Amazonian Clay Bronzer
Last Updated:08.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This talc-free pressed bronzing powder has a dry but smooth texture and soft color payoff of sheer golden tan. The gold, faux leather compact is attractive, but it’s what’s inside that counts, and users will be rewarded with an even application and an almost-matte finish—there’s just a hint of shine, and it’s suitable for daytime wear. As for the mineral claim, the minerals used in this bronzing powder are no different from those that show up in numerous other powders.

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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Great Application but...

Thought Park Avenue Princess would for sure be a winner & ended up having to return it to Ulta after one use...be careful when sampling in the store...make sure you see in natural light. It applies beautifully & lasted all day but I felt like a tan King Tut...totally different look than in compact...Very very gold shimmery overtone. Would be flattering to highlight olive skin...on my fair/medium--not so much!

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Little goes a long way

Tarte's Bronzer in Park Ave Princess is the first bronzer that has worked well for me and I have tried many. I am very fair (NW15) so many bronzers look muddy or orange/rusty on my skin. (Nars nope, Laura Mercier yucky, etc) Tarte's PAP looks like cheekbones! Blends into my skin so well it just looks like a perfectly contoured shadow, not makeup. I love it! I use this with a Sephora Pro Bronzer Brush - essential to good results. I just barely tap into this product and have the perfect amount for half my face. Tap again and do other side. It is expensive, but I've been using for a month now and I can't even tell. I think it will last for a very long time, making it a good value. I do have sensitive skin (and maybe the beginnings of rosacea) and this is not irritating. Washes off well and hasn't clog any pores. Bought 2 palettes with PAP bronzer from Tarte for my daughters' Christmas presents! Tried it on my oldest daughter who has medium beige skin tone and it looked like cheekbones on her too. Tarte gave me free samples with my order too!

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Anne Marie
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