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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 279 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (233)
  • Controls shine (230)
  • Easy to apply (207)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (187)
  • Long-lasting (175)

Cons

  • Messy (36)
  • Unnatural color (15)
  • Poor coverage (11)
  • Settles in creases (7)
  • Causes breakouts (5)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (149)
  • All skin types (93)
  • Acne prone skin (81)
  • Sensitive skin (77)
  • Normal skin (67)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (139), Budget shopper (88)

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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.

     
    2.0

    I must be using this wrong

    By Elle

    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.

               
              4.0

              Keeps eyeliner in place

              By LAB

              from Harrisburg, PA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Controls Shine
              • 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 use this product to set my make up. I especially like to use it on my eyelids when I'm not wearing shadow. It keeps my eyeliner from transferring to the rest of my eyelid.

               
              5.0

              brst finishing powder

              By natural Nicole

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Covers Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Organic
              • Silky Finish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types

                Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

                The best organic finishing powder on the market. Keeps my make-up looking great all day long,

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                • 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
                • 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
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