Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

by Tarte Cosmetics  Amazonian Clay
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$36 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
8/14/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

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.

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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  1. Isabella M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Nice!
    • 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.

  2. Lauren C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 27, 2013
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    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.

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