tone for me (although this is a very personal reason)
- Blends in majestically with my bronzer, concealer, etc.
- Actually long-lasting
I can't tell you how perfect this tone (Tan) is for me. It looks closest to my natural skin tone and even gives me a VERY SUBTLE looking tanned appearance.
- Feels a little heavy
The only con, aside from the price, is that it felt heavy enough to clog my pores. I already have a bit of acne cosmetica, so for a month or two I switched to the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation by Pür Minerals, as I was told by the Ulta consultant that it was more lightweight than this one. It just wasn't the same. Tone was off and didn't settle into my skin as well.
Oh well. The struggle of choosing between having clean, clear skin or looking temporarily nice when I leave my house continues.
I love this foundation! perfect for acne prone skin! no parabens or harsh chemicals :)
I bought the brush that is suggested for this foundation. I have realized that i tend to use to much product with that brush. Has anyone tried applying it with their hands? It works very well as odd as that sounds. Overall this is an amazing foundation. I would say it is medium coverage. It has more pink undertones than yellow so watch out for that one! It is amazing for oily skin. It controls the oils and does not accentuate dry patches either!
This may just be my new HG foundation..
I have been using this for a month now, I had just switched from my old foundation which was making me break out horribly, and thank goodness I found this! So the texture is like a thick mousse which feels really lovely and airy on the skin. I'd never tried a foundation with a mousse consistency before so this was a pleasant surprise for me. I apply it with a damp beauty blender and it looks beautiful. The coverage is medium. I have huge pores and acne- prone skin with hyper pigmentation scars and this does a great job of camouflaging without covering too much and making me look fake and cakey. I have oily skin and this lasts all day. Lasts about 9 hours, 12 hours on a good day. Definitely recommend this to anyone with oily skin looking for decent coverage.
It was such a cakey disaster when i applied with my regular flat-top foundation brush (bare minerals precise angle) i hated it. It looked like i has put on a mask and this made me really sad because the formula and shade were perfect for me. Anyways i tried again with a damp sponge and it was perfect! Not as full a coverage as with a brush but that also meant not cakey. I had it on for literally 12 hours and it lasted me the whole day with no touch-ups! Just a little blotting with tissue after 10 hours. Btw im usually nw25 and i have this in the shade light sand. Fair skin with yellow undertones.
I really liked how well it went on; it was nice and smooth and it did last all day. You know how I could tell? Because even the lightest shade was still too dark for me. I was actually waiting for it to start rubbing off. Had to return, very disappointing.
I purchased in an attempt to find something that is heavier coverage than clinique acne/sensitive foundation.
I was told it is great for both sensitive and oily skin and they WEREN'T LYING!
It is rare to find something that my skin doesnt react to, so i do love this product BUT
1-it is VERY thick. more full cvg than i originally wanted
2- i think it is VERY expensive.
that being said, it has lasted a few months so far. The tube however is difficult to get the last bit of product out of it so a lot goes to waste.
This foundation is kind of thick, but it applies on my face nicely. It has build-able coverage (remember to let the 1st layer settle in) and still looks quite natural for the second layer. I can still somewhat see my blemishes, but it evens out everything. I would say that it lasts for 12 hours, but if you have oily skin like mine, the foundation could come off whenever you touch your face. When that happens, I usually use oil blotting papers or tissues to lightly pat my face to remove most of the oils. Since I have oily skin, it doesn't dry out my face, and it also doesn't make me break out, which is great because my skin is acne-prone. I've used this for more than a year now, and I wouldn't mind buying another bottle after the current one runs out, but it is pricey. I also noticed recently is that it is oxidizing/turning slightly orange. This didn't happen before, but now I'm on a search for a new foundation that doesn't oxidize as much, otherwise you can tell the difference between the shade of my face from my neck.
TL;DR: Thick foundation, better applied with clean fingers than a brush, build-able coverage that looks pretty natural for the 2nd layer, lasts for 12 hours, doesn't dry out skin or contribute to break outs, started to somewhat oxidize after months of using it.
I wanted to try a more organic foundation... I regret it. I ended up breaking out horribly in less than a week! This looked good upon first application at Ulta...but overall this is cakey and mask like. It also is not long wearing....I look patchy by the end of the day. It is a mousse like consistency too..supposed to be light weight but it feels heavy to me. The only plus is the packaging is easy for travel and it is 1.7oz where other brands offer 1.0 oz. I would not recommend this product. I'm returning it. Now I have to fix my skin that was blemish free prior to trying this.
I have fair skin So i liked the fact that this foundation actually came in nice fair skin colors. I also liked the fact that it did not oxidize over time . It had a nice feel to it and the coverage was good . however for myself it dried out my skin, mainly my forehead. SO all in all it is a good foundation however i would recommend trying it out first to see if it works for your skin . i have combination skin (oily in the summer dry in the winter , o the joy) I would have loved to keep using it but it just dried out my skin to much. great texture I liked the clay feeling .
hope this helps those who are looking to purchasing this product.