Tarte CosmeticsClay Stick Foundation
0.32 fl. oz. for $39
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Clay Stick Foundation builds upon Tarte's Amazonian Clay collection, but while it has some positive aspects, overall it just isn't an impressive option.

This creamy, fragrance-free stick foundation comes in a swivel up tube that you can apply directly to your face, or apply with your fingers, a brush, or a sponge. Because of its initially-emollient texture, it smooths easily across the face, taking little effort to blend. Coverage is light to medium, and this comes in a natural-looking range of shades for very fair to medium-deep skin tones.

The main reason this doesn't rate higher is because it just doesn't maintain a beautiful look. While the initial look is an attractive soft matte finish, a couple of hours in it starts to appear chalky and unnatural-looking. The finish begins to emphasize fine lines and wrinkles, making skin appear older.

Also, while Tarte touts this foundation's "good-for-you nutrients," it's disappointingly light on beneficial ingredients. True, it contains a handful of antioxidants, but it's not nearly the nutritious formula that the brand's phrasing implies.

  • Easy to apply and blend.
  • Comes in a good range of shades for very light to medium-deep skin tones.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Settles to a chalky finish that highlights imperfections and makes skin look older.
  • The "good-for-you nutrients" claim is overstated.
Last Updated:08.31.2017
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Have you fed your skin lately? Our 12-hour, creamy matte clay stick feeds your appetite for weightless, natural coverage & good-for-you nutrients.
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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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