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Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder

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TarteSmooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder
 
4.5

(based on 231 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (195)
  • Controls shine (192)
  • Easy to apply (174)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (157)
  • Silky finish (148)

Cons

  • Messy (25)
  • Unnatural color (11)
  • Poor coverage (8)
  • Settles in creases (7)
  • Causes breakouts (4)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (127)
  • All skin types (78)
  • Acne prone skin (68)
  • Sensitive skin (65)
  • Normal skin (58)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (115), Budget shopper (78)

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5.0

Love Finishing Powder. Wear it everyday.

By ladybug

from Grand Junction CO

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

    I have a dryer completion but love how it works. I got some for my daughter that has oily skin and lives in a very humid climate and it works great for her too.

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By Natalie

    from Minneapolis

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    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
      • Normal Skin
      • Oily Skin
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

      I am usually a budget buyer, but in the case of what I put on my skin I am a brand buyer. I jump onto the ship of any brand that will protect my skin (has SPF, has good ingredients that won't clog my acne prone skin, will help my excessively oil skin stay matte, etc). I have tried Pur minerals, IT cosmetics, and Too Faced. Why they all have amazing ingredients and qualities, this brand is my soulmate. This type works best for people with normal to oily skin and has excellent ingredients. I put it on and get so many compliments about my skin. I am recommending this to everyone. I am excessively oily, so no makeup stays on more than ~4 hours. This help me refresh and stay matte. Love it!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LOVE! absorbs oil all day

      By tmb5141

      from State College, PA

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acne Prone Skin
        • Oily Skin

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

        I bought this product in hopes that it would help with my T-zone. For being 26, my skin still acts like I'm 15. I get oily and occasional acne. I love benefit foundation and have found the best results as far as oil goes with that, but I still have the T-Zone mid day to night. This stuff blends in right on top. Some have said they can see it after application; I did not see it on my skin. I love this product and I find it's similar to Bare Minerals Mineral Vail, which made my skin oily. This product is a must for "finishing" or even if you skip make up; give this a try after your lotion dries!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice powder

        By redhead214

        from Edison, NJ

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Controls Shine
        • Doesn't Settle In Creases
        • Lightweight
        • Silky Finish

        Cons

        • Hard To Apply

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          Seems like a great powder - I just wish it was easier to get out of the container. It might just be me, but not easy to do.

           
          5.0

          love

          By me

          from toledo, oh

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types

            Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

            Great for the summers days when I just want something light on my face.

             
            5.0

            THE BEST!!!

            By Beagle-Baasset Dog Lover

            from Clinton, IL

            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
              • Oily Skin
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

              Have used this product for 3 years. It is the best!!! Controls oilyly appearance without appearing dry, does not settle in lines, takes very little product to achieve desired results, provides a beautiful natural finished appearance over Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12 Hour foundation. Unscented product which I greatly appreciate. Looove this product!!!

               
              5.0

              Love it

              By Branda

              from Detroit, MI

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Messy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

              I love this finishing powder. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't break me out. It gives you a matte finish and lasts all day long. I have tried other finishing powders, they make you look white like a ghost. Tarte finishing powder doesn't leave a color. Just clear and shine free look.

               
              5.0

              Excellent product

              By Mrs. Strange

              from Oklahoma

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

                    This is a great product to finish your look with. Keeps you looking matte and not greasy. I have really oily skin and am prone to breakouts and LOVE the Tarte brand.

                     
                    5.0

                    Love It!

                    By Liz

                    from Ohio

                    About Me Budget Buyer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • All Skin Types

                      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

                      I use it daily

                       
                      5.0

                      My new setting go-to!

                      By OCD Makeup Girl

                      from Mission Viejo, CA

                      About Me Brand Buyer

                      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.

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                      • Q:

                        I have normal/dry and sensitive skin and a lot of finishing powders just make my skin even drier! Will this dry my skin out?
                        Asked on 6/21/2015 by roxieh27 from Northridge, CA

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Expert

                          A:

                          Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder is formulated for all skin types. It is formulated with Amazonian clay, which 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. For best results on dry skin, moisturize prior to application.

                          Answered on 6/24/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                      • Q:

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

                        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 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 Expert

                          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 Expert

                          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 Expert

                          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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