Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
1.7 fl. oz. for $36
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This lightweight tinted moisturizer formula blends easily over the skin, providing sheer coverage without feeling oily or appearing obvious on the skin. It leaves a satin finish that wears well for hours. Adding to this, this product includes a mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen.

This is highly recommended for those with normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. The shade range favors fair to medium skin tones; there are only a couple options for darker skin tones. One caution: The citrus extracts have a small potential to be irritating, but this effect should be offset by the soothing agents that are also in this antioxidant-rich foundation.Also,Tarte recently changed the packaging on this product from opaque tube to a clear tube, thus allowing light to degrade the antioxidants in this product. As such, it is no longer a Best Product.

Note:Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.


Active Ingredients: 5% Titanium Dioxide , 5% Zinc Oxide; Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate, Saccharum Offcinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Leaf Extract, Phytantriol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tretrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Boron Nitride, Palmitic Acid, Dextrin Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica.

Brand Overview

Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Excellent foundations; great cheek stain and powder blushes; superior pressed powder and eyelining pencils; good mascaras; unique, innovative, beautiful packaging; complete ingredient lists on the company's Web site.

Weaknesses: Can be pricey.

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 call 855-968-2783 or visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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Pretty nice

I get compliments on my skin every time I wear this. (Normally I wear a light powder.) This moisturized enough for my combination skin, but I needed to blot my nose a couple times during the day. I'm very pale and the 00 color worked well for me, looked very natural on once it sunk in, which takes maybe 10 minutes. However, the sunscreen of 20 isn't enough for me for everyday wear (I use Retin-A). So I only use this for special occasions.

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I was pleasantly surprised with this product. The shade light medium blended perfectly with my skin and stayed put for a good amount of time too! I have normal / oily / sensitive skin and this product didn't irritate or feel greasy on my face. It's a little pricy but the antioxidant-rich formula makes it worthwhile.

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Isabella M.
Gave it a shot, but ultimately returned it.

This bb cream leans more on the foundation side than I wanted. I am really pale, so I bought the 00 color, which did match my skin (YAY) but the powdery finish would slowly come off during the day, either in flakes or just over the course of time. Shame, I was really excited about the color match. I will also say that this doesn't moisturize enough on it's own, so you'll need some moisturizer, like PC recommends.

Reviewed by
Lauren C.
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