Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full-Coverage Foundation SPF 15


648 reviews

59% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$


6% Titanium dioxide 3% Zinc Oxide Inactive Ingredients: Water, cyclopentasiloxane, octldodecyl neopentanoate, butylene glycol, plyglyceryl-4 isostearate, dimethicone crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, dimethicone, silica, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, stearic acid, aluminum hydroxide, sodium dehydroacetate, phytantriol, hexyl laurate, triethoxycaprylysilane, nylon-12, sodium chloride, kaolin, tocopherol, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, polyvinylalcohol crosspolymer, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, zinc chloride, lysine, sodium hyaluronte, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol. potassium sorbate, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, mica Made in USA

on 4/14/2015 4:33:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

If you have oily skin... avoid this foundation!!!

I have been using this product for about two months now and am very disappointed. I had been looking for a full coverage, long lasting foundation for quite some time when I stumbled upon this Tarte foundation. I read reviews about it and watched videos in which people gave it very high ratings. I am sad to say that I highly disagree with them! Everything seemed fine when I first applied it, I was actually very impressed by the coverage. Although, I wouldn't call this a full coverage foundation, but it is definitely buildable!

Anyway, the real disappointment was about two hours into the day when I was basically really, really oily and clung to my dry spots making them extra flakey and the "full coverage" I had was not so "full coverage". Not to mention that this foundation also comes right off with the slightest touch to my face. It wouldn't have been that bad if I could just put on some powder and blot, but honestly it's like I had to completely redo my makeup to get the look that I wanted with it. It has great pigmentation and such but it does not last at all and feels really heavy if you choose to try and build it up.

I also have really acne prone skin but this foundation didn't seem to break me out anymore than usual so, that's sort of a plus.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 4/13/2015 2:20:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I actually purchased this foundation a while ago, but am just now writing a review. I went to Sephora looking for a full coverage, matte finish foundation. I spoke with a rep, she did the skin IQ thing, and this foundation was one of my matches. She said it was highly recommended for people with oily skin, which I have.

I was very disappointed with this foundation because for two main reasons. First, it did not stay matte on my skin. Honestly, after about two hours I was greasy and there was makeup separation on my nose and forehead. Second, it made me break out, especially on my cheeks. I think because the foundation itself is so heavy (it really does feel like a clay or thick mousse) it clogged my pores, causing the breakouts. I say these things after having used this foundation for about a month. I tried different application techniques ( brushes, beauty blender, etc), different primers and setting sprays and even no primer at all. Nothing seemed to help. It felt like $30+ dollars wasted to be honest.

Will not repurchase, will not recommend to people with oily/ acne prone skin.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 4/10/2015 12:27:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I did not break out from this product! I use this for when I need full coverage or I've got bad blemishes. A little of the product goes a long way, which I think is great because I get more value for my money. The formula is great, it doesn't slide off my face even when it gets oily. It's got a thick consistency which I'd say is pretty normal since this claims to be a medium to full coverage foundation. Considering it is on the thicker side, this does not feel heavy on my skin at all! Regarding the longevity of the product, I'd say the staying power is pretty good considering I live in a pretty humid area. I like that it has SPF too since I use this mostly during the day, I do not recommend using this for the evening or a night out since it may create a white cask under flash photography. Only thing I don't like about this product is since the consistency is so thick, it tends to be a little bit drying but it could be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how your skin is on that day.

on 4/7/2015 9:16:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I needed something more full coverage than the Tarte tinted primer, and found a perfect match to my skin tone in fair beige. I didn't like how thick it applied with just my fingers, so I bought an ecotools foundation brush and love it now! I just squeeze a small dollop on the back of my hand and use the brush to layer it on my face. It goes on very smooth and silky, and hardly needs buffing and doesn't have to be set with powder unless it is really humid outside.

I do get dry skin in the winter so if I don't use enough moisturizer before applying this, it can settle in the dry spots but is minimal. And while it hasn't caused any breakouts on my sensitive skin, I don't think the amazonian clay does anything special. It certainly feels nice, though!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 4/5/2015 11:51:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Have been using this foundation on a daily basis for the past 10 months and its been my favorite foundation so far. Bought it out of desperation when I was having a bout of bad breakouts and I needed the extra coverage. It didn't make my breakouts worse and stayed in place so I didn't need to pile on more makeup during the day. Since then my skin has cleared up and I use much less of it now, buffing with a foundation brush (either Real Techniques or Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Brush). With a brush, the foundation doesn't get cakey and it doesn't seep into the fine lines around my mouth. The finish is quite natural and it also doesn't oxidize on my skin or become oily.

Overall, a lovely foundation that I reach for each morning and would repurchase when I finish the current tube.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I wish I liked this product because it's the only foundation that has ever matched my fair skin PERFECTLY (fair sand, I believe) and it's a very reasonable price for the ounces you get. That being said, this foundation did not work well for me. The product clung for dear life onto my dry patches, and smeared away on my oily spots. The coverage was medium and got cakey VERY quickly if I tried to add a second thin layer for more coverage. I will not be keeping this.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I was gifted this, and in Light-Medium Beige it's a perfect match for my NC25 skin. It blends in nicely and gives decent coverage, but it is just SO DAMN THICK. I thought it would be good for my oily skin, and it does keep me matte, but lord that stuff is heavy feeling.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

For Reference:
- MAC NC35
- NARS Punjab
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Tawny
- Loreal True Match Lumi W4
- MUFE HD 140

I'm Light/Medium honey in this foundation.

- Dry Skin with a few patches

This stuff is THICK. It is full coverage, but I wouldn't say quite as full coverage as Double Wear in my opinion. However, it gives a really nice and natural finish while being thick if applied the same way as I do.

The first time I tried it, I had just come out of an allergic reaction, so my skin was dry like the Sahara. I found that it clung because of this, so take it as a warning, if you're REALLY dry, it will cling. This gave me a bad first impression, but I opted to try again after I had made more or less a full recovery.

The one thing that I had heard about this foundation was that a lot of people hated it at first, and that people tended to love it after they found their preferred method of application. Personally, I found that any brush applied this stuff on my skin too thick. After many alternatives, I eventually settled upon a beauty blender being the best form of application. I cannot say that it is better or worse than any other sponge due to me not having ever tried another. However, I found that when applying with a sponge, it gave a super smooth and nice finish.

I cannot speak much on the /amazonian clay/ affecting my skin. I haven't really noticed it, but I don't think I've used it for long enough for it to make a difference.

The squeeze tube is nice. However, i would prefer a pump so I could see how much is left, but it's not a big deal. Just remember, a little goes a long way!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 3/30/2015 12:45:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

This is my all time favorite foundation. While it is rather pricey, that is to be expected when shopping for prestige brands and comparably priced products are, simply, not as good. l have used the Stila "Stay All Day," Urban Decay "Weightless Liquid" Foundation and a few drug store brands, but these all have many more cons than pros. This Tarte product lives up to its full coverage claims. It is a squeeze bottle, as opposed to a pump, so there is a more controlled application and you can much better control the amount of product that comes out. And a small amount goes a long way. I squeeze a thin line from my wrist bone to the base of my thumb and that is almost enough to cover my entire face. This amount is not just a thin, base coat either. Paired with the Tarte full coverage concealer, this creates a simple, flawless complexion that no other brand I have ever used comes close to.

I have never experienced acne breakouts or blackheads (in last 8 months of using this). It covers almost all of the redness of my skin, and whatever the foundation doesn't cover, the complimentary concealer takes care of.

All in all, absolutely perfect foundation. 11/10

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: Unknown

Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I hate this foundation. I used it once for dinner out and it made me look like the dude from Hell Raiser. It gave me all these lines on my face and I don't even have a single wrinkle to begin with! It just was awful and I had really high hopes for this. I did a ton of research before choosing this one. My skin is currently dealing with a breakout so I picked this up thinking it would be full coverage. That was the second biggest issue, this is not full coverage. First layer was medium but when I tried to layer this, it became so heavy and greasy. As the hours passed, this foundation formed a big ol' crusty halo over a blemish and melted into expression lines causing a horror show. How the hell can this cause so much crust and grease at the same time?

So, what was good about this tube of crap? The color selection. I found a dead on match with the shade Medium Tan Honey. Also, this didn't irritate my skin. Lastly, the price is nice at $38 and found easily in B&M stores like Sephora and Ulta.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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