05.17.2012
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Tarte CosmeticsClean Slate 360 Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
1 fl. oz. for $30
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Clean Slate 360 Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer is a standard clear silicone gel with some plant oil—it won’t ‘perfect’ any large, problematic pores, but its smoothing effect on skin texture and its silky finish will give your foundation more staying power. The smoothing effect of this product will also help reduce the appearance of minor dryness or flaky skin. This primer offers a good blend of antioxidants, but contains some fragrant plant oils that are potentially risky for all skin types, especially if you have sensitive skin. The inclusion of fragrant plants keeps this otherwise well formulated primer from earning a higher rating. In terms of reducing pore size, try using a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) exfoliant instead!

Pros:
  • Clear gel won’t change skin color or interfere with makeup application.
  • Good blend of antioxidants for anti-aging benefits.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and reduces appearance of slightly dry, flaky skin.
Cons:
  • Contains a few potentially problematic plant extracts.
  • Expensive.
Last Updated:04.01.2015
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Tested on animals:No
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Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Passiflora Incarnate Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower/Leaf Extract, Mica, Echinacea Angustilfolia Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Phenoxyethanol

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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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