Clean Slate Flawless 12-hr Brightening Primer
1 fl. oz. for $30
Last Updated:08.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This illuminating primer isn’t the brightest or most exciting formula in its class, but it has a creamy texture that will make skin feel softer upon application and the formula contains antioxidants for added benefit. The sheer, enlivening pink shimmer plus the creamy feel of this primer makes it a good option for those with dry skin; no question it makes a dull complexion appear more radiant. Those with oily skin should definitely leave this product on the shelf—it will make you look and feel greasy, especially when used under makeup. Although there’s much to like about this primer, it’s all for naught because it contains skin irritant grapefruit oil. The citrus scent may seem uplifting, but fragrance isn’t skin care. What a shame!

  • Illuminating without being overtly sparkly or glittery.
  • Good option for adding moisture plus radiance to dry skin.
  • Whoa, citrus!—this product has a distinct scent due to the fragrant grapefruit oil.
  • Too creamy for acne-prone skin.
  • Expensive.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisopentadiene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Silica, Mica, Tin Oxide, Lecithin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Arbutin, Glutathione, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Alcohol, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide

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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Not bad, really

I have a deluxe size sample of this and it's not bad. The fragrance is quite mild, it doesn't irritate me even though I'm a rosacean! It does keep the shine down on my nose, but I'm not too oily.

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