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

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  • 61% would buy again
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rated 4 of 5 on 8/2/2014 4:49:00 PM More reviews by leh529

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

I just recently bought this product. I had originally received a generous sample from sephora. I love the mousse like texture. I find it applies best with my fingers versus a foundation brush. I would like to try it with a beauty blender, but I have yet to purchase one. I have extremely acne prone skin. This foundation does not break me out. It's the only one I have found. I would say the coverage is medium. It still looks natural, but blemishes need concealer. I have received quite a few compliments while wearing this foundation which has never happened before. It lasts a decent amount of time when set with Tarte finishing powder. I will repurchase, but there is a decent amount of product in the tube so it will be awhile. I love this foundation!

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/1/2014 8:08:00 PM More reviews by addkg777

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel

i really have a love hate relationship with this foundation. its mostly love but some days i put this on and i hate the way my skin looks. but i think its because ill accidentally use too much and go over board. its awesome coverage and a little goes a long way. its a mousee like texture and i think it could be great for either dry or oily skinned people. it doesnt last a long time but pretty decent. ill always have it on hand because it never breaks me out.

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/27/2014 7:12:00 PM More reviews by Kayyy45

Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Green

This is probably my favorite foundation. And I've tried just about everything from drugstore to mac to urban decay to estee lauder and clinique, benefit to lorac and BM (which I also like) as well as bb creams and all that good stuff. I like my tarte foundation a lot. It's creamy and smooth which is what I need on my weird textured skin. It's medium coverage. Not full. Some of my blemishes show through but i like it because it looks more natural. I suggest trying it out.

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rated 3 of 5 on 7/26/2014 2:39:00 PM More reviews by aquaris

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green

I have this in the shade "Fair Sand". I think it's a pretty good match for my skin tone. I've never been matched at MAC but I would guess I'm around an NC15, maybe somewhere between NC15-20. It is a fair, yellow toned shade.
The finish it gives is semi-matte. It's a really nice finish, the fact that it is not completely matte makes it look more natural. You can easily go for a fully matte finish with setting powder.
Oil control was decent. When I wear this all day, I find myself getting a little shiny at the end of the day, but it isn't that bad.
I have acne prone skin and this foundation doesn't cause any problems for me.
This definitely isn't a full coverage foundation. I would place it more in the medium to medium-full range. I tried to layer more on to make it fuller coverage but it just made it look cakey. This foundation looks best applied in a thin layer.
It also has a tendency to enhance dry patches, so make sure you exfoliate/moisturize if you plan on wearing this.
I have applied this with my fingers, but it is definitely a foundation best applied with a brush. I didn't buy the Tarte brush you're supposed to use; I've just been using the RT Buffing Brush and it has applied quite well.

Overall, I like this foundation, but I probably won't repurchase. It's quite expensive (~$50 CAD), and for the price I would expect it to live up to its expectations, namely, that it would actually be full coverage. Also for that price, it shouldn't look cakey so easily.

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rated 5 of 5 on 7/23/2014 3:43:00 PM More reviews by Angelbix

Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

When I first bought this foundation I wasn't sure what to think. The first time I used it (with the tarte foundation brush) I thought it looked like it was accentuating the pores on my nose-- like settling into the individual pores themselves. It wasn't an attractive look. But I realized I was applying it wrong. Now I love this product. Rather than dotting it onto my face and then blending with the brush, I squeeze a small amount onto the back of my hand and dip the brush in and blend onto my face. It gives a much smoother finish and my pores nearly look invisible. I bought this in Ivory (for fair to light skin with pink undertones ) and the shade matches pretty close to my natural skin tone. Now with the summer I have more of a rosy tone to my skin (that's my tan!) so I just add a little matte bronzing powder to warm up my face after applying the foundation. I have not had any break outs from this product. The packaging is great. It comes in a squeeze able plastic tube like container so it keeps it sanitary. And there is a clear window indicator to show how much product is left. I was never a big foundation person , always just used powder but I really love this foundation because it's light and not too mask-like. Yet it covers what needs to be covered. I have already repurchased a second tube. It is rather pricey but it's worth it.

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rated 2 of 5 on 7/23/2014 12:11:00 AM More reviews by rockwellpj

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Wavy, Other Eyes: Blue

It is def not worth the $41 I paid for at Serphora.

I am the shade medium-honey (medium skintone with peach undertones). I tried it for the first time today with my Sigma f82 brush. I would NOT consider this foundation to be full coverage. I put on 2 layers... still not full coverage. Even after 3 layers... still not full coverage. I usually blend foundations with my beauty blender but it was time to toss it out & buy a new one so I only had brushes to use at the time. Maybe it blends differently with a beauty blender.. All I know is I'm not keeping it to find out.

I have very high expectations when it comes to high end foundations, but hey for the high prices I should! My Revlon Colorstay (golden beige shade) works waaaay better than this & it's only $10- $14. I am returning this & going back to my Revlon CS!!

The only good thing I liked about this was the finishing. I prefer a matte/ SLIGHTY dewy & this worked well. It has a nice texture & blends out well.

Not worth the hype. Why buy highend when you can get better at a drugstore for cheaper?!

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rated 2 of 5 on 7/22/2014 12:23:00 AM More reviews by caliam

Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

It's just an okay foundation in my opinion. I found that I had to use a lot of product in order to get full coverage. I also found that it sinks into fine lines. Whole it isn't a bad foundation, for the price I definitely would not repurchase, there are much nicer foundations out there m

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/21/2014 11:15:00 AM More reviews by erintotheizzo

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel

I have been using MAC Studio Fix (NC30-40) for the past 3 years. I've always been happy with the coverage but I think it was contributing to breakouts. Most of mine are hormonal but it seemed like the SF made it worse.

I've tried so many other foundations with zero luck so by default I just stayed with the SF. Determined though, I went to Sephora. I explained the situation to the SA and asked for full coverage, more yellow tinged, and non-cakey. I had a week's worth of the Tarte A.C.F and was super impressed. I have very oily skin and most of my breakouts are around my jawline and cheeks. I don't have a ton but I do have uneven skin from acne as a teen. This stuff gives perfect coverage and is super easy to blend and its got almost a mousse-like feel to it. It helps heal my breakouts and if I have deeper ones, it brings them to the surface for easy extraction at the end of the day. It gives my skin a beautiful glow (usually with oily skin it's one way or another: powder cake face or greased lightening) but with this, I find it maintains that dewy-glow look- sometimes in the middle of the day I'll just blot with a paper towel. For the most part though I can go a solid 12 hours without any touch ups. I use it in conjunction with Physicians Formula bronzer.

For dryer skin I would recommend using a moisturizer. I think it's a pretty versatile product though so you could probably play around with primers/moisturizers/powders and be able to get the look you want. It is thick though, so a little goes a long way. If you wanna be financially savvy and you're getting low on the stuff, take some scissors and cut it as close as you can to the bottom (not on the lid part) and then scrape it out with a q-tip. Keep it sealed in a ziploc bag so it doesn't dry up.

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rated 2 of 5 top reviewer on 7/20/2014 8:47:00 PM More reviews by earthymoon

Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue

This is not for oily skin or dry skin. It's for well hydrated combo skin. It slides of and gathers into pores and lines if you have oily skin. It looks cakey and blotchy on dry skin (even after prepping and hydrating first).
On combo skin that's prepped well, this foundation has a nice medium to full coverage with enough clay to help with oil break through. I would most definitely set this with a powder. Be careful when blotting, or you may peel off some foundation.
It absolutely has to be buffed well into the skin. Do not apply with your fingers.
The foundation broke me out but everyone has different sensitivities.
In conclusion, this is an ok foundation that you'll have to fiddle around a lot with. With proper skin type, prep and maintenance, you can get a lovely velvet finish.

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rated 5 of 5 on 7/20/2014 4:56:00 PM More reviews by toria444

Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

First off, I have very oily/acne prone skin. My face gets oily within the first 2-3 hours after applying makeup. I have acne marks/scars and huge pores. I have been using Bare Minerals ready foundation for the last year and before that I used their original foundation for many years as well (both in matte). I started to get a little bored with my makeup routine and wanted to start using a liquid (in the past I have used Lancôme). So I did a search on makeupalley and found this foundation. I saw some videos on YouTube and decided to purchase it. I went to Sephora and got color matched with Medium Honey. I didn't get the loose power at that point because I also had to buy a foundation brush. I also had asked the sales lady if it was ok if I used my Mineral Veil on top. She said it was perfectly OK. Plus, I didn't really like the fact that Tarte's loose powder was shimmery. The first few times I wore the foundation, I was on the fence. Indoors it looked good, but when I was outdoors the color seemed to be too dark for me. At this point I was using Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer (which was running pretty low). While using this foundation with the before mentioned primer and powder, my face looked unfinished. It looked as if my every pore and/or dent in my skin was shown. So I went to Ulta to find a new primer since I was running low. The sales lady was trying to get me to buy some other unknown brand from QVC which I was hesitant. I was looking for something that would keep shine away better and would help my skin look more flawless. She then suggested Benefit's Stay Flawless primer and their POREfessional Agent Zero Shine powder. Got them both and tried them both. Ended up returning the primer and again repurchased Tartes primer. I know this is lengthy but I feel it is important to understand what worked and what didn't. In the end I am so happy using Tarte's primer and foundation with Benefit's powder. They all look so flawless together. Even my husband noticed ( and he never notices differences in makeup). I still of course get shiny (mostly on my nose with my glasses). But the shine isn't as much as before and it appears later in the day, rather than in the beginning. And with the combination of the three products, my foundation no longer looks too dark for me while outdoors, it matches and looks smoother and much more soft as well. To quote my husband, my face makeup now looks "complete". So if you have similar skin like me, try it. And if you don't immediately like it, then changing the rest of your routine may be the key. I also have not noticed any new breakouts. I always have a little going on but this foundation didn't make me break out more than Bare Minerals. I also only wear makeup 3-4 days a week in order to let my skin breathe, which may help too.

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