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Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder

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TarteSmooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder
 
4.5

(based on 194 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Controls shine (166)
  • Lightweight (166)
  • Easy to apply (152)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (136)
  • Silky finish (131)

Cons

  • Messy (17)
  • Unnatural color (10)
  • Poor coverage (8)
  • Settles in creases (6)
  • Causes breakouts (3)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (109)
  • All skin types (71)
  • Sensitive skin (56)
  • Acne prone skin (55)
  • Normal skin (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (94), Budget shopper (70)

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5.0

mattifying

By miss teacher

from morehead, ky

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

I have the most oily skin and this is the only powder that works for me!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!

By Corey Nicole

from Melbourne, FL

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Messy
  • Unnatural Color

Best Uses

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

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

I can't say enough how great this product is! I have very oily skin, and regardless of which foundation I use, finishing with this powder provides a matte silky finish. It's a little messy, but not enough to discourage me from using it. The slight white cast upon applying disappears quickly and controls oil perfectly. Finally found the best powder!

 
4.0

Godsend

By Jojo

from Silver Spring, MD

About Me Budget Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Controls Shine
  • Easy To Apply
  • Good On Dark Skin
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting
  • Mattifying
  • Silky Finish

Cons

  • Messy

Best Uses

  • Acne Prone Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Shiny Skin

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

I wanted a talc free translucent powder and the lady in the store brought me to this one. Although it's not talc free, I have been using it for two days. I have OILY, SENSITIVE, DARK skin. I used this on my nose yesterday and stayed matte from the moment it was applied to my face (1pm) until I whiped it off at 9pm. Today, I put this powder over Maybelline baby skin and dream pure bb cream in shade deep. The powder gave me a kind of washed out look for a few seconds and then it perfected my skin. I did this in the morning around 830am and now it's 4:15pm and my skin is just barely starting to get shiny. I will continue using this product! The lady said it lasts forever and that it helps regulate sebum creation with prolonged use!

 
5.0

My Holy Grail!

By Janelle C.

from Lake Forest, CA

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

    • All Skin Types

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

    This product is just magic. I have oily skin and it takes away shine and keeps me matte all day! I use Tarte's Clean Slate Flawless 12-Hour Brightening Primer and apply a little Smooth Operator on top of it before I apply foundation and the rest of my makeup, then do one last dust of this again and my makeup sets great! I have highly sensitive skin and this hasn't caused any irritation at all and I honestly feel like since I've started using Tarte, my skin has improved tons! I will continue to purchase this until they take it off the shelves - which will be never I hope!!

     
    4.0

    Much less shine

    By Rachael

    from Minnesota

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Messy

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

    Really like how it reduces the shine. Just a little messy.

     
    5.0

    Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder

    By SarahLiz

    from Clio, MI

    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

      • All Skin Types

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

      I have combination skin and this makes my oily spots matte without drying out the rest. It lasts all day and doesn't clump up, settle or crease.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      finishing powder

      By terriann_32@

      from terre haute indiana

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Coverage
      • Settles In Creases
      • Unnatural Color

      Best Uses

      • Normal Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

      Not happy with this product totally.
      It gives no coverage and with the $40 foundation I got with it, it does nothing to tone down the shine.

       
      4.0

      Works great but messy

      By Lola

      from Albion, Michigan

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Messy

      Best Uses

      • Oily Skin
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

      This powder works great, but it is messy when applying. I have very oily skin, but I can apply this powder in the morning and it keeps my face free from oil most of the day, depending on the humidity outside. However, I do not like applying it. The powder is messy. It does not want to adhere to a makeup brush to apply it. Then when I do apply it I feel like I am inhaling most of it. I have tried different brushes and I have tried blotting it on. It is still messy. I am not sure if I would buy it again. I may just try to find another brand that works just as well without the mess.

       
      5.0

      amazing, so worth it!

      By Cindy

      from Auburn, Al

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Messy

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types
      • Dry Skin
      • Oily Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

      When it comes to face powder, I tend to be a budget buyer. I've used Bare Essentials mineral veil and other finishing powders before, but typically, I just stuck to drug store. I've been using Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and it was working ok but my makeup would break up around my mouth on a hot day. I asked the girl working for a suggestion on how to battle that or if it was just something I'd have to live with. She immediately suggested this product and even applied it for me and I fell in love! She suggested lightly dusting a tiny bit on my face before I applied my foundation/bb cream then finish it off with another light dusting. I'm hooked. My face feels so smooth and velvety when I use this, I will never use another powder again. (Please don't ever discontinue this product Tarte!)

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent!

      By TanyaG

      from Hanover, PA

      About Me Budget 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 Clay Finishing Powder:

        Very light, nice finish

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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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