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 3/30/2015 9:04:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Im acne prone/combo skin right now..and I really like this foundation.. it's buildable coverage. it starts off as medium and definitely can be full. For me it feels natural compared to my Estee lauder double wear foundation. It sets pretty fast. It's 38 dollars for a 1.7 fl oz bottle from sephora and they do have a wide variety of colors. I was matched to a Medium- Tan honey and wore a 3w1 Tawny in Estee Lauder double wear. I wore it on a pretty easy 15 hr work shift and it held up well. I was shiny on my T-zone but not super shiny. It comes out thick out of the bottle but definitely feels like mousse when you put on and I'd put I use either my hands or the tarte foundation airbrush. Overall im happy and would definitely repurchase this again.

on 3/29/2015 7:07:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

My skin basically gives new acne every week and the reasons are just simply like I forgot to clean my make up after 12 hours, I forgot to drink water, or putting the wrong thing on my face. That being said I have to constantly using treatment for these acne and be really careful what I put on my face. I never really wear foundation before because I think my skin is nice enough to be naked, but it's really tempting seeing other people using foundation as a part of their daily makeup. So I was really curious to see how foundation works on my skin without being a factor causing new pimples. Fortunately, I happened to watch a beauty guru on Youtube reviewing this foundation so I started doing research. It got pretty high reviews from most sides I visited so despite the high price, I bought it. And holy molly, I love love this foundation. It does not break me out once. If anything I think it soothes my pimple area making it less inflame. It does not hide all the inflame spots but it sure makes them less visible. It also makes my skin smoother. I have combination skin so after reading the reviews about people saying it leaves dry patches I mix the foundation with my moisturizer, ratio 3:1(if your skin is really dry i recommend doing 2:1). I also put extra moisturizer on places where I know would be easily dried up and then I'm ready to go. I have never loved anything this much before (I tried a drug store BB cream before and it broke me out horribly), so this is my baby now. I am happy that I have found my HG and I hope it works out for you also.

on 3/23/2015 3:43:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Starts out initially very creamy and thick (think toothpaste) but blends out to a medium/full coverage without looking cakey, dry or "fake". I've found that this works best on normal to combo skin. Oily skin can get away with it you make sure to set it with powder.

The shade range is fairly extensive and tends to lean a little more yellow than anything but has workable options in pink.

I'll use it on clients that are looking for a medium coverage, natural finish that will last all day with minimal touch ups and that have normal to dry skin and that don't want to fuss with a separate SPF product.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 3/23/2015 2:35:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I'm not exactly sure how there are people saying that they can get this to last them a workout or more than 4 hours. I have super oily skin and about two hours after application oil was seeping through and it made my face look super greasy. I did use a primer and a setting powder, but I guess my skin is just way too oily. Not to mention the consistency is pretty thick, so I felt really uncomfortable wearing it. When I tried a dense foundation brush, it looked streaky. When I tried a softer but still dense brush, it looked alright. Using a sponge it looked good, but it made the coverage too light. To be perfectly honest I am considering trying it out again, just because I want these rave reviews I keep hearing to be true, but whenever I do consider it I see another reviewer talking about having the same experience I had.

on 3/22/2015 10:00:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

To me, this is one of the worst foundations on the market. It oxidizes like nothing I have ever seen, turning Orange and separating, and makes my pores look huge. I don't understand how anyone can like this. I've tried it on other people and it looks ok in the store, but I always suggest they get a sample and wear it around for a while to see how it looks on them throughout the day.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 3/22/2015 8:08:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

MY HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATION. Yes, it will cling to dry patches, so be sure to moisturize well before hand! I've noticed it does last 12 hours, sometimes more! I wear this stuff to events where I sweat a lot and it stays on the whole night. I left it on during a good workout and it was still on when the workout was over. It goes on smooth, but it does dry fast, so you have to blend fairly quickly. It does well at evening out your skin tone and covering small imperfections, but the coverage is NOT full, so don't expect it to make your face look flawless. One of the major drawbacks is color selection. I had a hard time finding a shade that didn't make me too pink or too dark. I have to use a colored powder on top to even it out. I've noticed they came out with new shades recently, so I'm probably going to try those out.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I saw several advertisements for this product on home shopping channels, $35 and the word "clay" in a foundation did not equate. However, I loved the look off the applied product on the models, so I finally broke down and ordered some, in the light/medium beige, which happened to be a dead-on perfect match for my olive complexion. I have moderate melasma (darkening of the skin due to hormones and Sun exposure), plus some scarring on my cheek from a dog bite a few years back. To my surprise, it completely concealed BOTH. Not only that, but it has a matte finish that doesn't really need a finishing powder. Due to the fluctuation of the color of my skin with the changing off the seasons, I also ordered another tube in fair/light honey and mix the two colors to adjust to my skin color. I am only 37, but my scarring and skin discoloration makes me extremely self conscious about my appearance. Even though the name "Amazonian Clay" might be a turn-off for some people, I can honestly say that I have found my miracle product!!!!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 3/17/2015 11:29:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

You know as a foundation junkie, I am really surprised of the high ratings here. Are you kidding me? This is one of the worst products that I have ever tried. It feels like a mask. It is too shiny. It does not look natural. I looked sick with the yellow shades. With the money spent on a crappy product like this, you can buy several drugstore foundations that are of better quality.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 3/17/2015 11:05:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I am a makeup junkie and I own countless foundations. I've been lusting after this for at least two years but I've been trying to use what I have. I finally pulled the trigger last week when Tarte had a flash sale. I color matched myself and played with the testers at Ulta many times, so I knew what shade to buy. I've watched YouTube vids and read numerous reviews on this foundation, so I knew what my plan of attack would be. The first time I tried it, I cleansed my face and lightly applied argan oil (as my skin is slightly drier than my usual combo) and let that set for about 10 minutes. I lightly applied the foundation with a damp Beauty Blender and did not apply any powder intially. I immediately felt the finish of the foundation was very natural and not full coverage--no where near full coverage. After letting the foundation set on my skin a while, I noticed that it emphasized every line, crows feet, acne scar and uneven place on my face. I then lightly applied Avon Powder Mineral Fondation (I use it as a finishing powder) with the slightly damp Beauty Blender and it helped even out the finish a bit. Fast forward a couple of days: I decided to ditch my beloved Beauty Blender and use my Sigma F80 flat top brush to buff in the foundation, as many reviewers advised a brush is best. I was slightly impressed with the finish but it felt and looked a bit mask-like. After I applied the rest of my makeup, including some Lorac powder foundation as a finishing powder and used a couple spritzes of finishing spray, I felt that I looked very made up however my many imperfections still showed. My Cover Girl Olay CC foundation is $5 and leaves my skin looking flawless--so today I mixed the two and used my F80. It's OK but not the holy grail foundation I thought I'd find. With shipping, this cost me $24 and I regret the purchase. My 18-year-old daughter might have better luck with it.
UPDATE 10/7/15: It's a different season here now and I thought I'd give this another try. First, I used Clinique Moisture Surge instead of argan oil and I think that made a big difference in the finish of the foundation. I did sections of my face instead of putting fdn all over initially. That way, I wouldn't have areas drying before completely blended. I used a damp Beauty Blender. I was able to achieve a natural, medium coverage look. It's very matte even without finishing powder. I have upped my lippies on this and I'm looking forward to putting it in my rotation for fall/winter.

on 3/16/2015 5:50:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I am a huge foundation junkie so I was really excited when my friend who has the same skin tone as myself offered me a very generous sample of her Amazonian Clay foundation which she swears by. To preface this review, I have combination skin that is slightly oily with dry patches on my forehead, nose, and around my lips and my skin is very fair with fairly neutral undertones. I've tried this foundation for a few days now and I don't seem to really be getting on with it that well- it isn't a bad product by any means but it just isn't really doing it for me. As usual when trying out a foundation, I've applied it using various different methods and used it both with and without primer, with and without powder but I have yet to find a method which makes this foundation excel. My favourite method if I had to pick would be with primer and blending it with my fingers (I use the L'Oreal Magic Lumi primer) but no matter how I apply the foundation, it always seems to gravitate to my dry spots. Now, it certainly doesn't accentuate them as much as other foundations and I a lot of people have told me that applying foundation on flaky skin and expecting it to look good is a lost cause but that is simply not true because there have been many, many foundation that I've used that have kept the flakiness well under control- this just isn't one of them. No matter how I apply this foundation, it seems to sit on top of the skin and never really blends in fully, causing it to rub off really easily whenever I use my phone or touch my face. I don't do those things too often but hey, I'm human and while I don't expect foundation to last through a rainstorm or a 4 hour phone call, sometimes there is contact made with my face and a foundation must be able to stand it's ground (or face rather). On a positive note, despite this foundation being so thick it is almost airy in the sense that when you start to blend it in, it loses the thickness and it feels surprisingly light without compromising coverage. I think this foundation is more of a medium coverage and it has a very natural finish- not matte or dewy. On my skin this foundation will last about 8 hours before going patchy which isn't bad for wear time but the foundation will start looking fairly oily before then and if you have any degree of oily skin you will absolutely need powder. It doesn't live up to the 12 hour claim but it still lasts a decent amount of time for what the average person would likely need. A huge bonus of this foundation is that is comes with 50mL of product versus the average 30mL for products of the same price range so you're getting 2/3 extra. I'm not sure I'd recommend this foundation personally just because I think there are better products out there but clearly a lot of people love this foundation so if you don't have dry patches this foundation might be for you.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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