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Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

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Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

Item #: 2220106 Size: 0.32 oz

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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 568 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (437)
  • Easy to apply (404)
  • Blends well (315)
  • Controls shine (277)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (224)

Cons

  • Messy (47)
  • Poor coverage (22)
  • Unnatural color (19)
  • Doesn't work (14)
  • Difficult to apply (10)

Best Uses

  • All skin types (210)
  • Oily skin (183)
  • Sensitive skin (151)
  • Everyday (124)
  • Acne prone skin (95)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (172), Budget shopper (103), Natural style (82), Classic style (57), Trendy style (40)

Reviewed by 568 customers

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5.0

Excellent product, absorbs excessive oil.

By Tarte hound

from Meadows Place, TX

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acne Prone Skin
    • All Skin Types
    • Oily Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

    I apply this, after applying tarte's bb creme, but before applying Tarte's amazon clay air brush foundation for color. It gives a matte finish without looking cakey. My favorite product for shine control that doesn't break me out.

     
    5.0

    Would buy this product again.

    By Suzie

    from Farmington IL

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      I feel like this keeps my makeup on all day long.

       
      3.0

      Not my favorite finishing powder

      By B

      from MI

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Ineffective

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      Not worth the money.... I preferred the Ulta brand of finishing powder

       
      4.0

      Hooked

      By Displeased

      from Southern California

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Easy To Take-off
      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting
      • Natural Looking
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Oily Skin

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

        I have very oily skin around my T Zone area and usually my makeup looks a mess after about 3-4 hours after applying. Researched best products for oily skin and found several recommendations for this product for oily skin. I was surprised how well it blended with my foundation considering that it's white powder. But it truly is translucent and blends very well and helped my makeup stay put for much longer than usual.

         
        4.0

        So impressed!

        By JilliBean

        from Colorado

        About Me Trendy Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blends Well
        • Easy To Apply
        • Easy To Take-off
        • Lightweight
        • Long Lasting
        • Natural Looking
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Going Out

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

          I was so impressed! My face tends to be very oily in my T-Zone and this product has helped cut down how many times I blot in a day. I use it with the Amazonian clay foundation. Sometimes it feels a little too dry in Colorado's climate so I'll mix maracuja oil into my foundation for hydration and a dewy appearance. Put the finishing powder on top and you got yourself an au-natural glow!

           
          5.0

          Best Finishing Powder Ever

          By Realtorlady

          from Austin TX

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Lightweight
          • Long Lasting
          • Natural Looking
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Everyday
            • Going Out
            • Sensitive Skin
            • Travel

            Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

            I've been using this product for years and love it! The powder doesn't have a color so it isn't competing with my foundation and sets my foundation so it will stay throughout the day with no additional touch ups needed. It is lightweight and a little goes a long way and lasts me for a while.

             
            2.0

            DO NOT BAKE WITH THIS

            By Lain

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Classic Style

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Smooth

            Cons

            • Difficult to Apply
            • Ineffective

            Best Uses

            • Everyday

            Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

            When buying a setting powder, personally I want to be able to lightly set my makeup with it for my natural day to day look. I also want to be able to bake with the same powder when I am wearing more dramatic makeup. DO NOT BAKE WITH THIS POWDER. It made my under eyes look stark white after I brushed it away, and it clung to certain patches of my concealer. If you are using this day to day, I think its nice and looks smooth on the skin.

             
            5.0

            This is my holy grail.

            By Fingerpuppet716

            from New York, NY

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Oily skin

              Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

              This here is my holy grail product. I have been exploring drugstore brands more and have been super excited by how much they have stepped up their game lately, but this product is one I buy repeatedly and I really feel like it is worth the investment. Even when I go out with a little brow and eyes and nothing else (but of course, sunscreen is a must) I brush a little of this all over my face and it does an amazing job of controlling oil. It leaves my skin so smooth and is a great finishing powder to go over everything when I do a full face. It doesn't alter the color of my makeup at all. It can be messy if you're not careful, but it is a loose powder after all. I keep the pressed powder compact in my purse for touch ups throughout the day which also works very well. I even tried to find a drugstore dupe for this (elf, nyx, innisfree) but so far nothing compares. I also use it to bake and it does an amazing job of setting my concealer. To me, this is perfection as far as finishing powders go.

               
              5.0

              Fantastic

              By MWilcox

              from Lexington, KY

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight
              • Natural Looking
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

                I have been very satisfied with this product after 2 weeks. I haven't used any setting powders in about 3-4 years and really forgot how amazing they are. Before I had mostly used a pressed MAC powder for setting. This is great. I use a small brush for my under eye creases (only 29, but my color corrector makes what wrinkles I have huge) and it makes it perfect and smooth all day no creases coming later. I use a large brush (number is rubbed off- but it's a bigger powder brush from MAC that has white hair at the very end) this feels great on my sensitive skin and really sets my makeup (I use color corrector on problem areas like my lower cheeks- I have lovely purple tiny veins that love to show, and then use a light liquid foundation on most of my face). My skin is very smooth and looks even more airbrushed (i have small pores so I don't know if this helps minimize)after using a light dusting of this powder. For the price and the amount of product you get, I would highly recommend. I have not had one break out since using it. Very happy.

                 
                1.0

                Didn't work for me Made my pores more visable

                By Flamingomania

                from Fairview, TN

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Easy To Take-off
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Doesn't Stay On
                • Ineffective

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types
                • Everyday

                Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

                I was wanting a lightweight finishing powder to minimize pores. While the powder went on easily, I used a very fluffy brush with just a tad of product, it did not minimize my pores. In fact, it made them very noticeable. I have normal skin that becomes dry if I don't moisturize. I am 56 and have a few lines. This did not blur anything and seemed to make every inperfection stand out!

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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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