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TarteSmooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder

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Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder

Item #: 2220106 Size: 0.32 oz

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A translucent, silky finishing powder with Amazonian clay that keeps makeup in place and diffuses imperfections.

This translucent, silky finishing powder keeps makeup in place without ever appearing chalky. It mattifies skin by removing excess surface oil. This powder can even be used alone as a treatment to reap all the benefits of Amazonian clay.

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  • Amazonian clay: Amazonian clay acts as a total skin balancer, by hydrating all skin types, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin, improving clarity and texture, and removing surface oil to mattify skin for a soft focus and flawless finish.

Dermatologist tested. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten.

Immediately:
  • 90% of women saw an immediate improvement in skin texture

After 1 week*:
  • 90% of women said this finishing powder greatly normalized excess oil production
  • 93% of women said this finishing powder greatly improved the wear time of makeup

*In a consumer panel study after 1 week of use.
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.
Silica, Talc, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Kaolin.

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TarteSmooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder
 
4.4

(based on 281 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (235)
  • Controls shine (232)
  • Easy to apply (209)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (188)
  • Long-lasting (176)

Cons

  • Messy (37)
  • Unnatural color (15)
  • Poor coverage (11)
  • Settles in creases (7)
  • Causes breakouts (5)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (151)
  • All skin types (93)
  • Acne prone skin (81)
  • Sensitive skin (77)
  • Normal skin (68)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (140), Budget shopper (89)

Reviewed by 281 customers

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4.0

Baking powder

By Kayla

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Budget Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Messy

Best Uses

  • Normal Skin
  • Oily Skin

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

I really love this setting powder. It's honestly the best I've used..I used it to mostly to bake my under eye and it didn't settle in the creases at all and gave me a bright finish. Also keeps you matte ALL day!! The only problem is the price....for me it didn't the produce didn't last very long and for that little amount I just can't get myself to keep paying over 30$ :(

 
4.0

smooth operator

By Mrs. T

from Sugar Land

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Controls Shine
  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Silky Finish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Skin
    • Oily Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

    It controls my shine nicely.

     
    5.0

    BEST powder made

    By Photo Finish

    from Durham NC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Controls Shine
    • Doesn't Settle In Creases
    • Long-Lasting
    • Silky Finish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Oily Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

      I am57 and have tried just about every powder made to combat my oily skin. This is the BEST powder I have ever use and highly recommend everyone to try it.

       
      1.0

      Made my face break out

      By Cassie

      from Plymouth, MI

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Silky Finish

      Cons

      • Causes Breakouts

      Best Uses

      • None

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

      Bought this because another brand was out. Won't make that mistake again.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      I must be using this wrong

      By Bella Bee

      from New York

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Messy
        • Poor Coverage

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          I got a deluxe sample of this stuff from Ulta and I had such high hopes for it. I tried using it to set my undereye concealer and I honestly can't tell if it made any difference or not. This stuff went every where but my face I think. Like a small amount patted under my eye and the powder just explodes outward and I wind up inhaling it. Its really bizarre cause I just sweep my brush over the top, pat off what would seem like excess if any, then pat under my eyes. Am I doing something wrong that it just puffs out in all directions? And then a few hours later is seems to make my concealer cake up and stand out. I never had that problem with MAC skinfinish. Perhaps it would do better over larger areas.. not sure.

           
          5.0

          loooooove it!

          By doxielady

          from Florida

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          This product has literally saved my face! I had to be so careful with what I put on my face, because everything would make my skin extra oily. I couldn't use liquid foundation or concealers because they would just melt off. Then this product came in the mail to me and I've been hooked ever since. It makes your face feel so smooth and makes my makeup last all.day.long! I used to have to fix my makeup at least twice a day or feel panicked if I forgot my powder foundation at home. Not any more! If you're an oil spill like me, you need this in your life!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for setting the under eyes

          By Kara

          from Seattle, WA

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          I got a small sample from Ipsy, and I love it for setting the concealer under my eyes. It feels so nice, never looks cakey, and I never see creasing.

           
          5.0

          silky and very light excellent powder

          By Mariluz

          from Everett

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Controls Shine
          • Lightweight
          • Silky Finish

          Cons

          • Messy
          • Poor Coverage

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          is very light and it doesn't cake up, leave your skin more silky. I normally use it after foundation and cream highlight or concealer to set in place.

           
          5.0

          Great Results

          By Shaz

          from Orlando, FL

          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

              Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

              This product is great to use over foundation.

               
              5.0

              Better than Make Up Forever HD Powder

              By Kristen

              from Buffalo, NY

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Normal Skin

                Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

                My end all, be all for setting undereye concealer. Love this formulation. You go Tarte.

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                • Q:

                  I typically only rinse my face with warm water at night. If this is the only product I wear on my face, do I need to add soap or makeup remover to my routine?
                  Asked on 1/31/2016 by Natural from NC

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Thanks for reaching out! We recommend using a gentle cleanser every night before bed to take off any and all makeup, along with dirt and debris that can collect on skin throughout the day. However, if that routine works for you, then go for it!

                    Answered on 2/8/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
                • Q:

                  does it contain any talc, silica? thanks
                  Asked on 1/12/2016 by dimples

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    All ingredients are listed in the product description as well as below for easy reference:

                    Silica, Talc, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Kaolin.

                    Answered on 1/14/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  does this powder minimize pores?
                  Asked on 1/7/2016 by jazzy from california

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Yes, Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder diffuses the look of enlarged pores and other imperfections!

                    Answered on 1/13/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  Would I put this on before or after my blush?
                  Asked on 1/6/2016 by Bri Lee from Wichita, Kansas

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    We recommend applying it to set your concealer and foundation, then applying color cosmetics such as blush after, though some do apply it as a final finishing step after all makeup application. Ultimately, it is up to you and your personal preference! :-)

                    Answered on 1/6/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  Hi

                  Does this powder create flashback in photos

                  Kate
                  Asked on 12/31/2015 by kate from Hagerstown

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    This product does not contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and should not cause the "flashback" effect in flash photography. Please keep in mind that a little goes a long way! 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.

                    Answered on 1/6/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  If I would happen to contour my makeup, am I able to apply this over the contouring?
                  Asked on 12/6/2015 by Jackie

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Yes, you can certainly apply Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder as your last step after contouring.

                    Answered on 12/9/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  I was given this as a gift from one of my purchases and have no idea what this is for. Can anyone help me, I would love use it :)
                  Asked on 11/18/2015 by Evelin from Goleta

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    How to use: 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.

                    Answered on 11/19/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  My face has recently been breaking out more often than normal because of stress. I have been wanting a product like this for a while now. But i need to know if it is going to make me break out by clogging my pores or anything of that sort.
                  Asked on 10/5/2015 by Kelsey from Tempe, Arizona

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder is formulated for all skin types and is dermatologist tested. It is also formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten, so it is a great option for those who are sensitive to traditional cosmetics. We hope this extra info helps to alleviate any concerns!

                    Answered on 10/7/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                • Q:

                  How long does this last if you apply it only under your eyes and once a day
                  Asked on 8/25/2015 by summer from Massillon Ohio

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder has a "period after opening" (PAO) date of 12 months. How long it lasts varies by individual, since it is dependent upon amount applied per use and frequency of use.

                    Answered on 8/26/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                • Q:

                  Can I use this product over the powder foundation to get a more matte finish?
                  Asked on 8/9/2015 by Danielle

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Yes, you can certainly set your foundation using Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder to help control oil and eliminate shine. It does have a mattifying effect.

                    Answered on 8/11/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
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