Amazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer
1.7 fl. oz. for $32
Last Updated:08.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

We must state up front that the claims made for the clay in this product are without scientific support. Whether sourced from the banks of the Amazon or the shores of the Mississippi River or your backyard, clay cannot “neutralize any negative skin condition.” Actually, that’s an incredibly broad statement that’s open to interpretation: What does it mean to “neutralize” a skin condition anyway? Stop it from getting worse? Make it go away? Either way, clay is not the answer to a broad range of skin concerns.

Even if clay were a powerhouse ingredient for skin (it isn’t; at best, clay is a good absorbent ingredient for oily skin), the amount of it in this serum is so small your skin isn’t likely to notice. Instead, you’re getting a lot of standard (and synthetic) ingredients, which is all well and good, but it’s not able to give you the dream complexion this serum promises.

This product is closer to a foundation primer than a serum; it has a sheer tint and a silky lotion texture that leaves skin feeling moist and with a subtle glow. The formula contains two sunscreen ingredients (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and benzophenone-3), but does not list an SPF rating, so you cannot rely on it for sun protection. A mix of antioxidants is present, but for the most part the amounts aren’t all that impressive.

Note that the sunscreen ingredients in this product can make it a problem for use around the eyes; some people may experience a stinging or burning sensation, which is true for many synthetic sunscreen actives. We mention this here because this product is more like makeup and, therefore, likely to be applied close to the eyes.

  • Silky lotion with a sheer tint helps smooth skin tone and add a subtle glow.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • The claims about what Amazonian clay can do for your skin are not supported by any published research.
  • Antioxidants are present, but mostly in low amounts.
  • Contains two sunscreen ingredients, but no SPF rating.

Ideal for all skin types, this natural skin brightener is infused with Amazonian clay, vitamins, and tea extract to moisturize and replenish the skin. This healing clay completely neutralizes any negative skin condition so that you are left with a healthy, radiant complexion.


Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phytantriol, Kaolin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Boron Nitride, Palmitic Acid, Dextrin Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

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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I have been using this product for several months, and couldn't be more pleased! (It was a gift from a Sephora associate). I mix it with my tinted moisturizer and the results are amazing. I am allergic to many skin care & cosmetic products, so I'm thrilled to have found a product that agrees with my skin. It gives my fair (and sometimes dull) skin a wonderful glow. i use cream blush and a little shadow and mascara and I'm good to go. I would give it a BEST rating!

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