The Green Monday fave gets top marks for their skin nourishing foundation!
One of the biggest makeup conundrums I face is matching foundation to my skin tone. That inevitable trip to the store, desperately searching for the perfect formula, always wanting to try a different one…only to be disappointed YET again, when I get it home and I look like an Oompa Loompa.
Why do so many foundations look so good in the store and so wrong at home? Not only is the color wrong, but I often end up looking either greasy, or flaky, or I get too much coverage, or nowhere near enough. It is utterly exhausting.
So, when one of my favorite brands, tarte, arrived on my doorstep in the form of their new(ish) Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 ($38) for testing, I was hopeful I would find a foundation that worked.
As you’ve heard me (as well as my review team members) rave in previous posts, I have nothing but love for tarte. EVERYTHING, and I do mean everything, I try from them is amazing. The quality of their ingredients, the eco-friendly philosophy, the packaging, the colors, are the best in the business. And, just when I think they can’t get any better, they come out with Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15.
For those of you who remember, the tarte “Glow Your Way to Gorgeous” QVC set made our 2011 list of all-time favorites, and contained some of my favorite Amazonian Clay Products. Amazonian Clay is extracted from the banks of the Amazon, where nutrient concentrations are at their peak. This natural ingredient is indeed a wonder – it helps control oil, improves skin’s clarity and texture, hydrates, reduces flakiness, and the list goes on…
The first thing I noticed about my little package of joy was the PACKAGING. It comes in a great, 1.7 oz. recyclable squeeze tube, that’s both sturdy and easy to hold in your hand. It also has a beautiful wooden cap that made me feel like I was opening something very special.
And special indeed it is when you get to the ultra creamy, lightweight foundation inside. At first, I was thrown off by the consistency and thought for sure it would have no coverage and be a greasy mess on my oil prone, combination skin. Happily, it was anything but, and stayed on all day, had great coverage and wasn’t greasy at all. All I can say is WOW!
According to tarte, “whether your skin is oily, dry, or combination, skin-smart Amazonian clay will intuitively adjust to address your complexion concerns.” I can attest to that because it WORKS! My oily skin stayed in check, my blemishes and discolorations were reduced, I was completely impressed with how well it covered and evened out skin tone.
With 8 color combos ranging from fair to deep, here’s where the ultimate test came in… could it match my skin tone? Well, the one I tested, (light-medium with pink undertones), looked great! I couldn’t believe it… a foundation that blended right in!
For the best application tarte recommends using their incredible Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush (it’s the brush Stef and Tyna flipped over last fall). While this brush may seem pricey ($32), I have to say its bristles helped the foundation go on beautifully, or as they say “airbrushed without the air!” The brush helps to stipple and buff foundation into a super smooth, practically pore-less finish.
This brush has a hefty feel and fluffy full head of soft bristles with a chunky recycled bamboo handle – and it’s one of the best foundation brushes I’ve ever used. I adore it, which may sound dramatic, but seriously, it brings me joy.
• Creamy, blendable formula with great coverage
• Amazonian Clay makes this an excellent choice for all skin types
• A multi-tasker with SPF 15 protection
• Brush creates amazing, flawless results.
• All natural ingredients
• Formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals or phthalates
•Eco-friendly, recyclable packaging
• May be a bit pricey to buy both the foundation and brush, but totally worth it
After three weeks of use, I am completely sold. This foundation is one of the best I’ve used and I will be buying it again. I give it one of my highest recommendations and it has truly re-affirmed my belief in tarte as one of the best makeup brands out there.
How about you readers, – does tarte’s Amazonian Clay Hour Full Coverage Foundation have your full endorsement?
Shop tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 at Sephora
Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating.
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