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Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

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Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

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This microfine loose, invisible clay powder blends effortlessly into any skin tone to set your foundation to a breathable matte finish without chalky residue or flashback. The secret's in the clay - it naturally balances all skin types to absorb oil, minimize the appearance of pores & make your makeup last without flaking or clinging to dry patches. You can also use the oil free formula as an undereye baking or treatment powder - Amazonian clay will absorb shine to reveal a smooth, soft-focus finish.

Skinvigorating ingredients:
  • Amazonian clay: Acts as a total skin balancer by hydrating & reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin, while removing surface oil & improving overall skin clarity & texture

Vegan. Oil free. Dermatologist tested.
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.
Finishing powder: Use a fluffy powder brush to dust over your foundation, focusing on the oily T-zone to set your makeup to a natural matte finish.

Baking powder: Use a small concealer brush to layer the translucent formula over your undereye concealer. Let it sit on skin for 5-10 minutes, allowing body heat to activate & set concealer into place. Then, dust away the powder to reveal a brighter, mattified look.

Treatment powder: Apply the formula alone onto clean skin to eliminate shine & blur pores while allowing skin to breathe.

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TarteSmooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
 
4.1

(based on 717 reviews)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (516)
  • Easy to apply (476)
  • Blends well (364)
  • Controls shine (360)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (284)

Cons

  • Messy (93)
  • Unnatural color (39)
  • Poor coverage (31)
  • Settles in creases (29)
  • Cakes up (17)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (240)
  • All skin types (236)
  • Sensitive skin (172)
  • Everyday (124)
  • Normal skin (120)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (245), Budget shopper (130), Natural style (82), Classic style (57), Trendy style (40)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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1.0

Never buying this product

By Jackienev

from Santa fe

About Me Brand Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Controls Shine
  • Easy To Apply

Cons

  • Cakes Up
  • Flashback
  • Messy
  • Settles In Creases

Best Uses

  • Oily Skin

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

It has flashbacks! Not worth the price

 
5.0

Good mattifying powder

By Kira

from Bozeman, MT

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

    • Normal Skin
    • Oily Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

    Great mattifying powder that lasts all day. Doesn't leave your face feeling dry, or like your makeup is caked on.

     
    1.0

    No I would not buy this product again

    By 

    from He

    Pros

    • Silky Finish

    Cons

    • Cakes Up
    • Causes Breakouts
    • FLASHBACK
    • Goes On Heavy
    • Messy
    • Settles In Creases

    Best Uses

    • Oily Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

    This product is bad

     
    3.0

    Good, but horrible flashback while baking

    By Avery

    from Orlando

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

    It is a very good overall powder but while used for baking it has horrible flashback

     
    3.0

    Good, but horrible flashback while baking

    By Avery

    from Orlando

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

    It is a very good overall powder but while used for baking it has horrible flashback

     
    5.0

    AMAZING

    By Ness

    from Philly

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

    I have used so many presses and loose powders- I can't stop using this. Wears well leaves skin smooth and airbrushed.

     
    5.0

    Love this! Use very little for full coverage.

    By Luvs Cows

    from Longview Wa

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types
      • Oily Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      Use this to settle the foundation. I use 1/4 the amount I would use the drug store brand. Does it's job. My face does not look oily ever.

       
      2.0

      Definetly not a winner

      By Lil Sriracha

      from seattle,wa

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Controls Shine
      • Lightweight
      • Silky Finish

      Cons

      • Cakes Up
      • Settles In Creases

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

        I received this product in one of my makeup subscriptions. Thank goodness i did not actually pay too much money for it. I've been using it for a few weeks now. As a light dusting all over the face it's great it takes away shine and makes your complexion matte. However i tried to set/bake my concealer with it and on my under eyes it looks cakey and settles into my non-existent fine lines. Not to mention its extremely drying but that is a given since it is a powder.

         
        4.0

        Love it

        By Beth

        from Riverside

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

          Really keeps my face all day from getting shiny.

           
          5.0

          This is the BEST stuff ever!

          By Holly

          from Battle Creek MI

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

            To set my makeup, stays shine free ALL day!

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            • Q:

              Can you use this with Rainforest of the sea setting spray ? if so, should I spray before or after applying the powder?
              Asked on 3/23/2018 by Alenatsa from houstob

              2 answers

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                Yes you can use the setting spray and you'd apply the spray after the powder.

                Answered on 3/24/2018 by Official Answer from Tarte from Brand Answer
              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Yes you can use it as a setting spray. You would spray this afterwards!

                Answered on 3/24/2018 by Brand Expert from Tarte
            • Q:

              Under the ingredients section it does not list the actual ingredients. What are the ingredients?
              Asked on 2/26/2018 by W from Los Angeles, CA

              1 answer

            • Q:

              I recently purchased this powder and love it. However, I'm having a hard time using it. I opened the package but I can't get the powder to come up out of the holes so I can get it on my brush. Am I supposed to flip the packaging over with the lid on to get the powder to come up out of the holes? I'm tempted just to remove the whole plastic piece with the holes altogether but I don't want the powder to go everywhere.
              Asked on 10/5/2017 by Needs Help from Baltimore, MD

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                We suggest lightly tapping the bottom of the bottle over the top to get the powder out!

                Answered on 10/10/2017 by Brand Expert from Tarte
            • Q:

              Does the product have any glitter shine to it? I had bought the pressed version and returned it because it did.. hoping the loose version doesn't?
              Asked on 10/2/2017 by CareBeaubi from US

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                No, there's no glitter in this item!

                Answered on 10/3/2017 by Brand Expert from Tarte
            • Q:

              How should I apply this ? I want it to work on my skin there are so many great reviews but I felt like it was a very thin powder and made my skin extra white.
              Asked on 9/12/2017 by Cc from Fresno

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                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 9/13/2017 by Brand Expert from Tarte
            • Q:

              I use the urban decay all nighter foundation and tarte shape tape concealer then this powder to set but when i use the flash on my phone i look all white and chalky is there anything i can do to fix that?
              Asked on 5/18/2017 by Thea from Omaha NE

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                The powder maybe be too light to set the shade of concealer that you're using. Flashback is usually caused by a powder being too light or not being fulling brushed/blended away.

                Answered on 6/1/2017 by Brand Expert from Tarte
            • Q:

              Whenever I take a flash photo, you can still see it no matter how much I blend it. How do I fix this problem?
              Asked on 4/3/2017 by taylorgang from Richmond, VA

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                That's strange - are you sure it's not your foundation underneath? Do you wear one with SPF?

                Answered on 4/17/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              I love this powder but it whites me out in photos and I sling off excess before I apply. Do they make this in tinted but still loose powder.
              Asked on 3/27/2017 by Autumn from Alexandria la

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                No but you could try our Amazonian clay airbrush foundation. It's a similar lightweight, loose powder texture but gives you full coverage.

                Answered on 3/29/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              I really love this product, I have found that it is the only powder that does not crease on me. However, when I set my under eye area with this powder it always makes that area darker. Why?
              Asked on 3/24/2017 by dark circles from Bakersfield, CA

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                That shouldn't happen because it's a translucent formula - it may be your concealer.

                Answered on 3/31/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              Which Tarte brush do you recommend using to apply this powder? (Ex: applying the powder over Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation)
              Asked on 1/25/2017 by Jenna Green Eyes from Western Iowa

              1 answer

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