Tarte CosmeticsAmazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation
0 fl. oz. for $36
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Skin Type: Normal, Combination

Tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation, a loose-powder foundation housed in a round container, has a sifter on top that lets you shake out the amount of foundation you want to use. While not the cleanest option out there (there will be excess powder to deal with no matter what you do, a disappointing feature of all loose powders), the sifter plus the formula's creaminess does help keep it from flying all over the place like some drier powders might.

This fragrance-free foundation applies easily and blends seamlessly into skin for an airbrushed finish, as advertised. It must be said, though, that to achieve full coverage you have to put a lot of it on. We used it to cover up facial redness, and it took at least two or three passes with our makeup brush before the redness was eliminated, and it can end up looking more noticeable than a traditional liquid foundation. The amount of coverage you can achieve without it looking heavy is only light to medium, which will be a disappointment for people expecting full coverage from a quick application.

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation wears well for several hours without fading, and despite it being a powder, doesn't emphasize pores or wrinkles throughout its wear time. Those with very dry skin will find this too drying (all powders absorb moisture), but it's a good option for people with normal to combination skin. This foundation comes in shades ranging from very light to very dark, and all appear natural on their intended skin tones.

Overall, a good foundation option—just keep in mind that for full coverage, you might need to look elsewhere!

  • Has a creamy texture that blends seamlessly into the skin.
  • Provides an airbrushed finish as advertised.
  • Doesn't emphasize pores or wrinkles.
  • Wears well for several hours without fading.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Loose powder can be a bit messy.
  • Is not full coverage as advertised. (You need quite a bit of product for this to be full coverage, and then it ends up looking too obvious.)
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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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 formulas—silicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, we’ll forgive them that as what’s 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 foundations—noted 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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