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Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder

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TarteSmooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder
 
4.5

(based on 222 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (187)
  • Controls shine (184)
  • Easy to apply (168)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (149)
  • Silky finish (144)

Cons

  • Messy (24)
  • Unnatural color (11)
  • Poor coverage (8)
  • Settles in creases (7)
  • Causes breakouts (4)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (123)
  • All skin types (75)
  • Acne prone skin (64)
  • Sensitive skin (62)
  • Normal skin (56)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (109), Budget shopper (75)

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5.0

My new setting go-to!

By OCD Makeup Girl

from Mission Viejo, CA

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Awkward
  • Messy

Best Uses

  • Acne Prone Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

This powder is my new daily go-to for setting my face makeup (especially after contouring)!! I love it! My skin is oily and I usually get a lot of shine halfway through my day at work or school. But not anymore! This stuff keeps me looking matte all day. It it light-weight and translucent. However, it is awkward when you apply it to your brushes. It sort of just dumps out, or I guess you could shake it, but then it would go everywhere...The dispensing needs some improvement.. It's pretty expensive, but you do get a good amount and you cannot beat the quality.

 
5.0

love it!!!!!

By t1985d

from clovis, ca

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Messy

Best Uses

  • Acne Prone Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

I love it!!!!

 
4.0

Awesome powder! Horrible container!!!

By Dalihill

from Fort Myers

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Controls Shine
  • Covers Well
  • Doesn't Break Me Out
  • I Love This This Product
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting
  • Silky Finish
  • Summer Friendly
  • Works In Humidity

Cons

  • Horrible Terricontainer
  • Keep It Away From Creases
  • Settles In Creases
  • Terrible Contain

Best Uses

  • Acne Prone Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Oily Skin

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

Its great for acne prone skin, i deal with horrible acne during spring and summer switching to this powder has really helped.

 
2.0

Not worth the money

By Novara

from Kansas City, MO

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Silky Finish

Cons

  • Doesn't last
  • Expensive

Best Uses

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

    I really wanted to like this product as it is a superfine powder and went on smoothly. I used it only on my forehead area, which is the only oily spot on my face. After I put it on every morning, my face and makeup looked great; however, once I got to work and checked my appearance after about an hour, the oil returned!
    Bottom line: this product is waste of money and I will be returning it.

     
    4.0

    Love it!!

    By Amanda

    from Tennessee

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Messy

    Best Uses

    • Oily Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

    I absolutely love this powder. It's translucent, so it doesn't interfere with my foundation. I have SUPER oily skin (like shiny an hour after putting on makeup oily) and I have not been "shiny" since buying this product. It is my new holy grail. I use a very tiny amount (a little goes a long way) to set my T zone, under eye concealer, and blemish concealer and it stays put all day. Even after a long and busy day at work, I'm not oily or shiny. This was a game changer for me. It's a bit messy, but it's so worth it.

     
    5.0

    LOVE

    By Nikki

    from Lees Summit, MO

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Controls Shine
    • Covers Well
    • Doesn't Settle In Creases
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

    • Messy
    • Pricy

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

    This product was a little expensive for me, but it was so worth it! It lasts 7 hours through the school day and then with a little touch up to the T-zone I'm ready to go for even longer! The loose powder is a little messy, so I'd recommend the pressed powder since I'm assuming they work the same.

     
    4.0

    Finishing Powder

    By Cathy

    from Topsham, Maine

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Messy

    Best Uses

    • Oily Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

    Sometimes I add a little loose bronzing powder to it instead of having to applyit in two steps.

     
    5.0

    Smooth Operator

    By dsmith

    from Hot Springs, AR

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 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:

        Great product in my opinion.

         
        5.0

        Love Love LOVE!!!!

        By Marci

        from Alabama

        About Me Brand 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

          • Acne Prone Skin
          • All Skin Types
          • Dry Skin
          • Normal Skin
          • Oily Skin
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          I love this powder! It goes on so smoothly gives the perfect time matte finish and leaves my face feeling super silky and smooth. Also it's lightweight--perfect for summer!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Product. Horrible Packaging

          By Sarah

          from usa

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          i was never one to care for the packaging of a product. but jeez it is so bad that it is almost impossibpe to take anywhere but your vanity. yes its cute but yikes it spills all over thr place. its definitely by fr the best powder ive ever used and also the biggest mess. it is so worth it though. i reccomend getting a different comtainer though because this one is not functional.

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          • Q:

            Does this product giveyou fashback or a white cast?
            Asked on 6/8/2014 by lipstick lover

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              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 6/10/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
          • Q:

            How much of this product is in one container?
            Asked on 4/2/2014 by Gbeauty from Vineland, New Jersey

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              This product's size is 0.32 oz.

              Answered on 4/2/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
          • Q:

            How do you apply this product? Before or after you've applied your foundation? Do you apply it to specific areas or the entire face? Do you use a brush or finger to apply?
            Asked on 3/19/2014 by Tasha O

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Use a large fluffy brush such as Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush (Item #: 2260728) 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 under-eye or blemish concealer to keep product from migrating into fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin.

              Answered on 3/20/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
          • Q:

            Is this product recommended for African Americans? Will it appear white on the skin of an African American?
            Asked on 3/9/2014 by pinkey1202 from jacksonville fl

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              This product features a translucent finish suitable for all complexions. 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 3/11/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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