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Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder

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TarteSmooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder
 
4.4

(based on 201 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Controls shine (171)
  • Lightweight (171)
  • Easy to apply (157)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (139)
  • Silky finish (134)

Cons

  • Messy (18)
  • Unnatural color (11)
  • Poor coverage (8)
  • Settles in creases (6)
  • Causes breakouts (3)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (113)
  • All skin types (71)
  • Acne prone skin (58)
  • Sensitive skin (57)
  • Normal skin (54)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (98), Budget shopper (71)

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5.0

All Day Coverage

By Diva

from Ohio

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:

    This stuff is great! Consistency is so micro fine that it brushes on using very little product.
    Hides all the flaws and is so light. Doesn't feel cakey and it lasts a long time throughout the day.
    A bit pricey but well worth it!

     
    2.0

    It works for everybody but me

    By sma

    from columbia,sc

    Pros

      Cons

      • Doesn't last long

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

        It stays on all day on my face except my nose.I have acne prone/sensitive skin. my nose starts to glisten after 2 hours.

         
        5.0

        Feels great

        By PMills

        from Fullerton, CA

        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

        • Unnatural Color

        Best Uses

        • Acne Prone Skin
        • Oily Skin

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

        This is a great powder. It is so light and lasts long. It is white and I think it's too light. I still like it and I will use it, I just wish it was the same color as the makeup.

         
        4.0

        Great Setting Powder

        By Miss Muss

        from Fort Myers, FL

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Normal Skin
          • Oily Skin

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          So I am LOVING Tarte products right now. I have recently searched high and low for a product like this. I have tried the Laura Mericer finishing powder, and I think Tarte has them beat! This stuff lasts all day; I get pretty oily throughout the day, so by late afternoon, my makeup has melted away. I used the new Blurring Primer from Tarte under my foundation, and this powder to set it, and it has lasted all day (despite this awful FL humidity)- and no shine!! Love this stuff!

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for oily skin

          By angelad888

          from Athens, GA

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Messy
          • Use Up Product Quickly

          Best Uses

          • Acne Prone Skin
          • Oily Skin

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          My facial skin is fair, VERY oily, has large pores, adult acne (I am 25 as of 2014), and I live in both southeast Georgia and north Georgia, so I am battling humidity too (my face sweats really easily). In addition to my skin problems, I take a medication or two that can cause acne, as a side effect. My recent skin regimen that appears to prevent the oil slick: Dermalogica's clearing skin wash then apply Dermalogica's clearing mattifier and oil control lotion along with clindamycin (from the dermatologist). I then use Hourglass Veil primer, then Dr Brandt BB shine control, and then Tarte Smooth Operator powder. I wait 5-10 minutes between applying the Dermalogica and clindamycin (I use the clindamycin before applying the Dermalogica mattifier and oil control). Then apply the primer and wait 5-10 minutes before applying the Dr Brandt BB shine control cream. I've had success with both types of Tarte concealer, which I apply after the BB cream. Then, after applying Tarte blush and Tarte matte bronzer along with Urban Decay eye makeup and Smashbox eye primer (I feel Smashbox eye primer doesn't try my eyes out like Urban Decays but both will hold eyeshadow) and Smashbox brow tech (which is incredible and waterproof). I finish my makeup routine with Urban Decay's De Slick setting spray. I've also had success with Benefit's porefessional primer. This is my first bottle of Hourglass Veil, but according to the label, it has more beneficial ingredients for your skin than the porefessional. I used to use Murad anti-aging products and acne products especially the oil control lotion, but it was doing good to hold the oil back for 8 hours. However, I was using Tarte BB primer cream instead of the Dr Brandt. I haven't used Tarte BB with the Dermalogica or Murad with the Dr Brandt BB. After the success I've had with the Dermalogica and Dr Brandt duo, I'm hesitant to retry the Tarte BB and Murad. Note, I use Tretinoin gel at night and take oral doxycycline hyclate both from my dermatologist.

           
          5.0

          perfect !!

          By urnot410

          from Chicago

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

          I love this product .! I'm not very pro to write reviews but I have to this time . I have very bad black circles in my eyes ,. Paid ulta a visits last week and had a consultation with a worker there after admiring her make up . She was gorgeous !! So she tried on me this. Powder plus concealer . It did the job. !!! No more dark circles !!!!!!She gave me few tricks also . I bought it right away after seen results right on the spot . Amazing !!!!

           
          4.0

          Love this product!

          By Stephanie

          from Michigan

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder:

              I have naturally oily skin. I use this product after my foundation, and it keeps me shine free all day!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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!

              (5 of 5 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!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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!

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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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