04.02.2015
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Amazonian Clay Pressed Mineral Powder
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$30
Category:Makeup > Powders > Mineral Powder
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Fans of mineral makeup and powder foundations are likely to enjoy this pressed powder. Likely, so will everyone else with normal to oily skin. This pressed powder works well when applied after foundation or on its own worn as a mineral foundation. It works better dry than wet. Dry application provides sheer coverage and a natural matte finish that is excellent at controlling shine for hours without turning cakey. This pressed powder applies equally well with a powder brush or the included latex sponge, depending on how much coverage you desire.

Almost all of the shades are good and geared toward those with light to tan skin tones. Consider Honey 12 carefully, as it can turn slightly peach.

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Ingredients

Active: Titanium Dioxide (5%), Zinc Oxide (6%), Other: Polyethylene, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Tricaprylin Nylon-12, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Myristate, Lanolin Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Kaolin, Imidazolidinyl Urea. May Contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Manganese Violet, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green

Brand Overview

Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

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

Weaknesses: Expensive; some gimmicky products and claims; lacks matte eyeshadow options.

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, supposedly out of a need to create a cosmetics line that "would prove that glamour can be good for you." Well, to be honest, we didn't know that glamour could be bad for anyone, no matter who was selling it. In this case, good-for-you glamour is about the products being "natural." Of course, lots of women believe that natural ingredients are the only way to go because they're told, and unfortunately often believe, that the synthetic ingredients in cosmetic products are toxic and poisonous for your skin. That is a misguided belief!

Ironically, despite Tarte's attention-getting marketing concept, their products aren't any more natural or healthier than loads of other products. We take particular issue with the company's claim of being preservative-free, synthetic dye-free, and talc-free. Not only are these ingredients not a problem for most people, but also many of Tarte's products do contain them! What is that about? Didn't anyone at Tarte read their own ingredient labels?

We are beyond understanding how a cosmetics company can base their advertising on what their products do not contain, yet fail to realize, or just won't acknowledge, that their products in fact do contain them—the very ingredients they tell you are toxic or poisonous for your skin. We mean, really, if your products (in this instance Tarte products) do contain isododecane, imidazolidinyl urea, butylene glycol, parabens, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, that's the pot calling the kettle black. Whatever… if Tarte chooses to mislead and misinform the consumer it doesn't seem to matter, because many uninformed women won't notice the hypocrisy—they'll just accept Tarte's claims at face value.

Marketing hype and ingredient deception aside, the ingredients Tarte does leave out of its products are sulfates (though sulfates are rarely used in makeup products anyway, so it is a trait most makeup products share), phthalates, and synthetic fragrance (but "natural" fragrance isn't any better for skin). That's nice, but in the scope of things, not really all that special.

We appreciate that Tarte conveys their message without the "granola," antiglamour, or anti-elegance image that's characteristic of many "natural" lines. The trade-off is that you're going to pay extra for Tarte's glamorous image and packaging. Although there are a handful of products in the Tarte lineup worth the splurge, if you only shopped this line for cosmetics, your wallet would definitely be lighter—and there's no need to splurge to the point of incurring debt just to outfit your makeup bag with all things Tarte. After all, you aren't going to be applying the packaging to your skin.

Those who shop carefully should pay close attention to Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils, and a handful of their innovative products. If you're looking for matte eyeshadows, however, you're out of luck. Tarte isn't as full-featured as several other makeup artistry lines (Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier come to mind), and Tarte doesn't outdo Rimmel or Sonia Kashuk at the drugstore, but their good products are indeed good.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics call 855-968-2783 or visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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04.24.2014
Good, not great at controlling oil

I like the finish of this powder but it does not control my oil at all. Not 1 hour later my nose is shiny. I am not one to retouch my makeup throughout the day so not sure if this powder is going to work out. I might return it as it is $30. I have tried touching up with this powder but it seems to cake on my face especially around dry patches and breakouts.

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Tiffany C
02.22.2013
Good product

I have fair combo skin, fine lines and the same product (without spf) works great - light 04. Slightly yellow which reduces my redness, long lasting, doesn't settle in lines, very natural looking and not too 'buildable' which I prefer. Would try this based on the good results from the non-spf version.

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