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Tarte Cosmetics

Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder

for $ 30.00
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Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder is an intriguing option because it gives the optical illusion of dewy, radiant skin when in reality this powder has a drier matte texture. It’s an appealing combination of effects that adds an attractive glow to skin and can be applied all over or used as a highlighter.

Although its drier texture and matte feel may appeal to those with oily skin, the radiant shine will make oily areas look shinier. Therefore, unless you don’t mind adding shine to your oily skin, this powder is best for normal to dry skin or you can dust it over areas that aren’t oil-prone. It has a soft lightweight texture that sets just as well over a bare face as it does over foundation. The generous pan size is also a plus; you’re getting more product to play with, and enough room for a big fluffy brush—which is the tool we suggest for achieving an even distribution of soft color and shine.

For lighter skin, the Rose shade may be too deep to use for an all-over color, but is still fabulous to dust on as a bronzer/highlighter with an angled brush.

Note: P-anisic acid is a fragrance ingredient, but this product has very little detectable scent. Also, the Amazonian clay is merely kaolin, a standard absorbent clay that shows up in lots of products. Sourcing this from the Amazon doesn’t make it special for skin—it’s just a good marketing story.

Pros:
  • Blends beautifully.
  • Adds attractive shimmer that softly highlights without overpowering shine.
  • Works as a highlighter or all-over illuminator.
Cons:
  • Pricy.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that would prove that glamour can be good for you. This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.

This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulassilicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, well forgive them that as whats ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.

However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundationsnoted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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