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Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

Tarte

Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

0.32 oz Item 2220106

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This microfine loose, invisible clay powder blends effortlessly into any skin tone to set your foundation to a breathable matte finish without chalky residue or flashback. The secret's in the clay - it naturally balances all skin types to absorb oil, minimize the appearance of pores & make your makeup last without flaking or clinging to dry patches. You can also use the oil free formula as an undereye baking or treatment powder - Amazonian clay will absorb shine to reveal a smooth, soft-focus finish.

Skinvigorating ingredients:
  • Amazonian clay: Acts as a total skin balancer by hydrating & reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin, while removing surface oil & improving overall skin clarity & texture

Vegan. Oil free. Dermatologist tested.
Use a large fluffy brush and lightly dust finishing powder over skin alone as a treatment or over concealer and foundation to keep makeup in place and add a natural finish. For targeted application, use your ring finger to gently pat finishing powder over undereye or blemish concealer to keep product from migrating into fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin.
Finishing powder: Use a fluffy powder brush to dust over your foundation, focusing on the oily T-zone to set your makeup to a natural matte finish.

Baking powder: Use a small concealer brush to layer the translucent formula over your undereye concealer. Let it sit on skin for 5-10 minutes, allowing body heat to activate & set concealer into place. Then, dust away the powder to reveal a brighter, mattified look.

Treatment powder: Apply the formula alone onto clean skin to eliminate shine & blur pores while allowing skin to breathe.

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TarteSmooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
 
4.3

(based on 627 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (476)
  • Easy to apply (441)
  • Blends well (343)
  • Controls shine (320)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (252)

Cons

  • Messy (70)
  • Unnatural color (26)
  • Poor coverage (25)
  • Settles in creases (16)
  • Doesn't work (14)

Best Uses

  • All skin types (218)
  • Oily skin (213)
  • Sensitive skin (164)
  • Everyday (124)
  • Normal skin (106)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (207), Budget shopper (116), Natural style (82), Classic style (57), Trendy style (40)

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4.0

Gives a nice finish

By Sydney

from Arkansas

About Me Brand Buyer

Pros

  • Controls Shine
  • Covers Well
  • Doesn't Settle In Creases
  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Silky Finish

Cons

  • Messy

Best Uses

  • Acne Prone Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

Gives a very nice finish but flashback is BAD. I normally wear this if I know I'm not going to be taking pictures.

 
5.0

LOVE this. Third container. Been using a long time!

By Rach

from Lawrenceville

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Controls Shine
  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Oily Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

    Controls shine very well for oily skin.

     
    5.0

    Flawless

    By NursTam

    from Ocean Springs, Ms

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Controls Shine
    • Covers Well
    • Long-Lasting
    • Silky Finish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      First time using this product. Love it. It's amazing. Makes my face look flawless!

       
      5.0

      I have used the product before and love it.

      By PP

      from Cartersville, Ga.

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Controls Shine
      • Covers Well
      • Doesn't Settle In Creases
      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting
      • Silky Finish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Oily Skin

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

        It covers perfectly.

         
        3.0

        Smooth but really white!

        By Shearosche

        from Akron, Ohio

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

        I love a face with no flaws and preferably a more matted look. This powder achieves that but be careful not to use too much because you will look completely washed out. A little goes a long way. I have used a lot of different brands including other Tarte powders. I have to say this is not my very favorite despite the great reviews. I still think that there is the perfect combination out there that enables you to still have color. This powder if over applied makes lines stand out on mature skin. The good news is if you have an oily T-zone this powder will put off having to blot for many, many hours.

         
        3.0

        No bang for your buck

        By Jessica

        from Georgia

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Cakes Up
        • Messy
        • Settles In Creases

        Best Uses

        • Oily Skin

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

        First time using this powder and I will not buy again. I went by reviews and I was excited to get it. After using it, I'm really just not a fan. Its super messy and makes my makeup look cakey. My T zone gets oily quick.. This powder prolongs that but it doesn't last all day. Not impressed.

         
        5.0

        LOVE!

        By Fox in a Box

        from Midland, TX

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blends Well
        • Controls Shine
        • Covers Well
        • Easy To Apply
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting
        • Silky Finish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Normal Skin

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

          I'm a loose powder junkie & this one does not disappoint!

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By rochellemarie33

          from Cedar Falls, IA

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Controls Shine
          • Covers Well
          • Easy To Apply
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting
          • Silky Finish

          Cons

          • Messy

          Best Uses

          • Acne Prone Skin
          • Normal Skin
          • Oily Skin
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

          I LOVE this product! I'm trying the powder one out I usually get the solid one but mine currently broke into powder so it's a hot mess! But I have combination to oily skin. When applied it lasts all day and I do not have a shiny face at all!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Awful!!

          By chelsea

          from Little Rock

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Pros

          • Controls Shine
          • Easy To Apply

          Cons

          • flashback
          • Messy
          • Settles In Creases
          • Unnatural Color

          Best Uses

          • Normal Skin

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

          The WORST flashback i've ever seen in a product. The flash from pictures makes everything Completely white. would not recommend

           
          5.0

          Must have

          By Katie

          from Lockport, IL

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Controls Shine
          • Doesn't Settle In Creases
          • Easy To Apply
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting
          • Silky Finish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types

            Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

            I use this powder on all my clients! It's translucent so I don't have to worry about color matching. It works great to see BB cream and blur pores and imperfections for a soft finish. Works great over air brush makeup and traditional foundations. It smells really nice too! All my clients ask about, I've turn so many people on to this product it's there go to now too! Work a on all skin types.

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            • Q:

              I use the urban decay all nighter foundation and tarte shape tape concealer then this powder to set but when i use the flash on my phone i look all white and chalky is there anything i can do to fix that?
              Asked on 5/18/2017 by Thea from Omaha NE

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                The powder maybe be too light to set the shade of concealer that you're using. Flashback is usually caused by a powder being too light or not being fulling brushed/blended away.

                Answered on 6/1/2017 by Brand Expert from Tarte
            • Q:

              Whenever I take a flash photo, you can still see it no matter how much I blend it. How do I fix this problem?
              Asked on 4/3/2017 by taylorgang from Richmond, VA

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                That's strange - are you sure it's not your foundation underneath? Do you wear one with SPF?

                Answered on 4/17/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              I love this powder but it whites me out in photos and I sling off excess before I apply. Do they make this in tinted but still loose powder.
              Asked on 3/27/2017 by Autumn from Alexandria la

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                No but you could try our Amazonian clay airbrush foundation. It's a similar lightweight, loose powder texture but gives you full coverage.

                Answered on 3/29/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              I really love this product, I have found that it is the only powder that does not crease on me. However, when I set my under eye area with this powder it always makes that area darker. Why?
              Asked on 3/24/2017 by dark circles from Bakersfield, CA

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                That shouldn't happen because it's a translucent formula - it may be your concealer.

                Answered on 3/31/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              Which Tarte brush do you recommend using to apply this powder? (Ex: applying the powder over Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation)
              Asked on 1/25/2017 by Jenna Green Eyes from Western Iowa

              1 answer

            • Q:

              What type of brush would you use with this powder? Could you use a Beauty Blender or something comparable?
              Thanks in advance. :)
              Asked on 1/4/2017 by Kait from East, Texas

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Yes, you totally could use a sponge to lightly dab or a fluffy powder brush.

                Answered on 2/17/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              I love the Tarte Smooth Operator and reading the comments, everyone was talking about "bake". What does bake mean?
              Asked on 10/8/2016 by Eva from Milford, Texas

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Baking is when you use a translucent finishing powder to set your concealer to a soft-focus look.

                Answered on 10/13/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              Is this powder better over liquid foundations and concealers or can I also use it over powder foundation?
              Asked on 9/25/2016 by Jenna Green Eyes from Iowa

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                It's translucent so you can wear it over any tinted formula; however, it's best for setting your liquid makeup in place or absorbing excess oil for a matte finish.

                Answered on 9/27/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              Can i bake without makeup , just a moisturizer with this ?
              Asked on 9/12/2016 by Mayqinaff

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Since this powder is sheer, it's best for baking with a concealer. Hope that helps!

                Answered on 9/15/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              how many ounces is this product?
              Asked on 7/18/2016 by allison from Utah, Us

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                0.32 ounces!

                Answered on 7/18/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
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