03.17.2015
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Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Rating
$29
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Smooth Operator is an appropriate name for this translucent finishing powder because it has an incredibly soft and smooth texture! The lightweight, fragrance-free loose-powder formula sheers out onto skin for a nearly imperceptible finish, although those with dark skin tones may notice a slight whitish tint. This can be used to set makeup and smooth out your complexion. While this powder temporarily absorbs oil, don’t count on it to stay matte for long.

By the way, you can ignore the claims Tarte makes about Amazonian clay. That’s just marketing mumbo jumbo.

Pros:
  • Lightweight, fragrance-free loose powder with a luxurious feel.
  • Nearly imperceptible, translucent finish.
  • Works well to set makeup and smooth over complexion.
Cons:
  • Those with a dark skin tone may notice a slight white cast.
  • Despite claims, there is nothing special about Amazonian clay.
  • Pricey!
Claims
Ingredients

Silica, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride.

May Contain: 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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09.20.2014
true "soft focus" finish

Pricey but unlike any powder ive ever tried this puts a true soft focus..sort of airbrushed blur on your face either alone or to finish a fully made up face, there is not another product like this that I have found. A true "miracle powder". Love.

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Amy
08.23.2014
Great for oily skin

I have combination/ oily skin and this keep my makeup set all day, with a smooth matte finish.

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Tylynn S
05.26.2014
I loved it

I loved it! It kept my skin matte for 7-8 hours. I also used less product than I usually have to. I'm 43 and I'd say this is the best product I've come across so far. Win win win!

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