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This review will be on the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder.
A translucent, silky finishing powder with Amazonian clay that sets makeup and diffuses imperfections.
What it does:
This finishing powder keeps makeup in place without ever appearing chalky and mattifies skin by removing excess surface oil. This translucent powder can even be used alone as a treatment to reap all the benefits of Amazonian clay. It is formulated without parabens and phthalates. This product does not contain mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfates, or gluten.
$32 for .30 oz. I have the deluxe version of it.
How To Use:
Use a large fluffy brush and lightly dust finishing powder over skin alone as a treatment or over concealer and foundation to keep makeup in place and add a natural finish. For targeted application, use your ring finger to gently pat finishing powder over undereye or blemish concealer to keep product from migrating into fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin.
Amazonian Clay: Acts as a total skin balancer by hydrating all skin types, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin, improving clarity and texture, and removing surface oil. Silica, Kaolin, Lecithin, Lysophosphatidic Acid, Lysolecithin.
My Experience with Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:
Packaging: This product comes is the usual container that loose powders come in. It has a few holes on the top through which you disperse the product onto the lid and swirl your brush and then proceed with the application. Loose powders are generally not travel friendly since they do create a mess by being tossed around your makeup bag.
Texture: This powder is incredibly smooth, soft and finely milled. Since this powder is so soft, you do get puff of loose powder flying off your brush as you apply, but that can be avoided by tapping your brush to get rid of excess.
Performance and Usage: Overall, my skin is pretty dry hence I can get away without using any sort of powder, but the area around my eye tends to get really oily and shiny whenever I apply makeup. I generally use this powder as my under eye setting powder and I must say it performs marvelously. It sets my under eye concealer in place by absorbing all the excess oil and gives it a complete matte look. It gives my under eye area a smooth and air-brushed appearance and also prolongs the wear of my concealer. It never made my concealer crease and does not accentuate my fine lines if I apply it in moderation. Also, it does not cake the area up. With this product applied, I did not find the need to do many touch ups on that area during the day.
I also use this to set my face makeup, especially if I am wearing a particularly heavy and dewy base (like BB cream) and it sets that into place too.
It does not leave a whitish cast behind and goes on completely invisible on the skin. It does not appear ashy.
The only con I would state with this product is that since it is highly oil absorbing and mattifying, it will take away any hint of oil from your face and hence you cannot use this product if you are going for a dewy makeup look. Also, this powder may not be suitable for dry to very dry skin unless you use it in targeted areas especially for oil control purposes.
I do love the fact that this product is free from all harmful ingredients like parabens. I will recommend this product 🙂
Pros of Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:
- Smooth and soft powder.
- Oil absorbing, gives a complete matte finish.
- Keeps oil at bay for 7-8 hours without any touch ups.
- Gives my skin a nice air-brushed appearance.
- Does not leave behind a whitish cast, goes on completely invisible.
- Does not crease or accentuate fine lines.
- No harmful ingredients.
Cons of Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:
- Not suitable for very dry skin since it is so oil absorbing and mattify-ing.
- Loose powders are not very travel friendly.
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